If half stars were allowed, I would probably rate this book 3.5 stars. I have enjoyed this series so far. There is just the right amount of humor in the dialog. The author does a great job of getting into the mind of the killer. These books tend to be more descriptive in the violence than what you would see in most mystery novels. There were a few points in the book where I did want to slap the main character, but that is not abnormal for a detective series. I look forward to the next in the series.