April 29, 2013

MAY BOOK OF THE MONTH: EVERY LAST SECRET by Linda Rodriguez




I was seeing everyone's tawdry little secrets because murder had thrown a light everywhere.  It was depressing to see how numerous and trashy they were. 
--Skeet Bannion




 
This month's Book of the Month is EVERY LAST SECRET by Linda Rodriguez.  It's Rodriguez' dazzling debut with a kick-ass heroine, a fast-paced mystery with lots of twists and turns, nail-biting suspense and an explosive ending.

Rodriguez is a gift storyteller.  I was on the edge of my seat as I read this book.   I was so invested in Skeet and her friends that I could not put it down.  I love when I find a book like this.  And book two will be out later this month, and I am so looking forward to seeing how everyone is doing and what is next for Skeet and company.

SUMMARY:  Marquitta "Skeet" Bannion was Kansas City's highest-ranking female Detective, but she leaves her beloved city and job when he cop-husband divorces her because he's jealous of her position and her alcoholic cop-father prefers to resign rather than be investigated by Internal Affairs.  Skeet leaves the big city --and she hopes all her family problems! --and moves to a small rural city to become the Chief of Police of Brewster's College campus. 

Skeet makes a new life for herself, with a few friends, and maybe a love interest in the town's Chief of Police.  But all that is put on hold when the college newspaper editor is found murdered in his campus office.  Skeet's investigation uncovers a dark blackmail scheme and a pornography ring.  And as if things were not complicated enough, Skeet becomes guardian to a troubled teen; her father and ex-husband decide to stick their noses into her investigation; her new love interest wants to get serious; every clue leads to another dead body; the College's Administrators are insisting that she keep her findings as quiet as possible; and all leads point to one of the College Deans or maybe all.  Now, Skeet is in a race against time, and she will not stop until she has uncovered every last secret and capture the killer.

Look for book two, EVERY BROKEN TRUST, this May from St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

 
 



BIO:   Linda Rodriguez' first novel, EVERY LAST SECRET, won the Malice Domestic Competition.  She's also published two books of poetry, HEART'S MIGRATION (2010 Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence) and SKIN HUNGER.  Linda also is the recipient of the Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award and the Midwest Voices and Visions Award.  She is the president of the Border Crimes Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Linda is a long-time feminist, activist, and unashamed liberal, who lives in Kansas City with her husband, dog, cat, and about three million books.  Her second book, EVERY BROKEN TRUST, will be published in May 2013 from St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books.  Visit Linda at http://lindarodriguezwrites.blogspot.com.