I’m in awe of J.D. Robb’s writing ability. With forty-five instalments in this series already, Robb is still able to come up with complex and unique ideas. This time a blooming actress is killed in a dark theatre. Stabbed by ice pick is the weapon of choice, which leaves a lot of suspects for Eve because it’s such a popular weapon. I like the way she’s able to set up the scene immediately and there’s no stalling when it comes to the murder. It’s swift and precise, and actually, so is the rest of this book. In fact, the opening chapter of this book is one of the best I’ve read in a while. It gives just a enough so that the reader is intrigued and will stick around to see what else is there.
Robb injects this book with a little twist that I thought was really smart. It’s not necessarily a new idea, but it fits this story very well with the theatre and actress victim. Plus, it opens up a lot of possible suspects, making this one a tricky one to solve. I love the way she’s so easily able to provide depth to each of the suspects. Everyone has incredible backstory and motive and for me, this is what makes Robb’s books stand out. Her characters, even the secondary ones, are really well-written.
Of course we see a little of Roarke and the rest of the crew. I love coming back to this series to catch up with these guys. It makes things fun and actually, despite the fact that this is a murder mystery book, I find a lot of comfort in reading this series.
DARK IN DEATH totally exceeded my expectations, proving once again why J.D. Robb is the master at her craft.