It's been about a year and half since Griffin's last installment was published in his Badge of Honor series.
Sgt. Matthew Payne is back and his guns are still blazing. Coined "Wyatt Earp" by the Philadelphia press, Matt has had the misfortune to have drawn and used his police issued firearm more times in his short tenure as a law enforcement officer than 99% of his fellow officers do in their entire careers.
This time around Matt is trying to stop a rash of vigilante killings and copycat killings of those vigilante killings. Confusing, yes; especially to Matt who is left scratching his head.
Payne is anointed the head of the task force that is going to put a stop to this madness. Matt's love-life remains healthy and his new relationship with Amanda Law, who he helped rescue during an earlier case, grows stronger.
Once again Griffin spins his magic. He has a handle on police procedure and his stories never are Hollywood-ized. Since it was so long since his last book, Griffin used a clever device to give his old and new readers the Matt Payne back story: He had a character write Payne's obituary.
This is a cozy mystery literally for "book lovers". Book expert Brooklyn Wainright is attending an international Book Fair in Edinburgh Scotland when trouble and murder seem to follow her. At the book fair, Brooklyn meets up with her ex boyfriend to discuss an original copy of a very secret, potentially scandalous book and later that day, her ex boyfriend turns up dead. First, Brooklyn is considered a suspect, but later is cleared. Along the way, Brooklyn conducts her own investigation to clear her name and soon more bodies turn up dead.
This light mystery takes place in Edinburgh Scotland so I loved the backdrop as well as some humor and romance sprinkled in. A fun read for a light-hearted mystery fan.