Take a straight-laced, by the book cop and mix in witchcraft and the occult, and you have confusion, well, at least, disbelief. And it all starts so innocently with the seemingly natural death of a highly respected fellow officer.
Suddenly, illegals are found in his system during a routine autopsy that require investigation on a need to know basis, followed by said cop's granddaughter's note to Eve asking for an urgent and secret meet. Intrigued yet? Well, that's only the beginning ...
It feels like the author has done some serious research into both, Wicca and the Occult - essentially white and black magic, Witchcraft versus Satanism that a lot of people have difficulty differentiating between. The same goes for Dallas, Lieutenant Eve. She has quite a learning curve ahead and J D Robb did a wonderful job describing the same, too. Oh, and did I mention that the White Witch's mate's father was a serial killer?
As always, this adventure grips the reader from beginning to end, with an ending that is not at all as expected. J D Robb is something of an expert when it comes to creating suspense, mystery as well as weaving in red herrings ... as well as having our heroine going off in the wrong direction. And it all makes perfect sense.
The awkward social issue in this case? Not too much, actually. There is Mavis' Halloween Party predecessed by a visit to Trina which Eve dreads with a vengeance and usually with good reason as she tends to be submitted to treatments she never agreed to as well as little tattooes seem to suddenly be discovered somewhere on her body. In this storyline, Eve also has a falling out with her mentor Feeney and her aid Peabody ... nothing major, really. It is an interesting and entertaining sideline, nonetheless.
Having now read most of the books in this series, J D Robb still manages to surprise, come up with interesting issues and subject matters, and present new, insightful and intriguing cases.