The game is afoot In a Midnight Wood, the 27th book in the Jane Lawless series.
Jane Lawless is busy! She runs a successful restaurant in Minnesota. She is a part-time true crime podcaster always on the hunt for new stories. Jane is also a licensed private investigator.
While visiting a friend in rural Castle Lake, a teenage boy’s body is found. Using DNA, the police discover the boy was Sam. Sam went missing twenty years earlier while still in high school.
Jane decides to investigate Sam’s death with help from her friends, Cordelia and Emma. But does Emma have a conflict-of-interest? She was dating Sam up until his death. The town has already pinned Sam’s disappearance on his abusive father. Could the rumors be true? Did Sam’s father kill his own son?
If you feel like a good old-fashioned police procedural with a LGBT viewpoint, In a Midnight Wood will fit the bill. Its clues, as well as its red herrings, are in plain sight. However, it will take a clever armchair detective to unravel all the small town ties to solve the crime. It can easily be read as a standalone. 4 stars!
Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.