Published by Montlake Romance on June 17th 2014
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This book opens at a crime scene. Mason Callahan’s CI (confidential informant) has been murdered. To make matters worse, his fingerprints are all over her apartment. Has he been in her apartment? Yes, but not in the places where his fingerprints have been found. To make his day even worse, his ex-wife’s 11 year old step daughter has gone missing. She left the home in the morning headed to school but never arrived. Who would take her and why? His son is also back in town due to being on a college break and their relationship is strained. Having his step-sister kidnapped does not help matters. Mason attempts to be supportive of his son even if their interactions are uncomfortable.
Mason is attempting to help his ex-wife, her husband and their children cope with the kidnapping. He is acting as the family liaison since he cannot investigate the missing girl as she is considered family. In comes special agent Ava McLane to investigate the missing person case.
Ava and Mason are drawn to each other as they both attempt to help the family find the missing girl. At the same time, Mason is being investigated for the death of his CI as his prints have been found on the murder weapon. He is not a dirty cop, he is dedicated and does things by the book, obviously someone is out to get him, but who?
This book has several twists and turns to keep the pace going. I’ve said before that I do not think Elliot gets the credit she deserves for writing engaging mysteries. Her books are interesting, there are always twists and turns and her writing is solid.
I found this book to be a solid mystery and appreciated that the romance was light as the focus needed to be on finding the missing girl and the real murderer of the CI in the opening sequence of the book. This is the first book in the Callahan & McLane series. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series