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    Review of MEMORY IN DEATH by J. D. Robb (see her website)

    G. P. Putnam's Sons, January 2006

    She looks like a stranger, but she introduces herself to Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas as her mother. Eve's memories have been suppressed, but she remembers that horrible period when social services parked her with this abusive and cruel woman. Eve rejects her, but Trudy Lombard is not content--and visits Eve's husband, billionaire Roark, with a blackmail threat. Either Roark pays Trudy or Trudy will release all of the files of Eve's childhood.

    Hours later, Trudy is dead and Eve is the officer on the scene. She intends to find the killer, but how can she summon the moral energy to really care about who killed a woman who was nothing but a cruel blackmailer?

    Author Nora Roberts (writing as J. D. Robb) continues her Eve Dallas futuristic mystery series with an emotionally rich adventure. Eve continues to struggle to fit in, to create healthy relationships with the people of her life. In the Christmas season, Eve's social skill limitations come particularly into focus. Having a woman appear out of the horrible days of her past makes all of her fears come alive. Eve's sidekick, Detective Peabody, is going through similar doubts as her boyfriend insists that she accompany him to meet his family in Scotland--all while Peabody is unable to lose that stuborn five pounds of excess weight.

    If you're new to this series, you're in for a treat. Roberts/Robb combines just enough mystery with emotional richness to spin an engaging story. Troubled Eve, spunky Peabody, perfect Roark, and the Eve's usual lot of supportive friends and fellow cops all keep up the reader interest. Eve's emotional engagement with the mystery helps us care about more than simply finding who-dunnit.

    See more reviews of novels by Nora Roberts writing as J. D. Robb.

    Four Stars

    Reviewed 3/09/06

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