WHAT LIES WITHIN
Book #5 in the Sam Casey Series
ISBN #: 978-0-9820352-2-1/978-0-9820352-3-8/978-0-9820352-4-5
Full Moon Publishing LLC
Hardcover/ Trade Paperback/eBook
Rating: 4 Cups
Former Detective Sergeant Samantha Casey is a P.I. with an inherited "gift" from her Native American mother. She is able to speak with the dead; not with words, but she sees images. She has also acquired her father's tenacity and deductive reasoning skills. Her husband, Jake, who is still on the force, uses normal means of deduction and together they track down the truth.
Chasen Heights, Illinois Police Chief, Murphy, is a front-runner in the race to be the city's next mayor. In fact, he is so confident that he will replace the ailing mayor that his wife has already measured for new drapes. However, his past has come back to haunt him and now he might not only lose his chance at the mayorship but his freedom.
Detective Jake Mitchell and his partner find a mummified body inside the Las Vegas of Illinois, Sin Strip's landmark hotel. The dead woman turns out to be Police Chief Murphy's girlfriend from his youth who disappeared on the same day as a robbery at the bank where he was a guard. If that is not bad enough, during the course of the investigation, the detectives discover another body on Murphy's land, and he becomes the prime suspect. He hires Jake's wife, Sam, to investigate.
S.D. Tooley incites an entertaining paranormal mystery. This is a fast-paced, well-plotted story with a strong lead character. I love how real Sam is, how much she wants her nemesis to be guilty, yet she is smart enough to realize he might be set up. This book has so many twists and turns to it I found it hard to put down. It felt like the rookie homicide detectives were referred to as baby dicks about a hundred times. The first reference was laugh out-loud funny, but then it was just annoying to read it over and over again. I believe fans will enjoy this latest installment, and having never read a Sam Casey book before, I now consider myself a fan.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More