Night Shift by Annelise Ryan

Posted August 16, 2020 by Marsha in Cozy Mystery, Kensington Books, NetGalley, Series / 0 Comments

When social worker Hildy Schneider commits to an after-hours side job, she finds herself drawn into the darker side of small-town Sorenson, Wisconsin—and the twisted mind of an unnamed killer . . .

Strange things have been happening since Hildy started moonlighting with local police, but a desperate late-night call involving a former patient from Sorenson General Hospital tops the list. Although Danny Hildebrand has been tormented by hallucinations for years, he swears he’s being haunted for real by the victim of a grisly murder . . .

The rambling ghost story seems like another delusion. But after a body turns up in a neglected farmhouse crawling with secrets, Hildy and the magnetic Detective Bob Richmond rush to explain Danny’s knowledge of the incident. As the crime-solving partners unwittingly grow closer while examining a series of eerie leads, they realize that surviving past sunrise means shedding light on a criminal willing to do whatever it takes to stay in the shadows.

Titles in the Helping Hands Mystery series include – Needled to Death – Night Shift –

Title:  Night Shift
Series:  Helping Hands Mystery #2
Author:  Annelise Ryan
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Published:  July 28, 2020
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  4 stars

Night Shift‘ is the second title in the ‘Helping Hands Mystery‘ series (which has a connection to the ‘Mattie Winston Mysteries‘ series).  I try to read in order, that’s just my style, but if you haven’t or cannot read the connecting or the first title in the series you will not feel the least bit lost for anything relative you really should know is spelled out for you.  And that is what brings me back to certain authors, making certain that I know what I need to know for right now.

I like Hildy, I really do for she’s realistic in so many ways.  She has her own issues, a past that still affects her today and probably always will.  She’s real in the sense that I can accept what she’s doing, how she’s acting, and even how she’s thinking things through in a way that makes sense for her.  To be frank, I don’t always feel that way about mystery heroines… and it’s worth a mention when I do.

As a social worker for the local hospital, Hildy already has a full plate yet now she’s taking on a second job of riding along on certain police calls where her expertise (and that of her dog Roscoe) can be of great help.  It’s on one such call that Hildy will begin to follow the trail of a murder that couldn’t possibly be as a former patient described – yet, there’s the dead body, and the dinosaur (even if it is a cookie jar).

Most of what you’ll need to know before diving into ‘Night Shift‘ can be found in the Cover Description.  I was easily swept up in the mystery that Hildy and Bob are investigating.  If I figured out who the culprit was before the reveal, well, that certainly didn’t spoil the rest of the story… for there was always that chance that I was wrong.  Nope, not going to say if I was or wasn’t – you’ll have to do your own sleuthing.

I enjoyed stepping back into this world, and I’m already anticipating the next story to come.  If you love a good Cozy Mystery that draws you in until the ending, then you’ll want to add ‘Night Shift‘ to your reading list.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Kensington Books via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

Available in paperback, audio, or your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle


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