It’s Valentine’s Day, and Charlie D’s guest on his late night talk show is his boss Misty, a former escort who’s rich husband bought her the station as a wedding present. The topic is satisfaction, and there is much discussion of how intimacy goes beyond the physical. But meanwhile, a vicious organization spearheaded by Charlie’s right wing colleague is targeting sex workers, Jack the Ripper-style, and makes sure Charlie D knows all about it.
There’s not that much of a mystery here, and the way it all wraps up is neat and efficient, as one might expect from a “Rapid Read,” while the barely-there romance between Charlie and his producer Nova is nicely played. This is the fourth and, it seems, last Charlie D mystery, and it’s been so long since I read the third one now — well over two hundred books ago — that it took me a little while to get back into this late night talk radio host’s head, and world. But once I got there, I liked it enough that I am sad that this is the end.
TBR DAY 241: The Thirteenth Rose (Charlie D #4) by Gail Bowen
GENRE: Mystery, Crime
TIME ON THE TBR: 3 years.
PURCHASED FROM: Garage sale.