Borrowed from Ali

I read A.R. books because of their "cosy" nature, with only the odd death, not described in gory detail.  This one, which opens so abruptly with the return of James Lacey that I thought I’d missed one in the series, was full of deaths and violence, with characters seeming more than usual to be introduced just to be killed off, and being killed really nastily, which was quite unpleasant.  I hope this isn’t going to be a trend in the series from now on.