This week I have a murder mystery from the great Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb, a Netgalley women’s fiction pick, and a contemporary blogging recommendation.
When I first learned of the In Death series, I wasn’t sure it would appeal to me. Set in the future, there are flying cars, ray guns, and many inhabited planets, but one thing remains the same- the fight for justice.
Enter Detective Eve Dallas and her worthy team at the NYPSD. Except, the suspicious death of a junkie leads Dallas down a path she never thought to take- investigating another member of the force.
When Peabody overhears two police officers arguing over a big take and setting up the murder of a CI to take the fall for the heist, and barely escapes detection, she takes the information straight to Dallas, who is furious. How dare officers of the law use their position to thieve and murder like the very suspects they work to keep off the streets? For Eve, it’s a personal affront and she won’t stop until she closes the net on the cop using her name and position on the force to create her own corrupt squad operating right under the noses of every honest police officer in Central.
I liked the politics of this one. Eve is a detective now and must operate on a higher level with her team. She is their leader and must step back and manage rather than jumping into the action as much as she used to, though there are some great fight scenes where she gets to relieve some of her pent-up aggression that I quite enjoyed.
Eve is smart and confident, which is why the moments when she doubts her ability to catch the criminal and is bolstered by Roarke’s steadfast belief in her make for emotional elements in the book that give a softness to the tough cop Eve portrays.
This is a must-read series!
A surprise divorce leaves Becca Larkin destitute except for a behemoth of a sailing boat she plans to sell until a fateful meeting with a sexy Irishman sets her on a completely different voyage of discovery.
When a buyer comes through for the boat if Becca can deliver it to Miami, she talks her daughter Liv into the big adventure of sailing it down the east coast from Maine, but they can’t do it alone and hire 26yr old sailing instructor, Grant Murphy.
While there’s an enjoyable love story, it’s the strong mother-daughter connection and the self-growth Becca goes through on the trip that truly makes this a great read!
Gwen Meredith takes a job closer to her ailing grandmother and is confused and upset over an unprovoked attack on social media that leaves her defending herself to coworkers and neighbors in the small town.
Who would do such a thing, and why? The harassment escalates and police are called in, but the culprit proves to be elusive.
Adding to the stress factor is the strained relationship she has with her grandmother stemming from a childhood tragedy that resurfaces over the course of the book.
There’s a surprise conclusion at the end of this satisfying read that will leave readers reeling- a great story!
I hope you found something that interests you in this selection!