Naked Came the Phoenix - J.A. Jance, Anne Perry, Diana Gabaldon, Laurie R. King, Marcia Talley, Lisa Scottoline, Nancy Pickard, Mary Jane Clark, Nevada Barr, Perri O'Shaughnessy, Faye Kellerman, Pam O'Shaughnessy, Mary O'Shaughnessy, J.D. Robb, Val McDermid There are a ridiculous number of dead bodies piling up in this book, but that is nothing compared to all of the characters who were given up for adoption as infants. It makes one’s heap spin keeping track of all the characters’ ever shifting relationships with one another. Murders aside, everything else that goes on is very similar to a soap opera, except in a soap opera all the secrets would be revealed over the course of about five years, rather than a few days. There are a few plot inconsistencies, but nothing too major, or bad enough to really hinder my enjoyment of the novel. It was a funny and entertaining book. The best example of a serial mystery I have read is [b:The Floating Admiral|719399|The Floating Admiral|Detection Club||2742444], which started it all, and is mentioned in the introduction. That one was very well done, and I highly recommend it.