When there are no active homicide investigations, LAPD Homicide Detective Davie Richards, a member of the Pacific Area division, works on cold cases. While she juggles two cold cases, one is the shooting death of a gangbanger. The other one interests Davie more. It's the suicide of a thirty-four-year-old woman who supposedly shot herself in a gun shop. After reading the files, Davie doesn't believe it was suicide, and the investigating officer, now retired, didn't believe it either. Sara Montaine's story fascinates her.
Sara Montaine came out of nowhere, married a man who was financially well-off, nursed him through his final illness. No one seems to have really known her, though, when she died. Who was Sara Montaine? Davie's investigation only adds to the confusing case. Someone else discovered Sara Montaine's past, and, in order to hide the truth, they're now stalking Davie Richards.
This is an intricately plotted police procedural with an intrepid female police officer. If you appreciate the teamwork and careful exposition in other procedurals with female officers, books such as Vicki Delany's Molly Smith mysteries or Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder novels, you'll want to try the Pacific Homicide series. I enjoyed The Second Goodbye. I wish I'd started with Pacific Homicide.
Patricia Smiley's website is www.patriciasmiley.com
Note: If you're interested, I recently interviewed Patricia Smiley for Poisoned Pen's blog. Here's the link if you'd like to read that interview. http://bit.ly/2SwLMXh
The Second Goodbye by Patricia Smiley. Midnight Ink, 2018. ISBN 9780738752365 (paperback), 312p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.