TAKEN TO THE GRAVE By M.M. Chouinard

SYNOPSIS

In a town full of secrets, the truth won’t stay buried….

When a girl’s body is discovered in a park in the sleepy Massachusetts town of Oakhurst, local detective Jo is shocked to the core.

Because the second girl is the second innocent victim to turn up dead in three days. And just like the first, a tarot card has been left by the body. The meaning of the card: betrayal

After uncovering a series of threatening messages targeting the girl, a student at the university, and the first victim, her teacher, Jo thinks she’s locked the killer in her crosshairs. The primary suspect is a volatile ex-military student with an axe to grind for failing grades, and the frightened town is out for his blood. But the next day, a much loved member of the community is found dead in her home, a tarot card in her mail. There’s no clear motive to link her death to the others, and the message on the card this time is even stranger: domestic bliss

With a fourth body and card appearing the following day, Jo knows she’s running out of time to crack the code and bring the killer to justice. And the pressure only gets worse with heartbreaking news about Jo’s father forcing her to choose between helping her family heal or the victims’ families get justice. Can Jo find the twisted murderer sending the town into a panic before another life is lost? Or this time, will the dangerous killer find her first?

MY REVIEW

This is the second book in this series, the first one The Dancing Girls, where we were first introduced to Jo that was a great start to this series, and this second book doesn’t disappoint. A police procedural, mystery,thriller book.

Jo and her partner Bob, are called out when a body is found in an office at Oakhurst University, it turns out to be the body of Professor Michael Wharton, as Jo and Bob interview colleagues, it seems that the Professor wasn’t very well liked, there are even some people who really despise him. Which means plenty of suspects to investigate. One young colleague had accused the professor of sexual assault, another professor didn’t get tenure because of Professor Wharton, and a student lost his financial aid after he failed one of the professors classes.

To make matters worse two more victims appear in the span of the next three days. The latest two deaths appear to be related to the death of the Professor, with a twisted plot of revenge within the academic circles, job loss, infidelity, and the stealing of intellectual property. Jo and Bob are under a lot of pressure to find the murderer,and close the case by their boss, as if it’s just so easy to catch someone who is clever enough to kill several people within a short space of time. What links the murders?despite Tarot cards! There are a couple of red herrings to throw you off the case.

Jo also has the added pressure of her father being ill with pancreatic cancer and she wants to spend as much time with him as she can. She has to juggle her family and work responsibilities. She also has a relationship with a lover who is happy to take care of her, but Jo doesn’t want to get too reliant on a man. It’s also nice to see the dynamics of Jo and Bobs relationship as partners on the job.

I really enjoyed this second book and give it 4 stars out of 5.

This book is available for pre order now and is available as from the 19 th September 2019.

I would like to thank netgalley and bookouture for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M.M. Chouinard writes crime fiction (including suspense, procedural, and cozies), and women’s fiction. M.M. Chouinards first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after. While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millennium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity’s sake, she released them.


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