Pacific Homicide by Patricia Smiley is the first book in the NEW “Pacific Homicide” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, November 2016

Pacific HomicideFrom LA’s glitz and glamour to its horrific crime scenes, homicide detective Davie Richards sees it all

Most cops spend their entire careers without firing a weapon in the line of duty. LAPD Homicide Detective Davie Richards is an outlier, a cop who killed a suspect to save another officer’s life.

While she waits for the police commission to rule on the shooting, she’s called out to probe the gruesome homicide of Anya Nosova, a nineteen-year-old Russian beauty whose body is found in the Los Angeles sewer system. With her own case in limbo, Davie knows that any mistakes in the investigation could end her career. As she hunts for the murderer, somebody begins to hunt her . . . and it’s no longer just her job that’s on the line.

This story quickly grabbed my attention as I became immersed in all that was happening and I could not put this book down until it was all said and done. We are introduced to Davie Richards, a homicide detective in L.A, who carries a lot of baggage and it’s that baggage that makes the heroine of this story stand out and more determined to prove that she got what it takes to do her job. The narrative contained within these pages was descriptive in detail, allowing me to visually feel part of the action as Davie went about her day to day search for a murderer. This well-written drama was staged perfectly with multiple mini-plots that feasted into the overall telling of this tale from the police investigation, to the backstory of Davie’s family and to one man’s revenge, all culminating in an ending worthy of this debut novel. With an intriguing cast of characters, engaging storyline and actionable conversations, this was a fantastic read and I can’t wait for the next one in this new series.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

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