As always, there's a lot going on in the little Alaskan village of Newenham and Sgt. Liam Campbell of the Alaskan State Troopers has his hands full. There's a would-be vampire, a drunken politico, and a mugger who just won't quit. Then, a downed WWII army plane is discovered frozen in a glacier—and it contains a human arm, clutching a coin.

Topping matters off, a local elderly woman is murdered at home, a seemingly senseless crime. When another person is killed, Campbell is baffled. To his surprise, he soon discovers a connection between the killings and the downed airplane.

Multiple storylines make BETTER TO REST a fascinating read. The link between the present crimes and a tragedy from long ago adds a poignant touch. Newcomers to this series, however, might be overwhelmed trying to keep track of all the regular characters. (Sep., 272 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg