J.D. Robb~~ 4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, and R.C. Ryan
These five short stories are each unique with a twist on some of the most beloved fairy tales. They were penned by bestselling authors J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, and R.C. Ryan and are sure to please their devoted followers and new readers, alike.
Intriguing, lively, romantic, sinister, and enchanting, this anthology offers something for everyone, and should not be missed!
G.P. Putnam Sons
Celebrity in Death is the latest installment in the long‑running Eve Dallas, "In Death" futuristic mystery series. Lieutenant Eve Dallas unenthusiastically tackles celebrity, as Hollywood has made a movie out of the huge case she solved in Dallas, Texas, and she has to make nice with the filmmakers and stars on the project for good publicity for the N.Y. police department. At a dinner in the honor of Eve, her partner Peabody, and the cast and crew, one of the movie's costars known for her very nasty attitude is murdered, and everyone at the dinner is a suspect, for this starlet has made a lot of enemies. Eve is on the case to solve the actress' murder, and she has to wade in the murky waters of Hollywood wheeling and dealing to make sure the culprit is brought to justice.
Although this is primarily a mystery, glimpses into the loving marriage between Eve and her gorgeous gazillionaire husband Roarke spice up this story, and show that this tough as nails cop has a loving side with her supportive spouse. The police procedural aspects are convincing and hardboiled, and the resolution of the killer evolves naturally. Although the mystery aspect does drag slightly near the end, Celebrity in Death is an entertaining, well‑written story.
For New York homicide cop Lieutenant Eve Dallas, horror is a way of life. She has seen the worst and is top notch at keeping it clear, working through facts and dispensing justice. So when Isaac McQueen, a monster she put away years ago, escapes from prison and makes it known he is out for revenge, Eve doesn't hesitate. She is unaware, however, that he will lead her back to the one place where she will relive the terrors of her childhood in a more brutal way than she ever imagined possible. Will her husband, lover and center, Roarke, be able to keep her grounded enough to withstand the onslaught that will push her into places she may never come back from?
One might think that after 32 hot‑selling Eve Dallas thrillers, the spark would be flickering. If that were the case, one would definitely be wrong! Number 33 is as hot and suspense‑filled as the very first time Eve stepped onto the page. This is an edge-of-your-seat, can't-put-down, gritty, crime scene thriller that manages to keep the tender love of a man and woman relevant and real amidst the chaos. With only a slight stall near the end and a bit of confusion over the take‑down, this stands as a rousing winner for J.D. once again.
While following up on the murder of an elderly grocer killed basically for sport in his store, Eve Dallas and her partner Peabody feel pretty good about this one being a slam dunk. It's also the first case with Peabody as lead. Sadly, their elation is short lived when Peabody stumbles upon a much messier situation involving crooked police officers, guilty of many crimes including murder.
As with most crimes, this is not simple. For these officers to operate at the level of corruption they are involved in, they have to have a virtual network of crooked cops and support staff. Peabody, Dallas, and her husband Roarke have to gather the evidence needed to end their corrupt little group while leaving as little trail as possible knowing this group will kill to keep their enterprise intact.
As usual, Robb has brought in a solid mystery and a solid storyline with all of our favorite characters in play. It is often difficult for an author to keep a long running series interesting and fresh. Robb excels in this area. This is the thirty‑ninth book in the "In Death" series, and they just keep getting better. I can't wait for the next one.
Eve Dallas and her mega‑rich husband Rourke return in yet another "In Death" novel by J.D. Robb. In this one, seemingly random deaths are occurring--a limo driver has been shot with a crossbow; a high-priced escort was shot through the heart with a bayonet; and Eve is on a mad dash to find out who is killing these people and why.
In this case, she has been drug reluctantly into the high- priced circles that are so familiar to Rourke. And, as always, she has him by her side, as well as her usual crew.
I'm at a loss to figure out how, after so many installments of the "Eve Dallas" series, Robb manages to make each one better than the last. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and, more importantly, confused as to who the murderer was until almost the very end, which is really rare for this reviewer. If you are not already a fan of Robb, each of these books can be read independently, but the entire series is worth acquiring and reading from the beginning. You will never be bored.