Library Journal Review
As a daughter of a senator, Molly Malone has politics in her blood, but she left Washington two decades ago after her congressman husband committed suicide. Now in her fifties, Molly returns to the Beltway and, thanks to her niece Karen, finds a new job in a senator's office. Karen's own life is in turmoil; an unfortunate affair with her boss is going sour fast. Then Karen is killed in an apparent carjacking, but Molly suspects her death was not random. After another young woman from Karen's office subsequently dies, an incensed and determined Molly knows she doesn't have a minute to lose. VERDICT Known for her popular "Knitting Mystery" cozies, Sefton has a sharp ear for dialog and knack for writing strong female characters that serve her well as she ventures into suspense. An open-ended conclusion means readers can look forward to a sequel. Try pairing with Ed Gorman's "Dev Conrad" series and with Hank Phillippi Ryan's newest, The Other Woman, reviewed on p. 78. [Previewed in Kristi Chadwick's Mystery Genre Spotlight feature, "Crime Travels," LJ 4/15/12.] (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Sefton, best known for her knitting mysteries set in Colorado, turns to a new heroine and locale: fiftysomething Molly Malone, who has moved from Colorado to Washington, D.C., is the daughter of a late, powerful senator and the widow of a representative who committed suicide. That history makes Molly a natural choice for an accounts job with Senator Jackson. But Molly has barely settled in when her niece, a Hill staffer, is murdered. It appears to have been a robbery gone wrong, but readers know better: they're privy to secret conversations between two conspirators willing to dispose of several people who stand in the way of their plans. As the pages dwindle, it becomes apparent that few of the story's loose ends will be tied up here. It's a technique that readily leads readers to the next book, but it's also unsatisfying. Fortunately, the Washington dynamics have enough frisson to keep things interesting, and Molly's unwavering dedication to the truth makes it clear all will be revealed eventually, even if that's several books down the road.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist