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Written on Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Pros: interesting setting
Cons: too much lusting

Casey Duncan is a homicide cop with a history: she murdered her boyfriend when she was just 18. That’s her big secret, a secret that eventually puts her on the run. Accompanied by her best friend Diana, also running from a dangerous past, Casey joins the misfits of the City of the Lost, a town in the wilds of the Yukon where everyone is hiding from something – and some of them are also hiding something.

Casey’s entrée to Rockton is solely because the sheriff needs a detective: there’s been a string of murders. Given a population of perhaps 200 in the completely isolated village, Casey has the world’s largest locked-room mystery to solve. But along the way, she has to face lust, betrayal, and secrets.

The first Casey Duncan book by Kelley Armstrong turns out to be a fair mystery, though not great. For my money, Armstrong spends so much page space on interpersonal relationships – the moody, brooding, extraordinarily hot sheriff, for instance – and emotional roller-coaster rides that small (but important) aspects of mysteries get short shrift. Ultimately, the book would have been better if Casey had spent more time detecting and less time lusting after her boss. Your mileage may differ…

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