Abandoned in Death by J.D. Robb

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Say goodnight, baby darling

Three young women have gone missing. They’re all pretty, mid-twenties – someone clearly has a type. But no one links their disappearances until the first – Lauren Elder – is found lying peacefully on a bench in a children’s playground. She is neatly dressed with a wide black velvet ribbon covering where her neck has been precisely slit. Her hands are folded over a childish sign on which is written in black crayon – BAD MOMMY.

Lt Eve Dallas and her team are brought in to investigate Lauren’s murder and uncover the links to the other two women. Can they find out enough about the missing women and unmask their captor before they kill again….?

In death is one of those series I can’t get enough of. It’s been fun over the course of the 50+ books and short stories to see these characters grow. The first book Eve was so against this romance she has with Roarke, and now they take care of each other.

Eve grew up in the foster system. She was a girl without a past and has recently come to grips and has remembered all of her past. Because of this she was very focused growing up and has a somewhat sheltered view of the world. She didn’t play with Barbies, and has some issues relating to childhood experiences. When cases like this arise, she relies on her team and partner to fill in those thoughts and ideas.

This case is troubling. Just like in other in a few other in Death books, we get glimpses of the killer through one of the victims. It’s a great way to leave clues for the us, as the reader, but yet there almost never seem to be enough clues until right at the big reveal. Or take a chance and maybe if you pick up the book, perhaps you will figure out who before the reveal.

Abandoned in Death has everything of a typical in Death book; suspense, romance, a small bit of humor, and Eve challenging our seemingly everyday sayings. This is a series I always turn to in case of stress. Seeing Eve kick serious butt always seems to help me, and is enjoyable to listen to. I recommend any book from this series.