The Last Look by Mariah Stewart published in 2007 and is now available in audio format. Narrated by Traci Odom, this is the first book in the Last series. Special agent Dorsey Collins is stunned when a body of a woman is found dead. She’s stunned because her father convicted her killer twenty-four years ago. Join Agent Dorsey and FBI special agent Andrew Shields as they investigate what really happened….
by Mariah Stewart
Series: Last #1
Narrator: Traci Odom
Length: 9 hours
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes a novel of sexy romantic suspense for fans of Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, and Karen Robards.
THE TRUTH WON’T STAY BURIED.
News that the body of a recently murdered prostitute–stabbed repeatedly and dumped on Georgia’s Shelter Island–has been identified as Shannon Randall stuns the FBI, particularly special agent Dorsey Collins. Twenty-four years ago, nineteen-year-old Eric Louis Beale was convicted and later executed for Shannon’ s murder–and the agent in charge of the case was Dorsey’s father. Now Dorsey is determined to find out where her father’s investigation went wrong, what part he played in the death of an innocent man, and where Shannon has been all this time.
The heat is on FBI special agent Andrew Shields to discover what happened to Shannon on that night decades ago–to find out who killed her and why. Dorsey shadows Andrew’s every investigative move, hoping to redeem her father’s reputation and capture a cunning killer. Together, Dorsey and Andrew unravel a shocking mystery that will shatter one family and rock an entire town.
Special agent Dorsey Collins remembers the day nineteen-year-old Eric Louis Beale was convicted and later executed for Shannon Randall’s murder. After all, her dad was the special agent in charge. But a murdered prostitute–stabbed repeatedly and dumped on Georgia’s Shelter Island–has been identified as Shannon Randall. Stunned isn’t the word for what Dorsey is feeling, and she is the one who tells her now retired father what they’ve discovered.
FBI special agent Andrew Shields is the lead, and Dorsey has been approved to shadow him in the investigation. The story takes us to Hatton, South Carolina, a small rural town in the bible belt that was shaken when Shannon was believed murdered the first time and shocked when they learn of current events. Both Shannon and Eric were a part of their community and events twenty-four years ago divided the town.
This was interesting from our glimpse of the interrogation by Dorsey’s dad, to the interviews performed by Sheilds and Dorsey. The story feels a little dated, but a good crime procedural novel holds its own and I found myself pulled into the case.
The story can be dark at times; with plenty of twists and a few moments of suspense. There is a soft side of romance, but fans looking for more than that will be disappointed. This truly stays in the mystery police procedural crime genre.
The case was well done. As the Shannon family was interviewed, we realize not everyone was truthful all those years ago. This is the first of the Last series to be released on audio and I look forward to the next one.
Traci Odom narrated and at just around nine hours, this is the perfect suspenseful murder-mystery to listen to. Odom sets the tone and captures not only the agents on the case but the victim’s families, witnesses and others in the small South Carolina community.
To solve the current murder, they must find out what happened in the past.
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I loved Stewart’s romantic suspense and was sad when she switched to pretty much exclusively women’s fiction/romance. If I remember correctly I really enjoyed this entire series though I should reread it!
Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader
Great review! This one sounds very good!
I love the sound of this one. I am curious as to the outcome. Great review, Kim.
What an intriguing story. Wonderful review, Kimberly.
Anne - Books of My Heart
Terrific review! I’m sure I would like this one.
Lover of Romance
Great review you have here. I do love my romance so good to know its more in the background, but sounds like an intriguing premise.
wow, that’s a lot of to process.. Kinda hits deep though, you would wonder how they missed the part where you know… identify bodies? Definitely a good twisty story.
I’ve been meaning to try her books and this sounds really good. I’m dying to know what really happened.