a minute to midnight

4 stars

Another fast-paced, interesting mystery/thriller in the FBI agent Atlee Pine mystery/thriller series.

This is the second book in this series. Atlee gets in trouble on the job. In order to stay in the FBI, she’s given the chance to go home and deal with her unresolved anger over the kidnapping, and possible murder, of her twin sister when she was 6.

Atlee and her assistant Carol return to the small Georgia town where Atlee’s sister was kidnapped. As they try to find threads of evidence to follow on a decades old mystery, Atlee gets the distinct impression that most of the town’s people are not telling her everything they know.

To complicate matters, a young woman is found ritualistically murdered near the town square and the small town’s police, with their limited resources, enlist her help on the case. As the bodies start to pile up, Atlee must balance her search for answers to her own case with finding a serial killer in her hometown.

I enjoyed this book. It’s fast-paced, with well developed characters and an interesting story. Granted a lot of these type of books are pretty formulaic, but I just like this author’s writing. His main characters are always compelling, the mysteries well paced, and while you can usually figure out most of the mystery before the story is over, there are still a few elements that are a surprise. This is a fun escape and a good palate cleanser between heavier, more complicated books. If you’re looking for a fun book to read, this is it.