2008: #81 – Last Known Victim (Erica Spindler)

victim Book #81 was Last Known Victim by Erica Spindler.  The back of the book reads:

Captain Patti O’Shay, a by-the-books cop, is assigned to the case. But with the evidence lost to time and the elements, the heinous incident goes unsolved. The perpetrator, known only as “The Handyman,” remains at large.

Two years later Patti is still haunted by her own personal tragedy—her husband and fellow police captain was murdered in the post-storm chaos. But when a female victim missing her right hand is unearthed, Patti prepares to return to The Handyman investigation. She is unprepared, however, for what she finds at the crime scene—the victim’s bones beside her husband’s police badge.

Casting aside all the rules, Patti is fearless in her quest to find the truth…because if she isn’t, she could become The Handyman’s last known victim.

This was my first Erica Spindler book, and I think I’ve found a new author! The suspense is good, the characters are believable, and she does a great job of keeping you guessing. There’s more than one convincing red herring (I did *not* guess the bad guy!), and you’re not really sure if you can really trust Yvette until the very end. Patti wasn’t the greatest leading character — I found her to be a little wooden — but the other characters, especially Stacy and Spencer, make up for it.  One thing to note: even though this isn’t technically part of a series, some of the characters have appeared in earlier Spindler novels, and there is reference to them.  But I didn’t feel like I was really missing anything by reading this one first.

Thanks to J.Kaye for allowing me to guest review this!

Page count: 522 | Approximate word count: 104,400

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3 thoughts on “2008: #81 – Last Known Victim (Erica Spindler)

  • September 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    I am thrilled about you finding a new author…news like that makes my day! So glad you loved this book. Oh, and I love the fact you pointed out the reader doesn’t have to go back and read the beginning of this series. Most of the time, I prefer to avoid that if it’s possible.

  • October 2, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    I love Ms. Spindler! You have to go out and check her backlist… they are great!

  • June 5, 2009 at 8:50 am

    this was my first book by erica and i think that she is by far one of the best authors in the world she has everything a book needs to successful in her stories and the suspense never really dies down
    thnx erica for the great reads.


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