Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on July 1, 1996
A new installment in the In Death series is always a delicious promise of a gritty, twisting murder and the sensual dance between Eve and Roarke.
Immortal in Death is book three and connects things nicely to the events of the first two books as far as the romance though it does offer a new suspenseful case involving Eve’s best friend Mavis.
Because, yes, shockingly, it looks very much like Mavis might have taken down a rival for her fashion designer lover, Leonardo. Eve, Feeney, Roarke, and newcomer Peabody have the work of proving her innocent and tracking the real killer.
This case brings Eve in contact with the fashion world and the world of designer drugs. But, Eve is distracted from her case even though its her most important one yet with Mavis’ life on the line. The past just won’t leave Eve alone and she’s remembering more and more of that time before she was taken from that dank alley and her life got a restart. The wedding with Roarke is fast approaching and Eve tenaciously still tries to muscle her emotions, her nearly out of control life all on her own. Thank goodness for Roarke and Mavis to push past her stubborn shields and make her confront feelings, make healthy choices, and engage with others.
I confess this book was a tough one for me. It’s weird, but I think I loved it and still struggled with it at the same time. I think it was the dichotomy I felt between Eve’s strong personal issues while at the same time a big murder investigation is ongoing. Another weird part is that I figured out who did it and why not long after the investigation really got under way. I couldn’t tell you why other than I didn’t like the person which makes little sense because there was no shortage of unlikable people in this one. Shoot, I even wanted to snap Eve on the back of the head a few times the way she was behaving because she was nearly at the end of her rope, but was too stubborn and single-minded to do the smart thing because she has this huge guilt complex that wouldn’t even let her eat or sleep now and then.
So yeah, in the end, of course I was jazzed to have read this. I was relieved when Eve had her epiphany moments and got a clue. She totally needed a guy like Roarke who was not intimidated by her strength and tenacity. Rather he treasures this about her. But, he wasn’t afraid to confront her when she was not taking care of herself or was getting off track in her thinking. They have such a unique and wonderful relationship that I will look forward to seeing grow and continue in their partnership, too.
Oh, and let’s not forget how much I enjoy when Eve is working a case with Feeney and Peabody with Mavis, Mira, and Nadia around to add their special shine.
Until my next In Death read…
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