In all his years in the Chicago Fire Department, Lieutenant Reed Solliday ahs never experienced anything like this recent outbreak of house fires - devastating, vicious and in one case, homicidal. He has another problem - his new partner, Detective Mia Mitchell. She's brash, bossy, and taking the case in a direction he never imagined.
Mia's instincts tell her the arsonist is making this personal. And as the infernos become more deadly, one look at the victims' tortured faces convinces her and Reed that they must work closer to catch the killer. With each new blaze, the villain ups the ante, setting firetraps for the people Reed and Mia love. The truth is almost too hot to handle: This monster's desire for death and destruction is unquenchable ... and for Mia he's started the countdown to an early grave.
Reed is a recovering alcoholic single Dad; he is also an investigator for the fire department. When a house fire turns up a homicide he gets paired with Mia. Mia is a short, sassy, detective who tells it like it is. The two of them are trying to figure out who is setting these fires and then the arsonists starts to make things personal for them when he targets their friends and family. They have to deal with the painful pasts if they are going to make their new relationship work. The two main characters in this book had a lot problems, I didn't think that their relationship was going to work out. I liked seeing characters from her other books pop up in this one as well. The author had me playing amateur detective again trying to solve the mystery of who was the killer. The ending really got to me, finding out why Mia is the way she is added an extra layer to an already great character. Count To Ten is a good book that will suck you in and keep you interested to the last page.