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Oct 14 2014

Festive in Death by J.D. Robb

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In Death bk 39. Piatkus, 2014. ISBN 9780349403670
(Age: Adult) Crime. In the 39th book featuring Eve Dallas, J.D. Robb once again comes up with an entertaining murder mystery. This time Eve is not just dealing with the death of an unlikeable personal trainer, Trey Ziegler, who manipulates women, but also with the Christmas season, which she dreads.
When I read that it was the 39th book in the In Death series, I was rather amazed that Robb could keep coming up with different scenarios which still kept me guessing about who committed the murder. I was also rather amazed that the characters had not begun to get boring. However once again the author has managed to keep the suspense going as Eve and her offsider Peabody delve into the motivations of the people who might have committed murder, with plenty of red herrings to bamboozle the reader.
The addition of Christmas preparations is a happy touch. Eve has little time for Christmas, but even she manages to buy Christmas presents for her friends and make it to gorgeous Roarke's big party, with some laughs for the reader as she pushes her way through the festivities.
A light entertaining murder mystery written with Robb's deft touch, this is a good read for the holiday season.
Pat Pledger

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