Review of “Salvation in Death” (In Death #27) by J.D. Robb

Robb, J.D. Salvation in Death. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008.

Hardcover | $25.95 | ISBN-13: 978-978-0399155222 | 353 pages | Romantic Suspense

4 stars

I was intrigued by the premise for the case of Salvation in Death, and wondered what turns the story would take, especially given the obvious connotations stories about the Catholic Church have had in the past decade or two. But I was pleased that the story did not take the expected turn in diving into some of the deeper internal controversies, and discussed spiritual issues in the most broad, yet delicate way possible that does not, from my perspective, alienate a non-Catholic reader.

The revelation about the reasoning behind the death of the priest that kicked off the book led to some great twists and turns that I did not see coming, and while it did end up being one of the books in the series with a larger cast and multiple deaths (including several occurring pre-book) and multiple perpetrators, it was one of the more interesting of this type.

If I had anything major to complain about, it was that it lacked some of the signature banter between characters. However, I did feel like there were some moments that still stood out. I feel like Mavis is one of those characters I rarely take seriously and almost never mention in connection to my favorite moments, but I did like the discussion of her own past when Eve’s trying to figure out whether victim in the case would have engaged in such a long con. And it was great how the Catholic connection also led to further discussions of Roarke’s past, culminating in a great discussion between Eve, Roarke, and another priest at the end.

This was another fairly solid entry in the series, and I’m excited to see where the series goes next.