Today I have a review of the latest installment in the In Death series by J.D. Robb. Many thanks to Piatkus Books and Netgalley for letting me have a copy of this book to review.
Blurb: There’s always a reason for murder. But when a young actress is killed in a swift and violent attack at a cinema screening, that reason is hard to fathom – even for Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team.
It’s only when bestselling crime writer Blaine DeLano arrives at the precinct that the shocking truth is revealed. Someone is recreating the murder scenes from her latest series, book by book. With six more novels left in the series, Eve now knows how the killer will strike next. But why has DeLano been targeted? Could her abusive husband be involved?
As fiction is transformed into bloody reality, Eve will need all her skill and experience to solve this unique case. Luckily for her, husband Roarke happens to be a fan of DeLano’s work. And he’s more than happy to work side by side with his brilliant wife – no matter how dark things become…
My Rating: 4/5
Review: I’ll admit I am an Eve Dallas fan so when I realised there was another book in the series coming out I requested it as soon as I could.
I genuinely enjoyed this book, it was as the other In Death books have been, an easy and engrossing read for me. There are a few elements missing from this book that are in the others, Summerset for one, although I think him not being present allowed Eve to be more free than normal because she didn’t have to worry about what he thought or his reactions. This book also had a core cast of characters so many of those who are not police, Dr Mira or Roarke were not there. While this gave the story a slightly different feel I also think it’s realistic to not have all the extra characters of friends and family involved every time considering that Eve and Peabody seem to take no more than a week to find the murderer each time. Having said that it would be nice to see a bit of other characters lives occasionally, something that has featured in some previous books but was missing from this one.
As the killer is recreating scenes from a book series we learn about authors, publishing and get a bit of a sneak peak into the killers next murder scene courtesy of the books they are copying. The pace races along as it always does, with Dallas and Peabody following up clues, talking to witnesses and getting understandably frustrated when things don’t go as planned. There are quite a few humorous moments, maybe not what you’d expect in a crime novel but they help lighten the story as otherwise it risks being a little too dark.
If you’ve read any of the previous In Death novels then I think you’ll enjoy this one, if not it’s not a bad place to start. As I’ve said I enjoyed this one and am looking forward to reading the next one when it comes out.