“The Beau­ti­ful Dead,” by Belinda Bauer, At­lantic Monthly, 352 pages, $25

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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.

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