Friday, April 6, 2012

Celebrity in Death by JD Robb

Author: J D RObb
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Date of publication: February 2012
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she's managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. It's a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks almost like her long-lost twin. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays Peabody drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director's luxury building. Now she's at the center of a crime scene-and Eve is more than ready to get out of her high heels and strap on her holster and step into the role she was born to play: cop.

Celebrity in Death is the latest in the adventures of Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke.  I was happy to see that this one was a lot lighter.  After the emotional roller coaster that I was taken on in New York to Dallas, it was a nice change of pace.  Ms. Robb gets back to her basic formula in this one.  There is a lot more of the team as a whole which was missing in the last book.  So, that was a nice change as well. As in all of the "in Death" books, there is a lot of humor mixed in, especially when Eve is trying to navigate her social obligations.  The scene with baby Bella was very endearing.

Is this the best of the "in Death" books?  Not really, but I was still entertained. There wasn't a whole lot going on in this book. It was a pretty straight forward police procedural. Although, I will admit the mystery of who killed the actress was not easy to figure out.  I definitely didn't see it coming.  There are a few twists thrown in that made the story interesting.  Eve and Roarke's relationship still continues to grow and still pretty steamy.  Peabody and McNabb also have some pretty nice scenes together.  It was nice to catch up with them.  I listened to the audio and was happy to see Susan Erickson was still narrating!

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