Book: Kindred in Death

JD Robb (Nora Roberts)
Romantic Suspense
Putnam Adult / 2009
Hard Back / 384 Pages
Series #30

When the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, they were looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious sixteen-year-old daughter who had stayed behind.

Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaited them instead. Brutally murdered in her bedroom, Deena's body showed signs of trauma that horrified even the toughest of cops; including our own Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who was specifically requested by the captain to investigate.

When the evidence starts to pile up, Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest their perpetrator; little do they know yet that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them by using a variety of identities. Overconfidence can lead to careless mistakes. But for Dallas, one mistake might be all she needs to bring justice.

I picked this book up because series

What I liked the Most? My abso favorite police woman is back - with all her massively quirky snarky behaviours. I just love the fact that Eve doesn't get the whole girl bonding thing. Friend Credits & Sex Credits.

What I liked the Least? The story line didn't hold me as tight as it normally does.

Review: You know I have to say - I am so very glad I don't stalk books. LOL. I walked into the book store this morning & bam there it was - all pretty & shiny - such a wonderful pleasant surprise. If I was a stalker, I would have already had it. Now, less than 24 hours later, my review.

I love the In Death books - consistently well written and entertaining - with the most diverse cast of characters I've ever encountered. I honestly look at each book as an opportunity to catch up on old friends and possibly make some new friends. In this installment, you get to actually catch up with the usual characters - but also the wonderfully brillant Jamie (still wanting to be an e-cop much to Roarke's disappointment), Louise makes a brief solo appearance before the wedding, and of course Mavis.

I do encourage caution with this book, however, the crime scene was extremely graphic & perhaps not exactly the easiest thing to read. I'm not certain if it was the lack of comic relief (no banter with McNab - few snark swipes to Sommerset - etc) that made it even harder to deal with or if was just the content of the story. I do know that I was extremely disappointed with the actual mystery - because there wasn't one. This book had a lot of plodding police proceduralwith a dash of lucky breaks they had, I missed the more personal interactions.

Recommended to: This far into it - Fans of the series

Best Quote: "The cop and the criminal—former—he qualified, as bloody normal as Peace Day potato salad."

Challenges: 100+

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