i really like susan hill, and the simon serrailler series is top notch. great character dramatizations, and there's a LOT going on. the mystery's not so much the thing, but it doesn't matter. in "the risk of darkness" we find out the killer in the first few chapters, and that's about all we ever find out about the killer...the identity. hill shows how everyone is affected by the killer's actions...and weaves a number of other stories into the plot. there are a few gotcha moments and some seriously creepy ones, too. i think i enjoyed "risk" more than "the various haunts" (altho that's a great title!), and i'm looking forward to reading the other books in the serrailler series.