In this solid addition to J. D. Robb's (Nora Roberts) futuristic romantic suspense series, Lt. Eve Dallas goes back to school. The cause for her return to academia is the poisoning homicide of Craig Foster, a popular history teacher at posh Upper West Side Sarah Child Academy. The prime suspect is a promiscuous instructor with a penchant for grudges, but that lead goes cold when she too soon becomes a murder victim. Dallas's attempts to sort out these messy classroom capers is complicated by the unpleasant return of Magdalena Percell, a lascivious blonde with designs on Eve's billionaire beau, Rourke.
Once again Lt. Eve Dallas shows why she's "New York City's top murder cop" in Roberts's 24th thriller under her Robb pseudonym set half a century into the future (after 2006's Born in Death). Dallas tries to close a case at the exclusive Sarah Child Academy, where two bright 10-year-old girls discover the body of Craig Foster, a popular history teacher who proves to have been poisoned by ricin-laced cocoa. Dallas wonders if another staff member or a parent might be involved, but after the prime suspect, a promiscuous teacher who's been harassing another employee, turns up dead, the investigation takes a shocking turn. Besides a provocative puzzler, Robb provides an intense relationship update on Dallas and Roarke, her Irish power broker hubby, whose dark past-in the form of a crooked ex-girlfriend-returns to cause trouble. This prolific author, a recent Quills romance winner, is still at the top of her game. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Writing as J.D. Robb, the pseudonym she uses for her near-future world series set in New York in the mid-2000s, the extremely prolific Nora Roberts gives us the 23rd book about NYPSD cop Lt. Eve Dallas. Her husband, Roarke, is a billionaire with one of the slipperiest pasts known to humankind. Not everything is perfect between Dallas and her brilliant husband, though. An old flame comes back into Roarke's life, and Dallas throws herself into work—investigating the murder of an ordinary man, a teacher in a posh school—to avoid her roaring jealousy. There are suspects aplenty and the requisite red herrings as Robb keeps unpeeling the layers of Eve and Roarke's relationship. Newcomers to the series should begin at the beginning with Naked in Death, as otherwise they may have some difficulty appreciating the depth of the characters' motivations and actions and could get lost in the large cast of fabulous supporting characters. Essential for all public libraries.
Future cop Eve Dallas (Born in Death, Nov. 2006, etc.) returns to investigate the murder of a popular history teacher and deal with an unexpected threat to her marriage. Two students discover the vomit-covered corpse of 26-year-old Craig Foster in his classroom at one of New York's toniest private schools. He's been done in by hot chocolate laced with ricin, a choice of poison that betrays a cold, calculating killer who intended the victim to suffer. But why? Craig was admired by students and faculty alike, madly in love with his beautiful wife and apparently free of enemies. Eve theorizes that he might have been silenced for knowing too much about the after-school shenanigans of faculty Lothario Reed Williams, who dallied with teachers and parents alike. Then Reed is drowned in the school pool, leaving several possible culprits, but still no motives or patterns that satisfy Lieutenant Dallas. When Eve's gut leads her to the least likely of perps, she faces an uphill battle to convince her colleagues before the killer strikes again. Her cop instincts are also triggered by the arrival of Magdelana Percell, a knockout blonde from hubby Roarke's larcenous past. Eve can tell from a split-second glance he gives "Maggie" that she once meant something to him, a discovery that prompts jealous brooding and uncharacteristic insecurity in the tough-talking heroine. Indeed, Magdelana is an unreformed con artist keen to pick up where she left off with Roarke, who can't see at first that he's being played. That leaves Eve to not only solve the case, but to make it home in time for a Valentine's Day dinner to sort out differences with her soulmate. Roarke and Eve remain an appealing pair, and Eve'sflashes of vulnerability contrast nicely with her no-nonsense approach to work. Occasionally, though, Robb's New-York-in-2060 gimmick draws undue attention to itself.
“For the first time in Robb's exceptional series, things are not copacetic on the home front for Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke. One of the enduring strengths of this series is the relationship growth among all the characters, but especially Eve. The remarkable Robb perfectly balances gritty suspense, dangerous drama and pulse-pounding romance!”—RT Book Reviews
“Once again Lt. Eve Dallas shows why she's 'New York City's top murder cop' in Roberts's 24th thriller...Besides a provocative puzzler, Robb provides an intense relationship update on Dallas and Roarke.”—Publishers Weekly
“Roarke and Eve remain an appealing pair, and Eve’s flashes of vulnerability contrast nicely with her no-nonsense approach to work.”—Kirkus Reviews
More Praise for the In Death series
“Robb is a virtuoso.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.”—Entertainment Weekly
“J. D. Robb’s In Death novels are can’t-miss pleasures.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben
“Anchored by terrific characters, sudden twists that spin the whole narrative on a dime, and a thrills-to-chills ration that will raise the neck hairs of even the most jaded reader, the J. D. Robb books are the epitome of great popular fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane