Long-running series often become dull and predictable, but that's not the case with Bannister's Brodie Farrell cycle. The author divulges new insights into her characters' personalities -- and she writes a good murder mystery to boot. Here's hoping Brodie will be around for many more years.
After threatening Brodie and Jonathan, Loomis dies from a knife wound. But before he does, he tries to say his killer's name, which begins with the letter "D." Brodie can't resist becoming involved in this mystery and begins searching for the killer. (ST. MARTIN'S MINOTAUR, Aug., 304 pp., $24.95)