Review: Betrayal in Death – J D Robb

  • Title: Betrayal in Death
  • Author: J D Robb
  • Genre: Futuristic murder mystery romance
  • Why: I still intend to read the whole series
  • Rating: 4 Stars

Description: At the luxurious Roarke Palace Hotel, a maid walks into suite 4602 for the nightly turndown — and steps into her worst nightmare. A killer leaves her dead, strangled by a thin silver wire. He’s Sly Yost, a virtuoso of music and murder. A hit man for the elite. Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows him well. But in this twisted case, knowing the killer doesn’t help solve the crime. Because there’s someone else involved. Someone with a more personal motive. And Eve must face a terrifying possibility — that the real target may, in fact, be her husband Roarke…

Review: Onwards we move to In Death number twelve. I’d imagine that these reviews are getting quite repetitive by now, because they’re rarely anything less than four stars.

So too here. The formula is pretty static by now – we start with a murder and Eve Dallas is set on the case. Throughout the book there will be another few deaths – usually at least two – before Eve wraps up the case and we move on to the next. The beauty is in the detail, and the wonderful cast of side-characters. In a way, the side-characters are what really make these books worth reading. I always teeter a bit between love and hate for Eve; she’s too bitchy and stubborn to be really likeable, but she does have a rock-solid core of grit, compassion and determination that make it hard to hate her. The thing is, I could forgive the stubborn bitchiness if she wasn’t being stupid about it. She always works herself into the ground, and you’d think that by book twelve she’d realise that a) her performance at the job really suffers if she doesn’t get any rest and b) Roarke always gets his way when he tries to get her to shut down.

Anyway, I love Peabody and MacNab, even if their relationship hits a rocky patch here. I love Mavis, as over the top as she is. I love Dr Mira and Feeney and Charles, and it’s just great to see their story arc developing just as much as the one for Eve and Roarke.

Where the book lost a star for me was the fact that I could see what was coming probably about halfway through the book. Not with the murderer, since you find out who he is pretty early on, but with something else. I won’t say too much more due to spoilers, but the clue was in the title this time around, and I found it a little disappointing.

Still, overall another very enjoyable read, and I’m definitely not bored yet with this series.

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