I enjoyed this second entry a little less than the first, but not too much. I suspect the absence of Barnabas, the protagonist's father, had a great deal to do with my feelings. This entry lacked some of the urgency and excitement of the first book, a pacing problem I suspect. The mystery while solid intrigued me only to a point, I suspect Dido's half-hearted interest in the murders robbed me of some need to know. I look forward to reading the next entry and hope for a prominent return of Barnabas and a little more of Dido's possibly maybe love interest.