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Dark Streets, Cold Suburbs

(Willa Pennington, P.I. #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Sometimes home is the most dangerous place of all.

In a heart-pounding mystery featuring apprentice PI Willa Pennington, a long-standing cold case turns hot in a hurry.

People move to the suburbs for a better life--nice houses, good schools, safe communities. But there's no place you can go that's completely safe from danger. Willa Pennington knows this all too well after he
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Midnight Ink
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Cindy ~
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book picks up a few months after the last book. Willa has healed physically, taking self defense martial arts classes and seeing a counselor. Sounds like her life should be back on track right? Wrong.

Willa's boyfriend, ATF agent Seth Anderson, has been surely and constantly picking fights. Then one day he just disappears without a word on a secret training exercise. Detective Jan Boyd, an old mentor from her days on the police force, gives her an old cold case she wants Willa to solve. As
Sometimes when reviewing a book, a single word speaks to me that encompasses what stands out about said book. With Aimee Hix's Dark Streets, Cold Suburbs, my mind goes to the word "solid." Everything about Aimee's writing, with her debut Willa Pennington book What Doesn't Kill You and now with the second book in that series, is a solid accomplishment. The story, the characters, the flow, the resolution are all deftly developed without holes or soft spots. Solid. Of course, I can easily add the d ...more
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Midnight Ink for this arc.

I found this a nice, easy read. While the plot wasn't very plausible, the characters were well-developed and interesting. I have not read the first Willa Pennington book, but there was enough detail in this one to follow it easily without overwhelming this second book. (I always feel cheated when the writer spends too much time recapping the previous books instead of getting on with the current story). While the book's blurb makes if sound almost
Ruth Barrineau-brooks
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
NetGalley sent me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Dark Streets, Cold Suburbs finds Willa Pennington involved with a frightened teen and two cases -- a cold one and a new one. The action is non-stop and the mystery delightfully complex. The characters, especially Willa, are revealed more, and Aja, a new one, is inserted flawlessly. Once again, a social issue is addressed subtlety. This mystery had me from page one. I love this series and highly recommend it. I eagerly antici ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
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Sometimes a series can be read as a stand alone. This is not the case with Hix' Dark Streets, Cold Suburbs. Just did not relate to the characters and felt the plot was slow and uninteresting. Granted this may be because I have not read the prior book. "A copy of this book was provided by Midnight Ink via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fast moving plot with two cases dividing Willa's time.

Willa's personal issues fuel her anger and impetuous actions in this second mystery.

When Det. Jan Boyd asks Willa to bring fresh eyes to a 17 yr old cold case, Willa is flattered.

A teenager at the dojo catches Willa's eye. Willa finds herself befriending and defending Aja, whose self absorbed parents have left her alone to look after herself from a dangerous world of steroid inflamed boyfriend and his friends.

Still reeling from Michael's d
Neil Plakcy
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the character of Willa Pennington, and the writing in this book. One caution: a significant number of events happened in the first book in the series, What Doesn't Kill You, and the frequent references to those make it advised to read the first book first. I hadn't, and I was at sea quite often because of that.
T Olsen
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've actually known a couple of women that are at their most gorgeous when they are pissed-off, so I fell in love with Willa at once. The other characters, the mystery and the action are also great, and with the descriptions of family situations this is actually a deep story. A MUST read book.
Mary Keliikoa
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Net Galley and Midnight Ink for the ARC.

I found Dark Streets, Cold Suburbs to be fast paced and compelling. Two cases keep PI Willa Pennington on her toes and I found the well-developed characters to be the strength of the novel. Look forward to seeing more of Willa in future books.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent follow up to What Doesn’t Kill You. Willa is incredibly strong and kick ass! I love reading about her and can’t wait for book 3.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good solid novel by a new author. It took me a little to get into but I am glad I finished it.
Martha Alderson
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Cathy Thompson
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is a Willa Pennington P I Mystery 2 . Fast paced and a clever plot with realistic and believable characters ! I highly recommend ! Thanks to Netgalley and Midnight Ink for the digital copy in exchange for my honest review ! #Netgalley # MidnightInk #DarkStreetsColdSuburbs
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the story of a Private Investigator in love with a cop and there was a fairly good storyline. I must say however, that it took me forever to get through it. There are also a lot of references to what I think must be the story of the first book. Maybe this seemed to drag because I hadn’t read the previous book.

There were some really neat characters here. Willa, the P.I. is in partnership with her dad which creates some funny moments and as you can imagine, some not so good moments too. W
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was happy I requested this book as this was a great discovery.
It's the first one I read in this series and it won't surely be the last.
It's entertaining, engaging and full of action.
I loved the well developed characters and the mysteries.
I look forward to reading other instalment in this series.
Many thanks to Midnight Ink and Netgalley for this ARC
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Aimee spent twenty years working as a federal contractor, so she spent a lot of time contemplating murder. It made total sense that once she retired she would devote her whole life to it. Fictional murder, of course.

She is a native of Northern Virginia and so she truly understands the trials and tribulations of her main character, Willa Pennington, an apprentice PI starting her new career in the S

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