Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Little Lost Dolls

Little Lost Dolls by M.M. Chouinard
5/4/23; 326 pages
Detective Jo Fournier #7

Little Lost Dolls by M.M. Chouinard is a very highly recommended procedural/crime fiction.

Detective Jo Fournier is called because Madison Coehlo, a young pregnant woman, is missing. She learns where the woman's dog was found, in Crone Ridge Woods, and the search there discloses the woman's body. In her hand is a tiny baby from a king cake, but how does this tie into the murder. It becomes obvious that it does when a second pregnant woman is found with the same plastic baby in her hand. Is a serial killer targeting pregnant women?

This is an excellent installment of the Jo Fournier series which can be read as a standalone novel. Every step of the investigation and the clues uncovered is disclose. Jo is a great detective, detail oriented and careful as she investigates her cases. Each complicated case is full of drama and complications, along with twists and surprises. There are plenty of suspects along the way and expect twists and surprises.

At this point Jo is a fully realized character, but new comers to the series can still follow along and appreciate her cases as enough background information is provided.  The writing is excellent and the pacing is fast and furious as the pressure builds during the investigation.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Bookouture via NetGalley.

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