The Coffin Dancer – Jeffery Deaver

Warning: Possible Spoilers

Criminalist Lincoln Rhyme and his team follow the trail of a serial killer known as ‘The Coffin Dancer’. With the only clue to the murderer’s identity being a tattoo of the Grim Reaper dancing with a woman, Rhyme has 48-hours to track them down before they strike again.

The Coffin Dancer is the second book in Jeffery Deaver’s, Lincoln Rhyme series.

Tul gave me two mystery/thriller novels for my birthday one year and, after receiving another novel in the genre the previous year, I remember asking why crime fiction in particular. She gave me an odd look and told me I said I enjoyed them. I, of course, couldn’t remember ever saying such a thing but I’ve never been one to turn down books.

Apparently, she knows me better than I know myself. Which leads me into my foray into Deaver’s work.

Although she gave me The Bone Collector, I never got round to reading it and, since it was in a box after moving so much, my first Deaver book was The Kill Room. In all honesty, I found myself a little nonplussed. Since it was good enough to keep my attention, I chose The Coffin Dancer warily and in light of nothing else catching my eye.

I wish I’d picked it up sooner. Considering the lengthening list of books I’ve reviewed so far that wound up sub-par, reading this was a pleasant and uplifting change.

Deaver has the uncanny ability to make something so blaringly obvious, you miss it completely. While that could just be me being dense, I’m also a fan of the saying ‘follow your gut’. I didn’t. When faced with clues that are so subtle and the characters themselves being so certain they’re on the right track, it’s easy to ignore instinct.

Needless to say, I wound up kicking myself at the end.

In the pleasant ‘I-can’t-believe-I’m-such-an-idiot’ way rather than the angry ‘throw-the-book-across-the-room’ (not that I’d ever actually do that, no matter the temptation) kind.

I’d say more but I think I’ll keep quiet to avoid spoiling it.

All-in-all, I’m hooked. Deaver’s definitely a favorite. After all the despondent reviews so far, I’m relieved to finally have read a book that can still make me smile.

If you’re a fan of mystery/thriller/crime fiction, add this one your reading list.

‘Til next time!



We’re almost a week into December and while the thought sends shivers of dread down my spine what with an approaching deadline (the writing kind, not the Christmassy kind), it’s that magical time of year again. Our theme is for all things Magic.

Tul’s still on her break but she’s hoping to rejoin us soon and we’re both looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!


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