Not many people could save a man’s life with lip gloss, car keys and three cinnamon-flavored condoms while under gunfire. But Madison McKenna can. And it’s not the least of the devices the sexy young physicist-turned-detective kludges together in The Last, Best Lie, first in the Chicago-based McKenna Mystery series. Blending wit, sensuality and science into a unique and exciting new format, this female-MacGyver uses counter-top technology and fierce determination to solve the attempted murder of her boss, Jake Thibodaux. It won’t be easy; science-savvy she is, street-smart she isn’t. Worse, Jake’s powerful ex-partner, Hunter, is determined to freeze her out of the investigation, and the local police would happily toss her in jail to keep her out of their hair. As Jake clings to life, Madison and her helpers—a charming bull-rider and his prize calf, Spinal Snap, a pair of bickering cops, and Jake’s hard-bitten mistress—delve into Jake’s past, revealing a man very different from the one she thought she knew. Even her subconscious comes to her aid, infusing her dreams with tantalizing, surreal, clues. Driven by need, Madison and Hunter form a steamy, antagonistic, partnership; until she learns that he his own motives for murder. As even more allies fall under suspicion and innocents are killed in her stead, the increasingly-desperate Madison uses science, cunning and doggedness to find the killer. And she’ll continue to school all around her in the power of technology, fueled female ingenuity, as this distinctive new series evolves.
Quinn’s series debut is full of action, clever twists, sexual tension, and a likable heroine who sounds like a less tough but more academically accomplished Stephanie Plum.
— Kirkus Review (Click for the entire review)
A wonderful debut novel. Funny, witty, clever and wise. Madison McKenna is the perfect detective. She does it all, not like a man but better than a man.
— Charles Salzberg, author of Devil in the Hole, and the Henry Swann Detective Series.