Hello book pals! Hope you are all well and enjoying some good reading. I certainly have been having fun doing read/listens for more of Joanna Schaffhausen's series featuring Ellery Hathaway. I mentioned the first book, The Vanishing Season, in my last post. And these all work well for my R.I.P. reading.No Mercy, Ellery Hathaway has been required to attend a counseling group because she is on involuntary leave from her police department job after shooting a murderer. Since this group is for victims of violent crime, Ellery gets involved in various ways with the other members. She helps one whose attacker has not been caught and she thinks that another member's story might have more to it. Asking her friend, FBI Profiler Reed Markham, for assistance is hard for her, but he gets involved again and both are risking their jobs. This was a quick read for me and I enjoyed it thoroughly. All The Best Lies. The storyline here is focused more on Reed Markham's life and background, though Ellery is an active participant as well. Reed was adopted as a baby, but has known that his birth mother was murdered in Las Vegas when he was quite small. His adopted family is a prominent one in Virginia and when Reed unexpectedly finds out some additional information about his background, he goes to Las Vegas to explore the cold case crime of his mother's murder. Ellery, still on leave from her police department, goes as well. Lots of secrets and surprises here. I also read this one very fast and liked it a lot.Every Waking Hour. This is the latest book featuring Ellery and Reed, but a fifth is scheduled to be published in January, Last Seen Alive. As Every Waking Hour begins, Ellery is back on the job and is now with the Boston Police Department as a new detective. She and Reed are still working out what their relationship looks like and he is visiting Boston. A young girl, age 12, goes missing and Ellery and her new partner are assigned to the case. It's important to Ellery to find Chloe and hopefully be able to rescue her as Reed did Ellery herself. The characters lives move along with this book and also the ones before it. I don't want to share too much because of spoilers, but this series is a good one for me. I'll be waiting impatiently for the fifth book.
Meanwhile, Joanna Schaffhausen has a new book out, Gone For Good. It's the first in a new series featuring Detective Annalisa Vega. I started this book today and look forward to meeting new characters and seeing where this author takes me next.