Wheel of Fire, the second novel in the Detective Inspector David Vogel mystery series, is a highly entertaining and engaging police procedural from first line to last, and while I enjoyed the first book, this one far surpassed it. It definitely isn't essential, as in some cases, to have read the opening novel as the author alludes to many of the events that took place in that first book here, so it's very easy to catch up on previous happenings via Wheel of Fire. As with all of Ms Bonner's books, this is a well-written tale that moves at an ideal pace and features some truly unique characters.
Detective Vogel is one of my favourite ever creations in terms of police personnel as he is a geeky introvert much like I am. His tendency to hold computers in higher esteem than people is also something I can relate to, to a certain extent. Not only is he a vegetarian and teetotaller, but he has little of the baggage that seems to come with every damn detective in the genre, so I'm guessing that many hardcore crime fans will be receptive to this originality. Vogel and his strong, astute female partner, Dawn Saslow, make a formidable team despite being chalk and cheese. The ending is both satisfying and surprising and paves the way for the next instalment.
You could certainly do a lot worse than picking up one of Ms Bonner's novels, but this one is particularly accomplished. As a former chairperson of the Crime Writers Association, it is clear she is an established and well-regarded member of the crime fold and for good reason.