by J.D. Robb – This 34th novel in the “In Death” series is a good mystery with touches of humor. After the dire emotional trauma and physical threat in the last book in the series (New York to Dallas), Celebrity in Death was a nice and refreshing change. I’m glad Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) didn’t try to escalate the menace and danger in every book, because there’s only so far you can go before you depress your readers… or jump the shark into absurdity.
The celebrity referred to in the title is an actress, one who is portraying NYPSD Lt. Eve Dallas’s partner, Det. Delia Peabody, in a vid (i.e., movie treatment) about a case the pair broke a few years earlier. K.T. Harris turns up facedown in a pool at a dinner party that the vid stars and top crew are attending… with Dallas and her crew as special guests. All of the attendees are suspects and most of them have things to hide. When a second murder occurs the next day, one that initially seems unconnected to the Harris homicide, Dallas realizes the killer might not be finished.
How many more will die – Indeed, how many have already died? – before this murderer is stopped? Dallas can’t undo the past, but she’s determined that no more will die on her watch.
The plot is fun, the recurring characters are as we know and love them, the new characters are believable and the action is well-paced. A strong 4-stars from me! (finished 10/6/2012)