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    suspenseful, fast paced mystery

    Flowers on Her Grave is my first book by this author. While being the third in the series, the book is easy to keep up with a Detective Katie Scott quickly captures the reader's attention. A former military k-9 trainer, Katie is now the main detective in her uncle, the sheriff's cold case division with a knack for solving cases. After her aunt is murdered and her uncle framed for the murder, Katie does a deep dive into her uncle's old cases to find the most likely candidates for the setup. An old cold case turns up eerie similarities to her aunt's murder but the suspects list just keeps growing as Katie runs into danger to solve the murders. With characters that fuel the imagination and a mystery that keeps you guessing, the pages flew by for a suspenseful, fast paced mystery that you do not want to put down. The only thing keeping this from a five star read for me is that the story reached the climax so abruptly (like a page or two) after building for so long I felt a little unsatisfied. The ending works towards a happier Katie and leaves me wanting to come back for more. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
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    A Spellbinding Third Instalment

    Flowers on Her Grave is the third instalment in the police procedural series featuring Detective Katie Scott. Having followed this compelling series from the start I was keen to jump straight in and read this next superb instalment. The book starts with a chilling prologue that immediately had me hooked. In Pine Valley, California, it is the morning after Katie's aunt and uncle's 10th wedding anniversary party, a huge soirée. When Katie arrives at their home the next day for a planned meet-up, she finds her Aunt Claire dead in the laundry room and her beloved uncle, Sheriff Wayne Scott, still alive, but covered in blood. Worse still, the sheriff is the prime suspect as his prints are all over the antique knife found at the scene. Totally convinced of the Sheriff's innocence but barred from investigating, Katie digs through some of her uncle's cold case files and comes across a 12-year-old cold case whose victim had similar wounds to Claire. Once again, Katie brings her warming and personable attributes to this thrilling story, even though she is still suffering the symptoms of crippling PTSD. This novel was a fantastic, solid and well-balanced police procedural that had me glued to the pages and I didn't want to put it down as I was desperate to know the outcome of the story. The exciting plot was clever, gripping, and wonderfully paced, as Katie embarked on an exhilarating mission to solve the case. The writing flowed effortlessly, the author’s masterful prose elevating the novel above that of traditional police procedurals. I found myself really rooting for the Katie to succeed. For those wishing to follow the series from the start, the other books are: Little Girls Sleeping Her Last Whisper A spellbinding, highly recommended read. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    Another great book in this series.

    Flowers on Her Grave is the third book in the Detective Katie Scott series by author Jennifer Chase. It’s a solid police procedural. Since the events of the second book, Detective Katie Scott of the Pine Valley’s Sheriff Department, and a former two-tour army veteran, has reluctantly decided to give a try to therapy to get rid of her PTSD related troubles. One session, for now. She heads the cold case department and, in this capacity, decides to work a case alluded to in the previous book, the unsolved disappearance of a mechanic five years earlier. This, on the request of the victim’s dying mother. In spite of budget constraints, she gets to keep the assistance of Deputy McGaven on a part time basis. She’s also allowed to keep her K9 army partner, Cisco, as a tagalong in an official civilian consulting capability (a canine Patrick Jane, working for scratches behind the ears). Life is very unfair to Katie Scott, who has already lived her share of tragedies. Not long after she starts her new investigation, her uncle’s wife is found murdered in their house, and evidence seems to point to him as the killer. Her uncle being Pine Valley’s sheriff, this puts Katie Scott in a very difficult position. She won’t get help from the undersheriff taking charge as, faithful to a trope lived by many cops in many series, he’s not a fan of the new cold case department, nor of Katie Scott’s habit to disregard rules when she feels it required. Drowned in grief, she has to juggle pursuing her cold case with secretly shadowing the investigation in her aunt’s death. Another race against time begins again for Katie Scott and her partner. A double one, this time around. This book can be read as a standalone, but picks up where the previous one ended in terms of characters and their development. However, the author takes good care of informing potential new readers of what has happened before. Katie Scott is far from being perfect, still trying to take on her trauma alone. And, the pressure she’s exposed to during this very personal case, combined with her habit of keeping things close to the chest, lead her to jeopardize the investigation, to jeopardize herself, and to make some connections later than she should have. This character trait can become frustrating at times to the reader I am, and I hope she’ll seek the help she obviously needs, even more so now. The secret real protagonist of this series is army K9 veteran, and Katie Scott’s partner, Cisco. Cisco has it better this time around. He gets a giant new playground to train in, wins the lottery, gets personal A/C in his car, gets to track and dig out stuff, and to show off opening doors by himself. He also confirms his status as an all around good boy. I thought I had guessed who the killer was two thirds into the book. However, I was mistaken. Not mislead as, in hindsight, all the clues were there. But, there were extra ones. Indeed, as the story closes, some questions remain unanswered. If it’s not an oversight on the part of the author, this might be a bad omen looming over Katie Scott were she to return for a fourth book. A return I would welcome. Cherry on the cake, Jack Reacher’s fans will be pleased to see Katie Scott lives by one of his rules. Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for this unbiased review.
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    Lovely

    Easy read with short chapters. The storyline didn't give anything away till the end. Just a happy reader and will definitely read another from this author.
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    A fab read

    Detective Katie Scott is back in the third book in her series. This time the case is personal. Katie is still working in the cold case department of the Pine Valley police force but her partner McGaven has now moved to part-time. After attending her Aunt and Uncle’s wedding anniversary party, Katie calls the next day to go for a run with her uncle, a family tradition. After initially getting no answer at their house her uncle eventually opens the door covered in blood. A quick sweep of the house reveals that her aunt is dead in the laundry room. Her uncle swears he didn’t kill his wife. However, all the evidence points in his direction. Katie has been told to stay away from the case but as her uncle is the only family she has left she is not going to let him go down for something he didn’t do, especially when her aunt’s death has very similar circumstances to a cold case. I had read the first two books in the Detective Katie Scott series and enjoyed them both so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. I find Katie to be a great character. Yes, she has some PTSD that she is working through having just come out of the army in the first book and she can be a bit hot-headed at times and reckless but this is what I like about her, she makes for good reading. I thought the book was a little slow to get going this time and I was waiting for the murder to occur to get the plot surging ahead and showing Katie at her best. Once she is on the trail of a killer there is no stopping Katie and with this being personal bring the real killer to justice was all she had in her mind, as well as trying to connect the dots to an old case. The book was fast-paced, thrilling and I enjoyed every minute of it. I was glad to see that Cisco, Katie’s ex-army dog is still involved in her detective work. If you haven’t read the first two in the series I would suggest doing so before reading this one. It can be read as a stand-alone but you won’t get the full atmosphere of the book given that we get to know her aunt and uncle in previous books. Overall, Flowers on Her Grave is a fab read and I can’t wait for the next in the series.
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