Friday, September 16, 2022

FFB Review: Divided In Death: Eve Dallas Mysteries by J.D. Robb

It is a quiet and intimate night at home for Roarke and his wife, Eve Dallas. That is until Roarke’s administrative aide, Caro, calls in Divided In Death: Eve Dallas Mysteries by J.D. Robb. It is an emergency and it concerns Reva, her daughter.

Her daughter, Reva Ewing, is at a crime scene where the bodies of her best friend and Reva’s own husband in a bed are present. They have been brutally murdered. While Reva was enraged, and for good cause, as she had just found out about their affair, she is sure she did not kill them. She also can’t fully account for her time as she may have been drugged.

Reva Ewing is not only Caro’s daughter; she is an employee of one of Roarke’s many companies. A former secret service agent and a hero who nearly lost her life in an attack on a president of the United States, she is currently part of a team working on a top-secret security project for Roarke Enterprises. Said project has serious national security implications as there is a rising terror threat.

Caro and Reva are both very important to Roarke and it is clear from the start that he is going to be heavily involved. Either Reva did it and will need to be pulled off the project and sent to prison. If she did not do it, that top secret project might be why she was framed for the murder. That means Roarke is going to be involved.

Those two possibilities are not the only ones so Lieutenant Dallas and Detective Peabody of the NYPSD will each need to keep an open mind. That won’t be easy, especially for Dallas, when her past and her response to it once again creates a wedge between her and the man she loves with all her being.

While all the usual caveats with this series apply here, so does the fact that these are fun reads. While the flaws tend to grate on this writer, the reader soon does not notice them as one is ripped along in a complex and entertaining tale. Divided in Death, works well overall, and is another fun and enjoyable read.


My reading copy came by way of the Libby/OverDrive app and the Dallas Public Library System.


Kevin R. Tipple © 2022

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