It was a stab in the dark.
On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan's neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel's best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel's blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.
Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime - from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn't think it's coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else's imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.
The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer's deranged private drama - and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.
From the author of Echoes in Death, this is the latest of the edgy, phenomenally popular police procedurals that Publishers Weekly calls "inventive, entertaining, and clever."
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By Deal Finder on 02-02-18
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
I was really hoping for a new twist, plot, change or some deviation in the series. I didn't get it. There are over 40 books in the series and I have listened to or read them all. Unless there is a dramatic change in the series I am not sure I will continue with it. I struggled through this book. I found myself day dreaming at times. The only part that I found myself laughing was at Bella's part. Eve doesn't seem to evolve at all. When will Peabody become a more independent detective able to solve her own cases? Will Baxter ever get promoted? At least we see a hint of Nadine finally becoming serious about a relationship and take on an intern with the possibility of adding some new interest. As far as the killer in this book...there have been better. I love Roark but there was nothing new there either. Overall, I was disappointed in this book. Writers shoyld evolve in their writing and I didn't feel that with this book.
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By Elisabeth on 02-02-18
Just a bit too BORING for me.
I’ve read every book in the In Death series, many numerous times and I enjoyed them all however, the last few books have been somewhat disappointing. I found this one to be just BORING and lacking the luster and punch of JD ‘s earlier books. If it wasn’t for the narration of Susan Ericksen who is absolutely brilliant in the Series, I would suggest not to waste your credit. However, I would pay to have Ms. Ericksen read recipes, I think she’s that good, and she definitely saves whatever semblance of a good story there is here. That being said I am still a huge fan and anxiously await the next In Death installment to be published and hope Eve Dallas has a little more challenging and exciting crimes and criminals to bring to justice. I’m hoping the rumors that JD Robb may have ghost writers is just that, rumors, but there has definitely been a change in storylines and writing technique. Let’s wait see what September brings.
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