This time it’s a body strategically placed on a bench at a children’s playground. NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team examine the scene and aside from being disturbed by the murder and location, they notice how the victim is obsessively clean and perfectly made up. But, her clothes are of a much earlier era’s styling and there’s a sign next to her saying “Bad Mommy.” Even without the highly skilled profiler Charlotte Mira’s assessment, they understand they’re dealing with a killer who has mommy issues. As they begin their investigation, they deduce that there are other missing women who match the profile of their victim. It becomes a race against time to find these women before they transition from good mommy to bad.
The procedurals in this story were complicated and involved so many variables it was tougher to keep up. Since the setting is 2061, it was interesting that the era of focus was nearer our own this time or one where I was familiar, somewhere around 2003 – 2009. The reaction to some of our fashion choices was pretty funny and nostalgic. Because the case involved missing women, I became much more attached to the victims than I normally do, silently rooting for the team to find them as we were getting the point of view of one of the abducted women. Also, the format included a new aspect, a “before” and “now” point of view from characters critical to the story. While it was initially strange, I came to love it, looking forward to the next one.
The revelation of the killer was a stunner, one that set me on my heels right away. Up to that point, I hadn’t a clue so it was a game changer for the team. I always love the Interview segments and this one was particularly interesting. It took a while for the story to fully engage me but when it did, I couldn’t stop reading. I enjoyed it but didn’t love it, even with Mavis’ renovation updates. Still a good time to be back in this world with my favorite characters.
- Release Date: February 8, 2022
- Series: In Death #54
- Page Numbers: 361
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Press