Feature book: Celebrity in Death
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is back with another instalment; however, this time there is a twist. Eve and Roarke are attending a swanky dinner party with friends as well as people who are working on a new movie—The Icove Agenda. This new movie is based on one of Eve’s biggest cases. As a result when a murder occurs Eve finds herself investigating a homicide where the victim looks a lot like Peabody.
As Eve begins her investigation it soon becomes clear that it’s only a physical resemblance as everyone seems to have a motive for killing her. Robb balances the murder investigation with the character’s reactions to the current events and to the events of the last book, which impacted on them all to a degree.
After the first interviews are conducted at the scene there are more questions than answers. The next day Eve teases out each person’s secret and begins trying to establish motive and a suspect. The stakes are further increased with the murder of the PI who the victim had hired to help her find dirt on her cast mates. What did he know and where has a certain tape gone?
The media sense a major story and continue to hound Eve and her colleagues to find the murderer. Eve then discovers that the truth is actually more shocking then anyone had previously thought with the possibility that the two murders she is currently investigating are not the murderer’s first murders. Then the stakes are raised. This time when the murderer tries again he is thwarted, but can Eve find the evidence needed to convict him among so many secrets and with a very expensive movie trying to finish filming.
This book is an enjoyable read for fans of Eve and Roarke. This instalment cleverly shows how two previous books in this series have impacted on the ensemble characters and how they continue to grow and be shaped by their experiences. Of course, Eve and Roarke are the centre of the action but it’s still great to see how Robb keeps the others growing, changing and going after their goals too. This book is also a good introduction to the series if you have somehow managed to not read one of the previous books. Although the compulsion to read at least two of her previous books from the series will be very strong when you finish this tale. I’m looking forward to my next visit with Eve, Roarke and the gang.
reviewed by Tracey T
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. All ARRA members who leave a comment will go in the draw to win the book. This giveaway is now closed (4 Apr 2012). The winner is Barbara.