Violets are Blue by James Patterson
Genre: Suspense Thriller
The malign criminal genius of Roses Are Red is fixing to give Alex a hard time once again. The FBI joins Patterson's dogged cop in a particularly unsettling investigation: two San Francisco joggers have been viciously murdered and are found suspended by their feet, with all the blood drained from their corpses. And when further brutal deaths follow in California and on the East Coast, Alex is forced to contemplate the bizarre possibility of modern-day vampires, although his instincts point him to one of the many sinister religious cults that flourish on the West Coast. Aided by Jamilla Hughes, a streetwise young woman detective from San Francisco, Alex finds that he has to crack not one but two impenetrable mysteries to stop further bloodletting.
As a follow up to the nail bitting Roses are Red, this one was pretty ho-hum. It was almost a departure from the norm with the seemingly supernatural aspects of the killers. I did NOT, however, dig the vampire angle... although I did like the magicians. What a ridiculous sentence haha..but you'll see what I mean when you read it.
When I read this, I felt like Patterson wasn't sure if he was going to make more in the series. There was something completely up in the air about the ending. He could make another one or he couldn't. And all of the recaping of the previous books seemed like he was closing the series out. The dull moments lasted longer than they needed and the final confrontation with the Mastermind wasn't as exciting as I had hoped.
So in the grand scheme of things, this installment was fine. And even though it was just "fine", I still feel compelled to run out and get book 8 in the series. I think this speaks to the strength of the basic story line and characters in general.
Bottom Line: It's a good book and you have to read it because of the monster cliffhanger in Roses are Red. I give Violets are Blue 3 out of 4 stars!