There is no indication at all on the book itself that this was part of a series. I never would have started on number three otherwise. Oh well, even without the background information on Bernadette and Anthony I enjoyed this story. It was truly a mystery to me as I had no idea of the culprit until it was revealed at the end. I really liked Bernadette (I'd love to know why Tony calls her Cat) and Tony is one of those guys you instantly like. He gives Bernadette her head and lets her do what she likes investigation-wise. I will definitely be reading the first two books in this series to get that much needed (for my benefit) background on these interesting characters.