Innocent in Death (In Death # 24)

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Book number 24! 24! Let’s just take a moment to acknowledge that this series is so popular that J.D. Robb continued. The story lines are still fresh and simple fascinating to dissect. Innocent in Death is about Eve following a murder at the local private school. This was interesting, but first here is the background provided by Goodreads: The phenomenal series set in a future New York City returns as NYPSD Lt. Eve Dallas hunts for the killer of a seemingly ordinary history teacher—and uncovers some extraordinary surprises. Craig Foster’s death devastated his young wife, who’d sent him to work that day with a lovingly packed lunch. It shocked his colleagues at the private school, too, and as for the ten-year-old girls who found him in his classroom in a pool of bodily fluids-they may have been traumatized for life. Eve soon determines that Foster’s homemade lunch was tainted with deadly ricin, and that Mr. Foster’s colleagues have some startling secrets of their own. It’s Eve’s job to sort it out—and discover why someone would have done this to a man who seemed so inoffensive, so pleasant . . . so innocent.

Now Magdalena Percell . . . there’s someone Eve can picture as a murder victim. Possibly at Eve’s own hands. The slinky blonde—an old flame of her billionaire husband, Roarke—has arrived in New York, and she’s anything but innocent. Roarke seems blind to Magdalena’s manipulation, and he insists that the occasional lunch or business meeting with her is nothing to worry about . . . and none of Eve’s business. Eve’s so unnerved by the situation that she finds it hard to focus on her case. Still, she’ll have to put aside her feelings, for a while at least-because another man has just turned up dead. Eve knows all too well that innocence can be a façade. Keeping that in mind may help her solve this case at last. But it may also tear apart her marriage.

This one was interesting because there were two problems happening simultaneous. There was the murder at the school and there was a woman from Roarke’s past. For the murder, I thought that storyline was great. I, like Eve, stumbled around on figuring out who the murder is and how everything is connected. It just didn’t seem like the murders were connected but you knew they were, they usually always are. So I really enjoy this novel. I wanted to figure out who the killer is and what their motive was. The second part of this novel was the complication between Roarke and Eve and Magdalena. Magdalena, a woman from Roarke’s past, determined to make trouble. Some women just can’t let a hot, rich, charming, great guy go. I especially liked the fact that the problems with Magdalena had nothing to do with the crime, sometimes the extra story adds to the first story, but this one was a separate story and only added to the emotional component of the first.

As for the sex scenes, Fantastic. They were written very well. I enjoyed stepping inside Eve’s mind when she becomes hurt by Roarke (without his knowing) and seeing how their dynamic comes together. The sex was steamy and all together great but what I love than the sex scenes were the emotional scenes that connect Roarke and Eve together and somethings in those scenes cause them to take steps back from each other. I love reading about their problems because really that’s what romance novels are about. They are about the connection between the two main characters and how their relationship dynamics increase over time.

Overall, I give this novel a 5 out 5 stars. I,  simply, cannot stop thinking about it- about the killer and the mind that is involved. This novel was great and I am excited to read the next one. I know I will be coming up on the end soon.  My next novel I will be reading is How to Lose a Bride in One Night by Sophie Jordan. This novel is historical romance and I am excited to see how it plays out.  Enjoy your readings!

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