Black & Blue by Candice Fox & James Patterson

Posted June 10th, 2017 by in *Review / 0 comments

Black & Blue by Candice Fox & James PattersonBlack & Blue by Candice Fox, James Patterson
Also by this author: Never, Never, The 9th Judgment
Series: Detective Harriet Blue #0.5
Also in this series: Never, Never
Published by BookShots
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Thriller/Suspense
Pages: 144
Format: eBook
Source: Public Library
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Sydney, Australia has a tireless new detective--and she won't rest until justice is served.

A killer is abducting women and leaving their bodies to be discovered in the Georges River near Sydney. Detective Harriet Blue hates to see a predator go free--and she's eager to bring this one down. But this time, she just may have met her match.... - via GoodReads

3 Stars

After reading Never, Never I wanted to follow the series and Black & Blue by Candice Fox & James Patterson is the only other book in the series. I put it on hold at my library and (im)patiently waited for it.

I like that I was able to learn what had happened right before the beginning of Never, Never. I enjoyed a big mystery in the space of a novella without missing a ton of plot. It was the perfect length for what Fox & Patterson wanted to accomplish. They established what led up to Sam’s arrest, had Harry with a new (technically old) partner, and solved a pretty interesting crime. I also enjoyed Sam having an active role in Black & Blue knowing what we already know about him from Never, Never.

Harry still kind of annoys me at times. I can appreciate standing up for your beliefs and defending the defenseless. I just don’t think we would get along in real life. We’d be civil but we would not hang out. #sorrynotsorry If I were doing a comparison to the canine world, I prefer more of a Labrador retriever and Harry is a full on Jack Russell Terrier. All energy and way too hyper versus staid and calm but dependable to defend when needed. Both have loyalty for sure. Tox was a great supporting character and I’d like to see him again. I’m actually kind of hoping for another appearance in the second full length novel.

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Overall, Black & Blue was a solid novella not essential to the series but worth the read. I’m glad to have borrowed it from the library and not taken the expenditure upon myself.

Stephanie

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