REVIEW - WONDERMENT IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
The biggest testament to J.D. Robb's aka Nora Robert's writing ability with the "in Death" series is that the books still appear fresh and not 40 odd entries in to what has been a consistently popular series. Eve and Roarke are now getting that "forever young" feeling though so WONDERMENT IN DEATH is a nice little vignette of the two of them (more Eve included than Roarke though) with no personal drama sub plots included that might have otherwise packed the pages out to a full length novel.
This novella is technically 41.5 in the series, but can be read as a standalone easily enough if you can get your head quickly around the future setting and the (cool) gadgets of living in a more modern age than our own. One for the fans and anyone else who wants to be entertained for a short and happy while, with no carry on after thoughts. You'll knock this little piece of escapism off happily enough in a couple of commutes.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas has had to deal with a few jumpers in her time as a New York detective but the investigative waters are muddied this time when the victim is a member of the social circle of Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke. Despite what the building's CCTV is telling her, Eve's gut instinct and the protests of mutual friends convinces the Lieutenant that the deceased, one young and vibrant socialite, was never planning her own death. Something is not right when someone in the prime of their life murders their own beloved sibling and then leaps off a high rise. What was in the lead up that made the young heiress commit such a horrible act?
With the assistance of her team Eve discovers that the deceased was trying to heal the pain of a recent loss by consulting some pretty shady types who are known to prey on the vulnerable - and cashed up.