When I first read Barbara Nickless’s latest mystery, I was blown away by the sharp prose, turbo-charged pace, and dynamic characters. At the forefront is Dr. Evan Wilding, an expert in semiotics, the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.
My background and passion have long been placed in mystery and thrillers, so I’ve been introduced to a lot of great fictional investigators—private eyes, police detectives, investigative journalists—but semiotics professor is new for me. With his charm, inquisitiveness, humor, and brilliance, Dr. Evan Wilding might be one of the most interesting characters I’ve come across yet.
When a murder victim is left with strange markings on his body at a ritualistic crime scene, Dr. Wilding is brought in to consult on the case. He soon finds himself delving into medieval languages, modern day Vikings, and cryptic messages from the killer. When another case follows, he realizes he is communicating in code with a serial killer.
With At First Light, bestselling and award-winning author Barbara Nickless has created a spellbinding mystery that will keep readers guessing until its final page.
—Liz Pearsons, Editor