It's 2019 and New York's Catskill Mountain region is the setting of the latest case for Detective Susan Ford, who teams up with her father Will, a retired detective. Twenty-eight-year-old Madison Garcia is found murdered in a borrowed car. Madison and her husband Rafael were raised in Monticello and had moved to Brooklyn. The night of her murder, Madison had reached out to Susan, but the call went to voicemail. Susan and Will start to uncover the many family secrets being kept. An interesting cast of characters are questioned as the police search for clues, including the knife used to kill Madison. And the FBI has interest in the case too as several people being questioned are under their watch as well for some serious crimes.
After reading author Marcy McCreary's first book in the Ford Family Mystery series, The Disappearance of Trudy Solomon, I became a fan. Her writing style is easy, breezy with well-crafted dialogue often sprinkled with humor between father and daughter. While murder is a serious and sad subject, her books, while gripping, never get too dark. The Murder of Madison Garcia held my interest throughout as there were many people who could have been responsible for Madison's brutal murder, making for a satisfying whodunit. I enjoyed how the case unfolded, led by Susan, an intelligent woman fully committed to her job - a very appealing character. You can read this book as a standalone but it's worth reading both.
Many thanks to the author and publisher CamCat Books for providing an advance. I'm happy to know that a third book in the series is in the works.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Mystery | Police Procedural.
Publication Date: March 28, 2023.
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