Friday 28 February 2020

Review: Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb

No one is going to miss Larinda Mars. A ruthless gossip queen with a lucrative sideline in blackmail, there's no lack of suspects when she's murdered in a fashionable New York bar. With so many people wanting her dead, it's going to be a tough case to crack.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas may not like this particular victim, but it's her duty to bring the killer to justice. As she digs deeper into Larinda's mysterious past, it becomes clear the reporter had a unique talent for uncovering secrets. Including ones very close to home for Eve and her husband Roarke...

Someone was willing to commit murder to keep their secrets hidden. And with Eve now working to uncover the truth, she and her team are heading into serious danger.

In Death Series:
Naked in Death
Glory in Death
Immortal in Death
Rapture in Death
Ceremony in Death
Vengeance in Death
Holiday in Death
Midnight in Death (Novella)
Conspiracy in Death
Loyalty in Death
Witness in Death
Judgement in Death
Betrayal in Death
Interlude in Death (Novella)
Seduction in Death
Reunion in Death
Purity in Death
Portrait in Death
Imitation in Death
Big Jack (Available in the Remember When Anthology or separately)
Divided in Death
Visions in Death
Survivor in Death
Origin in Death
Memory in Death
Haunted in Death (Novella)
Born in Death
Innocent in Death
Creation in Death
Eternity in Death (Novella)
Strangers in Death
Salvation in Death
Ritual in Death (Novella)
Promises in Death
Kindred in Death
Missing in Death (Novella)
Fantasy in Death
Indulgence in Death
Possession in Death (Novella)
Treachery in Death
New York to Dallas
Chaos in Death (Novella)
Celebrity in Death
Delusion in Death
Calculated in Death
Thankless in Death
Taken in Death (Novella available in the Mirror, Mirror anthology or separately)
Concealed in Death
Festive in Death
Obsession in Death
Devoted in Death
Wonderment in Death (Novella)
Brotherhood in Death
Apprentice in Death
Echoes in Death
Secrets in Death
Dark in Death
Leverage in Death
Connections in Death
Vendetta in Death
Golden in Death

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Eve caught her latest case when she was out having a drink with a colleague and a woman literally staggered out of the ladies room and bled out on the floor at Eve's feet. Lucinda Mars was a well known journalist who loved to dig up the latest celebrity gossip so as you can imagine she has plenty of enemies for Eve to try and eliminate from her enquiries, and that was before Eve discovered that Mars had a nasty habit of blackmailing people for a mixture of cash or other people's secrets. The deeper Eve digs the more she wishes Mars was still alive so she could be thrown in a cage just like she deserved but no matter how despicable Mars was she didn't deserve to die and Eve will bring her killer to justice.

It's always interesting to see Eve work a case for a victim she doesn't like, she has such a strong moral code that even when the victim brought their death upon themselves she will stand up and get justice for them. This case throws up some surprising emotions from Eve though, partly about her own past but also to do with her relationship with Summerset which I found really interesting. We actually get a huge revelation about him in this book and I loved the way Eve and Roarke handled it. I absolutely love Roarke, he and Eve are right up there as one of my favourite fiction couples ever and their relationship is totally swoonworthy.

All my favourite side characters put in an appearance and as usual there are some fun scenes with Eve and Peabody. I'd actually like a bit more of Peabody and McNab (wouldn't it be amazing to get a book or two that focused mainly on them!) but I'm happy with where they're both at. The mystery side was more slow build in this book but it was nice to see Eve not quite as stressed as she often ends up getting mid case. There weren't multiple bodies piling up so there was less urgency in tracking down the killer, of course you know all along that Eve will catch her target but she's not racing against time trying to save other potential victims.

I'm still totally hooked on this series and ready to dive straight into the next book!

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