My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In her latest case, Homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas is on the trail of a sadistic serial killer who dresses up as Santa and finds his victims at an online dating service.
An exciting installment with several red herrings to keep the reader guessing.
Eve’s complex and prickly nature make her one of those characters that evoke strong reactions in readers. While one cannot help but admire her strength and resilience in overcoming childhood trauma, she does have the unfortunate tendency toward allowing her personal demons to influence her investigative focus, which ultimately leads her down the wrong path.
Furthermore, there are times when Eve’s harsh words and hurtful actions toward those closest to her can be grating. That said, it is clear that she is slowly coming to understand she is no longer alone in the world and that she needs to let people in.
In terms of the murder case, the symbolism associated with the 12 Days of Christmas is entertaining albeit underutilized. The links between the symbols and corresponding victims could have been used to better effect.
The secondary characters are wonderful as always. The developing love/hate relationship between Peabody and McNab is a highlight, and it will be interesting to see where this goes (if they don’t kill each other first).
Overall, the In Death series is engaging, exciting, and entertaining. A definite must for lovers of romance and suspense.