Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Dark Falls (Dark Falls #1), by Lori Ryan

October 2018

John Sevier is a police detective in Dark Falls, CO, and the Major Crimes unit he's a part of of is investigating a string of jewelry store holdups. They started out targeting smaller, lower-end shops that couldn't afford good security, grabbing what they could at closing time, and getting out. Then they start ramping up, their leader in particular becoming violent.

John starts worrying about a woman he hasn't seen since college, when she left early to take care of her father and her sister. Ava McNair joined her father in running their jewelry shop. His heart condition won't let him keep the hours he used to. Her sister Janna's autism keeps her from working with the customers, although she's a far better jeweler than Ava. So Ava is the shop manager, and the one who'll be at most risk if the increasingly violent gang starts striking shops in the business district she's in.

Meanwhile, John is also being reminded of his failure at relationships, with his ex-wife about to remarry.

There's a very good plot here, but also very good characters, and relationships among the characters. I can take all of these characters seriously, and no one is portrayed negatively because it's easier. John's ex-wife Lucia is an excellent example of this, and I won't say any more on that because it wouldn't be fair to the reader. You'll enjoy it more reading that for yourself.

This is the  first book in a series each entry of which will be written by a different author. I have no idea how that's going to work out, but I'm looking forward to reading the next couple of volumes to find out.

Recommended.

I received a free electronic galley of this book, and am reviewing it voluntarily.