My copy of this book is a trade paperback meaning it’s small enough to fit in my purse. 🙂 It’s printed by St. Martin’s Press, the Paperback division. Copyright is 2017 and held by Nora Roberts aka J.D. Robb. It’s a cop driven whodoneit which I like when it’s written well.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Detective Peabody (aka Shebody to her beau, EDD Detective Ian McNab) are the main players from the police force, and there’s Raorke, the civilian consultant. He also happens to very rich and very married to Eve though she doesn’t use his last name when she’s working. Not sure what that means, but it’s in the book.
The story starts with Eve going to a swank bar to meet a colleague she really doesn’t like that much and during a somewhat testy exchange of why don’t you like me; I don’t like you because.. Eve sees a woman come staggering into the bar from the lower floor, bleeding. She literally catches the woman before she dies and goes to the floor with her even as she breathes her last.
So begins the mystery of who killed the woman, who turns out to be the gossip queen of a big television studio. Everyone has a reason to kill, more so than others, so motive is a no-brainer. The question is, amongst all the people this woman blackmailed and extorted, who actually ended her.
I enjoyed the book immensely. I’ve actually read most of the series from the very beginning, and the evolution of the Eve character is fun to watch. 🙂 Sex is in the book, but it’s not all that graphic (not compared to many so called “romance” books that are really just soft porn). It’s also between the loving couple of Eve and Dallas, and it’s part of the story – their story.
This story isn’t your run of the mill mystery. People really matter. How they feel, what they’ve been through and the secrets they’ve felt the need to protect despite what it led to – in this case extortion and blackmail. There’s a great deal of depth and emotion, and I really like that as it makes me care more, makes me relate better, to the characters.
I highly recommend reading this book, but as usual, I don’t advocate taking my advice blindly. Check out the book yourself. If it’s not what you like, no worries. I’m not here to judge, just to share a little bit of my world with you. 🙂
See you all on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!