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Feb 13 2020

Golden in death by J.D. Robb

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In death book 50. Piaktus, 2020. ISBN: 9780349422084. 387pp.
(Age; Adult) Recommended. Fans of J.D. Robb's In death series have been following the investigations of super cop Eve Dallas and her gorgeous husband Roarke since the first book, Naked in death, came out in 1995 and they have never been disappointed. Robb manages each time to detail a completely different case for Eve to investigate and Golden in death is no exception. This time a gift box containing a golden egg is received by much loved paediatrician Kent Abner and when he opens it is overcome by the fumes of a deadly toxin. Eve is quickly on the search for the killer but it is not until another victim dies the same way that it is clear that something must connect the two.
Like others in the series Golden in death was hard to put down. Dallas's investigation leads her well into the past to find a link that seems obscure at first, but delving deep into the characters and events of that time, brings up clues to who is the murderer. Fans will enjoy the timeliness of the fumes of a toxin killing someone and other current issues (no spoilers here!) also will appeal.
It was good to see the ever popular sidekick, Peabody, growing into her role as detective and coming up with pertinent and helpful suggestions, as she and Dallas interview suspects and research backgrounds. The police procedures were fascinating and the in-depth characterisations of the victims and the suspects very satisfying. Not to mention the ever present love story of Eve and Roarke.
I have to say that Golden in death is a favourite amongst the others that I have read recently.
Pat Pledger

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