Private investigator Jessica Shaw is leading a quiet life in a Californian desert community, where she spends her days working low-level cases. But when a former resident asks Jessica to help her sister, Rue Hunter—a convicted murderer whose execution is days away—Jessica can’t resist the offer.
Rue doesn't remember what happened the night two high school students were kill...more
Rue Hunter is in prison for double murder. She is due to be executed in a weeks time. Her sister Rose hires Private Detective Jessica Shaw to investigate the crime that happened thirty years ago. Rue was charged with killing her est friend and her boyfriend. But Rue can't remember killing them.
I did not know that this was the second book in this series. I don't think you need to read the first book as this one reads well as a standalone. But I always recommend, if you can, to read ...more
Jessica has been working as a PI in Hundred Acres for six months when she is approached by the sister of a death row inmate, Rue Hunter, who is facing imminent e ...more
I was definitely impressed with this second book. I'm so glad I decided to continue this series. I liked Jessica's character and really liked the plot (see book description). I like cold case plots and thought this one was really good. It was fast paced and I lik ...more
This novel is an improvement over book one for sure. The mystery itself is very well-developed and planned iout. My only issue is a continuation from the previous book, primarily that "people just don't talk like that," that just because you're in a small town, it doesn't mean everyone knows everyone, and I have never seen these numbers of hard liquor guzzling, freight train smoking, strip-club going people in real life.
I would like to thank the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARC.
After solving the case of her own mother's murder -- Thin Air -- Jessica Shaw decides to stay in California so she can appeal in getting her California PI license. She settles in Hundred Acres, a desert community, sixty miles north LA, and working on cases for a small detective agency. Then a sister of a death-row inmate, Rue Hunter, comes to Jessica, asking Jessica to investigate Rue's case. Thirty years ago Rue confessed to a double murder. Rue is set to death sentence and ...more
We may never know the answer but the plea to find the truth may have needed plenty of time to sort out fact from fiction especially in this small town.
Guilt v Innocence - What ever happened to the idea of 'based on the preponderance of evidence' and 'everyone deserves a chance to defend themselves in a court of law?'
It seems more and more these days we are seeing innocent people being locked up on death row for crimes they never committed and worse st ...more
Loved it! Looking forward to reading more in this series. Great characters, zigs and zags, lots of excitement! Wonderfully written! Thanks for my win in its giveaway.
The main character, Jessica Shaw, is obviously flawed which makes her that much more relatable. I really liked seeing not only her character flaws but also her weaknesses, it was re ...more
This second installment continues to be a solid 4 starts for me! I’m really enjoying the characters and stories. I like Jessica quite a bit, and the plot continues to be intriguing.
I think I’ll continue to stick around this series to see what Jessica gets herself up to in the future books!
Jessica is drifting as she moves around California, stopping in the desert community of Hundred Acres to work for a while in a PI’s office in order to secure her California Investigator’s licence. She has hooked up with the local diner owner and son of the local Sheriff, Dylan, which at least ensures she is ...more
Private investigator, Jessica Shaw is approached by Rose, a woman whose sister, Rue, is on death row and going to be executed for a double murder she supposedly committed over 30 years ago when she was 17. Rose wants Jessica to take one last look at the case and see if there is any way to clear Rue before her execution.
I love a good detective story with an investigation that keeps turning up new ...more
In this book she is hired by a woman who has a sister, Rue, on death row. The tricky thing is Rue has been in prison for 30 yea ...more
The plot of Bad Memory was not as confusing as Thin Air, but it still seemed a bit contrived. I think that there will be a 3rd book (although I haven't seen proof). I like the idea that she would be working as a PI in Los Angeles and have a less random (more mature) relationship with someone (no spoilers).
Very, very well written. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the story and the characters were well crafted. The author is very talented and I will read the other books in this series. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because I'm sensitive to sentence fragments, and while I think they can be effectively used from time to time, I felt they were overused in this book. Ms. Gray does excel at her use of simile, though -- there were a number I marked but one that stood out for me was: ...more
Rue has been in jail for 3 ...more
Still, after all these years, her dream is the same. After confessing to the double murder, she has lived with her deed in the confines of her six-by-eleven-foot cell. Now though, at the point of facing the finality of her death sentence, she wishes she could rememb ...more
The quote is utterly suitable with the book. Hundred Acres all of a sudden become an interesting small town for Jessica Shaw, the Private Investigator in the local agency. Rose Hunter paid her to investigate the old murder case which involved her only sister, Rue Hunter. The case, ladies and gentleman, happened thirty years ago.
I didn't know this is series. I happened to suspect it when in the mi ...more
Each chapter names one of the many characters and captures their view of the circum ...more
She decided at a young age that she wanted to write features for magazines and somehow ended up working as a football journalist for 14 years instead.
After too many winters spent freezing at matches and worrying about dodgy wi-fi connections, Lisa gave up football to work as a content writer at a national n ...more