Outside the local women’s health clinic, the Reverend Jimmy Aldridge waving his protest sign is a familiar sight. But that changes early one morning when someone shoots the beloved Reverend Jimmy dead. Sheriff Shelby Mitchell knows the preacher’s murder will shock the good people of Jackson—and the pressure to find the killer is immediate and intense, which is why Shelby calls in detective Darla Cavannah.
When police detective Darla moved from Philadelphia to Jackson with her husband—hometown football hero Hugh “the Glue” Cavannah—she never imagined the culture shock that awaited. Then after Hugh dies in a car crash, Darla enters a self-imposed exile in her Mississippi home, taking a leave of absence from the sheriff’s department. Now she’s called back to duty—or coerced, more like it, with Shelby slathering on his good-ole-boy charm nice and thick, like on a helping of barbecue.
Reluctantly partnered with a mulish Elvis impersonator, Darla keeps a cool head even as the community demands an arrest. The court of public opinion has already convicted the clinic’s doctor, Stephen Nicoletti, but Darla is just as sure he’s not guilty—even as she fights her growing attraction to him. From the genteel suburbs to a raunchy strip club, Darla follows a trail of dirty money and nasty secrets—until the day of judgment comes, and she faces down an ungodly assassin.
What I liked: I enjoyed how this book developed. It was told in such a way that while you got to know the characters, the mystery was just out of reach. This, to me, is an example of a female lead written extremely well by a male author, with one exception. While the story centered around a "hot topic", the issue didn't overshadow the story or mystery. I really can't say too much without spoilers but I did not want to put the book down.
What I didn't like: The romance aspect of the story seemed a bit rushed. Except for some tension between the two (and no I can't say who), it just happened. I would have liked to have had the romance aspect progress more naturally, I think.
I will be buying more books by this author and can't wait for follow-ups to The Last Clinic.
This is currently available on Kindle and is very reasonably price for the quality at $2.99