The murder of an opera house director forces world-renowned nonverbal communications expert Doctor Genevieve Lenard and her team into an impossible position: protecting notorious criminals--from what appears to be a serial killer.
Genevieve plunges into the world of opera, uncovering secrets that a group of organised crime leaders would do anything to keep hidden. She cannot allow her previous case, unreliable witnesses or conflict with her team to distract her. Not if she wants to prevent many innocent lives being lost in a shocking grand finale.
What I liked: The characters and their relationships continue to be the draw for me reading this series. Yes, the mystery and the suspense aspect was well written and developed but the characters are hands down some of the best I've encountered.
Ms Ryan has developed "Jenny" into one of my favorite characters and like most talented authors has slowly grown the character without losing the essence of who Jenny actually is. Yes, Jenny has changed over the beginning of the series but it's a conscious change and a chance she's not had until her tightly controlled world was invaded by the most intriguing and considerate of characters.
I really liked that essentially, The Morisot Connection is centered around an operatic setting. Jenny with her love and dependence on classical music is right in her element. Of course there's Colin to keep her steady and give her all the support she needs. With Francine, Manny, Vinnie and Nikki to add to Jenny's growing awareness of the relationships she's never had the chance to develop until now; the core group is still growing and learning from each other.
Ms Ryan has an extremely readable style. It's evenly paced and the action spread throughout the story. There is no info dump for the reader to get through either. However, having said that, The Morisot Connection has a continuing storyline started in a previous book and since it's not completely explained in this book, I highly recommend you read this series from the beginning.
I really enjoy the differing relationships between each of the characters and Jenny is finally taking the time and the effort to interact with each one. She's come a long way from initially meeting Colin to actually admitting she loves him. She tries harder to understand the correct social interactions required to satisfy and support her small group of truly loyal and caring friends.
What I didn't like: There are a lot of characters (good and bad) introduced in The Morisot Connection. I'm not sure if they are going to play any future roles in the series so they distracted me somewhat. Although I did enjoy how Jenny held her own with "the mob", I'm not sure they would have been as caring as they were written. However, just the fact they took the time to research Jenny and treat her appropriately was surprising.
To me, the plot didn't flow as well in previous books. It felt not only convoluted but also manipulated. I didn't entirely figure out the "bad guy" so that was a plus.
Overall, as I mentioned before, the characters and their development by Ms Ryan are what keep coming back to this series and yes, I will continue to the very last one, hopefully, sometime way in the future.
Recommended BUT start with the very first book, The Gauguin Connection.