Shatter the Night by Emily Littlejohn
eBook review copy; 320 pages
Detective Gemma Monroe Series #4
Shatter the Night by Emily Littlejohn is a highly recommended mystery/police procedural and the fourth book in the series featuring Gemma Monroe.
On Halloween night in Cedar Valley, CO, Detective Gemma Monroe,
fiancé, Brody Sutherland, and their daughter, Grace, stop by the law
office of an old family friend, retired Judge Caleb
Montgomery. After admiring costumes, Caleb talks to Gemma privately and
gives her a stack of threatening letters he's been receiving. Shortly
after Gemma and her family leave, the judge's car explodes - with him
inside. Gemma and her team immediately begin investigating suspects and
motives, including the judge's past rulings from when he was on the
bench. As the investigation continues, another man is murdered and the
case becomes more complicated with perhaps decades old roots.
The plot flows smoothly as you follow the various threads of the
investigation and the inquiries made as the team strives to find the
killer in this adeptly written mystery. Part of the pleasure is in
following working mom Gemma juggle the complex investigation and the
needs of her family. All the characters, including the minor ones, are
developed and come across as real people. Every little tidbit of
information uncovered could be an important lead or a false trail as the
tension slowly built through the novel. The culmination of the
investigation was satisfying after plenty of suspects were considered
Shatter the Night can certainly be read as a stand-alone
novel. This is my first Gemma Monroe novel and I could very easily
follow the plot and the backstory. I also liked the character of Gemma
quite-a-bit and look forward to entering her world again someday.
My review copy was courtesy of Macmillian.