Monday, July 9, 2012
Gritty Crime Fiction
Still Midnight, the first in the series, opens with a home invasion and kidnapping. The criminals are inept and unsure of themselves. The situation is almost funny, until an accidental shot ups the stakes. DI Alex Morrow is assigned to the case, but not in the leading role she feels she deserves.
Alex Morrow is just the sort of heroine I love - smart and tough, but also flawed. She is prickly with her colleagues and insubordinate with her boss. Due to a recent bereavement, her relationship with her husband has deteriorated almost beyond repair. She has a lot of family baggage that she does not want to interfere with her police work. Her brother is still a part of the criminal world that Alex left behind when she joined the police. Mina weaves the personal stories with the action.
Still Midnight is followed by another excellent book, The End of the Wasp Season. The third in the series, Gods and Beasts due out early next year. Can't wait!