Eve is up against one of the nastiest and vicious killers we've seen, happening right before Thanksgiving. She and Roarke are hosting his Irish relatives along with many of their friends and surrogate family members and Eve doesn't want the case to interfere with their holiday experience.
This ranks as one of the best In Death stories, period. It transitions from Eve's point of view to the killer's throughout, adding a creepy and sinister element. The procedural aspects weren't overwhelming or dense as they sometimes can be and I was on the edge of my seat as the killer continued to elude Eve's efforts to capture him. This combined with the personal aspects affecting Eve's life, including her career, made for an exciting and highly interesting addition to the series. There's something of substance for all fans of the In Death books. Well done.