Book: Kindred in Death

Kindred in Death by J.D. Robb
Reviewed by Lori Twichell
Genre: mystery, crime, thriller, sci fi
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Publication Date: November 3, 2009

Eve Dallas has a problem on her hands and it’s a big one. The NYPSD detective has been called in on a horrifying new case. This time she’s juggling the brutal rape and vicious murder of a 16 year old girl. To top it off, the victim, Deena McMasters, is the daughter of a newly promoted police Captain in the NYPSD. She knows right away that this case will not go easily. And it doesn’t.

Eve has to sort through over twenty years of crimes and thousands of college students to figure out the links in what appears to be a perfect crime. We learn that police work, even in the future, isn’t filled with high speed chases and shoot outs in the street. It is more often than not, filled with tedious paper work. Cases are solved and justice is served by sorting through the evidence and fitting the pieces together like a puzzle. Though paperwork and scrutinizing the details is far from glamorous, Eve Dallas does it with a panache and style that you can’t help but admire. Even when she’s juggling wedding duties that are well beyond her comfort level, Dallas is a woman who stays in control. This particular talent could make a person harsh and difficult to work with, but our heroine is the opposite. The struggle with her past, her emotions and keeping everything in perspective is what makes you admire Eve Dallas even more. Along with that, she’s surrounded by people who love and care for her with a fierce loyalty. She’s the best at what she does. Everyone knows and respects that. But it’s the person that they all love and to whom they remain fiercely loyal.

For someone who is a book lover and avid reader, you would think that I would know better than to start a series with book #29. Yes, I said 29. Kindred in Death is the 29thth book in the Eve Dallas mystery series from acclaimed writer J.D. Robb. (Number 30, Fantasy in Death is due out in February…) Obviously, I’m a little behind on this series, but after this one, trust me when I say that I intend to catch up on what I’ve missed! I admit that I was worried about throwing myself into the fray mid-series, but I was relieved to find that it was still easy to understand and follow. I know that I missed many references that I’m sure would delight die hard (yes, pun fully intended) In Death fans , but it still didn’t subtract from my enjoyment of the book.

The mystery is well crafted and tight. I loved the way that the reader joins Dallas in tracking down leads and examining evidence. For the most part, we know what she knows throughout the story. The only time that we deviate from that formula, it hypes the tension to such a level that what was once a page turner quickly becomes a page burner. The mystery deepens with tension and the book concludes with a more than satisfying ending. Though this is my first foray into the In Death series, I can’t wait to dive into the next book and see where J.D. Robb and her partner, Eve Dallas, take me next time. Thankfully the next book, Fantasy in Death, is slated for release in February 2010. Watch for my review of that one coming soon.

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