I have mixed feelings about this book. At first, I was put off (as I nearly always am) by the present-tense narration - something I just have a hard time enjoying. But the writing is generally strong, and the lead character interesting and like able enough to have kept me reading. She was ably supported by a good cast of secondary characters as well. The mystery was pretty good, although the solution seemed to me to come from out of left field, which was really annoying. As for the ending *******SPOILER ALERT******
Why, oh why, did the author write Frankie into a repetition of the action that got her into trouble in the case preceding the one told in this story, and why, oh why, did she once again have to end up completely helpless and needing to be rescued by her male colleagues??? I was so disappointed - this is not the kind of empowering role model I want to read about. Hence the 3 stars. ***********END SPOILER ALERT********
I was disappointed enough in the ending - both its coming from left field and the other thing - that I am not sure I will read the sequel - not right now, anyway. I may give it a go in hopes that things get better, because I really did like Frankie and her colleagues.