The Dancing Girls by M.M. Chouinard (Detective Jo Fournier #1)

Wow! This novel is very dark and twisted. I would fit this writer in with Chelsea Cain readers. She doesn’t hold any details back, but also gives bit by bit to explain the rational behind the motive of the killer. I love that she gave that psyche insight of that character. Then when you are wondering just how this is going to wrap up in the last chapter or two she leaves you reeling for more!

Jo Fournier has recently been promoted to Lieutenant and is still trying to get the hang of this new administrative role. She is used to being in the field, following leads, chasing down suspects, data and anything else that might creep up on a case. She is not sure she likes this new position stuck behind a desk, she still has the itch to be out there with the others.

A woman is found strangled in her hotel room, wedding ring missing and no other clues are found and Jo finds herself back on the detective side of things with this case. This is what she loved, what she strived for. But this case is becoming a challenge and Jo is being told to do her job as lieutenant and table it with the other cold cases that came before this one.

Then, when she is visiting her father down south, she comes across an article about a murder in the paper that mimics her case! Do they have a serial on their hands? Jo reaches out to this department and they work together to try and tie the cases together but they just are not convinced it is the same guy and the FBI can’t waste time on two murders with “coincidences”.

Jo is determined to solve this case, even if it means risking her lieutenant position, but will she be able to find the connection to the cases or is this just an isolated case? With her detectives behind her she leaves no stone unturned and just when they are closing in and narrowing down their suspects she gets a call from another department…. the wedding ring from her victim has been found in the drawer of a man… is this who they’ve been looking for?

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for the free book, I will be looking up more by this author! I enjoyed the various character point of views, but this is not for someone who does not like details or the dark side of murder, as this author holds nothing back.

The Dancing Girls (Detective Jo Fournier, #1)

~ Goodreads – About the Author ~

M.M. Chouinard writes crime fiction (including suspense, procedurals, and cozies), and women’s fiction. M.M. Chouinard’s first fiction story was published in her local paper when she was eight, and she fell in love with Agatha Christie novels not long after. While pursuing a Ph.D in psychology and helping to found the first U.S. research university of the new millenium, the stories kept rattling around inside her skull, demanding to come out. For sanity’s sake, she released them. 

M.M. Chouinard

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