It's time for another splendiferous foray into futuristic homicide with Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPD.

For the tough-minded cop who has never before celebrated the holiday season, Christmas poses a variety of problems. How, for example, is she to deal with her husband Roarke's desire for not just one Christmas tree, but a whole houseful? Worse yet, what about the party he wants to give?

Fortunately, there's always her job to provide a welcome distraction from such painful subjects.

This time, murder strikes down a lovely young woman who had found new love through an exclusive dating service. Several homicides later, it is clear to all that a serial killer is on the loose and more than ready to take on anyone who gets in his way, including one of New York's finest.

A master of master storytellers, Ms. Robb hits another home run with this absolutely fabulous new chapter in her fan-favorite Eve Dallas series. (June, 336 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer