Finished J. D. Robb's latest paperback release in the In Death series last night. I just LOVE these characters!
"Kindred in Death" is the 29th book in the series and, as usual, the story line was great. Here is the description given in the book:
A recently promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return early from their vacation.
Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene awaiting their arrival. Deena, their bright and vivacious sixteen-year-old daughter who stayed behind, had been brutally murdered in her bedroom. Her body shows signs of trauma that horrifies even the toughest of cops, including Lieutenant Eve Dallas.
As evidence starts to pile up, Dallas and her team believe they are about to arrest the perpetrator. Unbeknownst to them, someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them by using a variety of identities.
Overconfidence can lead to mistakes. For Eve Dallas, one mistake is all she needs to serve justice.
Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, just pulls you into this future world of crime in New York City. And Dallas' husband, Roarke ... whew, was that a hot flash or was I imagining Roarke? Dallas is a hard core cop who never worries about things like how she looks or breaking a nail. She is very inept when it comes to social niceties and it's completely entertaining to see her stumbling along as her friends get married and have babies. In Kindred, she has agreed to be the matron of honor for Dr. Louise Dimatto, and has no idea how to carry out the duties involved. I am so looking forward to the book when she and Roarke decide to start a family. Oh, and how I wish they'd make these books into movies!
Here are a couple of passages from this book ...
A conversation between Roarke and Dallas at Cop Central:
He picked up her coffee, handed it to her. "Taking a blocker for the headache would be better yet."
It's not so bad, not so bad now. I'll work it off."
"The pizza I ordered should help."
"You ordered pizza?" The part of her that yearned warred against the part of her that wanted to maintain discipline. "I've told you not to keep buying food for my cops. You'll spoil and corrupt them."
"There's only one cop I'm interested in spoiling and corrupting, and pizza happens to be a weakness of hers."
She drank her coffee doing her best to scowl at him over the rim. "Did you get pepperoni?"
Dr. Charlotte Mira, psychologist and profiler:
"Most rely on the natural order. Children bury their parents, not the other way around. Those of us who do what we do know murder, even death, has no respect for the natural order. This is a burden McMasters and his wife will never lay down. In time, they'll live, work, play, make love, laugh, but they won't ever lay this down."
A comment by Dallas:
"I don't have to eat sarcasm to recognize the flavor."
"Kindred in Death" was a great read with a satisfying conclusion.