"Whiskey Sour", by J.A. Konrath

Whiskey Sour - J.A. Konrath
Book 1, in the Jack Daniels Mystery series

This is one of those mysteries with no frills and right to the point. “Whiskey Sour”, combines a dose of humour into a gruesome detective story. No mistake here this book is full of the old clichés we seen numerous times but it is surprisingly a great read one impossible to put down until the last page has been turned. 

The pacing moves fairly rapidly and we are kept guessing until the end. The protagonist is Lieutenant Jack Daniels, a bold and fast talking female officer. The main plot is very serious: the investigation of a serial killer case. The Gingerbread Man has been killing young women and dumping their bodies in trashcans outside convenience stores. Taunting Chicago’s finest and the media was just the beginning of an exciting cat and mouse game. In the usual side plot we see Jack’s personal side, a life in turmoil after a break-up. Now approaching middle age Jack decide to give a video dating service a try. But her violent career soon gets in the way and it is kind of funny to see how she handles herself…. In alternate chapters the first person narration handles Jack’s point of views while the murderer’s side is told from a third person’s perspective.

Drip by drip clues are unveiled the killer’s real identity is revealed and the reason why the women were chosen wrapping up everything neatly. Although this is a very gruesome subject the graphic nature of the grisly murders are not overly done and to keep the story entertaining the author’s has smoothly injected enough biting humour into his words to lighten the mood. 

This engaging story has me hooked I guess I was in the correct mood for such a story and now looking forward to the many sequels I have in hands.