Skip to main content
Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Shatter the Night

Shatter the Night

A Detective Gemma Monroe Mystery

Detective Gemma Monroe Novels (Volume 4)

Emily Littlejohn

Minotaur Books


An enthralling, atmospheric new novel from Emily Littlejohn, author of acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.

It’s Halloween night in Cedar Valley. During the town’s annual festival, Detective Gemma Monroe takes a break from trick or treating with her family to visit an old family friend, retired Judge Caleb Montgomery, at his law office. To Gemma’s surprise, Caleb seems worried—haunted, even—and confides in her that he’s been receiving anonymous threats. Shortly after, as Gemma strolls back to her car, an explosion at Caleb’s office shatters the night.

Reeling from the shock, Gemma and her team begin eliminating suspects and motives, but more keep appearing in their place, and soon another man is killed. Her investigation takes her from a chilling encounter with a convicted murderer at the Belle Vista Penitentiary, to the gilded rooms of the renovated Shotgun Playhouse, where Shakespeare’s cursed play Macbeth is set to open in a few weeks.

Yet most disturbing of all is when Gemma realizes that similar murders have happened before. There is a copycat killer at play, and if Gemma can’t stop him, he’ll carry out his final, deadly act.

Chapter One


Since becoming a cop six years prior, I’d grown to dread the thirty-first day of October. I could no longer believe the holiday was simply a night of innocent fun. I’d been witness to desecrated...

Praise for Shatter the Night

“Fans of Littlejohn’s mysteries (including Lost Lake, 2018) will settle into this familiar blend of smart sleuthing and realistic portrayals of Monroe’s home life. Recommend Littlejohn to those who enjoy Lisa Gardner’s novels.”—Booklist

“Littlejohn continues methodically building her heroine's world, shifting from an almost supernatural-inflected focus to small-town secrets.”—Kirkus

“Enjoyable. Gemma remains a strong lead readers will want to see more of.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for the Gemma Monroe series:

“Small town Colorado police detective Gemma Monroe is a human and fallible heroine I can't wait to meet again, and Littlejohn’s prose is lyrical and gripping.” —Deborah Crombie

“Compelling writing, a stunning setting in a Colorado ski town, a plot that twists with surprises. I loved all of it.” —Margaret Coel, author of The Man Who Fell From the Sky

“An inviting read...satisfying and wrapped up in a way that readers won't see coming. Recommended to fans of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novels.”—Booklist


Reviews from Goodreads

Emily Littlejohn

EMILY LITTLEJOHN was born and raised in Southern California. A former librarian, she now spends her time writing, raising a family, and working in city government in the Denver metro area. Inherit the Bones was her acclaimed debut novel in the Gemma Monroe series, which also includes Lost Lake and Shatter the Night.

image of Emily Littlejohno
Joanna Wittig


    Latest on Facebook


    Minotaur Books

    Latest on Facebook