NYPD Detective Claire Codella has just won a tough battle with cancer. Now she has to regain her rightful place on the force. she hasn’t even been back a day when Hector Sanchez, a maverick public school principal, is found murdered. The school is on high alert. The media is howling for answers. And Codella catches the high-profile case at the worst possible time.
As she races to track down the killer, she uncovers dirty politics, questionable contracts, and dark secrets. Each discovery she makes brings her closer to the truth, but the truth may cost Codella her life.
Review: This is Carrie Smith’s debut novel in the Claire Codella mysteries series and I have to say, she did not disappoint, at all. I read some of the reviews on Amazon, and people are loving this book too.
I am a huge fan of mysteries, action/ suspense books. Mary Higgins Clark, Vice Flynn, Harlan Coben, their books are just so good. I think I can add Carrie Smith to my litany of authors that write quality mystery fiction.
When I first read this book and I was introduced to Codella (that’s how she was referred to in the book), I was reminded of another character, Detective Eve Dallas, from the In Death series by J.D Robb. If the reader hasn’t read any of her work, reading about Eve Dallas is a must. Sorry, I’m digressing, I likened the two characters because they are both tough as nails, and are a voice for the dead. They both work tirelessly to figure out what happened to the victim, arrest the person who committed the murder, and close the case. Codella is a very likable character and I found myself rooting for her as she closed in on solving the case. She has hints of vulnerability that makes her jump out of the pages. I like the fact that the author allows us inside Codella’s mind as she working out the case. The reader gets to see her figuring things out. I don’t see that very often when I read mysteries, so to me this is new and fresh.
The book started out slow, I’m not going to lie, not Mary Higgins Clark slow, but slow in order for the reader to be introduced to the characters and to understand the plot. It gets going a few chapters in, and before I knew it, I was up until 2 in the morning, finishing the book. It was just so good. I can’t say a whole lot about the plot or what happens in the book because it would ruin it for the reader, but what I can say is that this reader didn’t know what was going to happen next. Things aren’t always as they appear.
Take a chance on this book, it’ll be an enjoyable way to spend a quiet afternoon. Just the reader and Codella solving the case. Pure heaven, in my opinion.