I have been a rabid fan of the In Death Series since I picked up Remember When back in 2004 (my Senior Year of High School). I had seen the series in the library from time to time, but I never made the connected to J.D. Robb was Nora Roberts because it sounds like a man’s name. Since I am not a big fan of male authors I stayed away from anything In Death related. Over the last few years, Ms. Robb’s books have been a little bit lacking, but the four books she has released since 2010 more than make up for the ones that came out in the few years previous.
New York to Dallas picks up shortly after the events in Treachery in Death, and we immediately find out that Eve and her partner Peabody are receiving commendations for their actions in that book. However, on the day of the ceremony, one of Eve’s old foes breaks out of prison and makes his way to New York, where he takes a young woman hostage, sending her boyfriend to get Eve. (Of course when she gets to the apartment, he is gone–heading to Dallas, where two of his previous victims are now living.)
Any fan of the In Death Novels knows that (the city) Dallas holds a special meaning to Eve–it is the city where she killed her father after he tried to rape her one last time–, so the fact that most of the action was going to take place in that city had to mean something big was going to happen, right? Right.
Eve and her billionaire husband, Roarke, travel to Dallas, where they will consult with the Dallas Police Department (and one of the old victims, who is now a detective there) on the case. Almost immediately, Eve presents the profile of Issac McQueen. One of the only clues they have is the fact that McQueen always worked with a woman. Once Eve meets the partner, she is struck by a feeling that she had met the woman before.
I don’t want to give too much away, but this book is very much about Eve confronting her demons. I look forward to seeing how Ms. Robb uses this in the next book, which is going to be released in February.
UPDATE: This review was written for Goodreads prior to the release of Celebrity in Death, which is the book I mentioned as being released in February.