Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her Christmas shopping list—plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband’s upcoming holiday bash.
Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year’s 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.
What I didn't like: Since I started reviewing, I've reviewed just about every J. D. Robb book and I loved them all. Festive in Death left me....wanting something and I couldn't figure what until today. I wanted passion. No, not sex per say, but everything felt a bit flat, even Roarke and especially Eve. It colored my whole reading of what is usually an exciting couple of days of reading for me.
What I liked: Festive in Death is not horrible and I did enjoy catching up with the characters, especially during the Christmas season. The highlight of any Christmas time frame book, is Eve's "love of shopping", NOT. Her days of buying one gift for Mavis are long gone and each year it seems there are more and more people in her life requiring gifts. I loved her shopping experience in this book. I also enjoyed finding out what the characters bought for each other and the thoughts behind the gifts. Now, that being said, they are other great moments.
Eve always cracks me up with her misunderting of certain sayings or misquoting them. I'm not sure if she does it on purpose or not, but it's entertaining. Another high point of the book was a discussion between Roarke and Eve on prenups. There was passion in that exchange and also a great deal of revelation in Eve's insights.
You might notice I've talked about a lot but not the over all murder plot. That is where this story fell flat for me.. Yes, there are some good twists but the murder and the solving of it, wasn't the highlight at all. There is no denying Ms Robb's talent in any book she undertakes. It flows, the characters grow and the overall writing is top notch. The plot of the story has to grab the reader in one way or another and this plot just didn't grab me.
The characters in this series are what drives me coming back, book after book, but characters no matter how fantastic cannot carry a series alone. There is no way I will stop reading Ms Robb's book and I whole heatedly look forward to the next in February!!
Recommended for J. D. Robb fans.