Series: In Death #41.5
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on September 29, 2015
Genres: Crime Fiction, Mystery
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Some of your favorite New York Times bestselling authors present five all-new stories told through the looking glass—including a new Eve Dallas novella!
You’re late for a very important date…
Enter a wonderland of mesmerizing tales. It’s a place that’s neither here nor there, where things are never quite as they seem. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s whimsical masterpiece, ranging from the impossible to the mad to the curiouser, these stories will have you absolutely off your head.
Don’t be afraid to follow them…
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
Wonderment in Death by J. D. Robb
Alice and the Earl in Wonderland by Mary Blayney
iLove by Elaine Fox
A True Heart by Mary Kay McComas
Fallen by R. C. Ryan
My slight disappointment in J.D. Robb’s Devoted in Death (read my review) had me feeling a little wary about the newest novella in the series, Wonderment in Death, released as part of the Down the Rabbit Hole anthology less than a month later. But almost immediately, I knew I was going to like this one’s story better.
In it, Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her partner, the steady Detective Peabody, investigate the murder of a couple of friends of friends—friends of newlyweds Charles and Louise, specifically. On the surface, the murder looks like sibling rivalry gone horribly wrong: a recently orphaned heiress takes a pair of scissors to her businessman brother’s heart, then leaps off the balcony of his high-rise apartment. Said heiress appears to be high as a kite, but Eve’s friends push her to look deeper, insisting the victim would never hurt her brother—and doesn’t do drugs, ever. What Eve uncovers is fraud, delusion, and, of course, serial murder.
One thing I really enjoyed about this story was that it was written so that readers didn’t know the killer’s identity from the very first chapter, something I’ve realized I appreciate in Eve Dallas novels—I like knowing the killer’s identity when she knows it, but have trouble connecting to the story when she’s still connecting the dots, but I already know a lot about the culprit(s) thanks to the shifting POV. It seems to take a lot of the fun out of trying to keep pace with the lieutenant as the story unfolds.
Wonderment in Death draws inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, which I’ll admit was not a childhood favorite of mine, mostly because Alice seemed to let Wonderland lead her about instead of making her way on her own power. This was another reason I was feeling a little dubious about this one, but I liked the drug-and-psychic aspect uncovered by our intrepid investigators.
On the whole, I liked this story a lot more than I did the full novel that preceded it, but it still wouldn’t make it to my list of all-time faves. I have to say, though, that the upcoming novel with a spotlight on the adorably abstracted Dennis Mira set for spring 2016 is something I am definitely excited about, so if you’re a fan of this series, you may want to preorder Brotherhood in Death.
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Reading Order (Full Novels):
Naked in Death • Glory in Death • Immortal in Death • Rapture in Death, • Ceremony in Death •Vengeance in Death • Holiday in Death • Conspiracy in Death • Loyalty in Death • Witness in Death •Judgment in Death • Betrayal in Death • Seduction in Death • Reunion in Death • Purity in Death •Portrait in Death • Imitation in Death • Divided in Death • Visions in Death • Survivor in Death • Origin in Death • Memory in Death • Born in Death • Innocent in Death • Creation in Death • Strangers in Death • Salvation in Death • Promises in Death • Kindred in Death • Fantasy in Death • Indulgence in Death • Treachery in Death • New York to Dallas • Celebrity in Death • Delusion in Death • Calculated in Death • Thankless in Death • Concealed in Death • Festive in Death • Obsession in Death • Devoted in Death • Brotherhood in Death (2016)