The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag (#5 Kovac & Liska)

The Bitter Season (Kovac and Liska, #5)

The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag

 Published: 2016



The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag is the 5th book in the Detectives Kovac and Liska mystery series.  With the snappy dialog and a true mystery, these books continue to make my day.  Hopefully Ms Hoag is writing the next one….

Homicide Detectives Nikki Liska and Sam Kovac have been partners for a long time.  But Nikki has decided that she wants to spend more time with her two boys while they are still young enough to accept having her around.  So she has moved to the new Cold Case team, and although she is generally around for dinner, she’s missing the excitement of a fresh kill in Homicide.  Sam is missing Nikki.  He has a new, (and very young compared to Sam) partner, and he’s not sure he has the energy to break in anyone else.

Although she doesn’t think it can be solved, Nikki has been handed a 25-year old cold case involving the death of a police officer.  But Nikki is going to give it her all, even though the family doesn’t particularly want the investigation re-opened, and the last detective to investigate it is not going to make it easy on her.  It immediately gets the wrong type of media attention when the brother of the deceased holds a press conference in front of his own business, getting lots of publicity – for his store.  The fact that the brother married the victim’s wife adds to the weirdness/sliminess of the case.

Sam, on the other hand, finds himself in the middle of the rather bizarre murder of a husband and wife by samurai sword.  It is a very gory crime scene, and suddenly the media attention on this case has also sky-rocketed.  The husband had a rather miserable disposition, so suspects abound, including the meek son and bi-polar daughter.

Meanwhile, there is another young woman who has been in the news lately, and is now attracting some very unwanted attention.

When things come together, it seems that Sam and Nikki may be investigating the same suspect.

As usual, Hoag has added her sense of humor, and the characters have some wonderful lines. The mystery, as always, is great, with many twists and turns.  It is a fast read, and keeps you guessing.

Good read!


Read: March 2017


Favorite Quotes from The Bitter Season:

“Such a perfect family,” everyone used to say. They didn’t know, and wouldn’t suspect. Appearances were all that mattered. Appearances, accolades, money, the right car, the perfect dinner party. Two children brought out on cue and promptly put away.”

“There was no animal on the face of the earth more irresistible to a teenage girl than a handsome boy who had nothing to say. A man of mystery!”

“You can go anywhere in a book,” she answered, smiling slightly. “Be anyone. And life has to make sense in a book. Real life doesn’t have to make sense.”


About the Author:   Tami Hoag’s novels have appeared on national bestseller lists regularly since the publication of her first book in 1988.  She is a dedicated equestrian in the Olympic discipline of dressage and is an avid fan and student of mixed martial arts.  She shares her home with English cocker spaniels.



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