Book: Indulgence in Death

Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Reviewed by Lori Twichell
Genre: Mystery, Scifi
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Publication Dates: November 2, 2010

Eve Dallas is back. Well, technically, she’s on a vacation. After her last investigation and subsequent close call, she and Roarke decided that they might want to get away from the Big Apple for a little while. So this book opens with Eve Dallas, hard core detective of the future, lying in a bed in Ireland wondering if roosters crow every day, if cows are dangerous walking too close to the house and, most of all, if this is what it’s really like to have a family. They’re visiting Roarke’s family and though it’s awkward at times, it’s still a generally comfortable visit.

When she arrives back in New York (after her vacation and helping with a murder investigation in Ireland…after all crime doesn’t take a vacation because she does) she’s greeted with an unusual murder. A man has been murdered, seemingly without any reason, by a crossbow. Being 2060, crossbows are even more rare than they currently are in 2010. So when another murder pops up with a leather whip and later, a harpoon, she knows she’s got a tough one on her hands. It’s especially touchy when the connections between the cases lead back to high society and a lot of money. Not a lot of money like Roarke has. His money is new. This is old money. The kind that has been in the family for generations and that also allows people to feel like they are untouchable. As you can imagine, this sets Eve on the case with even more determination.

J.D. Robb’s thirty plus books into this series now and she shows no signs of slowing down. With fascinating crimes, witty dialogue and some of the most interesting scenarios I’ve ever read in a mystery series, this book is once again, a delight.

I had the joy of reading this book while I was on a business trip. Twenty hours on planes in less than two days gives someone a lot of reading time. I finished the book and even though my bag was full of more books that I needed to review, I didn’t want to move on. I just wanted to savor the fact that for a little while, I’d gotten to visit Eve Dallas and her universe again. I love the romance between Roarke and Dallas. It’s hot, romantic, sweet and realistic. They argue. They disagree. But they always have each other’s backs and they always care about each other more than you might imagine at first glance.

This book had some dialogue and the nature of the crime might cause some people to be uncomfortable. There were sexual acts described in the book, but once again, Robb handles them with grace and style. They’re details. Not gory or passionate, though they might rattle you. They add to the case, the mystery and the characters. When Dallas can take a statement about a wife who has had to deal with a variety of things that most would consider deviant and she doesn’t even blink, you know she’s seen it all. But in the same breath, she can reach out, touch that wife and urge her to safety in the most comfortable way possible.

Once again, I was left wanting more and wondering when I would get to experience the next book. Thankfully, the ARC for the next release, Treachery in Death, was waiting for me when I got home. I’m just sorry you have to wait for it. But from my experience with everything J.D. Robb, the wait is definitely worth it.

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