Innocent In Death: 24 Hardcover – 25 Jan 2007
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Nora Roberts is amazing! (Janet Evanovich)
This is sheer entertainment, a souped-up version of Agatha Christie for the new millenium. (THE GUARDIAN)
Much loved. (DAILY EXPRESS)
New York City, 2060: The victim in Eve Dallas's latest case isn't famous or rich or well-connected. But from all accounts, he was a good man. And Eve doesn't like to see innocent people die...See all Product description
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Innocent in death, i think is jd robb's best work yet!. From the very begining she has you guessing as to why a seemingly innocent teacher is murdered & by whom. The teacher is well liked & loved, he enjoys his job & loves his wife - so why was he murdered. There seems to be a variety of suspects, but the vital links just don't work for Dallas, she is stumped & finds that annoying. On her personal front, Dallas has competion with a stunning blonde who was once involved with her husband Roarke & all the signs show that this stunner still has some hold over him - Dallas is extremely worried!
There are two storie's in this novel & they are both linked together very well - while reading i was struck by how much of the writing ressembles some of jd's earlier work, the plot & charactors are really interesting & i was always stuck with who could be the killer - there's a great deal going on, the thought process is well set out. In some of her previous works it felt sloppy & dare i say it - a bit far fetched. occasionally you just got fed up with Dallas & Roarke battling it out in a fight with the "baddies", who always seem to get Dallas on her own - this book has none of that.
Dallas, is almost completely on her own in the book & that makes it more enjoyable, this is intelligent writing with a very good story & at times quite sad. I felt all of Dallas's pain when she thinks that she is losing Roarke, she has been through so much & Roarke is just perfect for her.
The killer , although not a shock in the end - is still very hard hitting & calculated, with consistently good writing that you can quite belive.
There are a few points to this book that are memorable:
the first being that summerset is nice to Dallas & vice versa - incredible i know, you have to read the book to find out why.
the second, is that Dallas punches Roarke in the face!!!!
your going to have to read the book to find out why - you won't be disappointed.
I rally do think this is the best yet & i hope that these book's surrounding Dallas, Roarke & the gang will continue for some time to come.
I would like to see more of Mcnab & Peabody & Baxter & trueheart.
Fabulous reading - Enjoy.
If you found Born's mystery lack-luster but enjoyed the characterisation; and if you found Memory's background tantalising but thought the mystery and the ensemble team were a little off then Innocent smooths out all of those gripes.
This time around Eve and her flippant sidekick Peabody are called to investigate the murder of a popular young teacher at a private school. Our top cops are stumped as to motive although there are plenty of people who were on scene and had the opportunity. When another teacher is found dead; their is plenty to motivate his killing but this further muddies the case. Eve's real problems begin though when an old flame of Roarke's called Magdalena blows into town intent on stirring up trouble.
This is easily the best of the recent In Deaths (although Origin rates pretty high on that score too) the appearances of secondary characters such as Dr Mira, Louise, Mavis and Leonardo are all noteworthy and add to the emotional content of the plot without feeling shoe-horned in. Poor Eve is overcome with fear that Roarke will compare her with the polished Magdalena and be disappointed in his ultimate choice.
Of course everybody who has read about this couple knows nothing could be further from the truth, but the tension and the heartbreak as Robb writes it makes it seem plausible. The scenes of a newly vulnerable Eve are heart-warming, and Robb has finally found a way to relate the childhood nightmares into Eve's present concerns without being reduced to retreading familiar ground.
The killer I had my suspicions about pretty early but it was written up in such a way that I found myself more intrigued. Stand out points on this one are: Eve and Roarke's reactions to Magdalena, the way the team rallies around a vulnerable Eve, particularly the conversation she has with Mira: it's funny and sweet and shows just how far Eve has come along in her personal life. Other highlights were Summerset sticking up for Eve, and the final end game to catch the killer.
If there are any low-points I would say that the dialogue isn't as smooth as in other books, and we're missing a little of the usual sensory descriptions of places. If I wanted to get really nitpicky I could say that Eve and Peabody's dialogue in particular doesn't zing with their usual humour but their relationship is very firmly on a new level, one which Peabody doesn't defer so often to her Lieutenant and they seem more like equals, which is no bad thing.
This is the first In Death since Origin where I had to stay up all night until I got to the last page. This is one you can buy in confidence knowing that nearly all of the key ingrediants are in place.
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