My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Edgar Allen Poe has played a prominent role in several recent mysteries, and he inspires a murderer in Entombed. The Silk Stocking Strangler, who terrorized NYC four years ago but was never caught, returns to the scene of his crimes, and this time around, ADA Alex Cooper is determined to collar him. On the heels of the new strangling, the skeleton of a young woman is discovered bricked up in the basement of a house once occupied by Poe. The body count increases, and it’s soon apparent that there are two murderers on the loose. The investigations take Alex and her colorful team to the Bronx, where the Botanic Gardens and Poe Cottage provide the atmosphere for the chase, and Ms Fairstein does her usual dexterous job in weaving factual and forensic information into her plot. The Alexandra Cooper novels are smart, fast paced, and skillfully written, and Entombed is no exception; following her cases always presents an interesting and satisfying challenge.