Justice Calls

by Ann Roberts

The greatest hold on the present is the past.

For twenty-five years the memory of her brother’s murder has followed Ari Adams like a shadowy companion. Now Ari has found new evidence, a picture of Richie’s killer and a new hope for justice. But what seemed to be a simple botched robbery proves to be far more sinister.

To uncover the truth Ari must confront her own grief and misery—and face her father, Detective Jack Adams, who also blames himself for Richie’s death.

The seventh installment of Ann Roberts’ award-winning series finds detective Ari Adams on the search of her life, where guilt and resentment can only be extinguished by justice.

An Ari Adams Mystery Series Book 7.





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Genre Mystery
Length 246 pages
Publication Date September 13, 2018
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594936173e
Editor Katherine V. Forrest
Cover Designer Judith Fellows


GCLS Goldie Awards
Justice Calls — Finalist, Mystery/Thriller/Crime.


"Who killed Richie Adams?

I’ve been waiting to answer that question since the beginning of the Ari Adams mystery series, but timing is everything. The seeds for Justice Calls were planted over a decade ago in the first Ari Adams mystery, Paid in Full. Ari knew her eight-year-old brother Richie was collateral damage during a convenience store holdup, but she knew little else. The killer escaped and Ari and her family struggled with loss throughout her youth—and the gaping hole Richie’s death left in their lives.

I had not determined the details of Richie’s murder at the beginning of the series, but each book added more texture and definition to Ari and her family—their dark side, their secrets, and the overwhelming guilt each one carried about Richie’s death. It would have been impossible for Ari to solve Richie’s murder early in the series because she wasn’t ready yet. She wasn’t a good enough amateur detective with the confidence necessary to balance her overwhelming feelings for her little brother and the logical search for clues and evidence that would reveal his killer.

And then…the cliffhanger-ending of A Secret to Tell.

Justice Calls, like all the books in the Ari Adams series, stands alone. Many readers have read the series out of order, but there is a definite setup between Secret and Justice, as the character of Richie is introduced through flashbacks in A Secret to Tell.

So, think of this as a pitch for two books, not one. If you haven’t yet read A Secret to Tell, I’d read it first. And to those of you who’ve followed the series religiously… Here’s what you’ve been waiting for."
—Ann Roberts

  • This is book 7 of the Ari Adams mystery series. Earlier titles are Paid in Full, White Offerings Goldie finalist Deadly Intersections and Goldie Winner and Lambda Literary finalist Point of Betrayal.


The Lesbian Review
I must admit that I was sucked in from the first sentence because Ann Roberts has a way of crafting a story to keep her readers captivated. I definitely got a realistic portrayal of the gut-wrenching pain, frustration, and anger that Ari and her father felt as they worked tirelessly to find out who killed Richie. I can’t believe that I went through a gamut of emotions with every word I read and I just couldn’t let Ari, Molly, or Jack go even when the story ended. If you’re looking for heartfelt moments, character growth, timeless love coupled with an understanding that knows no boundaries and a compelling mystery, then this story is certainly for you!

Lex Kent’s Reviews - I can’t say much about the story as it would be too spoilerish but this book really addresses all the previous loose ends of the series. It’s an important book in the series and I think Roberts did a good job with it. I’m not sure if this is planned to be the final installment. I would always read another, but if it is I think this will be a satisfying end for fans of the series.

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