I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When the Tiger Kills by Vanessa Prelatte
Published by Self Published on August 23, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
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Can a Serial Killer Be Stopped Before It Is Too Late?
Detective Dawn Cimarron and her partner, Sergeant Rafe Melbourne, are hard at work trying to close not one, but two major cases in their hometown of Mountpelier, Colorado.
In the first case, a college student has been found lying at the foot of a cliff, and his girlfriend has disappeared, the apparent victim of a kidnapping plot. And all indications point to one inevitable conclusion: a serial killer is on the loose – a clever and resourceful killer who seems to be equally obsessed with visions of an ancient goddess and young girls with long, pale blonde hair.
The second case involves a young man who has been stabbed to death, his body left under a tree. At first it looks like a simple drug deal gone wrong. However, after encounters with the victim’s angry, bitter stepsister and his self-absorbed, histrionic mother, the two detectives begin to suspect that there is more to this case than meets the eye.
With the help of Dawn’s husband Ty, a retired Air Force major now in charge of the local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, Dawn and Rafe work to bring a murderer to justice, even as they race against the clock to find the missing girl – before her time runs out.
Detectives Dawn Cimarron and Rafe Melbourne find themselves in the middle of two investigations, one a race against time as they try to identify and locate a young woman who was abducted from a park. The other involves the murder of a troubled young man where, on the surface, looks to be as a result of his lifestyle. But, things aren’t always the way it first seems.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what attracted me to this story from the first chapter but I was intrigued from the beginning. Dawn Cimarron is an enigma herself and, combined with the two cases, I got hooked. She also has a very unconventional marriage that captured my interest. We learn early on that her entire family was murdered when she was twelve-years old but the details unfold sparingly over the course of the story. It wasn’t clear if that had any connection to the cases so it was always in the background.
This was one of the more interesting procedurals, especially since there were two investigations in play. There was a surprising twist I never saw coming with one of them and it came when I was least prepared to absorb it. The secondary relationships added to the story and there are a few I’m hoping will be featured in stories to come.
I really enjoyed this debut novel, unexpectedly so. The story and procedurals are well written and I had a tough time walking away from the book. I’m very much looking forward to the next in the series.
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