No Margin for Error When it Comes to Murder

Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb
Genre: mystery/suspense/science fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Date: September 4, 2018
Reviewed by: Lori Twichell
Fiction Addict Scorecard: A

For Eve Dallas, dead bodies happen all the time. She’s well known for being the cop you want on the job when someone you know or love has been murdered. But it’s not often that the dead body happens as a result of an explosion that takes out executives from a major corporation. It’s even less common for another executive to be the person who is to blame for the explosion.

In this, (the forty-something) outing for our favorite characters, Dallas deals with a lot of new things including the Academy Awards (which her picture is nominated for) and a lot of drama behind the scenes of the art world.  As much as she eschews all of the things involved with both of those worlds, she can’t escape them while she’s working this case. It seems everywhere she goes, someone brings up the fact that her vid has been nominated and also, she’s got to dig through a lot of interpersonal relationships to get to the bones of this case.

I am a huge Robb fan and as usual, I enjoyed escaping into the world Dallas inhabits for a little while. These characters feel like friends more than just pages of a book at this point and I always love seeing what they are up to. You would think forty-something books into this series that it might get old and I’d be lying if I said there weren’t some bumps and bruises along the way. But for the most part, this series hits all the marks for me. I really do love reading each of these adventures.

That said, I did enjoy this book but I also kind of felt that a little bit of the magic between some of our favorite characters was missing here. Dallas usually creates a really strong bond with the victim or his/her family whenever she catches a DB (dead body). In this one, I didn’t feel that urgent connection or need for the man who died in the beginning. That piece was missing. A lot of emotional strings got tugged for sure and this doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book, but it did give everything a sort of perfunctory feel as she moved through the case and the clues. There also wasn’t as much fun interplay between Dallas and a lot of her associates. Mira’s part felt dropped into the plot as an afterthought rather than an actual need and there was this odd excursion into a weird place for a bit with Peabody and stimulants/coffee that felt unnecessary and out of character just to add a laugh.

Still, at the end of each of these books, it all comes down to whether it was worth the read. And yes, this book was well worth the time spent reading. Even if some of my favorite characters feel a little bit off, it’s still a far better read than most of the books that come across my desk. (Trust me – I have a lot of those!)


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