Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Thankless in Death (In Death #37), by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)


Putnam, ISBN 9780399164422, September 2013

It's a few days before Thanksgiving, and Roarke's entire Irish family will soon be arriving to spend the holiday with him and Dallas. She loves him, she loves them, but really, she'd rather deal with a nice, straight-forward murder investigation. At least in theory.

When the call comes in about the murder of the Reinholds, a nice, quiet, responsible, middle class couple, it's a tragedy. When Dallas and Peabody realize that their grown son killed his mother, waited around until his father came home, and killed him--and then sat around eating and emptying his parents' accounts into his own accounts--it's horrifying.

What they don't know yet is that the killing has only started.

Eve Dallas, her friends and colleagues, and especially, of course, Roarke, are old friends now, and they don't disappoint in Thankless. Dallas, Peabody, and Roarke, in particular, have grown deeper and richer as characters in every book. In this addition to the series, Eve has to make a big career choice she wouldn't have been ready for earlier, and Roarke has his own, related but separate, challenge to overcome.

If you've enjoyed earlier In Death stories, you'll enjoy this one. If you haven't encountered the series before, this isn't the best place to start, but the story is sufficiently self-contained that it should be no real problem to follow. There are references to earlier cases, but you don't need more information than is included.

Recommended.

I bought this book.