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Issue: Sep 2014

Festive in Death (Sep 2014) book review

Have Yourself a Bloody Little Christmas

It's Christmas time 2060 in New York and Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband are about to give their annual Christmas bash for 270 close friends and business acquaintances.

Eve juggles her horror of shopping and her horror of party preparations with the murder of the personal trainer of the year.

Investigating murder is challenging enough, but when the killer is less likeable than even the most obnoxious of the possible suspects, Dallas and Peabody must untangle the havoc their victim wrought in people's lives.

As ever, Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) brings out the familiar players in her Dallas/Roarke stories. After more than 40 novels and novellas they are old friends to the readers.

book cover, Festive in Death, by J D Robb (Nora Roberts); 220x329

Festive in Death by J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts) (Sep 2014), hc/kindle, 390p, Penguin,

Robb has a nice writing style, it's undecorative, clear, consistently paced and with that touch of humour and human insight that makes a Robb/Roberts title a pleasure to read.

A new title in the In Death series is like a new conversation with an old friend. Festive in Death doesn't break any new ground, but it gives the reader a familiar place to visit.

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