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M.E. Browning, an amazing mystery author and personal friend, released Shadow Ridge last fall, the first book in her new Jo Wyatt Mystery series.  

Jo Wyatt is a female police detective making her mark in a male dominated profession, and it isn’t easy. She was passed over for a promotion to captain that went to–of all people–her ex-husband. Of course, he’s all to quick to dismiss her judgement when she questions the recent suicide of a video game developer as a possible murder. Investigating the case leads to her taking a sarcastic college student under her wing and ferreting out suspects who all have reasons to see the developer dead–and Jo too if she gets too close to the truth. 

This mystery is fast paced and well written. The Colorado setting and mix of drama and comedy really pulls you in. You’ll be turning pages. The mystery unfolds scene by scene, leading to a deadly showdown.

Best of all, Jo is an interesting, complicated character–as interesting as the author. Micki Browning is a retired police captain who lives in South Florida. Her experiences and scuba diving hobby inspire (and even factor into) her books. I highly recommend Shadow Ridge and just wish I hadn’t been so wrapped up in my own book that it took me a few months to get to it. Now I’m looking forward to the next book in the series releasing later this year.