By: M.P. Cooley
A bone chilling crime sends a jolt through a quiet northeastern town in M.P. Cooley’s new novel Ice Shear. No stranger to this genre Cooley has been nominated for awards and garnered much acclaim for this her debut novel. Ice Shear is an exciting novel, with a high profile case rapidly unfolding in the harsh winter elements. The daughter of a congresswoman slotted for the presidency draws much attention and shines light on a number of different suspects. Cooley holds her readers on edge right up until the very end of the novel with this thrilling murder mystery. Gangs, drugs, jealousy and deception all ratchet this case up a notch, elevating the novel to the height of it’s genre. Cooley has joined the ranks of my favorite authors with this, her latest novel. I cannot wait for her next, which is soon to follow in this one’s snowy footsteps.
Retired FBI agent June Lyons moved back to her hometown in upstate New York to live with her father and daughter after the painful death of her husband. Joining the local police force June is getting back into her stride when a shocking murder is discovered by one of the towns youth. June is forced into a full on sprint when the victim is IDed as Danielle Brouillette the daughter of a local congresswoman. With every turn in the case, June discovers more and more dysfunction in the Brouillette family, Danielle’s husband and his family which is full of criminals, and that of some of the towns less prominent families. The dysfunction and tough winter weather cloud the lens as June struggles to see through it all and let the evidence guide her. June Lyons, a single mother, and a grieving widow, is a strong female lead which adds another dimension to Ice Shear. It will be interesting to see where Cooley takes her next. (We won’t have to wait long! Flame out is being release in May 2015)