"Judgment Call" by J.A. Jance, William Morrow, 387 pages, $25.99.
Bisbee, Ariz. police are investigating the disappearance of high school principal Debra Highsmith. Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady isn't involved in the investigation, but her teenage daughter, Jenny, attends that school. Police believe that Highsmith was out walking her dog and had an accident.
Early one morning, Jenny is horseback riding and finds Highsmith's body. She was murdered. Jenny calls her mother. Later that same day, high school students are looking at a photograph of the body on Facebook. Only Jenny could have taken it. The posted remarks show that teenagers hated her. A posted video points to one boy in particular.
Joanna's mother is involved with an artists' group that is raising money to have art programs for students after the high school cut it because of budget problems. She wants to make sure that Joanna and her husband, Butch Dixon, attend the banquet.
This is a good installment in the Brady series. It has a fast-paced plot and interesting characters.
"Heartbroken" by Lisa Unger, Crown, 367 pages, $24.
This is set on Heart Island in the Adirondacks. Kate's mother, Billie Burke, is domineering. Kate has written a novel based on the dairies of her grandmother, Lana, and Aunt Caroline. Emily, a waitress, is involved with the wrong man. Now she is also headed to Heart Island.
This is a ghost and romance novel about dysfunctional families. It has shifting points of view and a lackluster ending.