Review: Family Values (A Leo Waterman Mystery) by G. M. Ford

Print Length: 327 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (August 29, 2017)

From Returning to Seattle after a business trip, retired PI Leo Waterman is shocked to find his girlfriend, Rebecca Duvall, unconscious on the bathroom floor, her house filled with gas. Officials believe it was a suicide attempt in the wake of a humiliating scandal. Under investigation for dereliction of duty, she’d been suspended from her job as medical examiner for King County. Leo knows Rebecca too well—and is determined to prove her innocence and clear her name. Most important, he wants to find out who tried to kill her.

Despite the prosecuting attorney’s claims of a solid case, Leo rounds up his ragtag team of miscreants to find the truth. The investigation leads straight to The Highlands. There, behind the locked doors of one of Seattle’s most exclusive gated communities, old money can afford to bury older family secrets. But for Leo, unearthing them is going to trap him in a conspiracy that is deadlier, and far more personal, than he feared.

My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
This is the first time I've picked up a novel in the Leo Waterman series, so from that standpoint, I can honestly say I don't feel like you need to read from the beginning in order for this one to make sense. I was easily able to follow the characters, and the story even though I'm sure at least a couple of them have made appearances in other stories as well. 

This was an ok story. The writing seemed solid enough, even if the story-line was at times, nearly painfully obvious. The pace was pretty steady as well, with only a few twists and turns to shake things up. One thing I had somewhat of an issue with is how one element of this story was solved. Sure, photos and evidence are good to have, but I feel like the prosecuting attorney would not have let certain things go as easily as they did. There still should have been questions, and maybe thoughts of a conspiracy, but there wasn't. And that was a little disappointing. 

Overall, I am sure this story will still appeal to long-time fans of the series, and may still appeal to those who enjoy a good thriller novel. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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