“The Beautiful Dead,” by Belinda Bauer, Atlantic Monthly, 352 pages, $25
Eve Singer has problems. She thinks she might be getting too ancient — she’s 29 — to fill her job as an oncamera crime reporter for a London TV station. She’s also the primary caregiver for her dad who has a weird form of dementia. She hasn’t been on a real date with a guy in eons. And, oh yeah, a killer who is bumping off people all over the city has a fixation with her.
Belinda Bauer specializes in crime novels that bounce through vivid perils with plucky young women at the centre of the action.
“The Beautiful Dead” fits winningly into this category, nothing too deep or philosophical about the contents, but a page-turner nevertheless. The story presents a situation where Eve needs to track the killer before he wreaks whatever havoc he has in mind for her.
More than incidentally, this would also enable Eve to save her job and maybe even score a date.