Review of “Calculated in Death” (In Death #36) by J.D. Robb

Robb, J.D. Calculated in Death. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013.

Hardcover | $27.95 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0399158827 | 386 pages | Romantic Suspense

3.5 stars

Calculated in Death was another installment in the In Death series with a concept that did feel a little too…much…for me, what with the focus being on the accounting world. I think one of the best parts is that Roarke’s connections and expertise actually play a significant role in a way that I felt added to the story and made me enjoy it just a little bit more, instead of making me go, “Oh, here we go again,” like I often did, particularly in earlier installments when an all-too-convenient connection to the case came up.

I also didn’t feel like there was as much action that kept me invested, and the villain (and his minion) felt rather underwhelming in comparison to perps from prior books.

And in spite of the case going over my head to some extent, the characters are true to form like always, with a consistent blend of badassery and banter. And I like that as she introduces new supporting characters, she doesn’t forget about them, which is the case this time with the reappearance of actress Marlo Durn from Celebrity in Death, and the preparation for the gang to attend the premiere of the movie being filmed in that book.

While this is another slightly underwhelming entry, it still has the hallmarks that make the series as a whole work.

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