Black Summer by M.W. Craven

Washington Poe, Book 2

Synopsis: After The Puppet Show, a new storm is coming . . .

Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He’s currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe.

So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.

Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time?

And then Elizabeth goes missing again – and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe.

Review: I had a great time with the first volume and was very curious to discover this one.

Poe finds himself on a new case. Well, no, it’s not that new. A few years ago, he put a chef away for the murder of his daughter, even though no body was ever found, just lots and lots of blood. But now a young woman has presented herself to an agent claiming to be Elizabeth, and a DNA test confirms it. Is it possible to fake a DNA test? It seems impossible… And yet… Because Poe is sure Elizabeth is dead and his father wants to bring him down. Luckily for him, Poe will be helped by the very talented Tilly Bradshaw, who will do everything in her power to help him.

I had a great time with this novel. I had such a hard time letting go of it until the end because I was so curious to find out how the story was going to end. It won’t be easy, but our dear Poe is ready to clear his name.

A very good detective story!

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