Good morning, readers! Today I'm a stop on the TLC book tour for Alafair Burke's latest, All Day and a Night!
Over a decade ago Anthony Amaro was tried and convicted for the murder of Donna Blank. She was the suspected fourth victim in a series of murders and the police were able to get a confession out of Amaro for her case. So when Helen Brunswick is killed in present day in present-day Brooklyn in a manner similar to that of Amaro's suspected crimes, no one initially draws a connection. But when the DA's office receives a letter claiming Amaro's innocence and suggesting that the killer is not only free but still committing crimes, the case is handed over to Ellie and her partner to investigate.
Meanwhile, Amaro has a top-notch defense attorney on his side as well as Donna Blank's sister. Carrie wants her sister's killer to pay for his crimes and knows that joining Amaro's team will allow her full access to the case files.
This series seriously just keeps getting better and better. Ellie is a clever and tough-as-nails cop with fabulous development. The opening scene in this one alone proves it as she outwits her partner in an investigation where they disagree on a witness's testimony. It's pretty awesome and - for series newbies - is a great introduction to Ellie Hatcher.
The details and intricacies of this mystery (of all of Burke's stories) are the kind that will keep you up late reading, so you've got fair warning from me on that. Yes, I did dive into this pretty late at night and had a very hard time putting it down to go to bed. Of course that's always a sign of a great thriller and a great plot - that desperate need to find out what will happen next, so much so that you start neglecting basic needs (like sleep and meals).
As always, All Day and a Night can very easily be approached by readers who have yet to begin the series even though it is technically fifth in the series, but because I'd hate for a fellow book junkie to miss out on anything, here's the full series list in order for you:
All Day and a Night
To see more stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.
For more on Alafair Burke and her work, you can visit her website here. You can also like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.