Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review: Salvation in Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Salvation in Death
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: NOvember 4, 2008
Publisher: Berkley

When Lieutenant Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine contained potassium cyanide, she’s determined to solve the murder of Father Miguel Flores, despite her discomfort with her surroundings. It’s not the bodegas and pawnshops of East Harlem that bother her, though the neighborhood is a long way from the stone mansion she shares with her billionaire husband, Roarke. It’s all that holiness flying around at St. Christobal’s that makes her uneasy.

A search of the victim’s sparsely furnished room reveals little—except for a carefully hidden religious medal with a mysterious inscription, and a couple of underlined Bible passages. The autopsy reveals more: faint scars of knife wounds, a removed tattoo—and evidence of plastic surgery, suggesting that “Father Flores” may not have been the man his parishioners had thought. Now, as Eve pieces together clues that hint at gang connections and a deeply personal act of revenge, she believes she’s making progress on the case. Until a second murder—in front of an even larger crowd of worshippers—knocks the whole investigation sideways. And Eve is left to figure out who committed these unholy acts—and why.

My rating:

A priest drops dead in the middle of a funeral mass; COD: cyanide poisoning. Soon, it turns out, he wasn't really a priest, and while Lieutenant Eve Dallas is trying to figure out who the victim really was, the murderer strikes again. At another religious event, in front of even more people, but with the same murder weapon...

Who has it for men of the cloth (more or less) and why?

I found it rather hard to get into this book. Not because it was poorly written, quite the opposite in fact, but somehow it failed to really catch my attention...And my interest.

The truth behind the first body seemed a little far-fetched, the characters written especially for this story weren't that "appealing", I found the middle murder a little too misleading, and the entire investigation, the motive, and the one who pulled all the strings left me rather cold.

It was a solid, well-paced story with many twist and turns, yet nothing to really rave about.


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