You know a book is good when on the second reading it still keeps you up until 4:00 am. Of course, it's been more than five years since I read it the first time, but it still sucked me in. Sure, as I read, I remembered, but still didn't remember what was coming until almost the end.
Some of the In Death books are as much about the relationships of the main characters as they are about the mystery. But this one was all about the crime to be solved. It was a horrific one and although Eve had a few tough moments, she's recovered to a large extent from her personal demons and was able to focus on the job. The plot moved very quickly. In fact, I think at the end it was a little rushed, which partly explains the lack of the fifth star.
But it was an excellent read. Freely recommended.