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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Holiday in Death (In Death, Book 7) by JD Robb


Holiday in Death is another creepy psychological thriller. One that once again hits a bit too close to home for Eve. She goes back to work sooner than she should (of course) and then gets hit with a rape/murder serial killer case. On top of that, some of her suspects have an (adult) incestual relationship... which means a whole lot of Eve's buttons are being pushed.

Here's the blurb:

No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York’s most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours.

It was a good story, but I don't believe I enjoyed it as much as some of the others. Also, I figured that the author would need to change things up a bit for the finale, and accurately guessed pretty much how the finale was going to play out very early on in the book. I didn't know who the bad guy was, but I knew how the finale would happen.

As for the writing elements:
  • The plot was a good one.
  • Pacing was mostly okay.
  • Prose and dialogue are always good with this author.
  • Character development was a bit same-old same-old this time around.
  • World-building was consistent with previous books in the series.
I'm giving Holiday in Death a 7 of 10, but I'll leave the series at a 9 of 10.
    • Book Rating: Holiday in Death: 7 of 10
    • Series Rating: 9 of 10

    1. Naked in Death
    2. Glory in Death
    3. Immortal in Death
    4. Rapture in Death
    5. Ceremony in Death
    6. Vengeance in Death
    7. Holiday in Death
    7.5  Midnight in Death
    8. Conspiracy in Death
    9. Loyalty in Death
    10. Witness in Death
    11. Judgment in Death
    12. Betrayal in Death
    13. Seduction in Death
    14. Reunion in Death
    15. Purity in Death
    16. Portrait in Death
    17. Imitation in Death
    18. Divided in Death
    19. Visions in Death
    20. Survivor in Death
    21. Origin in Death
    22. Memory in Death
    23. Born in Death
    24. Innocent in Death
    25. Creation in Death
    26. Strangers in Death
    27. Salvation in Death
    28. Promises in Death
    29. Kindred in Death
    30. Fantasy in Death
    31. Indulgence in Death
    32. Treachery in Death
    33. New York to Dallas 

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