TITLE: The Trespasser
AUTHOR: Tana French
Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad is probably my favorite mystery series, mainly because it doesn't focus on just one detective or pair of detectives. This book focuses on Det. Antoinette Conway and her partner Stephen Moran, both of whom appeared in the previous book, The Secret Place. This one, told from Antoinette's point of view, follows the detectives as they investigate the murder of a young woman in her home, as well as all the harassment Antoinette has faced since transferring to the Murder Squad from Missing Persons.
What first appears to be a slam-dunk-the-boyfriend-did-it case turns into something more complicated, especially after Antoinette realizes she's met the victim a while back, not to mention they both live in the same general neighborhood. The evidence against the boyfriend is circumstantial and in their desire to finally have a major case to solve, Antoinette and Stephen find their imaginations running wild through possibilities. But, could they be right? Things just aren't adding up for a simple solve and the pressure from more senior detectives working the case with them isn't helping.
French is skilled in moving along the story in what feels like real time while delving just as skillfully into Antoinette's psyche. And that's the best part of this series. Each narrator has his or her personality and it shows through the narration, making each book connected while being able to stand on its own. If you love mysteries but haven't read this series yet, I suggest you give it a try.