I picked up this book immediately after finishing book 2 in the Harper Connelly series and, as other reviewers here promised (and thank you!), this is a terrific read - much better in many ways than Grave Surprise.
A bit of time has passed since the events in the previous novel and the relationship between Harper and Tolliver is fraught with tension. This is elevated to new heights when they're called to another small town to help with the investigation into the disappearance of a number of boys aged 14-18. What Harper uncovers is not only a serial killer like none anyone in the criminal teams has ever encountered, but she has brought the authorities to his killing fields and thus spoiled his sick games and in doing so attracted his attention....
This is a darker, faster-paced book than the previous two that not only allows Harper the space to grow and demonstrate the backbone she does have (and not only Tolliver), but also enables us to finally see why she is so attractive to her manager and the other men who drift in and out of her orbit.
The relationship between Harper and Tolliver is beautifully developed and allows us to invest deeply in both these fabulous characters. Old characters reappear with sad and rewarding results. As usual, the townsfolk are well drawn and add frission to an already great read.
Looking forward to the final book in what's turning out to be a fantastic series.