Page count: 320 pages
Rating: 4 stars
Date begun: June 13th, 2011
Date finished: June 15th, 2011
A brutal serial killer is hunting women in New York, killing them in the style of famous former murderers, such as Jack the Ripper and Ted Bundy. He leaves letters addressed to lieutenant Eve Dallas at the crime scenes, taunting her and her associates. Eve manages to keep the media buzz to a minimum, but all the main suspects are either foreign diplomats or high profiled celebrities, and it's not an easy job. Add to the fact that catching a killer based on the exclusive stationary he prefers, is not a walk in the park.
She also has new nightmares, starting to remember her mother. Her domestic nemesis, Roarke's butler Summerset, is due back from vacation and her trusty aide Peabody is stressing out over her impending Detective's exam, worried that she'll fail, and in the process let herself, her family and most of all, her trusted superior, down.
As always, it's a joy to read about Roarke and his darling Eve, not to mention Peabody, McNab, Mira and all the other regulars. The series of murders in this installment are particularly grisly, and, as always, Eve is determined to stand for the dead, and get justice for the crimes committed against them.