Desolation Canyon by P. J. Canyon @minotaurbooks #smpinfluencers #bookreview


P.J. Tracy “seems to have found her literary sweet spot” (New York Times Book Review) with her dazzling new series, and in Desolation Canyon, fans get a deeper look into the complex characters who call Los Angeles home.

LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan is struggling to move forward after the death of her brother in Afghanistan and taking a life in the line of duty. Her stoic parents offer little support – they refuse to address anything difficult, and she’s afraid their relationship is eroding beyond the point of recovery.

The days off are the hardest, because they give Margaret time to think. A moment of weakness leads to cocktails with a colleague—an attraction she knows could be dangerous —at the luxurious Hotel Bel-Air bar. A stroll through the grounds leads to a grim discovery beneath the surface of Swan Lake: the body of a successful attorney who made his fortune in international trade.

It initially appears to be death by misadventure, but the case is anything but straightforward. As a series of shocking revelations emerge, Nolan finds herself confronting a sinister cabal that just might destroy her and everyone she loves.


LAPD Detective Margaret Nolan has some issues she needs to resolve. She has been struggling for a while. Her brother passed away overseas and she also shot someone in the line of duty. So, she has some unresolved issues that need to be addressed. But, when a prominent lawyer is discovered floating in water, it is presumed accidental. But, Margaret has a sense, a sixth sense or whatever, this is not what it looks like.

I enjoyed Margaret. She is smart and tough, even though she is damaged. I like flawed characters. They add so much to the story when they feel human to the reader. Then there is Sam Easton…another flawed character. These two pair up to discover what is actually happening in the desert…religious cult…or…well, read the book to find out!

This story is a bit slow in places and did not pull me in. I had big expectations though and that sometimes throws off the real aspects. It is a bit disjointed in places. But, a cult drama is always intriguing to me.

Need a novel set in the desert to warm you up this winter…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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