The beauty of the late Alabama autumn makes little impression on Lt. Marisa Strange. She is trying to get a solid footing in her new life and is finding the path full of rocks and hard places.
Her detectives are not happy to see an outsider heading their unit. Rumors abound about why she left a top position with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation for the sheriff’s department in rural Garrard County, Alabama. And Captain James Frazier, a man she both loves and hates, has been made head of the regional ABI office, her main backup for big cases.
(your hook starts here)
Then a lovely red-haired woman is found dead on a pile of bright fall leaves in an isolated area of the county. Before the body can be removed, the crime scene blows up – literally. A crime scene technician and a new sheriff’s deputy are killed. Now Marisa is in the middle of the worst crime in Garrard County history. And everyone at the scene, including Frazier, is under suspicion.
The investigation takes Marisa into the back woods of rural Alabama, and into her own past. She soon suspects the killer lurks among those closest to her. As she pieces the case together, she realizes the killer is harvesting a victim for each season of the year, and he's collected three.
Winter is next.
And she may be the killer’s fourth season.
Gives a whole new meaning to getting your colors done, doesn't it?
You're going to have to come up with something a whole lot more unusual than a woman in a tough job with a love/hate relationship and a killer stalking her. This stuff is absolutely done to death. You can survive pedestrian plotting with amazing writing of course, but "amazing" and "good" aren't the same thing.
Don't work on the hook, work on the book.