Book Review: Duplicity by Jane Haseldine (A Julia Gooden Mystery, Book 2)

Title:  Duplicity
Series: Julia Gooden Mystery, Book 2
Author: Jane Haseldine
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Release Date:  March 28, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Mystery / Suspense

In Jane Haseldine’s new novel of riveting suspense, Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is up against the city’s most devious criminal—and her own painful past.

Julia Gooden knows how to juggle different lives. A successful crime reporter, she covers the grittiest stories in the city while raising her two young boys in the suburbs. But beneath that accomplished façade is another Julia, still consumed by a tragedy that unfolded thirty years ago when her nine-year-old brother disappeared without a trace.

Julia’s marriage, too, is a balancing act, as she tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband, Assistant District Attorney David Tanner, while maintaining professional boundaries. David is about to bring Nick Rossi to trial for crimes that include drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and bribery. But the story becomes much more urgent when a courthouse bomb claims several victims—including the prosecution’s key witness—and leaves David critically injured.

Though Julia is certain that Rossi orchestrated the attack, the case against him is collapsing, and his power and connections run high and wide. With the help of Detective Raymond Navarro of the Detroit PD, she starts following a trail of blackmail, payback, and political ambition, little imagining where it will lead. Julia has risked her career before, but this time innocent lives—including her children’s—hang in the balance, and justice may come too late to save what truly matters…

Duplicity by Jane Haseldine is the second book in the Julia Gooden Mystery series, but can easily be read as a standalone. The author provides enough background to make it standalone, and what I assume is an overall mystery that will come to fruition by the end of the series to create a unity. Duplicity is action-filled, filled with shocking turns, as well as twists that brings you into the frame of plot, almost like you're watching a movie. And that is also the reason it's somewhat hard to relate when we have our main character jump into dangerous situations without thinking twice of consequences to herself and others. What's more, her overall independence, especially when she has two kids that ironically she's quite protective of, yet, she puts herself (and ultimately her family) in precarious situations.  Despite that, her fierce independence and self confidence makes her a great candidate as a character readers will like, because to some, her strength is admirable to say the least.

In all, Duplicity took a few chapters to really get into the thick of the mystery, as well as finding out what happened, but once you get into it, you'll follow it through. The author is great at weaving in crossroads and obstructive scenarios for our characters to experience, and from that we'll get one compelling mystery to solve and a character to follow through to the next book in the series.

Please note, for my clean readers, there are intimacy & violence in this book.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Jane Haseldine is a journalist, former crime reporter, columnist, newspaper editor, magazine writer, and deputy director of communications for a governor.  Jane graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in journalism. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two sons, but previously lived in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana. 

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  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this one once you get into the meat of the story.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!


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