So excited to be today’s stop on the blog tour for Duplicity, the second novel in the Julia Gooden mystery series, by Jane Haseldine! This was my first experience with this author and this series. I am so glad that I discovered them! This novel had me riveted throughout my reading; I finished it easily within a sitting. Haseldine had me completely engrossed.
The novel opens with a reporter, Julia Gooden, discussing an upcoming trial with her district attorney husband, David. Nick Rossi, a local crime boss, on trial for his crimes is about to be put behind bars after one of his cronies turns on him as a star witness. However, all bets are called off when a bomb goes off in the courthouse claiming the witness and leaving David seriously injured. Julia must call in all her favours and work alongside Detective Ray Navarro to find out who orchestrated the bombing and to bring about some serious justice. Fast-paced, quick-witted dialogue and an intricately woven plot had my eyes glued to the pages!
First off, do not hesitate to pick up this novel as a standalone. I went into this one blindly and had absolutely no issues reading it. Haseldine does a brilliant job at portraying the story as an individual piece of literature and gives enough of a background to keep any plot points straight.
I also loved that this novel took place in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up directly across the border, I am familiar with the area and the fact that I knew a lot of the locations Haseldine mentioned, made this story especially engaging!
Julia Gooden is an extremely likeable character; her complexity, tenacity and vivacious characteristics made her the type of protagonist that you root for. Similar to the novel The Cutaway (which I read and loved in March), Duplicity breathed some new life into the played out police procedural type novel. Julia is a reporter and works alongside the police to solve this case.
I know for sure that I will be going back to read the first novel in this series and I will be awaiting the third novel! A solid 4/5 stars from me!