Five Star, Dec 2002, 25.95
The Fort Worth police arrest detective Roby Tyson for the murder of rookie cop Carri Crane, as the circumstantial evidence at the boarded up rooming house is overwhelming. Roby swears to his partner Cezanne Martin that he is innocent, but admits he had sex with the victim the night before. He pleads with Cezanne to defend him as her first client since she just passed the bar. Reluctantly she agrees though she feels way over her head besides which her current supervisor, chief of homicide, is the father of the victim.
Using blackmail techniques that would have made Machiavelli proud, Cezanne gets herself officially assigned to the Crane murder case. As she begins digging for information from several sources and questions witnesses, Cezanne begins to notice a wider pattern than just the Crane homicide. However, she misinterprets the data enough to place her life at risk from a killer who prefers that Roby take the injection.
THE LADY GODIVA MURDER is an exciting police procedural that sub-genre readers will enjoy because of the engaging investigation that includes plenty of office politics. The lead protagonist is a delightful star as she tries to prove her best friend and partner is innocent. The return of Jinx Porter (see CONSTABLE RUN) and his database adds a sense of homecoming to the plot. Anyone who reads this wonderful tale will believe that Laurie Moore is quite a talent.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner