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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Should Grace Fail by Priscilla Paton is a mystery thriller. Detectives Deb Metzger and Erik Jansson are tasked with investigating a body found in a trash dumpster and it pushes them to the limit. The murdered man was an alcoholic who saved lives, rescuing young drug addicts from a life of crime. He was also an ex-police officer. So who murdered him? The list of likely suspects is long and the detective duo is set to face the worst case of their careers so far. Add an 18-year-old mixed-race pianist with a shadow over her and a hotel matriarch into the mix and things are about to get even more difficult. If the detectives can’t solve this quickly enough, more bodies will join the man in the dumpster and it could be one of them.
Should Grace Fail by Priscilla Paton is the second book in the Twin Cities Mystery series. Although I haven’t read the first one and this one could be read as a standalone, they should be read in order to get the best grasp. This is a tough, hard-hitting novel with a good plot and some strong characters, developed as real people rather than the standard detective you find in most stories these days. As the story progresses, the mystery deepens and takes more and more twists and turns as the investigation progresses. The characters' backstories come out throughout the narrative and they become as much a part of the story as the crime. A gripping story with plenty of depth and action and some good characterization.