Monday, November 1, 2010

Indulgence in Death

Hello all, it's Monday and hopefully all your little goblins have come down from their sugar highs from last night. We had great weather and lots of trick or treaters so i would say it was a successful Halloween. I have one last Halloween treat for you adults. My friend Jenn won a basket at RAW this year that happened to have an ARC (advance readers copy) of JD Robb's Indulgence in Death, and since she is such a FAB friend and knows how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series she gave it to me. As excited as I was to get this book I was also a little apprehensive because for me the last two books were just OK. I love the mysteries in these books but for me the interaction between Eve and Roarke and the multitude of repeat secondary characters are the reason I keep coming back to this series, and the last few books were a little light in that area in my opinion. I was afraid that this might be one of those series that I might just lose interest in and would drop off my auto-buy list. Well this book took a big step in getting her back on that list.

Indulgence in Death, J.D. Robb, Putnam Publishing, November 2010

First it was a limo driver shot through the neck with a crossbow. Then it was a high-priced escort stabbed through the heart with a bayonet. Random hits, thrill kills, murderers with a taste for the finer things in life - and death - are making NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas angry. And an angry Eve can be just as an efficient and dangerous predator as the killer. As time runs out on another innocent victim's life, Eve's investigation will take her into the rarified circle that her husband, Roarke, travels in - and into the perverted heart of madness.

This book starts with Eve and Roarke visiting Roarke's family in Ireland for their anniversary. I was seriously laughing out loud when Eve came flying out of bed with her gun in her hand because she thought they were being attacked only to find out it was the family rooster making the noise that woke her. Then just a chapter later I was crying when Eve shows Roarke the playground that she had built and dedicated to his mother for their anniversary gift. Long time followers of this series know what a hard time Eve has with gifts, giving and receiving, so for her to do this pretty much made me a blubbering mess.

They aren't back in New York a full day before Eve, and her partner Peabody, are in the throes of another murder mystery....a limo driver is killed with a crossbow. After that a high priced call girl is killed at an amusement park with a bayonet. While investigating these two murders Eve and Peabody meet the heads of two successful companies that immediately ping on Eve's radar, and bring them into her investigation. Following the clues leads them to discover more bodies that may be part of this mystery too. We know early on who the killer(s) are, so the meat of the story is how Eve and Peabody are going to prove it.

I liked how most of my favorite characters were brought into this story the only thing that disappointed me was that the planned BBQ never actually took place. I also felt that the book seemed to get cut off, like all of a sudden she realized she hit her word quota and just ended the book. I think the book would have been much better with 1 or 2 more chapters. Even with that shortcoming, I very much enjoyed this book and give it 3.5 chocolate dipped strawberries.
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