Someone is killing people in the affluent suburb where Jim Crawford is the lead detective. At a loss for clues in the seemingly random shootings, Jim enlists the aid of psychologist Dr Barty Halloran to try and get inside the head of the killer. Barty does more than get inside the killer's head and uncover clues to who he might be, he gets under Jim's skin as well. The nerdy professor is just Jim's type, although he is still smarting from his last relationship with a college teacher.
“Playing With Fire” is a nice little mystery story wrapped up in a somewhat quirky romance. The plot is well laid out with lots of false leads and red herrings to keep you guessing, but it's the romance between Jim and Barty that takes center stage. Both characters are well drawn, and the relationship that develops between them seems quite realistic.
This book will probably appeal more to romance lovers than mystery enthusiasts, although it's a pretty good mystery. The story is very character driven, while the mystery helps to move the relationship between Jim and Barty along.
“Playing With Fire” is available from Amazon.