Saturday, December 2, 2017

Review: Festive in Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Festive in Death
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Berkley

Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who'd been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list—plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.

Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year's 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.

My rating:

There are murder victims that were such assholes in life, it's tough to muster any sort of pity. Trey Ziegler is one of those asshole murder victims, getting more and more asshole-ish as the investigation progresses. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas is a murder cop through and through and she's determined to find who dispatched the asshole and stop and possible further dispatching.

This was yet another book that showed its formula and template if you wanted to see it or not. It's either I'm getting bored (but I'm determined to stick with it until I finish this self-imposed reading "marathon") or the series itself is getting stale, repetitive and boring in the suspense angle of the proceedings.

While the characters are still "fresh" and exciting, even so many books in—I just love the connections and interactions between them, and keep discovering new layers and details of their personalities—the murder investigation/procedural aspects are getting duller, repetitive and predictable.

The suspense arc of this story once more failed to grab and/or hold my attention for very long, I couldn't really make myself feel pity for the victim (something I shared with the main characters) and hence didn't really care who ended him and why.
But, unlike in Concealed at least the characters and the "personal" side of the book, kept things lively and interesting...Or maybe it was just the festive time of year the story was set in.


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