City Problems: An Ed Runyon Mystery
Oceanview, 2021 (2021)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
is a police procedural. First in a series, it introduces Mifflin County sheriff's detective Ed Runyon, in rural Ohio. Ed used to work for the NYPD, but quit after finding a blonde teen girl brutally murdered.
s the novel opens, Ed's called in by Sheriff Daltry on his day off to assist Columbus Detective Michelle '
' Beckworth. Shelly is investigating the disappearance of a teen girl, Megan Beemer, who went to a pop-up party and never made it home. There were a lot of Mifflin County plates at the party and Megan's car was left in the parking lot.
local hero, linebacker Jeff Cotton, was at the party, as were '
' band members. Jeff's father leads a group of zealots, Mifflin County Patriots, and his farm is more of a fortress. After Megan's body is found, her injuries and memories of the NY case rouse Ed's anger, getting him into trouble.
d and Shelly decide to poke the Cotton bear, call in SWAT, and get a confession. When it's all over, Ed quits, concerned about some of his own choices during the investigation. He decides to be a PI, specializing in missing kids - a nice lead in to the next episode.
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