The Rook: Patrick Bowers File #2 by Stephen JamesMurder Mystery
These books must be read in order so if this is the first time you've heard of Patrick Bowers, stop and go read The Pawn. It will be worth the wait.
Patrick is out and about again, this time to California to investigate a series of arsons around the city. He takes his stepdaughter, hoping they might get more time together to bond. Patrick also gets called in to solve a shark scientist kidnapping case. Can these two be related? Of course, in weird and wonderful ways!
Patrick must solve the clues and find the scientist before time runs out and not completely alienate his teenage stepdaughter on this mini vacation. She has plans of her own and is keeping Patrick in the dark as much as she can, a decision she might live to regret.
I loved the first one in the series and I love this one, too. There are so many reasons: #1-the amazing plot. You'll be hanging on to the edge of your seat with no idea what might happen next. Plus, it's so creative. It's not just a rehashed mystery plot. #2-the character of Patrick. He is sharp as a tack professionally yet a complete doofus in the emotion department. #2-the awkward relationship between Patrick and Tess, his stepdaughter. This sub-plot annoyed me in the first book but I am slowly falling in love with Tessa's surly, sarcastic ways and Patrick's epic failure as a first-time parent. So sweet!
As a bonus, I also like the potential new love interest. How in the world Patrick will cope with that is any one's guess. Forward to #3 in the series!