In “Every Broken Trust” (Minotaur, $25.99) by Linda Rodriguez, Marquitta “Skeet” Bannion has traded the possibility of being the first woman chief of police in Kansas City for a job as head of campus police in a peaceful college town nearby. She has custody of Brian, a teenage boy she hopes to adopt. Her aging father is being cared for by home health nurses and her ex-husband.
Then everything changes. A party for a politician ends in the murder of a guest and an attack on the hostess, Skeet's friend Karen. Brian gets involved with the politician's troubled teen daughter, and the nurse caring for Skeet's father has to be fired.
The dead man drank too much at the party and told Karen that her ex-husband had been murdered years earlier rather than killed in an accidental fall.
After Karen is released from the hospital, she is obsessed with finding her husband's killer. Skeet is convinced Karen's life is in danger and is determined to find the killer before her friend becomes the next victim. Skeet believes it must be someone she knows in the community, someone who likely will murder anyone who learns his secret.
Interesting characters and plenty of suspense will keep you reading.
— Kay Dyer