#ThrowbackThursday The Rosary Girls by @RRMontanari

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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Kevin Byrne is a veteran cop who already knows that edge: He’s been living on it far too long. His marriage failing, his former partner wasting away in a hospital, and his heart lost to mad fury, Byrne loves to take risks and is breaking every rule in the book. And now he has been given a rookie partner. Jessica Balzano, the daughter of a famous Philly cop, doesn’t want Byrne’s help. But they will need each other desperately, since they’ve just caught the case of a lifetime: Someone is killing devout young women, bolting their hands together in prayer, and committing an abomination upon their otherwise perfect bodies. Byrne and Balzano spearhead the hunt for the serial killer, who leads them on a methodically planned journey. Suspects appear before them like bad dreams–and vanish just as quickly. And while Byrne’s sins begin to catch up with him, and Balzano tries to solve the blood-splattered puzzle, the body count rises. Meanwhile, the calendar is approaching Easter and the day of the resurrection. When the last rosary is counted, a madman’s methods will be revealed, and the final crime will be the one that hurts the most. 

I read this a few years ago and I really loved it. The Rosary Girls was the first in a procedural series (Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano). Unfortunately,  I didn’t read any of the following books (ouch!); I really need to keep up with my series!

This was a thrilling and old-fashioned thriller featuring a sadistic serial killer in the city of Philadelphia. I loved the partnership between Byrne and Balzano and the way the author made me care about both the characters and the case. I was captivated from the very first page, as the prologue was creepy and mysterious.

I don’t recall everything about the plot, but I remember I couldn’t stop reading and I felt like I had discovered a new favorite series.

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In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves old songs and 90s movies. I enjoy reading mystery and crime, coming of age stories, and historical fiction set in the last century.

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