Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb
Genre: science fiction/mystery
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Date: September 5, 2017
Reviewed by: Lori Twichell
Fiction Addict Scorecard: B
Over the course of her career, Eve Dallas has caught her fair share of dead bodies. Usually they come across her path as part of a crime scene or in the morgue, but always as part of a homicide investigation. This time around though, she actually catches the victim in her arms and watches as the woman bleeds out on the floor of the restaurant. Oh and that restaurant? It’s owned by none other than her husband, Roarke. Every time she works a case, Dallas considers herself the advocate for the victim but with these circumstances, the case becomes very very personal for her.
Truth be told, Eve didn’t really like the victim that much. Though they passed each other in a few social situations, she didn’t know Larinda Mars very well, but everything around the woman rubbed Eve the wrong way. As her murder investigation unfolds, Eve realizes that there was not a lot about the woman to really like. She was a gossip reporter who spent all of her time gathering dirty little secrets, but she didn’t use that information for her news reports. Instead, Eve discovers that Larinda was blackmailing a lot of high rollers with really ugly information. It’s not a surprise she was murdered.
For this, the 45th book in the In Death series, (yes, that’s what I said. Forty-five. And there’s another one coming out in the next two weeks!) Eve Dallas has a lot of potential murderers on her hands. The sheer number of people who were being blackmailed by Larinda creates quite a large pool of suspects. Not only that’s she’s startled to discover entire books on herself and Roarke. The woman was investigating whether she’d be able to blackmail Roarke, Dallas, and even several of their close friends.
This was a good read. If you’ve enjoyed the In Death books, then you’ll definitely want to give it a read. It wasn’t high on my list of favorites, but it was still a solid mystery with several great doses of Eve and Roarke. (Anyone else out there really want a movie or TV series made from these books? Oh I so want Tom Hiddleston to play Roarke…Okay. Back to the review.) This book gave me exactly what I needed from it; an escape from everyday stressors with one of my favorite characters. It also hinted at some further adventures that I hope get addressed with the next book, Dark in Death. I have it sitting here on my desk now and will be diving in tonight!