Sometimes in life, you just want to yell “Take two!” When a Polar Plunge goes terribly wrong and someone dies in the icy water, former TV detective Joey Darling wants nothing to do with subsequent investigation. But when her picture is found in the dead man’s wallet and witnesses place her as the last person seen with the man, she realizes she’s been cast in a role she never wanted: suspect. Joey makes the dramatic mistake of challenging the killer on camera, and now it’s a race to find the bad guy before he finds her. Danger abounds and suspects are harder to find than the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. But when Joey finds a connection with this case and the disappearance of her father, she knows there’s no backing out. As hard as Joey tries to be like her super detective alter ego, the more things go wrong. Will Joey figure this one out? Or will her reign of error continue?
Reign of Error by Christy Barritt continues her story featuring Joey Darling as she hunts for her missing father. From the first chapter, I was drawn into the suspense with a dead body coming on shore after the Polar Plunge. Throughout the novel, Joey with help from Zane and Jackson, tries to solve the murder of "Mark Hamill" as she refers to the dead man. As for the pace of the novel, it seemed to move a little too slow for my taste. Yes, Joey did chase the bad guys and hunt for clues, but Barritt does follow the convictions and formula for a mystery. The romance . . . there appears to be a love triangle brewing under the surface. Nothing has happened, but Barritt leaves you wondering what guy she will ultimately pick in the end. Even though the novel moved a little slow for my taste, I still enjoyed the novel and can't wait to read Safety in Blunders, which is the next book.I received a complimentary copy of Reign of Error from Christy Barritt, and the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
What do you think of murder mysteries? Do you think they should be described in the story, so that you feel like you're there or keep in the background like most mysteries and cozy mysteries do?