Legacy in the Blood, the fourth book in the ‘Chiara Corelli Mystery’ series by Catherine Maiorisi, is definitely a book you want to read. This is the best mystery/police procedural novel I’ve read this year. With each book I read by this author, I’m more impressed with her writing.
In this book NYPD Detectives Chiara Corelli and P.J. Parker are given what they believe is going to be a simple and fairly easy to solve murder. Of course it seems nothing is ever easy for these two. What starts out as a dead body in the park quickly escalates into the discovery of blackmail, political intrigue, more murders, white supremacy, and maybe even a threat to U.S. democracy. As Chiara and P.J. wade into this quagmire of an assignment, they become targets themselves. Now they must solve this mystery before one or both of them become victims.
This is an exciting, fast-paced, too-good-to-put-down thriller of a mystery novel. Once I began reading, I really did not want to stop. I already knew these characters from earlier books in the series. I loved the fact that Chiara and P.J. continue to grow as partners and friends. It is especially good to see how Chiara is recovering from past trauma in the former novels, and that she and Brett (a romantic interest in the last book) are still together. Since we see the story through both Chiara and P.J.’s eyes in third person, we really get to connect with P.J. in this book. It was fun getting to know her better. The different settings are well-described. The plot is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing.
This book has my highest recommendation. While I think you could read this as a standalone novel, my suggestion is to read all four books in order. They are all great books.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.