Every Breath by Ellie Marney
Summary:When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is the mutilated body of Homeless Dave, one of Mycroft's numerous eccentric friends. But Mycroft's passion for forensics leads him to realize that something about the scene isn't right--and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder.
While Watts battles her attraction to bad-boy Mycroft, he's busy getting himself expelled and clashing with the police, becoming murder suspect number one.
This is an impressive and well-written mystery that grips you from the start and doesn’t let go until the very last page. It may not be especially mind-blowing or unpredictable in its reveal, but the wonderful cast of characters makes up for that.
When Rachel Watts and James Mycroft go to the zoo, they’re shocked to find the murdered body of a man known as “Homeless Dave.” When it soon becomes clear that the police aren’t going to be any help solving the case, Rachel and James decide to take matters into their own hands and try to find the murderer themselves.
Rachel is a well-written and relatable protagonist. She may be a bit on the quiet side, but she is extremely intelligent and observant, and is always there for her friends.
Mycroft is complex and realistic. He’s got a tragic backstory, but he’s also got a charm that constantly radiates off of him.
Mycroft and Rachel have absolutely wonderful chemistry. They start out the book as friends, but it’s clear there’s something more to their dynamic than that, and it’s absolutely wonderful watching their relationship progress throughout the story.
The supporting characters also have their own amount of depth and backstory. The characterization of Rachel’s friends Mai and Gus, as well as her brother Mike, was especially superb and noteworthy.
The mystery itself is where I felt the story was a bit lacking. I wasn’t completely mind-blown or surprised when the culprit was revealed, and I wish there were simply more red herrings as to their identity so the reveal could come as a bit more of a surprise.
The story takes a little while to really get going, but once you’re fully invested in the story, you won’t be able to put it down. I have not seen Sherlock Holmes, so I can’t say how this does as a retelling of that story, but on its own this is a strong beginning to what is sure to be an amazing series.