Anyone who follows my blog or reads my reviews will know I’m a fan of this series. Recently I reviewed the first book in the series, Naked in Death, here and now I’m thrilled to share my review for the 50th book in the series, which is out today! Many thanks to Little Brown UK for giving me a NetGalley copy of this book for review.
‘Doctor Kent Abner began the day of his death comfortable and content’
When Kent Abner – baby doctor, model husband and father, good neighbour – is found dead in his town house in the West Village, Detective Eve Dallas and her team have a real mystery on their hands. Who would want to kill such a good man? They know how, where and when he was killed but why did someone want him dead?
Then a second victim is discovered and as spring arrives in New York City, Eve finds herself in a race against time to track down a serial killer with a motive she can’t fathom and a weapon of choice which could wipe out half of Manhattan.
My Review: I’m a huge fan of this series and these are my go-to books when I want something soothing. Sounds odd I know but it works for me. I have enjoyed the recent one’s I’ve read but I will also admit I’ve not always found them quite as good as earlier ones. However, this book I felt was back on track. It was a brilliant read, drawing me in from the first page and not giving away any clues till near the end. I felt the balance of characters was good too. I know some readers have felt some characters have been missing too much from other books recently but this one felt like a much better balance to me. We have the usual NYPSD lot, the fabulously ascerbic Summerset, obviously Peabody, Eve and Roarke but also brief appearances from some series favourites including the brilliant Dennis Mira whose scenes always give me a warm, fuzzy feeling.
This is an intriguing case, a murder weapon that could kill hundreds being focused only on one person at a time. Added to that the fact that there is no discernible connection between the first two victims and you have a proper puzzler to dive into. I did dive into this book and I would happily read it again today even though I only read it over Christmas. I wouldn’t normally re-read a book in such a short time frame but there were so many bits to it that I’m sure I would get as much from it again a second time around.
I was beginning to wonder how long this series could last, could it sustain itself now it has reached 50 books but having read this book I’m no longer worried. If the following books are at the same level as this one then I don’t see any reason for this series to end anytime soon.