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Heidi Hart

By day, I'm a domestic violence prosecutor. By night, I read romance to restore my faith in love, relationships, and humanity in general. 

My Favorite Mystery EVER.

Stone Angel - Carol O'Connell

Carol O'Connell's "Mallory" series is excellent, and this is the best of the bunch, the one in which the deeply-flawed but irrepressibly-appealing Kathy takes on new depths and we get a deeper understanding of her personal history. However, since it is the fourth in the series, start at the beginning and work your way up to this one. Yes, the mystery is self-contained enough to stand alone, but much of the beauty of this book is the fact that, having puzzled over the wonder that is Mallory through the first three novels (all set in NYC, where she is a homicide detective), following her to her Louisiana birthplace and learning her back story is like an epiphany. It would be a shame to cheat yourself of that great "ah ha!" moment by not taking the time to build the suspense.

 

***Originally posted at GR December 2011.***