Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Holiday in Death
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: March 3, 2007
Publisher: Berkley


No one likes to be alone during the holidays. And for New York's most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: All of the killer's victims have been traced to Personally Yours. As the murders continue, Eve enters an elite world of people searching for their one true love—and a killer searching for his next victim. A world where the power of love leads men and women into the ultimate act of betrayal...

My rating:

The victims have nothing in common but the way they died. Tied up, made-up, disinfected, raped and sodomized. Two women and two men from different backgrounds, different social positions and statuses...But Lieutenant Eve Dallas finds the missing link. All four victims have been matched through the elite dating agency, Personally Yours.

But the song is Ten Days of Christmas, which means the killer is far from done...Unless Eve catches him first.

Another well-written story with the well-known gang of characters (I liked how McNab fit right into the crew), and with Eve and Roarke still going strong in their wedded bliss, going for their first Christmas together (aw, the cuteness).

The problem was the suspense/mystery part of the story. Yes, it was intriguing and gripping, keeping us guessing, especially with all those possible victims out there, but the villain left much to be desired. I simply didn't get it; the explanation for his deviancy fell short. What drove him to choose the people he did? Why them? I don't know, it all felt a bit off.

But, as I mentioned, the cast of characters was great, as always. Loved the constantly evolving relationship between Eve and Roarke, loved the sparkage between Peabody and McNab (so kindergarten I-like-you-so-I'm-being-obnoxious-in-order-for-you-to-notice-me), there was a lovely scene between Eve and Dr. Mira...But I didn't particularly like the "snit" Peabody threw. It felt a little cheap, more for conflict-creation than anything else.

3 ½ stars


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