Pretty Broken Dolls by Jennifer Chase is a highly recommended police procedural and the 6th book in the Detective Katie Scott series.
Detective Katie Scott and Deputy Sean McGaven work on cold cases so
it is a surprise when they are told to help Special Agent Dane Campbell,
an FBI agent working on what appears to be a serial killer who strikes
every year. As they begin to look into the cold cases, they are called
out to a murder scene at the fairground in Pine Valley, California. A
woman is found tied to a Ferris wheel carriage with her throat cut. Like
the serial killer cases they have been looking at, the victim has had
lipstick and other makeup applied and their is a piece of her jewelry
hanging by a ribbon in the area. As she looks into the murders it is
clear that they all share something in common with Katie herself - all
the victims were
a part of the military K9 training unit.
Katie suffers from PTSD, but she has Cisco, her German
Shepard K9 partner, to help her. It becomes clear with the similarities
between Katie and the victims that she may also be a target.
is a straight forward police procedural where you follow the clues and
the investigators in order to reach the conclusion. As my first Katie
Scott book, I felt like Pretty Broken Dolls
can be read as a stand-alone novel, even though it is the 6th book in
the series. You may be missing some background into the character's
personal lives and relationships, but as a procedural all the pertinent
facts are presented. McGaven is a good partner and the two have an
excellent working relationship. Chad, Katie's fiance, is absent for
training in most of the book, so he is a lifeless character in this book
for those who haven't read any of the series.
narrative moves along at a good pace and the ending is surprising,
although I did have some suspicions early on. Katie does take a few too
many risky chances, but it is clearly part of her personality. This
trait also keeps the sense of danger high throughout the novel. This is a
good procedural that provides the facts and information you need as the
case is investigated.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Bookoutre.