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On Borrowed Crime: 05/05/21
On Borrowed Crime by Kate Young and Dina Pearlman (Narrator) is the start of the Jane Doe Book Club mystery series. Lyla Moody works as a receptionist for her private detective uncle — a job her parents don't approve of. She's also part of the Jane Doe Book Club — a mystery loving club her mother derisively calls "the Dead Club."
While her best friend Melanie is on vacation, Lyla has a near run-in with Carol, the wife of a local judge. She's also a member of the club. Not thinking anything of it, she's surprised to learn later in the day that Carol is officially missing.
Timed with Melanie's return, Lyla discovers Carol's body in a way that implicates Melanie and bears a striking resemblance to a series of "Jane Doe" murders along the local interstate. This is the set up for the remainder of the mystery.
While the small town setting and the cutesy title implies a cozy mystery, the brutality of the murder and the very real danger Lyla is facing makes this novel more of a thriller. There were places in the novel that I found difficult to listen to. It wasn't gore for gore's sake nor was it fetishizing violence against women, but the emotions were visceral.
The second book is Reading Between the Crimes. It's scheduled for release on September 7th, 2021.