Performed by Susan Ericksen
Released on Audible February 2019
Category: Police Procedural, Crime, Suspense, Audiobook, Review
Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.
Dr Rochelle Pickering is over the moon when she gets a dream job offer as head therapist at Roarke’s new youth centre, An Didean, a very apt name meaning refuge or haven.
Rochelle overcame a difficult childhood and now devotes herself to the emotional welfare of children. Her brother Lyle is a recovering addict and ex gang member and lives with Rochelle as he gets his life back on track. She and Crack, who Eve befriended when she investigated the murder of his sister, are an item and both the men in her life are thrilled for her. After a night out, thinking they would have Rochelle’s apartment to themselves, she and Crack arrive back to find Lyle dead surrounded by drug paraphernalia.
Despite the evidence of her own eyes, Rochelle doesn’t believe for a minute Lyle has relapsed. She would have known. Would have been able to tell. Her brother is clean, has a good job and is keeping up with his counselling sessions.
After a murder free, leisurely weekend Eve almost ignores her link when it signals an incoming. When she sees Crack’s name she knows it must be something serious.
She studied the locks on the Pickering door.
“They’re decent.” She engaged her recorder. “Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, and Roarke, entering the premises with the permission of the tenant to investigate a suspicious death.”
For the record, she used the keys, opened the door.
It smelled of lemon-scented cleaner and death.