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Indulgence in Death by J. D. Robb


Cover art: Indulgence in Death Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Indulgence in Death - 31st in the In Death series
Author: J. D. Robb
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN-13: 978-0-399-15687-8 (Hardcover)
Release Date: November 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Mystery/Thriller
Year/Setting: 2060/New York City & Ireland (briefly)
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual/Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate/Extreme
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Extreme
J. D. Robb's Website: www.noraroberts.com

Dear Readers:

My birthday, Christmas, Dog-Walking Day – heck, whatever holiday you can think of – came early this year when I opened my package of books on Saturday and saw this one lying on top. I actually started salivating so much that my big, old dog looked into the box with me trying to find what type of pork, hamburger, or steak could be buried inside that had made me so unbelievably happy. Yes, I am a HUGE J.D. Robb fan. I’ve always liked the books Nora Roberts writes, but Eve Dallas is still my absolute favorite investigator, and the supporting cast of characters that surround her including Summerset, the butler; Galahad, the big-boned cat; Roarke, her husband; Peabody, her partner – all of them are truly a fantastically-written group of people.

This story begins a bit differently than they normally do. This time it is Eve Dallas who’s the one shuddering with fright instead of a criminal that she’s facing down. Her heart is in her chest as her handsome husband races down the narrow road (on the wrong side of the road, by the way), past the strange images of clothing drying on lines outside, and a billion farm animals "squealing" in the never-ending- pastures. Eve and Roarke, you see, are in Ireland for their anniversary, where they are meeting up with Roarke’s family that he recently found in another well-written book, and to a place where Eve has a birthday gift awaiting him that he can’t possibly imagine. This is truly a fun way to start the book, watching the "city cop – pursuer of psychopaths" trying to act calm in this countrified Irish world.

When they return home, Eve is more than a little happy that she’s back among the crime-filled world that she’s used to. Soon, a case comes directly at her involving a very strange murder; a co-owner of Gold Star limousines is found in the airport parking lot in one of his highly polished vehicles…shot through the neck with a crossbow. Not only is this an odd choice of weapon in the year 2060, but the person on file for renting the limo that evening as the fare has had his identity stolen – seeing as that he has an alibi for the time of the hideous crime. Soon, other crimes begin to emerge where the "clues" seem to be the same. The weapons of choice are of the old, strange variety, and the suspects all have alibis for the crime-times.

As the story begins to unfold with the usual fantastic police-work; laughter between the long-time team of characters; and, the heartfelt passion and love between Eve and her man, the motive for the odd cases comes together as Eve has to battle against and win against the wealthy and the privileged beings of high society.

J.D. Robb’s writing is still superb after all this time and the story is not once boring or "been done." I’m telling you, as always, you can take your CSI’s, Law and Order’s – and everything else – off the air and give Eve Dallas the run of the television set. She, after all, is the ONE detective that no viewer would ever want to stop watching. I can’t wait for the next one!

Until next time,

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