Allana Bale dropped off her eight-month-old daughter at her mother’s house and never returned. With a pattern of running away and drug use, her disappearance isn’t given a second look. Until Beth comes along.
Beth, now a professional PI and submissive tries to juggle the two when she is given this missing person’s case. Having to delve into a person’s past can be dangerous but Beth is determined to learn what happened to Allana. Did she run away from the pressures of motherhood or is everything not as it seems?
This is the second book by author Fia Black that I’ve had the pleasure to review. She provided me with a free copy under no obligation, but I was delighted to have another novel in the Submissive Beth Mysteries series to read.
The main character Beth remains just as intriguing with her “day” work as a PI and her “night” work as a submissive. If you are not well-versed in the BDSM world, this is a far better series to set your sights on than some others. It’s incredibly sex positive and non-shaming in addition to presenting BDSM with all the rules of consent in place.
As in the first novel The Jade Dragon, the missing person is someone of “ill repute,” a recovering drug addict and prostitute who seemingly abandons her eight month old daughter before going off on another bender, but there are numerous factors pointing away from what seems the obvious option, and Beth is more than willing to take this case that the police believe is open and shut As in Dragon the victim is doubly victimized by utter lack of empathy and justice on the system’s part, the latter of which would’ve stood unless Beth intervened. What complicates matters is our heroine’s rocky relationship with Detective Reiner whose help she needs in order to work the case.
This mystery is a quick read that uses direct and no nonsense language. The parts where Beth is working her submissive job are so immersive and fascinating, and as I mentioned above, the novel and series as a whole are very sex positive/non-shaming, which is refreshing and needed.
Miss Black’s style of writing works very well for this genre. It’s quick and to the point with no unnecessary fluff bogging it down. Beth does serious work whether or not she’s sleuthing a case or satisfying a client, and in both instances, she always gets results.