Wednesday, April 17, 2013

celebrity in death

celebrity in death
in death series #34
j. d. robb
published 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 as though she could be 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.

Talented but rude and widely disliked, K.T. Harris made an embarrassing scene during dinner. 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 to step into the role she was born to play: cop.

There aren't too many series out there that are as long running as J. D. Robb's (Nora Roberts) In Death series.  At 34 books (not including 10 published shorts) it's probably the most published contemporary series.  One would think that the books would start to get tired after awhile.  And I can see how that could be.  Roberts definitely has a pattern for her books and yet, I never grow tired of them.

The last couple of books have been different though.  And I'm not talking major changes here, but there are subtle differences that show the growth of the series.  The evolution of Eve and Roarke's relationship for one is huge here.  After the events in New York to Dallas (a title which I understand, but the ocd in me goes nuts that it doesn't have the 'in death; *eye roll*) there is a definite change in the way they are interacting with each other.  Even Peabody and Dallas's relationship is starting to even out.

I tend to forget how close these books follow each other.  I've been reading these books for almost twenty years, but within the series only 2 or 3 years have passed.  It works well, but sometimes I forget.

So while most books will briefly touch on a previous plot - and by briefly, I mean maybe she'll write a sentence about something that happened previously - this books has a far reaching past.  And I wonder if Icove is really over.

Nonetheless, I always enjoy Eve and Peabody's cases.  This wasn't any different!

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