Genres: Futuristic Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on June 1, 1998
What could be better than a grisly series of murders for the holidays? Well, seeing Eve, Peabody, McNab, Feeney, Dr. Mira, and of course, Roarke together and solving the crime.
Holiday in Death is the seventh book in the In Death series. As I’ve noted on previous occasions, it can be read standalone or out of order, but works best when the reader gets them in order to appreciate the personal stories progressing through the series.
In this latest, Eve is confronted with her worst nightmare. Sex crimes bring unbidden memories back in full force. She’s still dinged up from the previous case and already stressed about a holiday that she has no idea how to celebrate. Roarke wants them to both learn how to step back from their work, form their own family traditions including the holiday. So, on edge and feeling raw, Eve tries to beat a lethal Santa Claus to finding all twelve of his holiday victims who seem to all be tied in through a dating service.
This was one that I felt I only had two options for a viable suspect and so it wasn’t that hard to work out who is the killer. Even though I worked it out by process of elimination, this was still a book that kept me closely engaged from beginning to end. Eve, the gritty, stubborn, flawed, yet oh so caring, generous, and tenacious heroine was the reason. She’s going through another internally tough time while championing justice for the dead and future victims. She’s nearly out of control a few times and is nearly dead from fatigue, but she doesn’t give up. There is also a turning point for Eve and Peabody in this one when they have frank words. And, that irascible tension between Peabody and McNab just continues to percolate.
So much to love with this series whether it is the murder mystery, the futuristic world, Eve and Roarke, Eve’s person battles, or all the wonderful characters. I’m enjoying each installment that I pick up and look forward to my next In Death encounter.
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