In Shadow Ridge M.E. Browning melds an energetic police procedural and an appealing heroine set against a vivid Colorado background in this launch of a new series that shows great potential. Browning's affinity for realistic plotting gets a boost in Shadow Ridge, as does her skills in creating believable characters that readers will want to spend time with ... Browning skillfully weaves in sexism on the police force and among the video game aficionados and predatory professors into a tightly focused police investigation. ... Browning's Jo should be with readers for a long time.
Not surprisingly, retired police captain Browning—who's previously written as Micki Browning—is best on Jo’s professional frustration with a department that values her labors as long as she doesn’t step out of line. Thoroughly workmanlike, if not terribly original or surprising.