Review: “Secrets in Death,” J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts

Pros: Until the ending, it’s up to Robb’s usual quality and style
Cons: Went from too many suspects to just one with a real leap of logic
Rating: 3 out of 5

Secrets in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 45), by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts), is not my favorite installment in the series. There’s just nothing to differentiate it much from the rest. I suppose it’s inevitable that this will happen when you get up to book 45(!) in a series, but I love this series so much that I’m still disappointed.

Eve never liked Larinda Mars, a gossip reporter who’d do anything to get a juicy story. But when Mars gets killed in the back room of a trendy bar, Eve will have to do everything she can to track down the culprit. On the way she’ll find out that Mars didn’t just care about secrets for the sake of her job–she cared about them for many reasons. She hoarded them like some people hoard objects, and she used them to blackmail people. Everyone hated Mars, leaving Eve with more than a city-load of suspects.

My biggest complaint with Secrets in Death is that when Eve finds herself with little room left in the book and many suspects remaining, her method of finding the killer involves a rather large leap of logic. It’s a leap that kind of made sense, but it didn’t make sense for her to be as certain of it as she was. So the ending felt both sudden and anti-climactic to me.

My favorite part of this one is the concept of a person who hoards not just objects, but also information. It’s a fantastic concept that I wish Robb could have done even more with.

As usual, you’ll find plenty of fun with Eve, Peabody, a handful of regulars, posh places, things, and events, sharp dialogue, and smokin’ hot action between Eve and Roarke.

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