This series just gets better and better. When are they going to turn it into a TV series! The mixture of archaeology and detection is inspirational. I also like the fact that we really get to know the characters of Detective Wesley Peterson's friends, family and fellow officers. Kate deftly links 3 plots in this novel and the ending is shocking, we lose a familiar character. I didn't particularly like him, as we were lead to do so, but in this novel, Kate turns the tables and he becomes a figure of pathos and one we can be proud of. I cannot say more without spoilers.
The main thrust of the novels is the muder of a series of men who have been ex-sanguinated!!
Oh and Neil is under threat and has found a blood pit!!