Review of “Holiday in Death” (In Death #7) by J.D. Robb

Robb, J.D. Holiday in Death. New York: Berkley Books, 1998. ISBN-13: 978-0-425-16371-9. $7.99 USD. 

5 stars

This is yet another amazing installment in the In Death series. And I found this one particularly creepy given the subject matter of crimes perpetrated against users of an online dating site and the way the killer tied his murders into the typically happy holiday of Christmas for his own psychotic reasons. I was incredibly stunned with how the twists played out, with the ultimate reveal of the killer being someone no one would have expected.

And as is typical of the series, I love seeing more of the relationships between the characters, including their conflicts, of which there are a few in this one. One of my favorite bits is the elevating romantic tension and little squabbles between Peabody and McNab, and I look forward to seeing where that goes in future installments. And I also love the little asides while Eve is doing her investigation in which she somehow stumbles on what would be the perfect gifts for some of her friends, as well as the moment when she is trying to procure a rare first edition of a book for Roarke, and Feeney later ribbing her about going for “quantity” instead of quality. It’s these fun bits of banter between the group of longtime friends and colleagues that not only sets it apart from a lot of other series out there, but also manages to keep readers invested.