The Last Place You Look
The Last Place You Look follows private investigator - Roxane Weary - as she attempts to solve a fifteen-year-old case and, possibly, save an innocent man from death row. It doesn't look good; in fact, the guy looks guilty as sin, but Roxane needs the PI money. However, her digging into small town secrets and a ...more
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My father always had a drink in his hand. It was part of him, like his broad shoulders or his temper or his antifreeze-blue eyes. It was the catalyst to every good time and ...more
I did have an idea of some things that were going on when some other certain things started to happen. Don't you just love my meanderings =)
Roxane is a PI and she's hired by Danielle who is the sister of a man on death row, Brad Stockton. Supposedly, 15 years-ago he killed his girlfriends parents and the said girlfriend, Sarah Cook, disappeared. No one knows what happened to her. But there was some evidence against Brad that sealed his ...more
Meet Roxane Weary, private investigator still struggling with the death of her cop father, struggles that she drowns in whiskey and then accepts a case that involves finding evidence of innocence of her client’s brother, Brad Stockton, currently cooling his heels on death row but the date of execution has been set and time is running o ...more
To start things off, I was feeling that touch of mystery-noir in the air, but nope (for me) mystery-crime-thriller is what we have here, and a protagonist with a complex and tumultuous life style.....to put it mildly.
Roxane Weary is a licensed P.I. She likes her whiskey neat (and plentiful) and her sexual preferences diversified.
She finds things for a living and happens to be in desperate need of a job so has taken on a difficult assignment to l...more
Every time I try to quit accepting ARCs, something like this falls into my lap. Thanks again, karen!
I've been out of the detective fiction game for the past few months for the most part. Once you read a ...more
Roxane Weary is dealing (or more like not dealing) with the aftermath her revered Police Officer father’s death. Roxane, a struggling PI, is barely holding it together, existing mostly in drunken states. She has pushed those who are closest to her away and is hanging on by thread.
When she takes on a case that seems hopeless, she doesn’t realize how it will change her li ...more
Roxane Weary reminds me of the bad ass detective that I loved Iris Ballard. Roxane is a strong, sassy, and sexy detective. Roxane is assigned a conflicting and heart breaking case that is intertwined to her personal life. What I loved is how Roxane was able to grow and move forward with her own heart ache by solving this case.
Roxane's father Frank was a cop who recently died and Roxane is full of confl ...more
Thanks to karen for bringing this to my attention and making it possible for me to get a copy from NetGalley. Because I forgot my password and took too long to get a new one, I decided to grab it from the library instead. Amazingly, I was the first to get my hands on a brand-new copy. Curses to Trump and others who want to defund our public libraries!
Despite the high ratings for this story, I expected a conventional crime novel with a badass PI who ...more
Roxane Weary has a job to do. She’s a PI and she has been hired to find Sarah Cook, who is presumed dead by the police, and has been missing for fifteen years. Sarah’s parents were brutally murdered the same night and Sarah’s boyfriend at the time, Brad Stockton was arrested for the crimes and is now on death row with only months left to live.
In order to find the truth about Sarah Cook, Rox goes on a wild goose chase, which leads her to finding other missing girls. Thes ...more
This book was insane! I absolutely couldn't put it down!
Roxane Weary is a PI in Ohio - reeling from the death of her police officer father. She is hired as a desperate woman's last attempt to save her brother from death row.
Brad Stockton has been in prison for the last 15 years - accused of the murder of his gi ...more
For those of you who feel lost since Sue Grafton died, and have yet to find another female P.I. to follow, let me suggest you try Kristen Lepionka’s Roxane Weary. Not because she’s just like Kinsey Milhone, because she isn’t—she’s not an orphan ex-cop, but the daughter of a cop, with two brothers and a mother for family—but because she is a memorable character in her own right, and her first adventure, The Last Place You Look, is (with the exception of The Big Sleep) the best first book in a ser ...more
“You know, maybe you could stand to be a little nicer, actually. You’re a girl. You have to be nice. But not too fucking nice. That’s what you have to do. Be nice but not too fucking nice.”
This was a pleasant surprise. One of the strongest mysteries I've read this year.
Roxane Weary has all the makings of an excellent PI in a series. She is messed up, complex, real, and has just the right amount of heart. It doesn't hurt that she is great at what she does. Roxane is bisexual, an alcoholic, an ...more
It’s a good thing I read book two in this series before I undertook this one. I enjoyed book two. This one, not so much. I didn’t care for Roxanne and found the story less than impressive.
There’s a Jack Reacher feel to this story. One person up against a questionable police force just didn’t work for me.
I read “The Last Place You Look” in a single afternoon, mostly it has to be said BECAUSE of main protagonist Roxane Weary (what a great name and totally suited to the character portrayed) who just had a wonderful world wea ...more
The Last Place You Look focuses on Roxane Weary, a PI, struggling to keep her head above water in the months after her father’s death. When she gets a call to meet Danielle, whose brother is scheduled to ...more
Her only distraction from the chaos in her ...more
I found the writing style to be adequate, but there are crime writers on both sides of the Atlantic who soar much higher.
A few twists give the main character points of difference but this novel falls way short of groundbreaking.
Roxane Weary, by name and by grief-fueled nature, is a protagonist I found easy to root for. Still mourning the death of her father, navigating some tricky friend and family dynamics leads her into a mystery that brings all kinds of nasty squirming out from under the rocks she's unturning.
As far as female-led investigation books go, there's no shorta ...more
It's rather floored me, the ratings for this. Because I almost gave it a 2. As the plotted case itself is so outlier. Very.
And alcoholism and affairs with your Dad's copper partner aren't all that unique. So I need a real talent or some quirky insight or friendship beyond the siblin ...more