“Small town Colorado police detective Gemma Monroe is a human and fallible heroine I can't wait to meet again, and Littlejohn's prose is lyrical and gripping.”—Deborah Crombie
In Emily Littlejohn's follow-up to her acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, a twisted killer stalks his prey in the dead of winter.
On a cold dark night in February, as a blizzard shrieks through Cedar Valley, police officer and new mother Gemma Monroe responds to an anonymous report of a prowler at the local private high school, The Valley Academy. In her idyllic Colorado small town, Gemma expects the call was just a prank by a bored teenager.
But there in the snow lies the savaged body of a man whose presence in town was meant to be a secret. And a disturbing message left by his killer promises more death to come.
This is only the beginning . . .
Nothing is as it seems in Cedar Valley and stories, both fact and fiction, ensnare Gemma as her investigation moves from the halls of an elite academy to the forests that surround Cedar Valley.
Against a backdrop of bleak winter weather, stymied by those who would lie to protect what is dearest to them, Gemma hunts a ruthless killer before he strikes again in A Season to Lie.
In Littlejohn's lively sequel to 2016's Inherit the Bones, Cedar Valley, Colo., police officer Gemma Monroe returns to work part-time after maternity leave. On a snowy night her first day back, Gemma and her partner, Finn Nowlin, respond to an anonymous caller reporting a prowler at Valley Academy, the elite private school where Gemma was once a student. Instead, Gemma and Finn find the body of best-selling author Delaware Fuente on the school grounds. Fuente came incognito to be a guest lecturer, invited by an old friend employed at the school. Gemma and Finn delve into Delaware's background to try to find out who hated the successful but arrogant writer. Littlejohn effectively shows life in a small mountain town, where people have known each other all their lives and like to think their area is immune to crime. As Gemma adjusts to motherhood, she worries whether her long-time boyfriend will again be unfaithful. Readers will look forward to seeing more of this insightful and likable character.