Thursday, March 20, 2014

Notorious by Allison Brennan

Maxine Revere or Max, as her friends know her, is on her way home for the funeral of former friend, Kevin. Max, who hosts a true crime show, is waylaid by the Hoffmans in the airport with the sad story that their grandson, Jason, has been murdered on the Atherton Prep School grounds. The Hoffmans are hopeful that Max will look into the case because Max also attended Atherton Prep in this small but wealthy community. With no suspects and no motive, Max has her work cut out for her, but she is willing to take a look at what little evidence has been discovered. 
Kevin’s sister, Jodi, asked Max to come to the funeral. Thirteen years earlier, Kevin, accused of murdering Lindy Ames, was released for lack of evidence and the jury was unable to convict Kevin. Months earlier, Kevin had written to Max that he had found new evidence about Lindy’s murder. Lindy, Kevin and Max had all been friends at Atherton Prep during their school years.  Max believed all along that Kevin was innocent but most of the town including Max’s own extended family believed he was guilty. Lindy’s murder was never solved and the shadow of the court case destroyed Kevin. Now, Max believes she owes former friends, Kevin and Lindy to finally solve the case of Lindy’s murder and absolve Kevin of the suspected murder of Lindy. With the help of the local police detective Nick Santini, Max and Nick will follow the evidence – even if one of Max’s relatives is the killer.

Does the death of Jason Hoffman 12 years later relate to the earlier death of Lindy? Is there more than just the Atherton Prep School location to connect the crime? Filled with plenty of action and suspense, Max is a tenacious crime reporter and I look forward to reading more books in what looks like the start of a new series.
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