Kansas City Secrets
Harlequin Intrigue, Jul 21 2015, $5.50
Six years ago someone murdered Richard Bratcher. KCPD focused on the victim’s fiancée Rosemary March, who offered no alibi. However, the police failed to prove she killed her abusive fiancé although their suspicion remains strong that she got away with murder, which turned her into a detested pariah.
Adding to Rosie’s consternation of being the evil outsider is her brother Stephen resides behind bars for murdering a reporter; which he claims to his sister he did to keep her safe. Investigating the Bratcher homicide, KCPD Cold Case Squad Detective Max Krolikowski questions Rosie, but her previous experience with the cops make her uncooperative. When someone sends Rosie threatening notes, she turns to hard boiled Max who wants to believe the woman who got under his skin is a victim not a killer.
The second Precinct: Cold Case (see Kansas City Cover-Up) is a thrilling romantic police procedural starring a tough gruff former Army sergeant and a woman who either got away with murder or is the fall-gal of a clever predator. Although her turning to him seems unlikely, a great final twist climaxes a pleasing fast-paced storyline that focuses more on the case than the attraction. Subgenre fans will appreciate this intrigue and also want to read Julie Miller’s The Precinct series (see Crossfire Christmas).