When I grow up, I want to be Eve Dallas. In addition to her quick wit, razor sharp intelligence and ability to zero in on the perpetrators of a crime faster than you can say whodunit, Eve happens to be married to the richest man on the planet, who is Irish and gorgeous and talks pretty and takes her on vacation to the Emerald Isle. Even better, this lavish fairytale lifestyle Eve lives hasnt spoiled her or changed her. She still gets her hands dirty and, much to Roarks annoyance gets herself bloodied on occasion as well.
Indulgence opens with Roark and his cop on a much deserved vacation visiting Roarks family in Ireland. I absolutely love it when Roarks family makes an appearance. There are so many of them, theres no way to remember them all and they are loud and boisterous and full of life and love. I also love how Eve is overwhelmed and out of her element when she is around them. She has never had any family so she struggles with how to interact with them. Roark never knew his family for most of his life either, but he adapted much quicker than Eve did. Unfortunately, murder doesnt stay in New York and when a murder occurs not far from the family farm, Eves instincts kick in and she indirectly assists the local law enforcement, much to the happiness and delight of one of Roarks young cousins who idolizes Eve. Fortunately, the case is resolved quickly and Eve and Roark resume their relaxation.
Back home in New York, there is no rest and relaxation and Eve is going full steam ahead upon her return when she is called to investigate the murder of a limo driver killed in a most unusual fashionby a crossbow. Not long after that, another murder occurs. This time, the victim is a high priced highly successful escort who is found dead at Coney Island. As the body count piles up, all of the victims seem unrelated to one another, but the common denominator is how the trail leads Eve and her crew to different CEOs whose identities have been stolen and used to perpetrate the crimes.
Once again, I found this story riveting. Different unrelated victims murdered by extreme methods but Eve manages to connect the dots and does so quickly. While Im still trying to process and absorb the scene unfolding around me and how the victims are connected, Eve has already focused on a prime suspect. I dont know how Peabody manages to keep up, but she does so Im the only one struggling trying to put it all together. Im still amazed at how this series has evolved. Still entertained and still connected to the characters. It doesnt feel like a book when I am hanging out with Eve, Peabody and the rest of the gang. J.D. Robb is a master at bringing these characters to life without making them predictable or boring. Now that Im nearly caught up with this series, I dont know how I am going to manage the waiting period between each book. It will be torture, but since the series does not show any signs of slowing down, the torture will be minimal.
Indulge yourselfread this series, but start at the beginning and watch the magic unfold
Lieutenant Dallas is involved in a horrific slew of crimes against service providers (a chef, an LC, a chauffeur) who are at the top of their careers. The killer is using unusual and rare weapons (crossbow, harpoon, bayonet) to slaughter these innocent people. Eve must decipher the almost non-existent clues and find the killer before he strikes again. As usual Roarke ends up helping with the electronics so he spends more time at Cop Central than he does in his own office. Though believe me I'm not complaining! I love the dynamics between Roarke and Eve. Her snarkiness is legendary and most of her cops just ignore her attitude. She has a very dry wit though she isn't aware that she is being funny. She is just oblivious to life outside of Roarke, murder and Cop Central. These books aren't supposed to be funny but I always find myself laughing out loud at Eve's antics.
NYPD lieutenant Eve Dallas might have been on holiday, but as she knows all too well, murder never takes a vacation. No sooner does Eve return from Ireland with her husband, Roarke, than she is back on the job looking into the death of a limousine driver who has been shot with a crossbow. The very next day, a high-priced licensed companion is stabbed to death in an amusement park horror house. The only connection between the two killings is the choice of weapons: the second involved an antique bayonet. As Eve and her team scramble to find more clues, Eve begins to think she is on the track of a thrill killer. When it comes to finding a killer, the smart money is always on Eve Dallas.