Time of Departure

Time of Departure Review

A debut mystery with a surprising twist, featuring a young state prosecutor investigating a series of murders dating back to the 1970s, and a mysterious ex cop who knows way too much about her.

Florida state prosecutor Claire Talbot is as tough as they come, and not everyone loves her for it. Newly promoted Felony Division Chief, Claire has about as many jealous detractors as she does supporters. Some colleagues are openly skeptical about her youth, her abilities, and even her gender. When a highway project construction crew unearths two skeletons in a common grave, Claire reopens an investigation into a string of abductions that took place before she was born. While researching the file, she meets retired cop Marc Hastings, who once worked on the case. He maneuvers his way into the investigation—and into Claire's life. Marc has an uncanny familiarity with Claire's habits, and she begins to realize that not all is as it seems. The detective urges Claire on, mysteriously convinced that only she can solve the case. Together, they unearth more graves. But then, disaster strikes … and Claire finally discovers what Hastings knew all along. It's a secret almost too shocking for a sane mind to grasp. The key to the killings may lie deep in Claire's own past. But what if Claire's past lies in her future?

Full of spellbinding twists, Time of Departure will appeal not only to thriller aficionados, but to readers who appreciate a strong female lead and a compelling love story. A page-turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, Time of Departure heralds the arrival of an immensely talented new crime novelist.

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  • Jaksen

    So many good reviews, but sorry this isn't going to be one of them.(I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.)First off, the guy can write. I often say that, even about a book which I didn't like, or c...

  • Judy Collins

    A special thank you to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Douglas Schofield delivers TIME OF DEPARTURE —a spellbinding unique mix of mystery, cop-procedura...

  • Rachel Kelley

    Wow. That was my first thought when I put this book down just after midnight last night.I have to admit, about halfway through the book I was beginning to wonder where all of the five star reviews wer...

  • Nancy McFarlane

    Wow! What a great book and what a surprise. I was hooked from the beginning by the story of young, state prosecutor Claire Talbot who is the newly appointed felony division chief. She is tough as nail...

  • DD Flight

    What can I say? I'm addicted to Schofield's writing and his latest is in my opinion his best. Although it's not yet widely available (I think publication is scheduled for November or December 2015 - c...

  • MariaElena

    I recently had the opportunity to read a pre-publication copy of, "Time of Departure." A few thoughts.WOW! I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since I finished reading Time of Departure. That’s a...

  • LJ

    First Sentence: My darling daughter, This is your mother’s story.Claire Talbot, Florida state prosecutor, has been newly promoted to Felony Division Chief. The unearthing of two skeletons by a const...

  • Barbara

    I received a copy of the this ARC from Net Galley in exchange for a review. I was intrigued by the story from the outset since it was a mystery taking place in northern Florida, near where I live. The...

  • CLM

    When you decided to read one chapter of a book at midnight and then suddenly it's 2:30 am!...

  • Amber

    Sticking with two stars. This book is a smattering of good ideas with bad follow through. The story starts at the wrong place. The author oddly enough acknowledges it as a way of justifying it on page...