This is the fourth book in the Women's Murder Club series. Lindsay Boxer is a homicide detective for the San Francisco police department. While off duty she was having a couple of margaritas with the other members of the murder club...chief medical examiner Claire Washburn and Cindy Thomas, a local reporter. The three women often collaborate on cases, so this was par for the course until Lindsay's former partner called. He found a car matching the description of the car spotted leaving two murder scenes and he was on the way to pick her up.
The events that transpire leave Lindsay in the hot seat. She is accused of wrongful death and is on trial for a large portion of the story. We are introduced to her attorney, Yuki Castellano. I'm confident we will see a lot more of Yuki throughout this series as the newest member of the Women's Murder Club.
Lindsay was advised to take some time off to relax and prepare for her trial. Her sister offers Lindsay her beach house as a place to escape the media circus until the start of the trial. It doesn't take Lindsay long to notice that several murders that occur while she is visiting this small coastal town have similarities to one of her cold cases. She begins investigating and eventually earns the trust and respect of the local sheriff. Together they work to solve the viscous murders.
From the beginning we are able to see the murderers plot and execute the crimes. We know that three people are working together, but we have no idea who the perpetrators are until the very end. I never would have guessed one of the character's involvement, but the other two I considered suspects from the very beginning. The one twist that I did find interesting was the reason for the murders. These weren't random acts of violence like they appeared to be.
It looks like there are now 14 books in this series, so I have a long way to go if I'm going to catch up.