Eve Dallas could really use a vacation and she knows it. The recent murder investigation wrapping during Christmas proved that to her. So she’s promised Roarke that she will take a vacation with him. She just needs to get through the rest of the year without a murder. That doesn’t prove as easy as she’d hoped. And unfortunately, this isn’t a murder that she can pass off to someone else. You see the killer left her a note at the scene. Whoever committed this crime has done it FOR Eve. An offering of sorts. And she has no intention of letting that go.
Though Eve takes it all in stride, she soon realizes that this case doesn’t just put her in jeopardy. The people she loves are in danger. And it’s a shock to Eve to realize just how many people she has let in to her life. Now she’s on more than a mission. This will end and Eve will be the person to end it.
For Eve Dallas’ 40th outing (yes, that’s four-zero), J.D. Robb has created a story that does more than just introduce a murder to solve. Woven throughout the bodies, the evidence, and the investigation, we find out how far Eve has come through the course of not just her career, but her life. In recent outings, we’ve seen more of what Eve’s past has been like. But now, as she peels back the layers of this case, Eve (and we along with her) begins to realize how much her life has changed. Though she’s always pictured herself as a loner, with each new clue that unfolds in this mystery, she realizes that she does have a family. And she realizes how important they are to her as well. Even the staunch, stuffy Somerset holds some stunning revelations for her.
Have you ever heard how hard it is to write books in a series and keep them all interesting and well written? When you read Robb’s In Death series, she makes it look so easy. It feels like Dallas and Roarke have infinite adventures waiting for us and when I finish each one, it makes me look forward to the next.
If you have enjoyed any of the previous books in Robb’s In Death series, you’ll like this one. And if you’ve never read a Robb book, but you like mysteries or thrillers, give this series a try. It may become one of your favorites.
Review copy provided by the publisher.