J.D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts),
Strangers In Death
(Putnam, 2008)

This is the 31st book, when including novellas, in a long-running (and my personal favorite) suspense series.

The year is 2060, and Lt. Eve Dallas of the New York Police & Security Department is called to the scene when sports mogul and children's philanthropist Tom Anders is murdered in his home. All evidence points to some sort of sexual deviancy gone wrong, but things aren't making sense to Eve. She enlists the help of her delectable Irish hubby, Roarke, and her partner Detective Peabody to solve the case.

I love this author and I loved this book. This In Death book has a slightly different feel from the others because we learn who the murderer is pretty early on; the rest of the book is Eve building her case to prove her gut feeling. But that doesn't detract from the suspense or the flow of the book at all; in fact I thought it enhanced it. J.D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) throws some twist and turns in that keep Eve, her team and this reader on their toes.

While these In Death books tend to be dark to due to the homicides Eve investigates, this one had a lot of light moments, too. I laughed a lot at the banter Eve engages in with Peabody, Roarke and Captain Feeney. Eve's friend Louise the doctor, and her Licensed Companion boyfriend, Charles, play a small but significant role in this book, and that adds a large amount of pleasure for this reader.

This book is definitely hard to put down and exceptionally entertaining. I am wowed by this series. After so many books it seems it would be hard to delight and surprise her faithful readers, but J.D. Robb does so, continuously and flawlessly. Enjoy!

review by
Cherise Everhard

10 May 2008

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