Beaufort has a secret past, and it is his life from decades ago that makes We Were Killers Once such an enjoyable mystery ... Carlo’s involvement in the plot makes We Were Killers Once the best entry in the series, as it provides readers with far more information about his life, as well as the life he shares with his wife. All of this humanizes Brigid Quinn in ways more entertaining than in the previous novels. Seeing the human side of our protagonist makes her a far more compelling character, and it will be interesting to see where Masterman takes her in future installments.
What makes this latest Quinn mystery especially nerve-racking is the fact that Quinn’s husband, a former prison chaplain, may have the evidence that Beaufort seeks ... The narrative is slowed down a bit by overly long chunks of dialogue, but, overall, the plot never loses its drive, and the characters are truly intriguing.