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Deadly Cravings by OMJ Ryan
Series: Detective Jane Phillips #8
Published by Inkubator Books on October 2, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
After a lengthy leave of absence, DCI Jane Phillips is back in Major Crimes, neck deep in the most macabre murder investigation of her career.
The naked body of a famous sportsman has been laid out in a churchyard, wrapped in a white shawl, surrounded by flowers. Stranger still, his heart is missing.
With such a high profile victim, the pressure to find the murderer is instant and extreme. And it only increases when the killer strikes again – leaving behind another mutilated body, posed in exactly the same way.
With no obvious connection between the two victims, Phillips turns to profiler Dr. Siobhan Harris. Can she help to identify the perpetrator or discover the motive behind these brutal murders?
But no one could have prepared Phillips for what the doctor is about to reveal.
The Detective Jane Phillips series continues to evolve. Jane has been on leave for months with her new boyfriend Adam. Now she and Adam are going back to work and have to figure out how to navigate work life balance with critical, demanding jobs. Jane still has her boss, Carter, to deal with all the administrative and politics things which would hamper her ability to solve cases. Her team is happy to have her back.
The case is a serial killer. The connection between cases is obvious in the staging of the bodies but not in the reasoning or how the victims are found. The team does their work. The relationships are all resettled with Jane back in charge and deftly solving a difficult case in the end.
Jane’s focus on her personal life felt weird. She did not do a great job of compartmentalizing work at work and home at home. Jane seemed kind of like she was watching both lives but not participating in them. So I didn’t get the emotional connection to either here.
I enjoy this series a lot and look forward to further cases with Jane more settled and participating in her life and work.
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