A Hearts on Fire Review
Where All the Dead Lie by J.T. Ellison
: In this seventh mystery in author J. T. Ellison’s Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson series, Taylor has fallen just about as far as she humanly can, short of losing her life-and she had come very, very close to doing just that-two weeks in a coma, after being shot-she still can’t speak, even though her vocal cords appear normal, and the head shot hit nothing vital. Her friends were injured, she can’t get back to work yet-and oh, did we mention she can’t speak? Her physician insists she see the department therapist, and she’s willing, even though it means reliving her memories of the events of that fateful and nearly fatal night. Meanwhile, her emotions are riding a rollercoaster in regard to her home life, as her fiancé appears to be so supportive, yet she can’t countenance his lies and considers it his disloyalty. A Scottish friend who works for Metro Scotland Yard in London offers her a relaxing, solitary, convalescence at his ancestral home in the Scottish Highlands. But he also considers Taylor an unconquered challenge, and won’t allow her to bring along her fiancé. So what is the right choice for her? What will she face in Scotland that may even be more terrifying, more dangerous, than facing down the serial killer who brutally injured two of her friends, and nearly killed Taylor?
Author J. T. Ellison does an excellent job of introducing the reader to the continuing characters in this series as well as continuing plot lines. Even though this is the seventh, and the first I had read in this series, I had no trouble in immediately comprehending the situations and characters, and the backstory was subtly introduced. I would recommend reading the entire series, but “Where All the Dead Lie” can function as a stand-alone novel as well.
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