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When a monsignor is found knifed to death in a Nebraska airport restroom, FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell is called in to profile the ritualistic murder of a priest, the latest in a series of killings. Maggie soon discovers a disturbing Internet game that's popular among victims of abuse by Catholic priests. With this first real lead in the investigation, she wonders if th When a monsignor is found knifed to death in a Nebraska airport restroom, FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell is called in to profile the ritualistic murder of a priest, the latest in a series of killings. Maggie soon discovers a disturbing Internet game that's popular among victims of abuse by Catholic priests. With this first real lead in the investigation, she wonders if the group has turned cyberspace justice into reality. Then Maggie gets a second lead—one that leaves her stunned. For the past four years she has been obsessed with finding Father Michael Keller, whose brutal acts against children continue to haunt her. Now, it seems, he has become a target. When Keller offers to help Maggie solve the ritual killings in exchange for protection, she decides to ally herself with the elusive child killer, stepping into a world of malevolence from which she may not return unscathed. Maggie knows the bargain is a necessary evil—one that may be made in blood.


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When a monsignor is found knifed to death in a Nebraska airport restroom, FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell is called in to profile the ritualistic murder of a priest, the latest in a series of killings. Maggie soon discovers a disturbing Internet game that's popular among victims of abuse by Catholic priests. With this first real lead in the investigation, she wonders if th When a monsignor is found knifed to death in a Nebraska airport restroom, FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell is called in to profile the ritualistic murder of a priest, the latest in a series of killings. Maggie soon discovers a disturbing Internet game that's popular among victims of abuse by Catholic priests. With this first real lead in the investigation, she wonders if the group has turned cyberspace justice into reality. Then Maggie gets a second lead—one that leaves her stunned. For the past four years she has been obsessed with finding Father Michael Keller, whose brutal acts against children continue to haunt her. Now, it seems, he has become a target. When Keller offers to help Maggie solve the ritual killings in exchange for protection, she decides to ally herself with the elusive child killer, stepping into a world of malevolence from which she may not return unscathed. Maggie knows the bargain is a necessary evil—one that may be made in blood.

30 review for A Necessary Evil

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Number five in the series and I still cannot bump it up to four stars although it was close! The final part of the book was very exciting and I felt only good thoughts as I closed my iPad on it. But then I considered the earlier parts of the book which still contained all the things I do not like about this series. Maggie is still only marginally competent. Characters from previous books came back and were as hopeless as the first time around. And then the random coincidences which were used to Number five in the series and I still cannot bump it up to four stars although it was close! The final part of the book was very exciting and I felt only good thoughts as I closed my iPad on it. But then I considered the earlier parts of the book which still contained all the things I do not like about this series. Maggie is still only marginally competent. Characters from previous books came back and were as hopeless as the first time around. And then the random coincidences which were used to pull all these unrelated people into the same place at the same time were totally unbelievable. And don't get me started on the over use of maggots and hot tea (not together though!). Sorry. Did not mean to rant. It is actually very readable, a pretty good story and exciting in parts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell finds herself back in Nebraska after a priest is found murdered in the Omaha airport bathroom and it appears he's one of several being murdered around the country. She was pulled away from a case in Washington, D. C. where the heads of three women were found in different locations in the District. Unbeknownst to anyone, Maggie's friend psychologist Gwen Patterson is receiving communications from that killer, who she believes is one of her patients. Maggie is actually d FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell finds herself back in Nebraska after a priest is found murdered in the Omaha airport bathroom and it appears he's one of several being murdered around the country. She was pulled away from a case in Washington, D. C. where the heads of three women were found in different locations in the District. Unbeknownst to anyone, Maggie's friend psychologist Gwen Patterson is receiving communications from that killer, who she believes is one of her patients. Maggie is actually doing quite a bit of profiling in this story, though still not as effectively as she could be. Both cases were initially very puzzling but it didn't take long to figure out who was committing both crimes. Father Michael Keller reappears in this story, finally drawing that storyline to a close. The cases were interesting, even though some of the science was a bit flawed. It was hard to square Gwen's behavior with how a psychologist would realistically have handled the situation, especially given her relationship with law enforcement. It rang hollow for me. I enjoyed the story for the most part but thought it took too long to develop and the ending was rushed. I think my problem with Maggie is I've read other stories/series involving profilers who are much better skilled than I've seen her perform to date. I just wish the stories would focus more strongly on her as a profiler than all the other personal distractions. My rating, however, reflects my interest in the story and the strength of the secondary characters who made this compelling. 3.5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marnie (Enchanted Bibliophile)

    This was the best book in the series, up to date. It was fast paced and intriguing, always keeping you turning the pages. A good ending to the story that started in A Perfect Evil. I will suggest only reading this book if you've read the previous books in the series, otherwise you will be lost and end up giving bad reviews. This was the best book in the series, up to date. It was fast paced and intriguing, always keeping you turning the pages. A good ending to the story that started in A Perfect Evil. I will suggest only reading this book if you've read the previous books in the series, otherwise you will be lost and end up giving bad reviews.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alex is The Romance Fox

    FBI profiler, Maggie O'Dell is back in the 5th book of this series. Maggie is working on two cases that seem linked with each other....in DC, priests are being killed and in Omaha, women's heads are being discovered. With the help of her friend, mentor and psychologists, Gwen Patterson and Detective Julia Racine, they begin searching for the connection between two different killers, which they believe is linked to a Internet computer game where young abused victims can kill the priests that abused FBI profiler, Maggie O'Dell is back in the 5th book of this series. Maggie is working on two cases that seem linked with each other....in DC, priests are being killed and in Omaha, women's heads are being discovered. With the help of her friend, mentor and psychologists, Gwen Patterson and Detective Julia Racine, they begin searching for the connection between two different killers, which they believe is linked to a Internet computer game where young abused victims can kill the priests that abused them. The killers are wicked and scary characters and Father Michael Keller, a serial killer, who was introduced in A Perfect Evil, comes back and offers to help Maggie if she helps him vanish to avoid being killed. The two sub-plots move between each other at a fast pace and reach an exhilarating conclusion. We get a look into Maggie's personal life, which I am really enjoying. A must read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Scott A. Miller

    My favorite Kava book so far. Finally wrapping up the Father Keller story in a very satisfying way, she still left plenty to continue with in the next O’Dell book. This one was a little tricky but came into focus after the mid-point. The two cases folded nicely into one, but not too obviously. The subject matter being still too current today, no matter what those in the churches corner tell us. Kava developed a believable story of evil. Too believable actually. These O’Dell books are excellent. I My favorite Kava book so far. Finally wrapping up the Father Keller story in a very satisfying way, she still left plenty to continue with in the next O’Dell book. This one was a little tricky but came into focus after the mid-point. The two cases folded nicely into one, but not too obviously. The subject matter being still too current today, no matter what those in the churches corner tell us. Kava developed a believable story of evil. Too believable actually. These O’Dell books are excellent. I think it would be better if I don’t wait as long for the next one this time around. Another series I highly recommend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aneca

    As the killing spree continues unabated, it becomes clear to Maggie O'Dell—the FBI profiler assigned to the case—that more than one perpetrator is responsible. As she begins to drill down into the facts, Maggie discovers a disturbing Internet role-playing game for youths who have been victims of male authority figures—including Catholic priests. With the first real lead in the investigation, Maggie wonders if this group has turned cyberspace justice into reality by dispensing their own brand of v As the killing spree continues unabated, it becomes clear to Maggie O'Dell—the FBI profiler assigned to the case—that more than one perpetrator is responsible. As she begins to drill down into the facts, Maggie discovers a disturbing Internet role-playing game for youths who have been victims of male authority figures—including Catholic priests. With the first real lead in the investigation, Maggie wonders if this group has turned cyberspace justice into reality by dispensing their own brand of vengeance. As the ritualistic killings leave America's heartland reeling, Maggie gets a second lead—one that leaves her stunned. For the past four years she has been driven by blind determination to find Father Michael Keller, the human monster whose acts of brutality continue to haunt her to this day. Sick and twisted, the priest seems to have vanished without a trace. But with an irony that only life can offer, now he has become a target. When Keller offers to help Maggie solve the crimes in exchange for protection, she has no choice but to ally herself with the elusive child killer—the person she despises with a conviction that's almost religious in its fervor. Maggie must cross a dangerous line into a world of malevolence and evil from which she may not return unscathed. Maggie knows the bargain is a necessary evil…one that may be made in blood... Alex Kava seems back in top form with her latest Maggie O'Dell novel. I'ts weird but here she brings back a lot of characters and some of the themes of her first book which had been my favorite - Nick Morrelli is back and so is Father Michael Keller. Child abuse is the main theme of the story and what motivates a series of murders of priests in several states. Maggie is already involved in a case about young women being murdered when she is called to a case of a murdered bishop about which Nick Morreli's best friend may know something. Maggie and the police have a hard time discovering what is going on till her old nemesis Father Keller contacts her with the offer of giving her evidence if she will get him an antidote for the poison he has been given. Unbeknownst to the detectives an online game computer played by invitation only has been made known to several people who suffered abuse at the hads of priest and who are invited to kill online the person who abused them but the truth is that those nominated start to die, killed by The Sin Eater. There´s more suspense in the story than is previous books. The murderer is forever contacting Maggie's good friend Gwen (btw where's Tully) and leaving her clues about what was going to happen. Also soon it seems obvious that not all the murders can have been commited by the same person. Much against her personal beliefs Maggie is forced to accept the deal with Father Keller but in the end was that a necessary evil? And can some murders be considered that one wonders from the ending presented... Grade: B+

  7. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    Profiler Maggie O'Dell is working two cases, one in DC where they are finding women's heads and another that is killing priests. Not to mention her friend Gwen is caught up in the situation as well. Really enjoyed the story even though I figured the Priest Killer out pretty early. There were some nice twists. Profiler Maggie O'Dell is working two cases, one in DC where they are finding women's heads and another that is killing priests. Not to mention her friend Gwen is caught up in the situation as well. Really enjoyed the story even though I figured the Priest Killer out pretty early. There were some nice twists.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elvan

    Oh good grief. I might as well retire my less than shiny super sleuth badge after reading A Necessary Evil. I have to give her credit, Kava dragged me around by the nose and I still didn't see the true killer until the last couple of pages. After stopping and starting and not giving this book it's due until the 70% mark, I am glad I picked up the pace to enjoy the roller coaster ending. Good job on Kava's part responding to her fan requests to deal with the Father Keller storyline from book #1. I Oh good grief. I might as well retire my less than shiny super sleuth badge after reading A Necessary Evil. I have to give her credit, Kava dragged me around by the nose and I still didn't see the true killer until the last couple of pages. After stopping and starting and not giving this book it's due until the 70% mark, I am glad I picked up the pace to enjoy the roller coaster ending. Good job on Kava's part responding to her fan requests to deal with the Father Keller storyline from book #1. I also enjoyed more page time from Racine and Gwen. Good read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Well, what an adventure this book is. Fairly fast paced, twists turns, red herrings (Elvan's term), and surprises left, right and center! Alex Kava is moving right up there in being a favourite! I don't want to say a whole lot about this book for those of you that haven't read it yet - just, hurry up and read it. It is so worth it! 2 thumbs up and 5 stars for making me think and puzzle things out and look over my shoulder at times :) Onto "Exposed" #6 in the Maggie O'Dell series! Well, what an adventure this book is. Fairly fast paced, twists turns, red herrings (Elvan's term), and surprises left, right and center! Alex Kava is moving right up there in being a favourite! I don't want to say a whole lot about this book for those of you that haven't read it yet - just, hurry up and read it. It is so worth it! 2 thumbs up and 5 stars for making me think and puzzle things out and look over my shoulder at times :) Onto "Exposed" #6 in the Maggie O'Dell series!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    This was a great installment in the Maggie O'Dell series. I was very pleased with the way everything played out in this one, and I thought the resolution was appropriate. Maggie was great, as usual, and I really liked the way she worked with the Omaha detective, Pakula. I did miss Tully, and I hope to see him in the next book. I thought this book had a strong storyline, and it was sure a difficult one to put down. This was a great installment in the Maggie O'Dell series. I was very pleased with the way everything played out in this one, and I thought the resolution was appropriate. Maggie was great, as usual, and I really liked the way she worked with the Omaha detective, Pakula. I did miss Tully, and I hope to see him in the next book. I thought this book had a strong storyline, and it was sure a difficult one to put down.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    I admit, I struggled through this book. For me, the story jumped around too much, I never knew which character was talking at the onset of the chapters because all you were given was a date and time. Nothing clear about most of it and I was spending more time on figuring out who was talking then enjoying what was going on. All very distracting. Even the ending was "blah." I admit, I struggled through this book. For me, the story jumped around too much, I never knew which character was talking at the onset of the chapters because all you were given was a date and time. Nothing clear about most of it and I was spending more time on figuring out who was talking then enjoying what was going on. All very distracting. Even the ending was "blah."

  12. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    Book #5 in Maggie O'Dell series. I have not read this series is awhile. I always wonder what takes me so long to get around to reading them. Such a great series. The plots are always excellent, and I love Maggie. Hope to get to the next one soon. 5 stars Book #5 in Maggie O'Dell series. I have not read this series is awhile. I always wonder what takes me so long to get around to reading them. Such a great series. The plots are always excellent, and I love Maggie. Hope to get to the next one soon. 5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Strömquist

    A female FBI agent/profiler - a ritualistic serial killer of priests. Not a bad book by any means, but it has been done before. I did not find anything in this that lead me to follow Maggie O'Dell. A female FBI agent/profiler - a ritualistic serial killer of priests. Not a bad book by any means, but it has been done before. I did not find anything in this that lead me to follow Maggie O'Dell.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jane Withers

    2.5 .... it was a bit of a chore to get through ... it felt so much longer than it should have been ... it was Ok .. not bad enough to give to on but took me longer than usual on a book .

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dominika

    I am not disappointed at all. Good book. I didn’t expect the end of the book🙊 But I must admit that the end is pretty rewarding. There could be more ‘things’ between Nick and Maggie and that’s why I am quiet unsatisfied.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Distasteful theme well handled. Some minute facts could've been answered but plot moved on (better than stalling or lagging). Interesting read. Well narrated. Distasteful theme well handled. Some minute facts could've been answered but plot moved on (better than stalling or lagging). Interesting read. Well narrated.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    Another good entry into this series. Once again the past comes back to haunt Maggie. I thought she did a good job with not letting things get to her too much. There were times she showed great restraint by only punching people in the nose and not killing them. I especially liked the choice that Maggie made at the end. I think I may be off a bit, because I didn't feel sorry for most of the people that got killed. The men deserved what they got, it was just punishment. I also was glad that the Sine Another good entry into this series. Once again the past comes back to haunt Maggie. I thought she did a good job with not letting things get to her too much. There were times she showed great restraint by only punching people in the nose and not killing them. I especially liked the choice that Maggie made at the end. I think I may be off a bit, because I didn't feel sorry for most of the people that got killed. The men deserved what they got, it was just punishment. I also was glad that the Sineater wasn't found. Learning what we did about the person I have a feeling their words were true at the end. With all that happened in this one there are bound to be some shake-ups coming. I want to see what happens in Maggie's personal life, how Gwen copes with her role in things and what happened to her.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ❆ Crystal ❆

    3 stars. I liked it well enough. Maggie still doesn't dazzle me much with her FBI skills, and I'm hoping that can change at some point in the series. 3 stars. I liked it well enough. Maggie still doesn't dazzle me much with her FBI skills, and I'm hoping that can change at some point in the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bria

    A solid mystery, just missing a spark to turn it into a five star read. The author did a great job of connecting all the plot points and characters, and the murderer had a satisfying identity and motive for the priest killings, but there was way too much time spent on romance and Maggie’s failings to make the book truly memorable. If the author wants to add romance, fine, but to add it randomly in the middle, ruining the thrilling climax, and then IGNORING the romance in the ending just left an un A solid mystery, just missing a spark to turn it into a five star read. The author did a great job of connecting all the plot points and characters, and the murderer had a satisfying identity and motive for the priest killings, but there was way too much time spent on romance and Maggie’s failings to make the book truly memorable. If the author wants to add romance, fine, but to add it randomly in the middle, ruining the thrilling climax, and then IGNORING the romance in the ending just left an unfinished, bad taste in my mouth. Maggie just came across as stupid. She couldn’t prove Keller was a murderer, again. She didn’t make an arrest for the priest killings, despite knowing who the murderer was. And then the second murder mystery involving Maggie’s friend Gwen had an even more unsatisfying end. Especially since they used this murderer to solve both mysteries since the guy killed himself. So no one did any police work. No one made any arrests. Really what was the point of either investigation? The guy just killed himself and solved it for them. Spoilers— We get confirmation that Keller killed the other boys but his sections had such a naive and innocent narration that he didn’t seem evil at all. Turns out the nun was killing the child-loving priests. This was a GREAT plot line. Too bad not much time was dedicated to it and more time was dedicated to Maggie’s horrible love life. Gwen is a horrible psychologist. She had no idea the guy who was raped by priests as a boy had an inner rage? How could she have missed that? And is Maggie going to stop Nicks wedding now? Or is she just going to sit in her room and drink tea? Ugh.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christina Rothfusz

    Several young boys, abused by priests are contacted through the internet to partake in a game - to play the game you have to submit the name of your priest, and you cannot talk about it... Maggie O'Dell is a FBI Profiler investigating a possible serial killer that leaves only the heads of he's victims for the FBI to find. At the same time she's called in to assist on what seems to be a serial killer or multiple killers publically killing Catholic priests. I found the plot very interesting and had Several young boys, abused by priests are contacted through the internet to partake in a game - to play the game you have to submit the name of your priest, and you cannot talk about it... Maggie O'Dell is a FBI Profiler investigating a possible serial killer that leaves only the heads of he's victims for the FBI to find. At the same time she's called in to assist on what seems to be a serial killer or multiple killers publically killing Catholic priests. I found the plot very interesting and had a good feeling about the ending and the book in general once I finished it. However, the build up was very slow and because I came in halfway in the series, had to find my feet with some of the characters first. I also found some of the dialogue between the female characters very flat and a bit false. That said, I still really enjoyed this and will make time to catch up on the other books in the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    ☮Karen

    I am not rating this because it's on me, not the book, that I borrowed #5 in the series before reading 1-4. So I was a tad confused. Actually I thought I was borrowing #2 which I thought I would be able to handle. Anyway aside from that, it was also an abridged edition so who knows what was left out. Confusion reigned. I do have to say, though, that I loved how it ended with Maggie making a momentous, shocking decision about the killer. It was a great addition to my morning commute. I am not rating this because it's on me, not the book, that I borrowed #5 in the series before reading 1-4. So I was a tad confused. Actually I thought I was borrowing #2 which I thought I would be able to handle. Anyway aside from that, it was also an abridged edition so who knows what was left out. Confusion reigned. I do have to say, though, that I loved how it ended with Maggie making a momentous, shocking decision about the killer. It was a great addition to my morning commute.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Better than the previous part, although hints to the end you find in the middle. I like detective O'Dell even more for being a human being, not a crystal clear hero. And of course killer killing pedophiles - that's an interesting issue. Better than the previous part, although hints to the end you find in the middle. I like detective O'Dell even more for being a human being, not a crystal clear hero. And of course killer killing pedophiles - that's an interesting issue.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne (It's All About Books)

    Finished reading: May 3rd 2014 (view spoiler)[ I didn't realize this was actually the fifth book of a series when I started reading it, but I must say it was ok to read without background information. The story is quite easy to read, with lots of short chapters and the end was a total surprise to me (although I already suspected someone from the 'inside'). There are two different storylines in the book, but they are easy to follow as they are connected. But the amount of changes between t Finished reading: May 3rd 2014 (view spoiler)[ I didn't realize this was actually the fifth book of a series when I started reading it, but I must say it was ok to read without background information. The story is quite easy to read, with lots of short chapters and the end was a total surprise to me (although I already suspected someone from the 'inside'). There are two different storylines in the book, but they are easy to follow as they are connected. But the amount of changes between the various characters appearing in different chapters was confusing sometimes, and made me wonder who was talking at some points. Still, A Necessary Evil was enjoyable, although themes like child abuse by priests and priest murders may set you off. It all starts when various decapitated heads of women start to show up, and Maggie O'Dell (FBI profiler) is asked to work on the case. While she is still working on that case, she is called to assist another one; various priests have been attacked and murdered, seemingly at random. She is asked to check if the cases of the dead priests are connected, but soon discovers a different connection... And a computer game thrown in the middle. Maggie is also confronted with various ghosts from the past. First, the priest murders lead her to a reunion with her ex-boyfriend Nick, who is friends with one of the persons involved. But more importantly, Father Michael Keller shows up again. Maggie knows he is the killer of various boys a few years ago, but was never able to catch him and he fled to South America. Now he offers them information about the priest killings in exchange for immunity, and Maggie has to make a difficult decision... She wants to catch the priest killer, but is she willing to set free a monster for it? A Necessary Evil is one of those crime thrillers that delivers; easy to read, a high pace and entertaining in general. Maybe it is not that original, but if you like crime thrillers in general, you will probably enjoy reading this one by Alex Kava as well. I will probably check out more of her work in the future... (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    A Necessary Evil by Alex Kava Book #5 in the Maggie O’Dell series 4 Stars Synopsis: The one that got away... FBI profiler, Maggie O'Dell is on the trail of two separate killers. One is leaving the decapitated heads of his victims all over the District and the other is killing priests in public. O’Dell has few leads when she receives an offer of assistance from a most unlikely source – her prime suspect in book one. Are these cases connected and will O’Dell accept the deal offered by a killer? Review: A A Necessary Evil by Alex Kava Book #5 in the Maggie O’Dell series 4 Stars Synopsis: The one that got away... FBI profiler, Maggie O'Dell is on the trail of two separate killers. One is leaving the decapitated heads of his victims all over the District and the other is killing priests in public. O’Dell has few leads when she receives an offer of assistance from a most unlikely source – her prime suspect in book one. Are these cases connected and will O’Dell accept the deal offered by a killer? Review: Another enjoyable addition to the series. While the plot starts off quite slow and there seem to be too many perspectives, the threads soon begin coming together in an intriguing way and the story comes to an extremely satisfying conclusion – I even found myself chuckling with glee at the end. I enjoy books where the reader can follow the clues and work things out but become frustrated when the hints are too obvious and the killer predictable. This was not the case here. The signs and evidence build up and while it is possible to figure out the killer’s identity, it takes some time and is not immediately clear. As always, the character development is superb, especially Gwen Patterson’s and it was delighted to see the return of Nick Morelli, who has been suspiciously absent from the past few books. Maggie and Nick’s relationship is particularly engaging and it was great seeing their reunion and interaction. Recommendation: An excellent thriller with all of my favorite elements: an intelligent plot, excellent characterization and no skimping on the gory bits. So beware as this book is not for the squeamish.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    While her partner is on vacation, FBI Profile Maggie O'Dell gets involved in two high profile cases. There is a serial killer in Washington, D.C. He kills young women and cuts off their heads. The heads are left in public places; their bodies have not been found. Unknown to Maggie, her best friend, Dr. Gwen Patterson, is receiving notes from the killer. She believes one of her patients is the killer. Her loved ones have been threatened if she goes to the police. Just when another head has been di While her partner is on vacation, FBI Profile Maggie O'Dell gets involved in two high profile cases. There is a serial killer in Washington, D.C. He kills young women and cuts off their heads. The heads are left in public places; their bodies have not been found. Unknown to Maggie, her best friend, Dr. Gwen Patterson, is receiving notes from the killer. She believes one of her patients is the killer. Her loved ones have been threatened if she goes to the police. Just when another head has been discovered, Maggie is sent to Nebraska on another case. Catholic priests are being murdered. Each of the murdered priests has had rumors of sexual abuse attached to their names. As the investigation heads up, Maggie is contacted by Father Michael Keller, a priest she believes murdered two young boys four years ago. Maggie must put her suspicions aside and accept his help in order to solve this case. This is a fast moving addition to Alex Kava's series. I liked both mysteries, but thought the identity of the villains was very easy to figure out. I liked the addition of Detective Pakula. He seemed like a good detective that didn't have a problem with getting help from the FBI. I'm just sorry we didn't get to see Maggie's partner, R.J. Tully, in this book. My rating: 3.5 Stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ioana

    Ever since finishing all of Christie's novels 3 or 4 times over, I've been looking for more detective fiction to fill my mystery appetite. I haven't been able to stomach most American modern ones for the poor writing, profanity, and unnecessary violence and macho-ism. There's SOME of that in Alex Kava's work, but the plot was so riveting, the story so fast paced and intricate (connecting multiple story lines throughout), and the characters so believable and well developed that I didn't mind. Aft Ever since finishing all of Christie's novels 3 or 4 times over, I've been looking for more detective fiction to fill my mystery appetite. I haven't been able to stomach most American modern ones for the poor writing, profanity, and unnecessary violence and macho-ism. There's SOME of that in Alex Kava's work, but the plot was so riveting, the story so fast paced and intricate (connecting multiple story lines throughout), and the characters so believable and well developed that I didn't mind. After almost giving up in finding something riveting and relatively well written in the modern sea of detective/thrillers after suffering through several books by the likes of Stephen King, Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, and others, I am delighted to have found Alex Kava. This is my first, but looking forward to more!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nandhini Kumanan

    Keeps you occupied.. first of the Maggie o dell series that i read..! A well kept story line that keeps you clueless until the end. However you end up finding who the Sin eater is right after the character is introduced. I liked the way Maggie was portrayed..all tough ..! Coming to the negatives:At one point many individual stories intertwine and the author did not do a good job on that front!Did not get into details of how the two murderers communicated and executed the murders. The story line w Keeps you occupied.. first of the Maggie o dell series that i read..! A well kept story line that keeps you clueless until the end. However you end up finding who the Sin eater is right after the character is introduced. I liked the way Maggie was portrayed..all tough ..! Coming to the negatives:At one point many individual stories intertwine and the author did not do a good job on that front!Did not get into details of how the two murderers communicated and executed the murders. The story line where Gwen finds out the actual murderer at the end is done too fast to grasp and you are left having many questions on your head. Overall its a 3 star.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    I realized after I got a little further into this book that I have read it before--surprise!!! I think I stopped reading the series because of the violence, but I do like the characters and the writing is pretty good. I think I am ready to go on to the next in the sries now. The plot in this book centers around murders of priests, sexual abuse by the priests, and young men playing very sophisticated video games.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Curlyhair

    I did enjoy this, but don't think is one of her better stories - maybe a tad too heavy for me! Well I've now read this again and really enjoyed it second time around. Not sure why I preferred it this time. Plenty of story going on, that had me hooked and I only realised who the killer was, about three quarters of the way through. I did enjoy this, but don't think is one of her better stories - maybe a tad too heavy for me! Well I've now read this again and really enjoyed it second time around. Not sure why I preferred it this time. Plenty of story going on, that had me hooked and I only realised who the killer was, about three quarters of the way through.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This is the second book in the Maggie O'Dell series I have read. Unfortunately I didn't read either book in the order of the series which I actually prefer to do. The book was good but for me didn't start to get interesting until I was nearly halfway through it. It is worth reading though. Perhaps going forward I will try to read this in order of the series, maybe I'll enjoy it more. This is the second book in the Maggie O'Dell series I have read. Unfortunately I didn't read either book in the order of the series which I actually prefer to do. The book was good but for me didn't start to get interesting until I was nearly halfway through it. It is worth reading though. Perhaps going forward I will try to read this in order of the series, maybe I'll enjoy it more.

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