Holiday in Death
In Death, Book #7
By J.D. Robb
ISBN# 9780425163719
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

It’s 2058 in New York and it’s the Christmas season.  But there’s no time for Lieutenant Eve Dallas to take a break.  There is a new killer on the loose and this one is focusing on lonely hearts.  All his victims are clients of a dating service.  And, to really get into the holiday spirit, he shows up on his victims’ doorsteps dressed as old St. Nick himself.  But the presents he leaves are anything, but merry.  He leaves jewelry with his victims that go with the 12 days of Christmas and Eve and her team needs to work fast to keep him from getting his intended number of victims.

McNab, who was introduced in the last installment of the series, joins the team on the case, much to Peabody’s dismay.  Both McNab and Peabody go undercover signing up with the dating service.  And when Santa corners Peabody at her apartment it sends the rest of the team in a frantic race against time to stop this crazed killer.

It was a little strange reading a book about Christmas when it’s 90 degrees outside, but I couldn’t put off the series for a couple of months to read the book in its correct season, so I revisited the holiday now.  And being a person who doesn’t really like Christmas carols or crowded Christmas shopping, I can really appreciate Eve’s bah humbug view of things in this book.

“Eve engaged her On Duty sign and stepped out of the car. Immediately her ears were assaulted with a blast of music. Christmas carols pumped, full blast, into the air. She decided that people ran inside, ready to buy anything, just to escape the noise.”

With each of the victims in this book being bound, raped, and murdered, it brought Eve’s past screeching to the forefront of her mind and wrenched Roarke’s heart watching her in so much pain.  But he was as loving and supportive of her as he always is and helps where he can.

I really wasn’t much of a McNab fan and was kind of hoping that he’d go away now that Feeney is back from vacation.  But I see the purpose of keeping him around now.  There is definitely something brewing in the future for him and Peabody.  I just hope it doesn’t cost us her quirky lines about men!

“Okay, but if you ever do hire twelve LCs to fuck you blind, I want details.”

Peabody sniffed, and managed a watery grin, “It’s just a little fantasy of mine.  I don’t actually make enough to afford twelve at once.  But I did have another little fantasy come true tonight.  Roarke saw me naked.”

I found most of the things in this book to be pretty predictable…like Peabody being enlisted in the dating service and the killer coming after her at the end of the book.  But this novel wasn’t boring by any means and I enjoyed watching it all unfold.  I was wrong about who the killer was so that’s something I couldn’t predict.  There were also the usual steamy sex scenes between Eve and Roarke that were pretty hot.  Including a very romantic one in their holoroom, which by far was my favorite.

This is a good book and any lover of mystery and whodunit type books will be right at home with it.  The futuristic aspects are very minuscule in this book so for those of you that are scared by it you shouldn’t fear.  Just snuggle up with this book by a nice fire and enjoy!