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When Eve is called on to investigate a dead body, she is stunned to find that the victim is none other than Detective Amaryllis Coltraine, fellow police officer and medical examiner Morris's love interest.
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Amelia had recently transferred from Atlanta to New York on her own request. When Eve starts digging, she finds out to her dismay that Amelia had been involved with Alex Ricker, Eve and Roarke's old nemesis Max Ricker's son, in Atlanta. What is even more interesting is that Alex Ricker was in New York at the time of Amelia's murder.

Soon after the murder, Eve receives a parcel at her office in Central containing Amelia's gun, badge and a note warning her that she would be next.

Every instinct tells Eve that Coltraine was killed by someone she knew. Was it a fellow police officer, an informant related to one of her cases or a former lover? Eve has to find the killer and at the same time, find out whether Amelia was secretly on the take and cheating on Morris.

Best part of story, including ending: This story was especially sad because of the way Amelia's death affects Morris. Morris is a normally cheerful personality, in spite of his work as a medical examiner and a person that Eve understands and respects.

Best scene in story: The morning after the bridal shower for Louise when all of Eve's friends gather at her house for breakfast was funny and enlightening.

Opinion about the main character: Eve is extremely loyal to her friends and is capable of doing anything in her power to avoid hurting them. She faces one of the worst moments in her career when she has to tell Morris that Amelia has been killed. Later she enlists Morris's help to catch the killer, knowing that the contribution will help him achieve some peace.

The review of this Book prepared by Amrita Nandagopal a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 70%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   near future What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Murder of certain profession?    -   lawmen Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Cynical or arrogant


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   touching of anatomy Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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