Series: Karen Rose's Interconnecting Books, Daniel Vartanian Trilogy
Author: Karen Rose
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: September 1, 2007
COME TO ME
The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field. Detective Vito Ciccotelli enlists the aid of archaeologist Sophie Johannsen to determine exactly what lies beneath the frozen ground. Despite years of unearthing things long buried, nothing can prepare Sophie for the matrix of graves dug with chilling precision. The victims buried there haunt her. But the empty graves terrify her-the killer isn't done yet.
SCREAM FOR ME
He is cold and calculating, the master of a twisted game. Even with Vito and Sophie hot on his trail, he will not stop. One more empty grave must be filled, and one last scream must be heard-the scream of an archaeologist who is too close for comfort and too near to resist...
DIE FOR ME
A grave is uncovered in a snowed field outside of Philadelphia. Police canvass the surrounding area with a metal detector, finding five more possible resting places. Enlisting the help of an archaeologist, they discover a hidden graveyard with sixteen graves and (only) nine bodies.
And the killer already has a new body to fill one of his empty graves. But is he truly simply a sociopath, or are his motives more sinister than the police suspect?
I loved it from the first word. Wonderfully chilling suspense, a few secrets thrown in to keep things interesting, a perfectly (and fascinatingly) twisted killer, a to-die-for detective (I'm not ashamed to admit I fell head over heels for Vito "Chick" Ciccotelli, under his Alpha-ness he was just so über sweet), a feisty archaeologist of Amazonian build and some deep issues of her own, great supporting cast (with two heavy hints about the next two books, which I can't wait to tackle), a heavy dose of "history appreciation" thrown into the mix ("manna" for a history aficionado like me), lovely romantic undertones to provide a breather from the thriller parts...
A wonderfully crafted and delivered story.