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by J.D. Robb
Released: February 7th 2017
Series: In Death #44
Published by St. Martin's Press
“There are no slow parts to this book. Every word is perfectly calibrated so that it furthers the story in some way.”
~ Under the Covers
I never thought I would ever say that mystery and murder are comforting for me but there’s something about coming back to this series that makes me feel at home. Whether it’s hearing Roarke’s silky Irish voice or listening to Eve complain about something girly, it’s always a treat to return to this world.
After Roarke and Eve attend a fancy dress party, they are on their way home when they encounter a woman wandering around the streets alone. She is disoriented, bloody and bruised. It takes Eve only seconds to determine that she was beaten and raped and Roarke requires no prompt to call it in. They soon discover that she may not be alone, that there might be someone else she was with who might be in trouble. Further investigation leads Eve and Roarke to the woman’s mansion where they find her husband’s dead body, all their safes robbed and something else far more devastating.
As Eve digs deeper, she is discovering more and more about this couple. Although I enjoy the banter between Eve and Peabody and the romance between her and Roarke, it’s the cases that make me come back each time. I love the way Robb approaches each story. She starts of with an inciting incident that not only creates intrigue, but there’s always various layers to it as well. For example, the victim in this case is a rich surgeon who is respected in his work but not very well-liked socially. You’ll find a lot of crime stories who tend to feature the victims as just that. They’re poor, sad souls who have been taken away so soon. But here the victim is an asshole, and I think this creates a far more interesting storyline than just serving justice.
There are no slow parts to this book. Every word is perfectly calibrated so that it furthers the story in some way. I’m still amazed that Robb is able to come up with storylines that haven’t been done before. If you’ve been thinking about trying this series, I highly suggest you pick up any one to try. These books are mysteries, therefore, each story stands well on its own. You’ll miss a bit of the personal relationships in the series, but it’s nothing to fret over. There’s not much development in those areas, especially with the latter books in the series. So again, if you haven’t read this series yet, you’re seriously missing out on some delicious and interesting mystery books out there.
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