Virgil Flowers does not look like a Homicide Investigator. He does not dress like one. He surely does not act like one; however, he is one of the most successful case-closers in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCI).
In this latest installment, four recent murders in a small rural community have led to Virgil being called in to investigate. At the center of the investigation is a church group that was founded in Germany over a hundred years ago and has migrated to the Midwest. The children are all home schooled; the young girls marry older men and there are whispers of social taboos being breeched.
Virgil teams up with the attractive sheriff in hopes of solving the murders. Unfortunately, all the church members keep to themselves and all Virgil can turn up is speculation, not specifics.
This is the 4th book in this series. The nice part is that the reader does not have to read them in order. This Virgil Flowers series is a nice diversion from all the Prey novels. Virgil Flowers is a refreshing diversion from the typical mystery-book-investigator. He works against the typecast and uses his uniqueness in a way that disarms people and makes them vulnerable to his inquiries. He is a charmer and chocked- full of blarney.