Blood and Bone by Valentine Giambanco. Published by Quercus

In the third Alice Madison mystery, Madison has been a homicide detective with Seattle P.D. for over two years and she feels like she finally fits in somewhere. In this outing readers get a better look at Madison’s formative years – the book starts with the 12 year old Madison running away from home. Now, Madison has been called to what appears to be a burglary gone awry. Matt Duncan’s body has been found by his wife Kate, and it doesn’t look like Matt died easily. It turns out Duncan’s murder is linked to at least 11 other homicides, all equally brutal, and evidently the work of a serial killer that’s been stalking Seattle for years. Determined to stop the killer for good, Madison embarks on a daring plan that will put her right in the killer’s sights. I love a mystery where the character development is as important to the author as the mystery itself. Giambanco has created a character readers may not always like, but can certainly identify with

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