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Delusion in Death

Delusion in Death (In Death, #35)
by J.D. Robb

It was just another after-work happy hour at a bar downtown—until the madness descended. And after twelve minutes of chaos and violence, more than eighty people lay dead.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas is trying to sort out the inexplicable events. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things—monsters and swarms of bees. They describe sudden, overwhelming feelings of fear and rage and paranoia. When forensics makes its report, the mass delusions make more sense: it appears the bar patrons were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that could drive anyone into temporary insanity—if not kill them outright.

But that doesn’t explain who would unleash such horror—or why. Eve’s husband, Roarke, happens to own the bar, but he’s convinced the attack wasn’t directed at him. It’s bigger than that. And if Eve can’t figure it out fast, it could happen again, anytime, anywhere. Because it’s airborne… (goodreads.com)

For the first time in a long time, the murder part of this story freaked me out. I don’t know if I am extra sensitive to things right now due to my own trauma experience earlier this spring, or if it was just the scope of what happened on its own that freaked me out. But that first chapter, the one that sets up the scene and knocks it out of the park… it made me gasp and need to take a moment before continuing on.

It can’t be easy cranking out 30-plus books in a series and keeping them all top notch. It’s also rare that I am completely disappointed in one of these books. Sure there are stories that don’t quite connect with me, or ones that seem a little too cookie-cutterish, but for the most part, I enjoy each and every one of these Eve Dallas mysteries I read. This one, however, is one of the best that I can remember.

You know what you’re getting with the In Death series. Each book has the same format, it’s more a matter of how interesting the murder mystery part is and this one hooked me. My only problem with it was how it seemed to be solved really fast and rather obviously. I felt like we were sort of robbed of the mystery part. I don’t know, it just seemed too tidy? Up until Eve figured it all out I was on the edge of my seat, but then she meets with a handful of people and she’s all “Ok, I know who did it. Let’s set them up!”

I think because the scope of the murder was so BIG I felt a little bummed out that the bad guy catching wasn’t as BIG. Does that make sense? I’m probably alone in this, but whatever. I still really enjoyed this mystery and I can’t wait for the next two to come out in paperback. Regardless of my having an ereader, this is one series I like to wait for because then I know I’ll have my Comfort Food Book on hand to cuddle up with when I need to be comforted. Eve Dallas and Stephanie Plum are my two comfort BFFs. (Which reminds me, I am sure the new Evanovich must be out in paperback soon! Wheee!) (Drat, it doesn’t seem to exist yet. November, I guess.)

In Death Series

  1. Naked in Death
  2. Glory in Death
  3. Immortal in Death
  4. Rapture in Death
  5. Ceremony in Death
  6. Vengeance in Death
  7. Holiday in Death
  8. Conspiracy in Death
  9. Loyalty in Death
  10. Witness in Death
  11. Judgement in Death
  12. Betrayal in Death
  13. Seduction in Death
  14. Reunion in Death
  15. Purity in Death
  16. Portrait in Death
  17. Imitation in Death  *
  18. Divided in Death
  19. Visions in Death
  20. Survivor in Death
  21. Origin in Death  *
  22. Memory in Death  *
  23. Born in Death  *
  24. Innocent in Death
  25. Creation in Death
  26. Strangers in Death *
  27. Salvation in Death *
  28. Promises in Death *
  29. Kindred in Death *
  30. Fantasy in Death*
  31. Indulgence in Death*
  32. Treachery in Death*
  33. New York to Dallas *
  34. Celebrity in Death *
  35. Delusion in Death *
  36. Calculated in Death *
  37. Thankless in Death – hard cover Sept 2013
  38. Concealed in Death – hard cover 2014

(mass market editions, unless otherwise noted)

* book I own

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