Blunt ImpactBlunt Impact by Lisa Black is the 5th book in the “Theresa MacLean” mystery series. Publisher: Severn House, April 2013

When a body at a downtown building site is identified as that of one of the few women working on a construction crew, forensic detective Theresa MacLean realizes that what looks like an accident is really murder. Why is the dead woman so dressed up? And what was she doing at the top of unfinished building in the middle of the night?

It turns out there was a witness to the death; a young girl nicknamed Ghost, due to her habit of slipping silently and watchfully around the neighborhood. Ghost says the woman didn’t fall — she was pushed by someone Ghost can only identify as the Shadow Man.

Soon Theresa will face the killer in a desperate battle for the little girl’s life.

Theresa is back and on the case in this suspenseful drama. From the first page until the conclusion, the action never stops as one by one we get closer to the identity of the killer. The author did a good job in keeping me busy with each scene as the story intensified. I like the strength in Theresa as she does her job in search of answers. This was a good read and I hope there’s more cases with Theresa and the gang.

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