Bothari’s #CBR4 Review #44: Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb
J.D. Robb “X in Death” Drinking Game:
Drink every time:
• Mavis squeals
• Mavis wears something bright
• Peabody and McNab flirt and annoy Eve
• Dr. Mira makes Eve tea
• Dr. Mira wears something pastel
• Eve has a bad dream about her father
• Roarke gets growly and annoyed
• Reporter Nadine tries to get a story
• Butler Somerset says something condescending
• Hairdresser Trina bullies Eve into a haircut
• Eve mentions the office candy thief
• Eve fights with the vending machine
Every time I read one of these Eve Dallas books, I kind of wonder why. It’s the same book every time. It’s the same characters, the same character descriptions, the same set-up each time. The only thing missing from this book is her bouncer friend. And yet…I keep reading. Maybe there is a comfort in knowing exactly what you’re going to get, and the writing is good enough to keep me interested.
In case you haven’t read the 87 other books: Eve Dallas is a cop in New York City in the near future. The future part doesn’t really have much of an effect on the stories, except that they call sodas ‘fizzies.’ She’s a homicide detective married to an insanely rich reformed criminal, has a very likeable partner named Peabody, and always gets her man. In Fantasy in Death, the future part comes into play a little more, since the homicide victim was a video game designer who specialized in cutting-edge holographic technology. As always, Roarke is tangentially tied to the crime, and gets dragged in to provide his expertise. He and Eve investigate the victim’s three business partners, try to pin down the unusual murder weapon, and occasionally have wild monkey sex in their palatial mansion. You know, the uzh. The three business partners cause Eve to reflect on the nature of friendship and partnership, and she has softened some over the course of the series, so I guess there is a little bit of character development. It is nice to see her appreciate the people who love her; usually she’s all hard-boiled and gruff and businesslike.
Actual murder mystery part of the story: pretty good. Rest of the book: pretty much exactly the same as every other J.D. Robb book.