Review of “Kindred in Death” (In Death #29) by J.D. Robb

Robb, J.D. Kindred in Death. New York: G.P Putnam’s Sons, 2009.

Hardcover | $26.95 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0399155953 | 374 pages | Romantic Suspense

4.5 stars

Kindred in Death is another solid and entertaining entry in the In Death series featuring all the hallmarks of great banter and a compelling case that I’ve come to expect from the series.

One of the things I was excited to see was an appearance from the recurring character of Jamie, who had not appeared for several books now. But I was glad to see him make a memorable reappearance, doing double duty as a friend to one of the victims and also continuing his passion for pursuing police work and working with electronics through helping Feeney and EDD.

As for the case itself, it wasn’t the most exciting, especially since the killer seemed to have a very familiar motivation. But what kept it fresh was what his need for vengeance led him to set out to do, what he did, and the unraveling of those layers kept me interested, even in the outcome felt a little predictable. And I always find it fascinating when a case somehow hits home for someone in the series, and this is yet another great way it has done that.

I also found it especially entertaining seeing how Eve managed to balance this case with the lead-up to Louise and Charles’ wedding. I love that Eve, with the support of Roarke and the rest of her circle of friends, is getting more used to doing non-job oriented things, even if it does make her squirm a bit, and this is no different. One of my favorite moments has to be her being awkward about the matron of honor duty of helping Louise dress.

I continue to enjoy the series as I make my way to the end (as of now, hopefully?), and continue to enthusiastically recommend these to romance and mystery fans alike.

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