It Happens in the Dark by Carol O'Connell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Maybe I need to go back and re-read some of the earlier Mallory novels, because I just don't remember that those books continually hammered home Mallory's more "interesting" tendencies or that she's lacking in empathy, that the squad looks out for her, etc.. It got in the way of the story at times and if you haven't read one before, you'll be very annoyed. I get why this stuff needs to be explained, but once per book is fine. Ditto Charles' eidetic memory or technophobia. Once, then move on.
As for the mystery itself, it was an interesting look backstage and the process of putting on a play, changing the direction/director, etc.. It was never clear to me why anyone paid attention to the ghostwriter's changes, and the copyright issues were a little muddy but that was ok. Bugsy's character was absolutely fascinating; Alma's much less so. Having the new play mimic the plot of the old Nebraska mass killing added an interesting element, but here again there were times when things were rushed.
Only three stars? Had we spent more time on the mystery and less on Mallory's quirks, this would have been a solid four or even a five.