Lena Jones hears screams and old instincts kick in, even though she is no longer a police officer. She then finds her friend, Clarice Kobe, dead on the floor of Clarice’s art gallery. She had been beaten to death. Clarice’s estranged and abusive husband is arrested for the murder. But then his lawyer asks Lena for her help to prove that his client is innocent. Lena has a hard time believing this because of Clarice’s husband’s past, but she soon finds out that Clarice might not have been the person Lena really thought she was.

In the midst of the murder investigation, Lena interviews many people including a woman who knows something about Lena’s early life. The life Lena only remembers through the scar on her forehead.

I first started Desert Noir (Lena Jones #1) because it was the series of choice for TCPL’s Murder by the Book group’s April read. As I was reading the novel I found myself enthralled with the story. It was fast paced, yet easy to follow. The characters were fun to get to know. Lena’s personality shined through all of the twists and turns of the book. If you like mystery reads, then I would definitely suggest this book and series to you!

Richelle B.