Series: Morgan Dane #1
Author: Melinda Leigh
After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.
Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find the real killer. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight.-Goodreads
Review: Morgan, a single mom of 3 young girls, is ready to take a job in the prosecutors office when her babysitter is viciously murdered. Even more shocking-her next door neighbor is arrested for the crime. Believing he is innocent, Morgan partners with her old high school friend, private investigator Lance Kruger, to defend Nick and find the killer.
The author let's us know almost immediately that Nick isn't the killer. I wish we (the reader) were left trying to decide his guilt or innocence, knowing he wasn't guilty really dulled my enjoyment with this one. I also had a hard time visualizing Morgan and Lance as actual people-there interactions didn't seem authentic.