Monday, July 5, 2010
"Deeper Than The Dead" by Tami Hoag: 3 1/2 stars
A series of murders in a small California town leads the police to suspect they may have a serial killer in their midst and they call the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit. There isn't enough evidence for the BSU to send a team but injured agent/profiler Vince Leone offers to go help on his own. His injury was distraction enough, the romance he starts with a local teacher pushed the distraction a little too far for me, and a troubled child brought it too close to soap opera to be a really good mystery. With the various other local detectives, I didn't get a strong enough feeling for any of the characters to really care about them.
I thought the killer's identity was telegraphed a little too much (though the author gives the reader a few obvious options); I like to be surprised and learn who it is along with the investigators. Even so, it was a pleasant summer hammock read.
There is a second book coming out later this winter, "Secrets to the Grave." I will probably read that book just to see where the series is going but it won't be at the top of my reading list.
I got this book from the library. Support your local library!