Missing or Dead – A Tracey Marks Mystery #3 by Ellen Shapiro

I have read every book in this series and it just keeps getting better. However, I do have to admit that this was my favorite so far.  I would even go so far as to say read it first.  The author gives the reader enough backstory that it could be read on its own.  However as a stand-alone or all in the series, the reader will find themselves inside Tracey’s world, dashing along with her as the clock is running out.  Is it kidnapping, murder, abandonment?  Tracey’s no nonsense approach leads to an adventure with more grit than the usual cozy mysteries.

In this book the main character is finding their way and getting much more comfortable in their PI profession.  With a best friend lending their legal mind and a romantic interest in the business, Tracey has a great support network. 

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Cynthia Lambert has mysteriously vanished. The police have not found her body and it appears their investigation is going nowhere. Cynthia’s friend, Joanie Gray hires PI Tracey Marks to find out what happened to Cynthia. Joanie is adamant that Cynthia would never leave her family willingly.

As Tracey immerses herself in trying to find out what happened to Cynthia, she quickly learns there are forces working against her, and too many people who want her off the case, including Cynthia’s husband, John Lambert.

Questioning people in Cynthia’s life, Tracey learns that Cynthia and her husband had separated for a while and that he may be mixed up with a mob lawyer at the firm where he works. Before she vanished Cynthia was canceling appointments and distancing herself from friends and family.

With Tracey’s life in danger, is time running out as she races to uncover the truth before it’s too late?

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