In a darkened theater, watching the screening of the old
movie "Psycho" Chanel Rylan breaths her last and brings Lt.
Eve Dallas in to investigate. Now the young actress with her
whole life ahead of her belongs to the murder cop, and she
will stop at nothing to get her killer. The coward who used
the DARK IN DEATH will soon be in her sights.
During the early investigation, a surprise tip comes from an
author who believes that someone is using her murder/police
procedural hit books to kill. The death of the actress
follows one book, and after investigating further, they find
it is possible that another death can be attributed to those
books. A completely different type of murder. Patterns are a
thing cops look for and can follow but will they be in time
to save another victim with an ever-changing MO?
This might be author J.D. Robb's 46th In
Death offering but there is nothing old or trite
about DARK IN DEATH. This time the killer is not one of the
characters introduced but one we get to follow along with
Eve and her ever-vigilant team to discover the identity and
apprehend. We still get a glimpse into Eve's world, at home
with billionaire husband Roarke, a former thief (never
charged) now a civilian consultant and, at cop central,
with the varied and oftentimes funny team of cops. You have
to love the break in tension when the loud ties and louder
socks come in play. The suspense is real as the reader
follows along while the investigation heats up and we are
helplessly turning pages getting lost in the action.
I do enjoy the way the stress is broken up with realistic
family and work-related situations. Little things like a
visit by little Bella who loves her Das and wants Ork while
her father gets queasy at the sight of Eve's murder board; a
jealous Galahad, when she comes home smelling of dog; or the
fact that Feeney gets irate when he finds that a rock star
was in the house and she didn't tell him, and he wants her
to fix it. Then, of course, we have the incredibly hot and
steamy love life of Roarke and Eve and being Summerset free
we are offered a game of trailing clothes as Roarke searches
the big mansion for his wife. The touches of the publishing
world are very interesting to us laymen, and makes readers
admire the hard work of authors even more.
DARK IN DEATH is a fantastic read with a cop that won't stop
and a team of like-minded cops in the bullpen with humor,
romance and everyday life thrown in which makes this book
On a chilly February night, during a screening of
Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the
back of Chanel Rylan's neck, then disappeared quietly into
the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To
Chanel's best friend, who had just slipped out of the
theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as
the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But
Chanel's blood ran red, and her death was anything but
Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems
carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip
from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who
recognizes the crime―from the pages of her own book.
doesn't think it's coincidence, since a recent strangulation
of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well.
Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar
MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone
else's imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be
only the second of a long-running series.
The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke
have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with
their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research.
The bad news is that time is running out before the next
victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer's deranged
private drama―and only Eve can put a stop to a creative
impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.
From the author of Echoes in Death, this is the
latest of the edgy, phenomenally popular police procedurals
that Publishers Weekly calls "inventive,
entertaining, and clever."