Death is one click away when a string of murders rocks a small Colorado town in the first mesmerizing novel in M. E. Browning's A Jo Wyatt Mystery series.
Echo Valley, Colorado, is a place where the natural beauty of a stunning river valley meets a budding hipster urbanity. But when an internet stalker is revealed to be a cold-blooded killer in real life the peaceful community is rocked to its core.
It should have been an open-and-shut case: the suicide of Tye Horton, the designer of a cutting-edge video game. But Detective Jo Wyatt is immediately suspicious of Quinn Kirkwood, who reported the death. When Quinn reveals an internet stalker is terrorizing her, Jo is skeptical. Doubts aside, she delves into the claim and uncovers a link that ties Quinn to a small group of beta-testers who had worked with Horton. When a second member of the group dies in a car accident, Jo's investigation leads her to the father of a young man who had killed himself a year earlier. But there's more to this case than a suicide, and as Jo unearths the layers, a more sinister pattern begins to emerge--one driven by desperation, shame, and a single-minded drive for revenge.
As Jo closes in, she edges ever closer to the shattering truth--and a deadly showdown that will put her to the ultimate test.
This brisk series launch from Browning (Beached as Micki Browning) finds Echo Valley, Colo., police detective Jo Wyatt at the converted garage apartment where college student Tye Horton apparently blew his head off with a shotgun. Jo, who has a bad feeling about the death, pursues the case, encouraged by Tye's friend Quinn Kirkword and despite the disapproval of almost everyone in the police department, from the chief to her estranged husband, who's just been unfairly promoted above her. Jo discovers that Tye was developing a potentially valuable video game that's gone missing. Meanwhile, other young people involved in the game are dying and the group's sole survivor, Quinn, starts receiving a series of nasty and increasingly threatening emails. Convincing action and vivid characters make up for Jo's credulity-stretching discovery of the murderer. Police procedural fans will look forward to seeing more of tough, smart Jo.