Festive in Death by J.D. Robb

 

Science FictionRomantic SuspenseRomantic SuspenseFestive in Death by J.D. RobbNobody wants to be woken up in the middle of the night, even when your job requires it. But NYSPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas does when a friend stumbles upon a body. The dead man was an athletic trainer at an upscale gym and spa. Someone bashed his head, then pinned a note on his chest with a deeply buried knife. It’s almost Christmas, but murder investigations don’t stop just because the holidays are here.

Dallas and Detective Delia Peabody start investigating Trey Ziegler’s life. He was buff, physically fit, and trainer and masseuse, and did private jobs as well as his work through the spa. He was successful with women but seemed to be completely focused on himself. When they break into his locker they discover stacks of new twenty dollar bills. Why did Trey have thousands of dollars of cash?

The more Dallas investigates, the less she likes Ziegler. But as her husband Roarke reminds her, however much of a scumbag the man may have been, he’s hers now and she will bring his murderer to justice. There are plenty of suspects. Ziegler pretty much screwed everyone who was a client, lover, or coworker. He didn’t have any friends, only targets or rivals.

Around the investigation, Dallas has to shop for presents, wrap them, and prepare for the huge party she and Rourke host every Christmas. She hates all of it – she’d rather face down killers any day of the week. She is able to get some good advice but she has a good sense of presents herself.

J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) has combined a twisted mystery and strong personal relationships admirably. The victim was a nasty piece of work, yet that doesn’t stop Dallas from doing her job. While she doesn’t believe he should have been murdered, he certainly belonged in jail. Festive in Death is a good illustration of what we want our police officers to do for victims.

There are some excellent poignant moments in Festive in Death, usually around the proper Christmas present for someone. Robb mixes together the personal and professional stories with a deft hand into a winning novel. Dallas has to deal with the “run-of-the-mill” crime of passion which comprises most murders in the United States (rather than the tiring serial killers that are popular in suspense fiction). A reader new to the series can enjoy this, then later catch up on the back story.

Festive in Death is engaging read. It’s a good mystery and a enjoyable look into Dallas and her friends’ lives.

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