Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review ~ THE INVESTIGATOR by Chris Taylor

A woman who thought she could run away from her past...

At fourteen, Kate Collins ran away from home. Ten years later, her mother has disappeared without a trace. Faced with no other choice, she returns home. Kate’s convinced her stepfather’s responsible, but he’s a highly decorated police officer. Who will take her accusations seriously?

Banished to a small country town after reporting his city superiors for corruption, Detective Riley Munro is never going to accuse the town’s recently retired Police Commander of murder. But Kate’s fear and distress seem genuine and her mother does seem to have disappeared. With reluctance, he agrees to investigate.

After making rudimentary enquires, he’s told Kate’s mother is on a cruise. The information pans out. On the verge of closing the case, Riley is taken by surprise when he receives a subtle threat from his boss, the new Police Commander, to leave Kate’s stepfather alone.

Why would the new Commander feel the need to warn him off? With his instincts on alert, Riley digs deeper and discovers not only is Kate’s mother in a wheelchair, she also hates the water.

Is Kate telling the truth? Is her stepfather, the former Police Commander, guilty of murder? Or is Riley allowing the sad vulnerability in Kate’s beautiful eyes to cloud his judgement?


This is the second book in the Munro Family Series.  You do not have to read the first book to understand this one.  The Investigator is the story of police detective Riley Munro and art dealer Kate Collins.  After 10 years, Kate Collins has returned to the small country town of Watervale, New South Wales.  She believes that her missing mother, Rosemary Watson has been murdered by her stepfather, Darryl Watson.  Darryl Watson just happens to be a well-respected former Local Area Commander of the Watervale Police Department.  To make it more interesting, Riley has only been there for three months because he was exiled from his former position in the DEA in Sydney because he reported corruption within his ranks.

The murder investigation is just the tip of the iceberg.  As Kate begins to open up to Riley, he learns that the scars from her childhood run deep.  Those scars make it very difficult for Riley to feel comfortable in carrying on the investigation.  Riley has to gain Kate’s trust and eventually her heart.  They have some intense sexual encounters along the way so be prepared to take a cold shower.  The mystery surrounding Rosemary’s disappearance keeps you guessing until the very end.  Darryl is very annoying so you can’t help but assume that he is the perpetrator regardless of what happens.  He was so arrogant, I just wanted to choke him.

The Investigator addresses many social issues that run rampant through society such as racism, child abuse, and police corruption.  Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down.  I just had to know how it all ended.  There’s a lot of depth to this book but I can’t get into too much detail because it would take away from your experience.  I can’t wait to read the next book.

Rating: 4.5

Release Date:  April 25, 2014
Book Length:  316 pages
Source: Author
Reviewed by: Gemini
Reading Format: Available in eBook and Paperback

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