Frankie. Crime novels can succeed or fail based on whether or not readers like the protagonist. The protagonist of Olivia Kiernan’s debut novel, Too Close to Breathe, is Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan, and she is a piece of work. Having just returned to duty after nearly being killed on her last case, she’s not thrilled to dive into another homicide. As readers learn her backstory, and join her sleuthing, we all understand that once Frankie gets started, there’s no stopping her, not even direct orders. I usually enjoy this genre, and this debut of Frankie was well written entertainment for this reader.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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