Review: Gone to Her Grave by Wendy Dranfield
This still remains one of my favorite police procedural. Detective Madison is back. This time, she’s called to the scene of a homicide where a lone woman lies dead in her bed. There is an immediate suspect but this turns out not to be open and shut case that everyone expected. The case gets complicated when a cop is found deceased and the two deaths are connected.
I absolutely adore the lead detective, Madison Harper. I enjoy her background story and how it has shaped her character in this series. I ofcourse like her ‘sidekick’, Nate and how their histories are similar, yet very different. Madison’s son is another character that I liked from the get go. I enjoy how Madison works the cases and how Nate is her unofficial partner.
This was a multilayered case and the connection of all the pieces left in awe. I don’t know how the author did that. The past and present came clashing in a way that I couldn’t have predicted. Buried secrets from the past came to the surface and some of the unsolved mysteries in the series were finally solved. A lot of heartache along the way but the conclusion that we all needed though might have wanted.
This is yet another belter from Wendy Dranfield. This was yet another complex, captivating case that I enjoyed reading.
Review: Catch Her Death by Wendy Dranfield
This was yet another captivating, fast-paced, twisty installment in the Detective Madison Harper series. I have to admit though, it is the darkest one yet. I have met some pretty, twisted unsubs but this one was super cold, heartless and their crimes and motives were just something from a horror movie. Their modus operandi will haunt me for a while. All these made this quite a fascinating, memorable read.
A woman is found brutally murdered. There is one eye witness at the scene, a traumatized little child. The detectives can’t get much out of the child. They also don’t want to cause further trauma to an already broken child. Everyone is wondering why someone would have killed an innocent mum like that and subjected a child to such horrors. Madison’s team is equally disturbed and worried that the crimes might recur.
The case unfolds through chapters narrated by Madison, Nate, Bill Harper and the unsub. Each of the POVs was equally interesting. Madison leads the case with the tenacity that has become her signature. She leaves no stones unturned. Nate is haunted by his past and present. Bill Harper is Madison’s father, a retired FBI agent back into his daughter’s lives after 2 decades away but he has his own secrets.
This was a fast-paced, heart-pounding, engrossing case with a lot of heartbreak and jaw dropping twists along the way. I can’t wait to find out what lies ahead for the detective.