His fourth book, Dead Certain, is completely different than the others and might be my favorite. While the protagonist, Ella, is a criminal attorney who works for her father's firm, that is just a small part of the story. She has a "secret life" as a singer and allows her inhibitions to fade away during her nights singing at a bar. Her sister, Charlotte, is a writer whose first novel is accepted for publication, and she gives Ella a copy of the first half to read.
When Charlotte goes missing, The novel takes on a greater importance. It seems to be a blueprint of Charlottes life and the men in it. Ella believes one of those men has done harm to her sister, but since no real names have been used, Ella has nowhere to look. The police are helpful, especially the lead detective who obviously cares for Charlotte, but they seem stymied at every turn.
Interspersed in Mitzner's novel are chapters from Charlotte's murder mystery that unfortunately stops before we find out "who done it." Both books kept my interest, and I had a difficult time putting the book down. There were a few things that stretched credibility, but I chalked it up to literary license. It seemed odd that several of the main characters had dated Ella at one point or another, but somehow it all worked.
I don't want to give anything away, so I will just say that Dead Certain definitely belongs on your list of "must reads" this summer.
Publisher - Thomas & Mercer
Date of Publication - June 1, 2017