By JD Robb
Borrowed from a friend
These are mystery/police procedurals set around 40 years the future. The police detective lead, Eve Dallas is about to marry her intense romantic interest Roarke. They are really hitting their relationship stride in this book. Eve fights his love less and since she is of course too busy to pick out dresses, flowers and the like, her best friend Mavis is helping. Mavis brings Eve to Leonardo, a talented designer who will create her dress and who also happens to be Mavis’ new boyfriend. I love Mavis, she is a free spirit, outrageous and has a heart of gold. Unfortunately, Leonardo’s previous girlfriend Pandora wanted to end the relationship, (no one ever leaves her!), so she is going to start trouble for him. Since she is a high powered model with tons of connections, she can ruin Leonardo before his career truly takes off. Before you know it, Pandora is murdered and Mavis is in the wrong place at the wrong time and all the evidence points to her. Eve is the lead investigator for the case, even though she is emotionally involved. She has to use all of her skill to figure this one out.
“Eve’s life had never been easy. In her career as a cop she had seen and done too many nightmarish things to count them all. But nothing had ever been more difficult for her than taking Mavis into Interview.” (pg. 47)
I really enjoy these books. I get a great mystery with police procedural with some steamy romance and it takes place in 2058, so things are just different enough from my world that it satisfies my love of fantasy/UF. They are my new go-to for when I don’t know what else to pick up.
So this mystery was great. There are only a few players and still figuring out who did what is difficult. Helping Mavis, coupled with Eve’s remembering of the abuse she suffered as a child, this is the most emotion we get from her in the series so far. She isn’t pushing people away as much and has almost come to terms with loving and being loved. (So sweet and I think at one point I had tears in my eyes.)
There is a new drug on the street, this one with regenerative effects, but two big drawbacks. It will kill you with repeated use for 4-5 years and it is highly addictive. Models, street folks and designers all are interested in this drug. Someone, with ties to the new drug, is killing people, Pandora included and Eve, with her team and Roarke’s occasional help, figures out the link and search for the supplier and ultimately the killer.
When the bad guy reveals him/herself I thought “Yes! I knew there was something weird about that character”…they never sat easily with me, but I didn’t KNOW. But the reveal doesn’t come easily and the last few hours before the wedding are touch and go.
I just like these books. They keep me riveted. Eve is growing on me, and Roarke is the ultimate fantasy man, gorgeous, loving, self-made super rich, brilliant and a bad boy. Sigh. I will be picking up the other books eventually, 4 stars.