Book Title: Festive In Death
In Death 39
Author: JD Robb
No matter how vile the murder victim is, Lieutenant Eve Dallas claims them as her own and finding their killer is her first priority. Of course, sometimes I’m sure she wishes she could just walk away.
The In-Death series by JD Robb is futuristic-crime, with romantic elements, and varying degrees of “thriller” depending on the plot of each book. In “Festive In Death” the gore is low, and the body count sits at one, but sex crime is the focus.
Solving the crime allows for some rather interesting twists and turns in the plot, with an interesting conclusion, but I don’t think one reads a JD Robb novel for the whodunnit aspect; it’s more for the characters.
In Festive in Death our victim is personal trainer Trey Ziegler. By all accounts he was delish to look at, and a complete and utter wanker in every aspect of his life. It’s always interesting to see how Eve works when the victim is someone she doesn’t like. Part of the strength of her character comes from how personally she takes each murder, how intensely she claims the victims as their own, and brings their killer to justice. Yet… when the victim is a rather despicable piece of work…
As always, we have characters from previous books woven into the story. JD Robb doesn’t use a character and then throw them away; they’re reintroduced, built up, and allowed to form bonds that bring them into Eve’s expanding family.
It’s Christmas, and Christmas with Eve and Rourke is always interesting; the big shindig, which Eve tries to ignore until the last second, Peabody’s family eccentricities, the heartfelt gifts that bring the spirit of giving alive, “In Death” Christmas novels are always a delight. Festive In Death continues this tradition.
Overall – you don’t need to have read previous books in the series to enjoy the 39th (although I do always recommend reading book one, which is the book that introduces Eve and Rourke and brings them together, so sets up the entire series). If sex crimes are a trigger point for you, skip this one, otherwise it’s an excellently written story, with fantastic characters, and perfectly paced plot.
The new Eve Dallas thriller, set at Christmas
The kitchen knife jammed into his cold heart pinned a cardboard sign to his well-toned chest. It read: Santa Says You’ve Been Bad!!! Ho, Ho, Ho! It’s Christmas, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas is in no mood to celebrate. While her charismatic husband Roarke plans a huge, glittering party, Eve has murder on her mind. The victim – personal trainer Trey Ziegler – was trouble in life and is causing even more problems in death. Vain, unfaithful and vindictive, Trey had cultivated a lot of enemies. Which means Eve has a lot of potential suspects. And when she and Detective Peabody uncover Trey’s sinister secret, the case takes a deadly turn. Christmas may be a festival of light, but Eve and Roarke will be forced once more down a very dark path in their hunt for the truth.
Format: Trade paperback (UK), 352 pages
Publisher: Piatkus Fiction
Publication Date: September 09, 2014