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    Good detective combo

    There is a serial killer on the loose in Baywood, Wisconsin. Detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan have ten days to find the killer before he or she strikes again. Finding the link between the victims isn’t going to be easy, there don’t seem to be any common threads. Beverly Long has a prolific resume of mystery novels with strong characters. This is the first book in a new series starring A.L. McKittridge. A.L. is a strong male detective with a soft heart. He has an independent teenage daughter and a difficult ex-wife. He is devoted to is daughter and will do anything to both protect her and stay in her life. His relationship with his ex-wife is tenuous, but for the good of their child, they try to be civil. Rena Morgan is A.L.’s longtime partner. She’s happy to be partners with someone as experienced and thorough as A.L. Rena and her husband Gabe have been trying to have kids. They’ve pretty much tried everything, and it’s straining their marriage. Gabe feels that Rena’s job is getting in the way. Rena has no intention of leaving a job she loves. Long has set us up for a plenty of action following these detectives as they solve new crimes. This book handles the serial killer story very well. Leading us on a path that gives us several possible suspects, one definitely stands out. However, with her expert writing, you are not certain of the criminal until the end. I enjoyed this novel enough to want to keep following the story into book two. While I have not read any of Long’s series before, I think that she does write enough elements of mystery into the book to keep you coming back for more. I would recommend this as a good but not too gory or heavy mystery series to read. 3.75 stars This review will be posted at BookwormishMe.com on 4 Feb 2020 .
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    Police Procedural - Serial Murder Mystery

    Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long A.L. McKittridge #1 Detectives McKittridge and Morgan have developed a partnership that allows them to tackle the most recent murder case that comes there way and they do so in a very professional manner. They know that another woman’s life is at stake and that they must find the serial killer within the ten days or another woman will lose her life. What I liked: * McKittridge: knowledgeable, fit, intelligent, experienced policeman with a dream for his future that does not include the politics of moving up to a higher position * Morgan: smart, loves her job and does it well, works well with McKittridge and has a dream for the future. * Getting to see McKittridge and Morgan as people outside of their job and seeing that they are people with human problems to contend with * Following the clues * Glimpses of the power structure within the police department * All of it except… What I did not like: * The whack-job that was unearthed as the killer – but then – I was supposed to not like that person, was I? Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin-Mira for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
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    Interesting start to the series

    Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long is the first the Detective A.L. McKittridge series. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Harlequin/MIRA, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.    Series Background:    (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books) A.L. McKittridge is a Detective with the Bayfield Wisconsin Police Department.  He is divorced, and his teenage daughter Traci is his life.  His sister is an alcoholic.  His partner, Rena Morgan has been married to Gabe for three years, and desperately wants a child.  They have a new boss in Christian Faster, and the verdict is still out. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Every ten days, the nude body of a woman is found in her kitchen, clothes neatly folded beside her.  She has been smothered with the pillow from her bed.  No trace evidence from the perpetrator is left behind.  Not even the pillow. So the detectives know when the killer will strike next.  The hard part is finding him, and preventing the next woman's death.  When they finally get a lead, they also discover the identity of the next potential target.  Their best chance of finding the killer will be by protecting this target....but they can't find her either. Meanwhile, A.L. is having problems with his 16-year old daughter, and Rena is starting to question the fidelity of her husband. My Opinions:   This is going to be a really good series.  Both the main characters are likable, strong, and determined police officers.  Their personal lives were also interesting. The plot was good, and although I did guess some of the motive,  I did not see all of the twists that developed.  The book was well-paced and a fast read.  It was written from both A.L. and Rena's points of view, which kept everything flowing smoothly. Although we still don't know what A.L. stands for, I'm hoping that maybe the next book will shed some light on that. If you are in need of a new series, you might want to give this one a go.  It may have lacked a little "punch", but overall, it was a good solid mystery.  
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    thriller and a romance too

    Ten Days Gone, by Beverly Long, will be available in booksellers on 2-18-2020. Ten is book 1 in Ms Long's new A.L. McKittridge series. It's also the first of Ms Long's books I've read, her work is new to me. I must say, I'm impressed. I really, truly, liked the story and the characters. Well, almost all the characters. Rena, A.L's partner didn't sit well with me. She's a great detective but not so great in the real world. Just my initial impression, she may grow on me in book 2. The plot works and I did figure out who the killer was but not too early. When they begin to suspect the perp I knew they were on the right trail, it fit the clues. The best part of this murder mystery, for me, is the romance between A.L and Tess. She's the intended next victim & there's an attraction between these two that's intriguing. I hope she sticks around for book 2. I'm torn about the ending. It's good, no doubt about it, but I kind of wanted an epilog. That's why I hope Tess & A.L. are ok in the next story. I want to see where they go. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #Netgalley #BeverlyLord #TenDaysGone #A.L.McKittridge #MIRA #HarlequinDigitalSales
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    Not very gripping or unique

    Four female victims found dead in forty days – ten days apart with the next one scheduled very soon. What links them together and who is next? 10 Days Gone is the first book of a new crime thriller series, with main character A.L. McKitteridge and partner Rena Morgan. It’s an assured start – I liked the main characters; A.L. is a grizzled cop with a troubled family life and Rena is desperate to have a baby. Together they are a good partnership, nicely balanced and the dynamic between them works well. The book also jumps nicely between crime solving and the personal lives of the detectives although I felt the personal side moved a little too quickly and perhaps didn’t leave me with enough questions or motivation to pick up the sequel. Good crime thrillers usually leave a through-line with their main characters, but a lot of their problems seemed to have been resolved. I particularly felt A.L.’s progression would have been better served in book three or four when we got to know his personality a little better so the change could have truly been a twist. Although it was an assured start to a series, I have to admit it wasn’t a particularly gripping one. The crime plot was ok but there wasn’t much exploration of previous victims and the ending felt a little convoluted. There weren’t many other police characters or others for us to focus on either other than Tess who admittedly was a good character. Crime thrillers are a very saturated market and although it was a good read, I didn’t really feel that it stood out to me in ways that other series have done in the past. Overall, 10 Days Gone is an ok read but personally I didn’t find it a very gripping or unique start to a new series. Thank you to NetGalley & Harlequin – Mira for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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