Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli and her partner Detective Barry Frost are called to the home of critical care nurse Sofia Suarez whose murder was discovered by her neighbor. Sofia’s husband had recently died and it appeared she’d returned home and interrupted a robbery. But something about it seems off and when Jane later learns of some odd inquiries Sofia made in recent weeks, it leads her to an unsolved murder that was committed nineteen years ago in Maine. Meanwhile, Angela Rizzoli, Jane’s mother, is concerned about some mysterious new neighbors who have moved in across the street. She’s made it her business to know everything going on in her neighborhood and these people won’t let her in. Sometimes being a nosy neighbor can be helpful…and sometimes it can get you into trouble.
the heart of the story…
It’s been five years since the last book was released in this series so it was great to be back in Boston. But this time, a majority of the focus is on Angela and her neighbors. Every neighborhood has an Angela but she is particularly good at noticing abnormalities in patterns and behaviors. I could certainly see where Jane developed her curiosity as she doesn’t fall far from this tree. There were times when Angela’s behavior seemed close to being outrageous but I couldn’t ignore having the same concerns she felt. Jane’s case was puzzling and I had as tough a time figuring out the connection to that cold case as she did. I knew all of these things would make sense at some point and I was doggedly as determined as Jane to unearth the answers.
I’m a fan of the narrator and she was particularly great at capturing the spirit of Angela Rizzoli who had the biggest voice in this story. The scenes with Jane and Angela were the most fun and Eby nailed the dynamics. I’m so glad I opted to listen as she made these scenes special.
the bottom line…
I thought I had things figured out but this really delivered a twisty ending, though I at least was right on the who. It was a nice change of pace to learn more about Angela as she and Jane haven’t always had the best of relationships. Angela’s instincts served her well, even though it got her into some serious trouble but also helped save her. Maura Isles had a limited role here but she did play a significant part in solving the mystery. It was great to see this series return after the long hiatus and I highly enjoyed this unusual case that, in the end, needed Angela’s help to solve.
- Release Date: July 5, 2022
- Series: Rizzoli & Isles #13
- Narrator: Tanya Eby
- Audio Length: 7 hours, 49 minutes
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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(Thanks to Brilliance Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)