Friday, February 23, 2018

Dark in Death (In Death #46), by J.D. Robb (author), Susan Ericksen (narrator)

Brilliance Audio, January 2018

Dallas is investigating a puzzling murder with no apparent motive, a well-liked actor watching Psycho at a "classics" video theater with her friend, stabbed to death with an ice pick, quietly, efficiently, in the dark, during the Janet Leigh murder scene.

The actor has no enemies. Everyone likes her. She doesn't even have any bad romantic breakups that might have left simmering resentment. Yet the murder was clearly carefully planned, with the method and setting clearly tailored to this particular victim.

What's going on?

Then Nadine brings in a mystery writer, Blaine Delano, who thinks she knows what's going on. This murder, and one previous, are perfect matches for murders in two of her books.

What follows is a hunt for a smart but twisted individual, seeking revenge for an offense that's hard to figure out. Along the way, we get to know some regular bit players better, but also old, familiar figures like Feeny, and Nadine is moving forward in her own life. I especially like the way Peabody has grown and matured into an experienced, confident detective, from her early days of wide-eyed, eager enthusiasm. The best part is, she's still wide-eyed and enthusiastic, while being mature, steady, and experienced. She and Dallas remain wonderful foils for each other.

Thoroughly enjoyable, and well-narrated as always by Susan Ericksen.


I bought this audiobook.