Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Golden In Death by J.D. Robb

3 Stars

It’s a little hard to ignore a series that has been around for 25 years. That being said, the “In Death” train is one I never boarded. When offered a freebie of this FIFTIETH book in the series with the tagline “there’s never been a better time to discover [Eve Dallas’] world than right now,” I figured no time like the present to give it a whirl. Mainly to see if my theory that readers can jump in at any time to books like this (or Stephanie Plum or Kinsey Milhone or a vast amount of others) and not be completely lost. The answer????

J.D. Robb actually spends less time than anyone else I’ve read summarizing the whos and whens of her series, so obviously she’s pretty comfortable that her fans are ones who have been invested from the start. A newbie who knows zilch before beginning would need a minute to realize that people rely on their “link” rather than their phone, but the same principal applies . . . .

And once they figure out these books are set in the future they might be like me and need another minute to realize it’s not going to be all Demolition Man . . . . .

But after those couple of minutes it’s pretty easy to settle in. The reason?????

In the case of the In Death books, they are police procedural types of mysteries with Detective Eve Dallas being the mastermind who gets the bad guy. This time around Eve is trying to figure out the whodunit behind a series of poisoned envelopes . . . .

Really the only disappointment I had was that Eve’s husband Roarke who I always thought was supposed to be a real panty-dropper came off as an L-7 Weenie who wasn’t really necessary at all unless it was to give Eve a quick fade-to-black bang session.

Many thanks to the Macmillan Reading Insiders Club for the advanced copy in exchange for this review.

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