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 nails and has to prove herself daily to many old school cops. It didn’t help at all when a newly discovered grave linked back to crimes which occurred thirty years earlier and when a mysterious ex-cop who worked the original cases suddenly appeared to help her. Mid-way through the book I began to realize that all was not as it seemed but by that time I was so involved with the mystery and the emerging and compelling love story that I didn’t care and I couldn’t stop reading. Time of Departure was a wonderful read and one I probably would never have picked up if I had known the surprising twist.