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19 Souls (Sin City Investigation #1) by J.D. Allen


Her bloody finger left a translucent smear on the phone screen as she glanced through the list of private investigators in Vegas. Her stained nail came to rest on Sin City Investigations.

Jim Bean would serve her well.

Private investigator Jim Bean is a straightforward, to-the-point man. He likes his cases to follow suit. But when his latest client, Sophie Evers, asks him to find her brother Daniel, Jim has no idea how complicated his life is about to become.

As he falls deep into a manipulative game of cat and mouse, Jim uncovers the horrible truth about Sophie. Now he must set things right before her plan leads to the loss of innocent souls . . . even more than it already has.


Talk about a school girl’s crush gone bad. I couldn’t put this book down. Who doesn’t love a good story about a psycho female serial killer on the run and a controlling PI with anger management issues ready to take her down?  I’m definitely putting this series on my TBR list.

Sophie Evers is a whack job extraordinaire. Her plan to hire the down-on-his-luck PI Jim Bean to find the only boy she’s ever loved has not gone as she expected. So, battling with the voice in her head and losing control of the situation, she has a hostage to keep PI Bean in hand.

PI Jim Bean wished he hadn’t taken this job. It was supposed to be a simple search for a missing person, but now he’s trying to protect the person he’s found because the woman hunting him is a psychopath. The more he learns about Sophie Evers, the more his guilt and anger builds to the point that he insists on helping Special Agent Ava Webb with the FBI’s investigation into Sophie’s murder spree.

Jim is one of those broken and isolated characters who is a fun one to crack. He knows about secrets and changing identities. His past is a testimony to that and this case has ripped everything open again. The interactions between Jim and Agent Webb are intriguing and I hope there is more to that in upcoming books in the series. As for Jim’s friends, Double O and Ely, they are great supporting characters who have Jim’s back and apparently have some interesting stories of their own.

If you enjoy fast-paced mysteries that grab you from the start and don’t let go until the explosive and exciting ending, give this book a try.

Thank you to Ms. Allen for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.



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JDAllenJ.D. Allen earned a degree in physical anthropology and a creative writing minor from The Ohio State University. Her mystery books include the Sin City Investigation Series, 19 Souls, and Skin Game, and she has short stories included in several anthologies. In the romance world, JD also published 11 books and novellas.

She’s a past chair of the Bouchercon Convention National board and past president of the Triangle Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

She loves to give back to new authors with classes on the basics of crime scene investigation, pacing, voice, POV, and public speaking.

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