Thursday, October 9, 2014


An In Death Novel, Book 39
G.P. Putnam
September 9th, 2014
Mystery, Crime Fiction, Suspense
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Library
5 Hearts

Year 2060 is coming to a close and for Lieutenant Eve Dallas, her holidays are filled with murder…namely the murder of personal trainer Trey Ziegler. The case has Eve disgusted with the victim, chasing down leads all the while getting in her final Christmas shopping done and getting ready for her and Roarke’s annual holiday party for their friends and co-workers. When the case turns into who hated Trey more, Eve has to figure what the crime meant even as she races against the clock to catch a cold blooded killer because if she knows anything, once a killer gets a taste of killing, it is only a matter of time before they kill again. Join Eve, Roarke, Peabody and the rest of the gang as they solve the latest crime and find a way to ring in the holidays.

FESTIVE IN DEATH is a  another hit for author J.D. Robb and I got to admit, this one just captured my imagination and didn’t let it go until the very last page is read. This is an author who knows how to hook her readers’ right from the start and with the few twists in the story, I was riveted till the very end. The writing is tight, story flows smoothly and at a quick pace plus there is our favorite cast of characters ready to take down a killer and solve the murder. I do love it when the author lets the characters shine in a story. With her trademark storytelling, the author delivers a ‘who done it?’ mystery sprinkled with humor, twists and a few new characters to captivate the readers.

Eve is on the hunt when the murder of personal trainer Trey Ziegler lands in her lap. Now with her disgust over the victim growing by the many secrets he had being shown the light of day, Eve is determined to get to the bottom of it all. I got to admit even I had issues with Trey Ziegler especially after some revealing scenes left a bad taste in my mouth over the guy. Eve is starting to mellow out in her private life but she becomes all cop when she has to. I love the scenes at the party and of Eve trying to finish her shopping while in the middle of murder investigation. Those scenes gave lightness amid the darker tones the murder brought into the storyline. Add in some new characters that either had me hating them on sight or loving them to pieces I was lost within this amazing world Ms. Robb has created. The characters are well rounded, delightful at times and other times so intriguing I wanted to know more about them. I really loved how this author lets the authors take over, lets them show their vulnerabilities, strengths and makes the readers fall a little bit in love with them in the process.

FESTIVE IN DEATH is a perfect book to sit in front of a roaring fire and settling in to read on a cool autumn night. As a fan of this author’s work, this latest In Death book delivers a one-two punch that left my jaw agape and with me flipping the pages to see what happens next. After thirty-nine books, this series hasn’t gotten stale or boring. We have seen Eve, Roarke and the rest of the familiar and beloved characters grow as characters and find their path in life. I, for one, am now counting down the days till the next book is out in this entertaining series.

If you haven’t read this series, I highly recommend it. It is one that you can read as stand alone titles but I highly suggest starting at the beginning and letting yourself see how much Eve, Roarke and the others have come in the last thirty-nine books. Now all I can say to this author is…..More Please!

This is an objective review and not an endorsement.

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