The evolution of Sofie Metropolis from devastated non-bride to self-confident woman has been a huge part of the charm of these novels. While humor is still a factor in this one, the focus is more on Sofie's developing deductive skills. A creepy plot with plenty of chills and action makes this time well spent.
Discovering that she's good at finding missing people and pets, Sofie is confidently running her vacationing uncle's P.I. firm. Things quickly get busy. Sofie's aunt demands her help when a body disappears from her funeral home, and Sofie agrees to assist the sister of prisoner Johnny Warren. She's sure her brother, who is about to go on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, is innocent.
On the personal front, Sofie now has two very different men in her life, sexy Greek baker Dino and maddeningly mysterious Aussie Jake Porter. It's highly appropriate that Halloween is just around the corner as Sofie digs into two disturbing cases. (FORGE, Sep., 352 pp., $24.95)