Dark in Death by J.D. Robb
Another interesting case for LT. Eve Dallas. Seemingly unrelated deaths, but how do they fit together? Leave it to the woman who can see through murders.
On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.
Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime—from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.
The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama—and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In some cases…spoilers. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
I have loved Eve Dallas and Roarke for years. You’d think that with nearly 50 books in a series, a reader would get tired of the characters. Hell, no. If you’d never read the In Death series by J.D. Robb, a/k/a Nora Roberts, it’d really serve you well to try them. They are all on audio, so I do other things while listening.
Here’s a little background on the In Death series. I love them because the protagonist, Eve Dallas, is gritty, hard edged woman who isn’t keen on bullshit. If you happen to be a woman like Eve, you’ll know that it’s hard to make friends because people don’t really like straight talk. They’d prefer it soft and flattery is their friend. Eve isn’t like that. That’s why I love her. She is also got a heart and is learning to think of others. Through out her early years she was abused and the word abused is a pretty word compared to the action. That’s what made her tough. She also thinks in black and white until she meets Roarke.
Roarke spent his early childhood in the same sort of circumstances as Eve, so they understand the concept. Roarke is the description of self made man. He was a street urchin now turned billionaire. Hard to believe? Not after you read the books. There are some books in this series that deals with the bad emotional baggage as well as descriptive memories of the abuse and hardship these two characters have endured. If you like contemporary fluffy romance, this is probably not for you. This is a series that is not afraid to go to the darker side of abuse and how it effects the people that have suffered through it. I love this series because it has elements of that abuse (that is relatable if you’ve gone through it in any degree), a murder mystery and super satisfying takedown of the perpetrator as well as a romantic romance. Eve is not romantic but Roarke is. He cherishes Eve. He does for Eve. He takes care of her and loves her even when they get into knock down, drag out arguments. Oh, yes, this is not a perfect pairing – which I love since it feels more realistic. They both are very strong willed and fall back on their old habits of protecting themselves. They always work things out and admit wrong when they figure it out.
Ok, on to the book. This is a fascinating book since it incorporates the author of a series much like the In Death series. There is sex. There is swearing. There is some blood and violence, but it’s nothing that can’t be handled. I mean the protagonists are fairly gritty so if you can handle that, you got it made. Also, there is a satisfying ending.
I can’t say much about the book that hasn’t been already said. I love it. It’s great. Yada, yada, yada. Basically, what I’m saying is it really doesn’t need a review. If you’ve made it to book number 46, you know it’s gonna be super. Ok, if I was going to review it, I’d say it was stand out. It feels like all the others when I say that a lot of time and energy went into developing this book. There are fleshed out characters and if you are into audio books, the narrator, Susan Erickson, is premo, bodacious the bomb.com!
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