The Girl in the Moss (Angie Pallorino #3)
by Loreth Anne White
Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Montlake Romance
Genre: Adult Romantic Mystery
In a Flutter: Enjoyed returning to this series!
A shallow grave exposes deadly secrets as bestselling author Loreth Anne White brings her thrilling series of romantic suspense to its shocking conclusion…
Disgraced ex-cop Angie Pallorino is determined to make a new start for herself as a private investigator. But first, she and her lover, newly promoted homicide detective James Maddocks, attempt a quiet getaway to rekindle a romance struggling in the shadows of their careers. The peace doesn’t last long when human skeletal remains are found in a nearby mossy grove.
This decades-old mystery is just what Angie needs to establish her new career—even as it thrusts her and Maddocks back into the media spotlight, once again endangering their tenuous relationship.
Then, when Angie’s inquiry into the old crime intersects with a cold case from her own policing past—one that a detective on Maddocks’s new team is working—the investigation takes a startling twist. It puts more than Angie’s last shot at redemption and a future with Maddocks at risk. The mystery of the girl in the moss could kill her.
Worldbuilding: Lush natural setting at Plunge Falls, on the Nahamish river. The main setting of the series is Victoria, Canada, but this baby was mostly set in Plunge Falls.
Characters: Angie is dealing with all the changes in her life – not necessarily dealing well at all times, lol. Considering everything she went through and her tough past, I thought she was doing pretty decent. There’s and edgy sort of part of her which I really enjoy. I liked to see how she evolved and got her shot together along the way.
JAmes Maddocks was less of a presence in this one but cool nonetheless. I love them together, very charismatic and hot couple.
Plot: The case was an engaging mystery, exciting despite or because of how long ago most of the events happened. Kinna guessed who the culprit was about halfway through the story, thinking it was a cool story anyway – but then, plot twist! Nice one. The romance was sweet but still angsty, with a pretty maybe-HEA note at the end, though I hope the series will continue xD
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, mostly his/her POV but technically multi. Awesome descriptions.
Curb Appeal: Spectacular cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my Romantic Mystery needs.
I recommend The Girl in the Moss to fans of romantic mysteries with charismatic detectives/private investigators and cold murder case mysteries.