Calculated in Death
By J. D. Robb
Book #45 in the In Death series
A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone's hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the building, the lieutenant knows Marta's murder was the work of a killer who's trained, but not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.
But when someone steals the files out of Marta's office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke's world of big business to figure out who's cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer's violent streak begins to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait. . . .
Fans of this series will be really happy with this latest installment in the series. It has all the elements that we've come to expect and love about Lt. Eve Dallas and those in her futuristic world. There's the ongoing romance with her mega rich and gorgeous husband, the witty and hilarious rapport with her steady but delightful partner, Peabody, and a case with a slate of suspects that's awfully fun to watch Dallas unravel. Many of the other characters we enjoy are part of the story in meaningful ways and this one ranks in my top ten in the series.
If you have any interest in starting this series, it's best served up in order. One of the most compelling aspects of the stories is the incredible character development. Each book represents about one month of elapsed time in the series so don't let the number of books to date stop you. I got so hooked (when there were about 35 books) I read them straight through in about three months. Warning...they are that addictive
It's hard to niche these books into one genre. I read them for the mystery/suspense. Many consider them romantic suspense and some even Sci-Fi (that's a weaker argument). Whatever the genre, the stories are great, the characters well drawn and developed, the romance steamy and Eve Dallas a force to be reckoned with. You can't lose and this book is classic In Death.