For as long as Jill Andersen could remember, her father was a hero.
But heroes don’t commit murder, do they? The state of Maryland said Paul Andersen did just that, three times over, and was set to execute him for it. But Jill and the rest of her colleagues at the Baltimore Police Department come across the murder of a law student that leaves her hopeful that she can clear her father’s name.
While Jill and her colleagues work against the clock to clear her father’s name, new players emerge, hinting to a deeper, darker conspiracy than what was previously known. An enigmatic faction known as The Order reveals itself, and the mystery surrounding Paul’s alleged duplicity leaves more questions than answers.
Along the way, Jill must not only face the possibility that her father was not who she thought he was, but she must also face the prospect of her secret being revealed. The stakes are higher than ever in Blood Ties, the intense follow-up to J.D. Cunegan’s debut mystery Bounty.
Can Jill save her father before it’s too late? Will she even want to?
I will begin this by saying I love the show Castle. You might wonder what this has to do with anything, but if you read Bounty and then Blood Ties, you’ll see it. Jill Andersen definitely has the spirit of Kate Beckett from the show. The honor, the drive to serve her city well, and she has a vendetta. However, Kate Beckett definitely doesn’t have fancy upgrades that essentially make her a super hero. No. That all belongs to Jill Andersen.
Days before Paul Andersen is set to be executed for three murders he was accused of, another body drops. While nothing out of the ordinary for the Baltimore Police Department, this one was special. The man was killed in the exact same manner of the killings Paul was accused of doing. While hopeful that solving the murder would absolve Paul and save him, Jill knew she had to recuse herself from the case. She was too close to it. So her partner, Ramon Gutierrez, took point. However, that didn’t mean Bounty had to give up on the case.
I’m quite enjoying the Jill Andersen Mystery series. I enjoy the lack of romance that most female leads in books tend to get embroiled in. Jill is asexual, so she doesn’t really care. I love that she’s strong and fearless. Okay, and the fact that she’s essentially a super hero is pretty cool, too.
The Order is a dark and creepy thing that’s kept mainly in the shadows. It keeps you guessing as to what they’re going to do next. I don’t want to say much about them, because I don’t want to give anything away.
The entire time I was reading, I could see what was happening in my mind’s eye, almost unrolling like a television show. It was a well-written story and I will definitely continue to read the rest of the series.