Review Blog

May 09 2013

Calculated in death by J.D. Robb

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In death series. Piatkus, 2013. ISBN 9780749959357.
(Age: Adult) In the 34th book in this series, a woman is found dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs. It looks like a mugging gone wrong but Eve Dallas knows better. The victim is an accountant, Marta Dickenson, and she doesn't seem to be the type to be murdered for her personal life so it looks as if it has something to do with the accounting work that she was doing. Eve, helped by partner Peabody and her husband Roake, delve into the seamy life of crooked accountants.
I had missed quite a few in this series and was pleasantly surprised to find that I managed to pick up the background to past events without too much bother. Robb has created a very smart, likeable main character in Eve Dallas. Her partner Peabody is a perfect foil for her and of course Roarke is not only gorgeous but very rich.
However it is the mystery, which is compelling and which kept me reading this to the end. I enjoyed the ins and outs of the operations of an accountancy firm as it at first appeared to be an unlikely place for a hired killer to be operating from, and it was fun trying to work out who the villain was.
This is a very enjoyable read and fans of this series will not be disappointed.
Pat Pledger

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