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The Last Place You Look

(Roxane Weary #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  6,647 ratings  ·  1,079 reviews
Sarah Cook, a beautiful blonde teenager, disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton - black and from the wrong side of the tracks - was convicted of the murders and sits on death row, though he always maintained his innocence. With his execution only weeks away, his devoted siste ...more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Minotaur Books
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Emily May
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Emily May by: karen
This is exactly how I like my mysteries. It's a shame mediocre books like Into the Water will soar the charts this year, when books like this probably won't get the attention they deserve.

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
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i added some pictures from her recent book-signing to the end of this, if you are interested in seeing what she looks like reading a book!

my interview with ms. lepionka is live NOW! check it out:

(and be sure to click those links so you can see her give a demonstration in lock-picking!)

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
Chelsea Humphrey
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: karen
Shelves: from-publisher
“Matt said you find things. For a living.” Isn’t it peculiar how the first line of a book can make or break it for you? As soon as I read those words I knew this novel and I would get along just fine. While I had every intention of just dipping my toes in and slowly making my way through the story, that isn’t exactly what happened. I was immediately gripped by Roxane and her unconventional methods, and when I found out fellow blogger Annie @ The Misstery was also reading this, we decided to ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an atmospheric and stunning crime fiction debut set in Columbus, Ohio. PI Roxane Weary has a gift for finding things, but hasn't had a job for a while. Her brother, Matt, sends Danielle Stockton to Roxane. Danielle is the sister of Brad, who is on death row for the murder of Garrett and Elaine Cook, and is suspected of the murder of Sarah Cook, his girlfriend. However, Brad will not have a bad word said about Sarah, even if it could save his life. Danielle is convinced she has seen Sarah ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ by: karen
This is one of those books where you want the answers now!

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
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arah-Lynda by: karen
Wow,  I needed that.  This one has me rethinking  ratings I have given to other recent Thriller type reads.  I mean whoa,  it blew them to hell out of the water.

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
4+ Stars.....Ok.....sign me up for this new series!

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 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

Dan Schwent
When Roxane Weary takes on a case to find a woman that's supposedly been dead for fifteen years to clear her incarcerated boyfriend's name before he's executed, she's in way over her head. Can Roxane put her alcohol problem and her pain over her father's death aside long enough to crack the case?

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
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Last Place You Look is book one in a dark and gritty mystery series driven by an extremely flawed, yet likable heroine.

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
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
So, I can officially say I have a new series to enjoy! Yay and cheers to you Kristen Lepionka!

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
Lex Kent
4.50 Stars. For my last book of the year I was looking for a good mystery to read. This series has been on my radar for a while and I have been itching more recently to read this. I’m glad I picked this because I really enjoying it. It was the kind of book I could not stop reading. Thank goodness I had no work today or I would have been walking around like a zombie since I easily picked reading this over sleep. This is actually a debut for Lepionka which is even more impressive to me. She alread ...more
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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
Susanne  Strong
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
3.4 Stars* (rounded down)

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
Charlotte May
"After a while you get better at isolating it and shoving it into a compartment so it doesn't mess with you, after. But it never really gets easier, seeing what people do to each other."

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
Bill Kerwin
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
Louise Wilson
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Teenager Sarah Cook disappeared fifteen years ago. The same night her parents were brutally murdered in their home in Ohio. Her boyfriend, Brad, was convicted with the murders and sits on death row. He has always maintained his innocence. His execution is only weeks away and his sister is insisting she spotted Sarah at a local gas station, so she hires a PI Roxane Weary to look into his case. Roxane's father had been a cop and she thinks she has linked Sarah's disappearance to one of her fathers ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
“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
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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2.5 stars, rounded up
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.

Sophie Hannah
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The most enjoyable and well written book I've read for a long time - brilliant! Thoroughly recommended. private eye thriller about a terrible miscarriage of justice, with a protagonist I am v keen to see more of! ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PI Roxane Weary is well known for being able to find lost things and missing people so when Danielle Stockton thinks she sees a missing girl, Sarah Cooke, who has brother Brad has been convicted of killing, she hires Roxane to find Sarah and get Brad off death row. Sarah disappeared 15 years ago, the night her parents were found murdered and Brad, her boyfriend was found guilty of all three murders. Danielle has never accepted that Brad would kill Sarah and her parents and believes if Sarah coul ...more
Liz Barnsley
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Top notch Crime fiction right here, really excellent debut, totally engaging main protagonist and a story that is twistier than a pretzel but still entirely authentic and utterly believable. Absolutely bang on writing style that just perfectly tells a beautifully plotted story.

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
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Roxane Weary is good at finding things. She always has been. So when she's hired by Brad Stockton's sister, Danielle, to find Brad's teenage girlfriend, Sarah, she doesn't think it will be a difficult case. Danielle is convinced she spotted Sarah at a gas station--despite the fact she disappeared fifteen years ago. Meanwhile, Brad is in jail--set to soon be executed--for the brutal murder of Sarah's parents the night Sarah disappeared; the prosecution also alleged that Brad killed Sarah as well. ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Damn, this was a good one! PI Roxane Weary's newest client is the sister of Brad Stockon, a death-row inmate who is the alleged murderer of Sarah Cooks' parents. At the time, Sarah was his girlfriend & Brad was convicted with some pretty convincing evidence. No one has seen Sarah since that brutal night fifteen years ago. But his sister, Danielle, swears that she has seen Sarah. Promising to get to the bottom of the situation, Roxane's actions quickly reveal a twist more sinister than a simple m ...more
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Regular readers of my blog know that I mainly read crime thrillers. Lately everything has become very samey, so I’ve been on the lookout for a book that would blow me away. The Last Place You Look is definitely one of the best crime books I’ve had the pleasure of reading in the past few months!!!

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
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After being completely sucked in by the latest installment of the authors Roxane Weary series I could not wait to go back to were it all began. After the death of her father, Roxane is not coping well with drink and bad relationships driving her to the edge. First, there is her father's former workmate Tom who she is having a sex with, trying to get back with her old flame from high school Catherine, and trying to be a friend to an old clients daughter.

Her only distraction from the chaos in her
John Martin
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This book seemed to hit most of the tropes required of this genre (which is a nice way of saying the storyline and main character found most of the cliches).
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.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
A good start to a series enjoyed this but not overly enthusiastic I know I am in the minority but I always either like it or don't 3.7 stars ...more
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Best mystery I’ve read in a long time!! The narrator, (PI) Roxane Weary is going through a lot and is kind of a train wreck.. But this author is so good. Instead of annoying me, I LOVED her! I think it’s because she was so damn realistic.. I could feel what she was going through. And although she has some personal shit she’s dealing with, she’s smart. & it was necessary in this book.. Man oh man.. The mystery is so good. I couldn’t put it down!! No stupid red herrings just a “genuine” ...more
What an absolutely amazing debut - I'd be happy with this a few books into an author's career, but Kristen Lepionka has nailed it on the first try.

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
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
“Matt said you find things. For a living.” the woman said on the phone.
“What do you need to find?” I said, finally.
“The girl who can get my brother off death row.”

Roxane Weary is the latest addition to my growing list of hard-boiled detectives I want to read about, despite the massive number of series I’ve started and left unfinished. I’ve heard good things about Kristen Lepionka on Goodreads since her debut, but I held off suspecting either a chick-lit or supernatural romance vibe.
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