Black & Blue by Candice Fox, James Patterson
Also by this author: Never, Never, The 9th Judgment, 12th of Never
Series: Detective Harriet Blue #0.5
Also in this series: Never, Never
Published by BookShots
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Thriller/Suspense
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
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.I just don't think we would get along in real life. We'd be civil but we would not hang out. #sorrynotsorry Click To Tweet
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.