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Feb 18 2015

Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb

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In Death bk40. Piatkus, 2015. ISBN 9780349403656
(Age: Adult) Mystery. Romance. Eve and Roarke are back in the 40th book of the series. In Death showcases what it would be like to be a celebrity and to have a killer focus all their attention on you. Eve is used to the media attention especially after a video had been made of her exploits but it is very upsetting to find a message 'FOR LIEUTENANT EVE DALLAS, WITH GREAT ADMIRATION AND UNDERSTANDING' painted behind a murdered barrister. Her admirer is convinced that they have a special bond and that Eve would approve of this and subsequent murders that take place.
I found the expose of a stalker/vigilante murderer to be quite interesting. This was not so much a mystery where the reader had to uncover clues and try and work out who the killer was, rather the emphasis was on the psychology of the murderer. Of course, Eve, with the help of Peabody, the cop team and Roarke, using smart team work and intelligence, do discover just who is killing off people who may have annoyed Eve, or indeed trying to kill people close to her.
I didn't find this as fast paced or as clever with the dialogue as some of the others in the series, but it is still a good solid read that fans will enjoy. It fleshes out the characters and background well enough for a stand-alone read as well, which is good when there are so many in the series!
Pat Pledger

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