Homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her partner Detective Delia Peabody are called to the murder scene of sculptor Ariel Byrd where there is a shortage of clues as to who might have killed her. But when they follow up with the woman who called 9-1-1, Gwen Huffman, the investigation leads to the unraveling of a host of secrets and lies with a direct link to a troubling cult-like group called Natural Order.
Everything about this story reminded me of the earlier books in the series where the police procedurals were paramount and involved most of the homicide team. The case led the team in so many directions until things ultimately started to make more sense and connect. My initial speculations veered off into several theories, all with so many holes I was forced to just let the team do their job and enjoy the journey. The Natural Order aspect was chilling with some loose connections to present circumstances, a reminder of what our society could unleash.
But, the real joy of the story is always the inclusion of the secondary characters in very real and substantive ways. There’s a surprise involving Mavis and Leonardo that just made me smile. And, the smart girls are reunited (Eve, Reo & Nadine) and that’s just poetry to watch. This one is meaty with a strong mystery and heavy with secondary character inclusion, a perfect mix for this long term fan. Loved it.
- Release Date: February 9, 2021
- Series: In Death #52
- Page Numbers: 383
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Press