My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've figured out that part of what I enjoy about the "In Death" series is the familiarity of it. It's what you want, what you expect, and it satisfies without tasting ho-hum. Kind of like a favorite variety of apple--if I eat a Gala and it's just right, it's the taste and texture I'm anticipating and savor. It's not a boring Delicious, it's what I want.
So it is with Robb's "In Death". 40 books in, and we find ourselves wrapped up in the lives of the characters, lives that grow and develop as they would in the real world--people age, sometimes they make bad choices, sometimes we laugh with them, or at them, but they're still characters we want to spend time with between the covers of a book. Eve and Roarke are still exciting one another, Peabody is still a great foil for Eve, the minor characters subtly move to the front of the action, and all's right in futuristic NYC.
Or not. Someone's obsessed with Eve Dallas, wants to be her BFF, and is fulfilling this dream by murdering people who've dissed Eve in the past. This is, again, where we get to see minor characters brought forward, something Robb does with great skill. The mystery is intriguing, the police procedural parts are interesting, and the SF part of it still entertains.
I'm looking forward to Book #41.
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