Key Death - Jude Hardin Read my full review: opinion: Great, LIGHT read. Really reminiscent to me of a much cooler M.C. Beaton with a much better setting. Loved the characters, setting and the flow of the story, but it was light. I read the entire book in about 2 hours and had a very good grasp on the characters. On that note: Although I am normally a stickler regarding reading books in order. I thought this one would work well enough as a stand alone. So, if you haven't read the series, don't let that stop you from grabbing this one.