We’re huge Nora Roberts’ fans and are slightly ashamed to admit we came late to the table to her alter ego JD Robb and the fabulous Eve Dallas–Roarke futuristic crime series. Once we discovered them, we rushed through them as we’re also great crime-fiction lovers. Golden in Death, the latest – and fiftieth, fiftieth – in the ‘In Death’ series of books builds on a solid foundation and entertaining cast of familiar characters, including wonderful Dallas sidekick, partner Delia Peabody, the Miras, the EDD detectives, and many others.

The premise, like many in the series, is grim, yet highly inventive. Someone is targeting seemingly unlikely people and killing them via the delivery of a beautiful golden egg that releases a highly toxic gas within limited parameters for a short period of time. It’s a nasty death for its victims. Could it be terrorism? A mad scientist? Or something more sinister? As usual Dallas, with her out of the box thinking, is able to make the connections between the seemingly random targets.

It’s impossible if you’re writing fifty books in one series for them all to be of exactly the same quality and there have been previous Dallas titles which haven’t quite lived up to the albeit very high standards one expects from Ms Roberts/JD Robb. Golden in Death does. It’s a very good read and also the relationship between Dallas and her beautiful husband, Roarke, continues to develop and grow, a big reason why fans also follow the series.

Highly recommended. Of course!


JD Robb | Golden in Death | Little, Brown | 6 February 2020 | hardback | 

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Acknowledgements: Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for supply a digital copy. All opinions are our own. All rights reserved.

See also: Dallas does Christmas, albeit reluctantly, a review of JD Robb’s Festive In Death’; ‘Nora Roberts’ The Collector – Falling into a pair of same arms’; ‘Mallory, an old-style hero – It Happens in the Dark by Carol O’Connell’; ‘Damian Barr’s slice of South Africa’;Prospect beautiful, Derek Jarman’s cottage‘; ‘Chris Whitaker’s small-town America’; ‘Nora Roberts’ Sanctuary: an Old Familiar’; Carver’s Nothing Important Happened Today’; By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept’; ‘Yvonne Battle-Fenton’s Remembered‘; ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised‘; ‘We should all be feminists‘; The not-so-invisible woman: 150 greats in their own words’; ‘How Penguin learned to fly – Allen Lane and the Original “Penguin Ten”‘; Dorothy L. Sayer’s Busman’s Holiday – Romek Marber for Penguin Crime (book covers we love).

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