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Bad Scene (Colleen Hayes #3) – a gritty, exciting mystery set in 1970s San Francisco.

It’s 1978. Colleen Hayes is a PI in San Francisco and is also an ex-con. While trying to find her missing daughter Pamela, who wants nothing to do with her, one of her sources alerts her that a local neo-Nazi group is plotting to kill the mayor. The police don’t take the lead seriously so she tries to learn more herself. As Colleen’s search for Pamela continues, she uncovers a deadly cult where members have traveled to Ecuador near a volcano and she fears a mass suicide may occur.

Sadly, we know from history that in November, 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were murdered. And also in 1978, a San Francisco-based cult traveled to Jonestown and the tragic outcome is well known. This is not the cult in the book but reflects the turbulent time period.

Bad Scene is the third book in the Colleen Hayes mystery series. And while events parallel the history of the city by the bay, it is essentially a series about a complex woman who yearns to rebuild her relationship with her daughter. You don’t have to have read the first two books to enjoy this new installment but each book is so good, it’s worth reading them all. Colleen is fierce yet vulnerable. The series has a nice sense of nostalgia. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

Many thanks to Edelweiss+, Oceanview Publishing and author Max Tomlinson for the opportunity to read this enjoyable, action-packed book in advance of its publication.

Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.

Crime Mystery.

Publication Date: August 3, 2021.

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