Thank you to Minotaur Books for sending me a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Following her acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, this is Emily Littlejohn’s next mesmerizing mystery featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.
In Emily Littlejohn’s follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Inherit the Bones, police officer Gemma Monroe has just returned to work from maternity leave. And what a first day back: a blizzard is blowing into her idyllic Colorado ski town, and while Gemma hopes for a quiet, warm evening in, she knows it will mean plenty of calls out for snow-related accidents. But when an anonymous caller reports seeing a lurker at the local high school, Gemma gets far more than she bargained for. Behind the school building, half covered in a drift of snow, lies the gruesomely murdered body of a world-famous author—whose presence in town was meant to be a secret.
I am officially obsessed with the Gemma Monroe series. I was introduced to it last November when I won a copy of the first book, Inherit the Bones, through a giveaway and let me tell you: waiting a whole year for the second book to release has been torture!
First and foremost, I love Gemma’s character. She’s smart, she’s bold, she doesn’t back down, and she says what she means. She’s a kickass detective and I love it. And the relationship between Gemma and her partner Finn is worth mentioning. They’ve got each other’s backs, yet they have a sibling-like tension that feels realistic and is often good for a chuckle. In general, all of the characters have very distinct and unique traits and personalities. They’re always quirky and intriguing and never boring.
In addition to loving the characters, I’m also a big fan of the pacing. The murder victim is found right away in the beginning of the book, so it opens with a bang. From that point on, the reader is fed clues with each chapter. You’re kept on your toes, constantly questioning everyone’s actions, motives, comments, etc., yet it never feels overwhelming nor sluggish.
I blew through A Season To Lie in two sittings, despite every effort to drag it out. My only complaint: having to wait for book three to see what the next adventure will be. I strongly recommend Littlejohn’s series for fans of mysteries, detective novels, and strong female protagonists. You could read this book as a standalone, but I think you’ll get more from the characters and plot if you have the back story from the first book, Inherit the Bones. ~Amber