179 – Innocent in Death (In Death #24) by J.D. Robb

Innocent in DeathNo intro needed.  Here’s the Goodreads summary for this book.

“The phenomenal series set in a future New York City returns as NYPSD Lt. Eve Dallas hunts for the killer of a seemingly ordinary history teacher-and uncovers some extraordinary surprises. Craig Foster’s death devastated his young wife, who’d sent him to work that day with a lovingly packed lunch. It shocked his colleagues at the private school, too, and as for the ten-year-old girls who found him in his classroom in a pool of bodily fluids-they may have been traumatized for life.

Eve soon determines that Foster’s homemade lunch was tainted with deadly ricin, and that Mr. Foster’s colleagues have some startling secrets of their own. It’s Eve’s job to sort it out- and discover why someone would have done this to a man who seemed so inoffensive, so pleasant . . . so innocent.

Now Magdalena Percell . . . there’s someone Eve can picture as a murder victim. Possibly at Eve’s own hands. The slinky blonde-an old flame of her billionaire husband, Roarke-has arrived in New York, and she’s anything but innocent. Roarke seems blind to Magdalena’s manipulation, and he insists that the occasional lunch or business meeting with her is nothing to worry about . . . and none of Eve’s business. Eve’s so unnerved by the situation that she finds it hard to focus on her case. Still, she’ll have to put aside her feelings, for a while at least-because another man has just turned up dead. Eve knows all too well that innocence can be a facade. Keeping that in mind may help her solve this case at last. But it may also tear apart her marriage.”

Wow. Just wow.

This was one of my favorite of the series. The murders weren’t really very different or anything like that. But the killer…wow. Came out of nowhere for me. I kept thinking I had who it was figured out early on. But man…I was blown away.

As for Eve and Roarke. I can’t even tell you how many times I cried during this book. Seeing Eve have to deal with an old flame of Roarke’s was crushing. Reading this series from the beginning and seeing their relationship develop since the first book has given me, and all readers, a look into the depths of who they are as a couple and as individuals. We can also easily see how they’re screwing up with the other and misunderstanding the other. It’s so easy to feel what they feel. And this book takes the cake on that. I could feel the despair Eve felt. It was…I don’t even know.

This was a great book. I was sad to see this one end.


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