Memory in Death

Book: Memory in Death

JD Robb
Romantic Suspense
Berkley / 2006
Hardback / 375 Pages
Series In Death #22
”Eve Dallas is one tough cop. She can deal with a holiday reveler in a red suit who plunges thirty-seven stories and gives new meaning to the term "sidewalk Santa." She can take on purse snatchers, drug dealers, and worse. But when Trudy Lombard - a seemingly ordinary middle-aged lady - shows up at the station, it's all Eve can do to hold it together. Instantly, she is plunged back to the days when she was a vulnerable traumatized young girl - and trapped in foster care with the twisted woman who now sits smiling in front of her." "Trudy claims she came all the way to New York just to see how Eve was doing. But Eve's fiercely protective husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise - and his suspicion proves correct when Trudy, rebuffed by Eve, shows up at his office, demanding money in exchange for keeping the ugly details of Eve's childhood a secret. Using every ounce of willpower he has to restrain himself, he shows her the door - and makes it clear that she'd be wise to get out of the city and never bother them again." Eve and Roarke will be satisfied if Trudy Lombard just heads back to Texas. Somebody else, though, wants her dead - and just a few days later, she's found on the floor of her hotel room, a mess of faded bruises and fresh blood. A cop to the core, Eve is determined to solve the case, if only for the sake of Trudy's bereaved son. Unfortunately, Eve was not the only one who suffered at this woman's hands - and she and Roarke will follow a circuitous and dangerous path to find out who turned the victimizer into a victim.

I picked this book up because Series

What I liked the Most? The dreams

What I liked the Least? the killer – it was unimaginative and distressing

Review: Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her partner, Detective Peabody, are in the midst of closing a surprisingly pedestrian case when Eve almost walks right into one of her former foster mothers sitting in her office. Since I read the back of the book & I assume everyone else does too, I'll tell you that it's not very much later that Trudy Lombard is dead. Duh Duh Duh!! Now it's up to Eve to find out the who and the why – but for the first time in her career, Eve's faced with a victim that she simply can not feel for.

While this is not the best book in the series, and I personally found the question of who did the killing to be fairly obvious, readers who enjoy the series will enjoy the book and the insights into Eve's past that it gives. Besides which, it's a murder mystery and those are always fun.

Recommended to: Fans of the series

Best Quote: "You're not in Kansas anymore."

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