PD is distracted and on edge as the book opens. He’s reacting to a real eye-opening discovery from his past and tends to take out his anxieties on his unofficial granddaughter, Billy Jo. She is also deeply affected by these revelations, and there are some emotional moments with her trying to find her place in life and on the investigative team. Her desire for greater involvement leads to the art provenance job and places her in jeopardy.
Wayne and Lucy’s impending nuptials provide some fun moments and emotional ones as well as he searches for the younger sister with whom Lucy had lost touch. But I had to smile over the references early in the story about Wayne and PD getting their COVID vaccinations, and when it was revealed the needles made the groom, soon-to-be-married-to-a-physician, somewhat nervous.
The investigations are continually in motion, with several interesting and exciting storylines finely meshed together. The author maintains a steady, productive pace, so there is never a dull moment for the team or the reader. There are some surprising twists and turns as the cases wend their way to resolution, though, and that had me invested in the story from the first page to the last. Although readers are recommended to begin the series with the first book, this one can stand on its own.
With its found family of engaging main characters and several solid mysteries to consider, I recommend IN THE FRAME to mystery readers who enjoy complex family dramas, stories set in the Nashville area or Erie, Pennsylvania, and especially to fans of the previous books in the series.
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