Series: In Death #36
Published by Penguin on February 26th 2013
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On Manhattan's Upper East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.
A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn't seem the type to be on anyone's hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the building, the lieutenant knows Marta's murder was the work of a killer who's trained, but not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.
But when someone steals the files out of Marta's office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke's world of big business to figure out who's cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer's violent streak begins to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait. . .
The mystery is another thing that keeps this series strong. Honestly, when I read them all together I never got tired of the intrigues. Every mystery was different although somewhat similar. After a while, they do become predictable but it still doesn’t deter me. The way she handles every case and uses the resources around her most especially Roarke still remain interesting to me. The fact that the series is set in the future also grabs my attention. It has a science fiction feel to it. And who doesn’t want or need a little sci-fi in their life.
For someone who has been closed off and resistant to people, she develops strong relationships over the years. Even if the people who care have to force themselves on her and when she appears irritated deep inside she loves it. Her constant bickering with Peabody about McNab almost has a sibling feel to it. It is delightful. I always love to read more about the supporting characters and how they affect the story.
A lot of the fans mention this series becoming a movie or a TV series. In my opinion, we should leave it as it is. You know most books turned into movies are very disappointing. I think if this was turned into the big screen it will be as well. Think Sookie Stackhouse. After it went all Hollywood the storyline in the later books just got worst and worst and now all the loyal fans are begging for it to just end. I don’t want that to happen to this series. So just leave it alone, please!
Another question is can you read these separately or as a stand alone? I’m convinced that you can’t. There are so many cross-references made in the past books that get mentioned in the later stories that if Ms. Robb had to explain it all it would take multiple chapters. There are also certain histories and relationships among the characters that can’t be explained in just a few sentences so I really think you have to read all of them all. Especially about the Icove case, McQueen and also the stuff about Eve’s parents. I don’t know if there is an In Death Campanian book out there but that would be a good idea to have. Where every single book gets summarized.
What I would like to see in the future books? I want to see Eve promoted. She deserves it! I keep on wondering why hasn’t she been promoted yet. Is it because she’s a woman? Or because they’re afraid that people will say she was promoted because of Roarke’s influence. But how can anyone even think that when all her cases are solved and after all the publicity she gets with every case solved. I also want to see another very high-profile case. Someone political or maybe even a high-ranking military official.
Now the question is when will it ever end? I don’t think it ever will. I for one will be depressed if Ms. Robb killed off one of the main characters. I will boycott and probably never read another novel by her ever again! I for one recommend this one. If you are into mystery this is one of those series that you just can not NOT read. Kudos to you Ms. Robb another great mystery. I don’t know how you do it… manage to write bestsellers in multiple genres. You truly are fantastic!
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