I think this is the best of the first three. The mystery was pretty good, so different from the show but and it still isn't as good as the tv show but I did enjoy it. I can't figure out how with this ending she's gotten so many more books out of the series?? I've also read that the series was originally planned to be a trilogy and the 4th came out do make fans happy and then all the others came out 15+ years later when the show started. So I'm not sure if I'll read the others, I think it is silly when series are falsely extended like that, but maybe I'll get around to it eventually.