TJ Peacock & Lisa Rayburn Mysteries, Second in Series

Fiction - Thriller - General
422 Pages
Reviewed on 12/05/2014
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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Trespass (TJ Peacock and Lisa Rayburn Mysteries) is written by Marla Madison. Gemma Rosenthal isn’t convinced Norman Teschler’s death was accidental when his house explodes, so she hires TJ Peacock, a private investigator. TJ suspects foul play, especially after meeting the neighbours. When a member of a wife-swapping group is murdered, and vandals play games by breaking into homes to have sex, she thinks the cases is connected, but detectives Haymaker and Wade share different opinions. Gemma suffers from sleep paralysis that increased when Norman died, and consults Lisa Rayburn, a psychologist who helps her deal with a troubled past. She starts to have out of body experiences and sees strange activities happening at another home, but is reluctant to divulge this information to the detective.

Trespass is the second book in the series (TJ Peacock and Lisa Rayburn Mysteries) by Marla Madison. I did not want to put the book down for any reason, and consider it intense reading material. Just reading the prologue was enough to convince me that the rest was going to be promising. The plot is very good and has so many twists that I loved. TJ Peacock is a bold, hard as nails detective, who tries to juggle motherhood and romance with her risky career. Lisa Rayburn is nice, but characters like Gemma were more interesting to me. I like the character portrayals and their feelings for others were a bit amusing. Trespass isn’t lacking action, suspense and intrigue due to Marla Madison’s remarkable writing skills.

Natasha Jackson

Trespass is the story of private investigator TJ Peacock and therapist Lisa Rayburn. When a house explodes in TJ’s neighborhood in the early morning hours, the investigator in TJ can’t help but investigate. At the scene, she shares a drink with a shaken woman we later learn is Gemma, best friends with the victim of the explosion. Gemma tells TJ she doesn’t believe the explosion was an accident and hires TJ to find out the truth. Marla Madison has written a compelling mystery where you don’t figure out the who or the why of the crimes until she’s ready to tell you. Even though I haven’t read the previous story, I felt as though Madison provided enough back story to hop right in with no problems.

Trespass is everything a truly good mystery should be; full of lies, secrets, twists and overt deception. At various points throughout the story, Marla Madison will have you believing each of the characters may have had a hand in the murder and the attacks. As the story slowly unravels, there is so much tension it radiates off the page, making you feel as though you are right there, treading the cemetery path alongside TJ. She does a fantastic job illustrating the damaged Gemma and the tough as nails TJ. I loved that TJ the investigator was tough and took no prisoners, even as she struggled to be a good mom and partner to her family. I thought Lisa was a bit player in this story, but her role served a purpose in unfolding the story properly so it’s easy to forgive. This is a fantastic mystery that is full of layers to keep you guessing.