I was about to give up on this series, but now I will be able to finish. Emma finally admits that she has spent her whole adult life believing in the fairy tale of Tom (the father of her son). I was so sick of it I had sworn off the last few books. These do need to be read in order or you'll be lost with all the characters. Another death in the local low-class tavern--but this one was witnessed by so many people that it has to be open and shut, right? It is until Emma starts asking questions. But she gets distracted by Milo's reconciliation with Old Mulehide.