Monday, February 10, 2020

Golden in Death (In Death #50), by J.D. Robb (author), Susan Eriksen (narrator)

Macmillan Audio, February 2020

A respected and loved pediatrician is getting ready for his morning run after his husband has gone off to his job as headmaster of prestigious prep school. An unexpected package arrives, from a shop he's never heard of. He opens it, and in minutes he's dead.

It's a puzzling case, as no one had any apparent problems with Dr. Kent Abner. It's also an alarming one, as it quickly becomes clear he was killed by a fast-acting toxic gas. Lt. Eve Dallas quickly clears people from the scene, and calls in the hazmat team.

Chief Medical Examiner Li Morris and Chief Tech Dicki Berenski are both on the case, identifying the toxin, but Dallas doesn't get her first real clue until the second death--the wife of a professor at Columbia University, who previously taught at the same prep school that Dr. Abner's husband is headmaster of. But that was years back; he left shortly after the doctor's husband, Martin Ruffdy, took over. What school-based grudge would be enough to lead to murder, and if it did, why would it take so long?

This is another excellent outing for Dallas, Roarke, Peabody, and the rest of the team. That team--Dallas's real family--continues to slowly grow, as Dallas continues to grow as a person after the first cracks in the hard shell that protected her back in the first book, Naked in Death. The way the regular characters, both major and minor, continue to grow and evolve is one of my favorite things about this series.

Highly recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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