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Book Review

Dead Stop
by Barbara Nickless

#2 in Sydney Rose Parnell

Category:  Modern Detective Mystery

Average Rating:  4.0

It's been five months since Special Agent Sydney Parnell survived a violent confrontation with a gang of brutal thugs, an encounter that left her physically and emotionally scarred. Deep down, Sydney fears she isn't ready for another investigation. But when a woman is murdered on the train tracks and a child goes missing, she knows she's the only one who can lead the hunt for the killer. While Denver police and the FBI chase down blind alleys, Sydney focuses on a single cryptic clue left behind at the crime scene--one that will send her down a path of greed, violence, and long-ago love.

With Denver beset by a series of monsoonlike thunderstorms that threaten to flood the city, Sydney and her K9 partner, Clyde, must wade through a murky trail of murder that stretches back thirty years--all to rescue a child--and catch a killer with a long memory and an insatiable appetite for destruction.


[2018-12-13 12:23:44]

Rating:  4

It will definitely help one's understanding of this story and main characters if the previous (first) book in this series, Blood on the Tracks, is read first. This story is complete with a somewhat surprising ending, but characters and events are referenced from the previous story. It helps to have the backstory, especially of Sydney and Clyde. The story is very well paced and seriously suspenseful, but Sydney's "ghosts" do detract from the story somewhat.

Emily Sutton-Smith performs quite well, voicing the characters distinctly and appropriately. She has easily become the voice of Sydney Parnell. I look forward to more to come in this series.

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