As to be expected in the Nick Barrett mysteries, Brouwer offers up another atmospheric tale with tight plotting, intriguing characters, and a surprise or two or three.
Nick is now the guardian of two girls, still a friend of two quirky and downright funny elderly women, and a man of mystery. His own past has been put to rest--not many personal struggles in this book--but the past of Charleston and its secret societies has reared its ugly head. When bodies are discovered beneath an old Freemason lodge, questions are asked. Soon, Nick is chasing after the story of one man in particular--a man who lost his life in a hazing incident at the Citadel. The chase leads him to Nevada and Illinois, but the primary story revolves around Charleston itself.
I've heard some complain that these books start too slow, but this installment provides a great hook in the prologue to help get us going. Whereas some authors promise the world, then fail to deliver in the end, Brouwer winds his stories tighter and tighter so that the ending surpasses your expectations of early on.
If you love well told mysteries (Christian or otherwise), then this is one series that should be required.