Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. (Goodreads)
The Eve Dallas books are like comfort food for me, as I can rely on them to provide a good read with no unexpected surprises. I know that there will be an interesting case for Dallas to solve, that her handsome hubby Roarke will help, Peabody will provide some comic relief, and that Dallas and Roarke will have hot sex (but nothing too graphic). To borrow Martha Stewart’s catchphrase – It’s a good thing.
This story is no different. There’s an interesting case involving the murder of a woman who by all accounts had no enemies. Set up to look like a mugging, there are a few small details that the killer missed. Dallas misses nothing. You know she’s going to solve the case, but it’s always interesting watching her work.
I also enjoyed the side story, where Dallas has to attend the movie premier based on her solving a previous case. Eve does not like going to fancy shindigs, but it’s a necessary part of life and I get a kick out of watching her squirm. Especially when it comes to her fear of Trina, the hair/makeup guru!
Gave this one a 4 out of 5, as it was an easy read and I really enjoyed it. J.D. Robb, aka Nora Roberts, is a very talented writer who can create great characters that actually evolve instead of staying in a rut. I love this series!