Saturday, March 11, 2023

Book Review: Encore in Death by J. D. Robb

Encore in Death

J. D. Robb
Series: In Death (Book 56)
Publication: St. Martin's Press (February 7, 2023)

Description: The homicide cop with a passion for justice returns in the captivating crime thriller series by the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

It was a glittering event full of A-listers, hosted by Eliza Lane and Brant Fitzhugh, a celebrity couple who’d conquered both Hollywood and Broadway. And now Eve Dallas has made her entrance—but not as a guest. After raising a toast, Fitzhugh fell to the floor and died, with physical symptoms pointing to cyanide, and the police have crashed the party.

From all accounts, he wasn’t the kind of star who made enemies. Everyone loved him—even his ex-wife. And since the champagne cocktail that killed him was originally intended for Eliza, it’s possible she was the real target, with a recently fired assistant, a bitter rival, and an obsessed fan in the picture. With so many attendees, staff, and servers, Eve has her work cut out determining who committed murder in the middle of the crowd—and what was their motivation. As one who’s not fond of the spotlight herself, she dreads the media circus surrounding a case like this. All she wants is to figure out who’s truly innocent, and who’s only acting that way…

My Thoughts: When a mega vid star dies of cyanide in the middle of a party by sipping the drink of his mega Broadway star wife, Eve is called in to unravel the clues and bring the murderer to justice. Only, most of the suspects are actors who lie for a living.

Not being sure who the intended victim was, Eve and her team have to explore all the angles. Brant Fitzhugh didn't have enemies. Even his ex-wife loved him. Eliza Lake, however, wasn't that nice. She was demanding, a micromanager, and a perfectionist. She had an obsessed fan and a number of bitter rivals. And the drink was made for her. 

I enjoyed this story very much. I liked the way the police tracked down the evidence to find the real culprit. I love the way Eve interacts with her team of dedicated homicide detectives. Her relationship with Peabody is growing to be more of a relationship between equals with each book. I also love seeing Eve's relationship with Roarke develop as the series progresses. 

Favorite Quote:
"I'm feeling very fond of you at this moment, Berenski. I'm grateful the feeling will pass, but at this moment, fond."

"Ah, kiss my ass."

"Not that fond," she said, and made him snicker.
I bought this one on the day it was released. You can buy your copy here.

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