Title: Festive in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Opening line: "… Men, Sima thought, can’t live with them, can’t beat them to death with a nine iron …"
Blurb: Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition; if you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a line-up of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her Christmas shopping list – plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband’s upcoming holiday bash. Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year’s 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.
My Thoughts: FESTIVE IN DEATH is the 39th book in the mystery/romantic suspense ‘Death’ series which I never seem to tire of. I have found each of the books to be well-written with believable characters and darker edgy heart in mouth type murder investigations with enough humour to prevent you sucking your thumb in the corner. FESTIVE IN DEATH is set in Christmas 2060 – Christmas is not a season Lieutenant Eve Dallas of New York’s Homicide department is at one with, and to add insult to injury Eve’s partner, Dee Peabody, loves the season; very hard to carry out a serious investigation with Peabody strutting along in a pink leather coat! A well written story with clever dialogue and a good balance between Eve’s personal life and the murder case investigation. The investigation component starts when the murder victim’s ex-girlfriend sneaks into his flat to put itching powder in his socks. To her horror she discovers the body, with her is Eve’s hairdresser friend Trina who quickly calls Eve onto the case. So a couple of days before Christmas Eve has a murder investigation, a list of interesting suspects each with a strong reason to bump the victim off and a huge Christmas party to prepare for in the family home. Eve is smart, brave and a great friend and wife, although she does have problem with understanding the niceties of being part of the human race, getting dressed up and attending parties are one of the niceties of life she doesn’t get. Her husband Roarke is a successful businessman, Irish, very rich, smart and brave and understands her aversion to parties. And while these two love each other and there are love scenes –they are more swoon than raunchy and don’t detract from the investigation at all. Well maybe a little – but in a nice way. While the previous books have been mostly about the investigation with a little bit private life to break the tension, FESTIVE IN DEATH has part of the tension being the private life, as Eve forced into preparing for the Christmas party and being turned into a socialite for the night to cope with hundreds of guests, gifts to buy, decoration to be hung and food and wine to be organised. Mind you the bulk of those tasks fall to the Roarke and their live-in butler Summerset, all Eve has to do is turn up. For her turning up is the stressful part. Dealing with thugs, drug addicts and murderers is a piece of cake compared to parties. In the end the Christmas party happens – the murderer is found after some twists and turns and peace is temporarily restored.
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B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it and it is a book I will be recommending to all my friends who like this genre.