Catch Your Death (Cold Case Investigation 6) by Lissa Marie Redmond

Note to self: Never go to school reunions…

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Detective Shane Reese bumps into an old school friend who invites him to a class reunion to take place in a new luxury spa hotel the friend is about to open. His partner, Detective Lauren Riley, is invited along too. But this class has a shared tragedy in their past – just as they graduated high school, one of their classmates, Jessica, was brutally murdered. All the classmates were suspects and the case was never solved, so they’ve all lived with that shadow over them. So when one of them, Erika, announces on the first evening of the reunion that she knows who killed Jessica and is going to reveal it on her true crime podcast, it’s not too surprising when she too is killed. Meantime, a blizzard has blown up and the hotel is snowed in. So the local police are relying on Riley to hold things together till they can get through…

Although this is the sixth in a series, it’s my first Redmond, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a traditional style mystery with the clear intent of mirroring the “closed circle” mysteries that were a standard of the vintage crime writers, but in a modern setting complete with modern technology and policing methods. Not in any way a cosy, but it’s also nowhere near as dark or graphic as a lot of modern crime fiction.

I liked Riley as a character. She bears some scars from physical injuries she has acquired throughout her career, but she is a well-adjusted, stable person who seems happily angst-free. There is clearly a past between her and her partner, Shane Reese, that goes beyond a strictly working relationship. The two live together in the sense of sharing a house, although as the book begins they are not romantic partners. It’s fairly obvious, though, that their relationship may be heading in that direction. In this book Riley has to take the lead because Reese, being one of the classmates, is himself a suspect. I don’t know if they work more closely as equal partners in earlier books in the series.

Lissa Marie Redmond

The plot is interesting and there’s a good variety of suspects – a failing actor, a drunken creep, a jealous husband, the jealousy-inducing wife, a computer games millionaire, the spa owner, and of course Detective Reese. The idea of a group of people being snowed in may not be the most original in the world, but it’s effective, and Redmond handles it well and credibly. The reason the original investigators failed to find the murderer was that all of the suspects had the means and the opportunity to kill Jessica, but no one seemed to have a strong enough motive. This will be the problem for Riley, too, since clearly the motive for Erika’s death is her threat to reveal who killed Jessica. I’m not convinced it could really be described as fair play, but the pacing is very good so that it kept my attention and I didn’t mind so much that I hadn’t had access to the vital piece of information that finally told Riley who the murderer was.

Well written, I felt this was well above average in the current field of traditional police procedurals. A good mystery, nothing too gruesome, zero swearing and some likeable lead characters – my kind of book! I’ll be backtracking to catch up with the earlier books in the series and am looking forward to seeing what Redmond produces in the future.

NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Severn House, via NetGalley.

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32 thoughts on “Catch Your Death (Cold Case Investigation 6) by Lissa Marie Redmond

  1. Well, fortunately there isn’t enough money in the world to pay me to attend a school reunion, so I think I’m safe! Glad you enjoyed this – police procedurals are not my preferred type of crime fiction, but my mum loves them and it’s nearly time to buy Christmas presents, so I’m definitely tempted to get this for her. (If I do it will be the third or fourth year in a row that your reviews have helped me pick her present, so thank you for that!)

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    • Haha, that’s pretty much how I feel about the idea of school reunions too! I hope your mum likes it if you go for it – it makes such a pleasant change to have a modern crime novel that isn’t full of swearing, sex and gore!

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  2. You know, FictionFan, I have never attended a school reunion, and I intend to keep it that way. Those things have never been of interest to me, and you see? There’s a good reason why! Seriously, though, this does sound interesting. I like the sound of the main character, and the plot is interesting. Glad you liked it.

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    • Haha, nor me, Margot! I can well imagine that the night may end with a murder or two… 😉 I enjoyed this one – such a pleasant change to have a modern crime novel that isn’t full of swearing, angst and gore! Just a nice little murder… 😀

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  3. I attended my 50th, well half of it anyway. We had a small high school graduation class. So everyone knew everybody and most people weren’t jerks. I went on the dinner cruise party and there we around 25 to 30 grads there. We had a good time. Dinner and drinks with a dj after. I kept our group on the dance floor as much as possible. It was fun.

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    • I’ve never been to one – not sure there have been any, in fact! I can see that it might be fun but on the other hand… haha, I always have the feeling all the people I didn’t like would turn up and all the people I did like wouldn’t! 😉 Yours sounds as though it was a good night!

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    • Haha, I’m not a reunion person myself – looking at all these old people would make me have to face that I’ve turned into an old person too! 😉 It made a pleasant change to have a modern crime story without swearing, angst and gore!

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    • Haha, not so many contemporary crime novels appearing on my blog these days as there used to be, but this one is good! But fear not! The FF Awards season will be starting soon so you’ll know which ones to go for… 😉

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  4. This sounds good and I’m glad it worked so well for you! I had my doubts at the beginning, with the whole reunion business.

    I attended a couple of high school reunions (10th and 30th), but have long since decided if I want to “stay in touch” with anyone, I can do it on my own time (in my own way). 😂

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    • Both the reunion and the snowstorm make it sound a bit clichéd, but she used them both very well!

      That’s kind of how I’ve always felt about reunions – if we didn’t stay in touch, there was probably a good reason! 😉

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    • Haha, yes! The very idea of getting together with my old classmates makes me shiver! 😉 Always good to have a few lighter series on the go for breaks between the heavier reads.

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  5. This book sounds very similar to a Ruth Ware I read a few years ago, but she doesn’t write police procedurals so it has that new aspect to it. And really, being snowed in isn’t original, but it makes for a great work of suspense, especially when murderers are sniffing about 🙂

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    • I do enjoy police procedurals, especially because they lend themselves to series in a way thrillers don’t really. The being snowed in thing has been done so often, but I suppose it must be hard to think up original ways of creating “locked room” mysteries! And she used it well.

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    • I like the traditional style of police procedural enjoyable too. Haha, me too – I get the impression most people would rather not go, but just feel they ought to! Like works’ Christmas parties… 😉

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