Gone For Good is set in Chicago with Detective Annalisa Vega as the protagonist. Annalisa is the daughter of a retired Chicago police officer and she's also the ex-wife of a policeman. She doesn't date much, but naturally while on a date with a man who is clearly not going to get a second 'yes' to a date request, her work phone pings and she finds herself at a crime scene with a murdered woman. Oh, and who should come striding up to the scene as well - her ex-husband Nick. Complications ensue.
The storyline features the Lovelorn Killer, someone who murdered 7 women over a decade ago. This new murder seems like it might be related - same killer or a copycat? We also meet an amateur crime-solving group called The Grave Diggers. Annalisa has a large family and they play a part as well.
I was totally involved in this tale and I really like Annalisa, though she does have tendency to place herself in harm's way a bit. However, she is also a professional law enforcement officer and I think that is different than an amateur sleuth doing the same. Joanna Schaffhausen is a talented writer in my opinion and her female protagonists are strong, but with 'cracks' in their armor because of what life has thrown at them. This one and really all this author's books are recommended by me. Note though that these are not 'cozy' crime scenes with the violence or the result of violence 'off the screen'.
One more to add to my R.I.P. reading. And now I've started a new book, The Wonder Test by Michelle Redmond. I'll be back soon to talk about that one. Hope all have a good weekend!