by Marie Flanigan
Series: Annie Fitch Mysteries #1
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Annie Fitch, a former police detective, struggles to make ends meet as a private investigator in the sleepy town of Leesburg, Virginia. On partial disability because of gunshot injuries, she’s relegated to doing surveillance gigs and background checks. But things are looking up, since her on-again, off-again relationship is back on and might stay that way.
When Annie is hired by Laura Carlton to follow her husband to get evidence of cheating, Annie is certain the case won’t take long. Nick Carlton grew up with money and privilege and has a sex addiction dating back to his high school days. But things go sideways when Annie finds her target dead in an alley just a few blocks from her own home.
Working with her former partner, Gunnar Jansson, Annie digs deeper into Carlton’s background, slowly excavating his past to reveal the multiple suspects and motives. The list includes his many lunch-hour-tryst partners, a local shop owner, and his business partner, among others. Layer by layer, Annie uncovers a truth that runs much deeper than anyone expected.
I’ve been enjoying female detective/PI novels and was delighted to be given the opportunity to review Exposed Fury by Marie Flanigan. This is the first in the Annie Fitch Mysteries series.
Former police detective, Annie Fitch, is now a private investigator working divorce cases, background checks, etc. Her current client Laura Carlton suspects her husband of cheating, and Annie has spent the past week gathering proof. When the cheating husband Nick Carlton turns up dead in an alley, Annie soon investigates murder.
We get some background on how Annie came to be a private investigator and learn about her injuries and her decision to leave the force, but she misses aspects of it.
The author pulls us into Annie’s life, introducing her family, the man she loves, and her ex-partner from the force. We get to know some local spots as Flanigan allows the clues to unfold. She skillfully delivered red-herrings as we interviewed suspects and gathered evidence.
I like Annie, her family and Gunner, her ex-police partner. I even like her on again off-again boyfriend Ford for all that was revealed about him. Annie was genuine, vulnerable, and the author allowed readers to connect with her.
Fans of procedural mysteries, strong female characters, and small town settings will want to begin this series. Hidden Fury, the next book in the series released on March 2 and I’ve already devoured it. Look for that review next week.Exposed Fury by Marie Flanigan is the first in the Annie Fitch Mysteries series. #murder-mystery #AnnieFitchMysteries #mystery #PI Click To Tweet