Please note that I gave this 4.5 stars and rounded it up to 5 stars on Goodreads.
I was in a reading slump and finally climbed out of it due to some old In Death re-reads. I also read the latest and it reminded me all over again why I went from I love this series, to okay I can see some slowing down, to just meh. That said, "Strangers in Death" is one of my favorite re-reads even though I didn't give it five stars.
Eve Dallas and her partner Detective Delia Peabody are out to figure out who killed Thomas Anders. It appears to be a sex act gone wrong, but after Dallas takes one look at the scene, and who Anders was in his personal and professional life, she suspects murder. Now the hard part is proving it.
I really have to say that the main reason why I gave this just 4.5 stars was the fact that Dallas guesses who dun it really early (I mean I think it was around the 15 percent mark) and the rest of the book is just her pulling it together. We also have another case tying into this one and you start to put two and two together on how this was done.
We get the usual countdown clocks in this book. Eve being run down, Roarke nagging her to eat, Eve consuming the size of a small bucket of coffee, and just good police work. I did skip over the romance scenes just because they read so samey to me at this point. One good thing is a callback to a martial problem between Eve and Roarke (Innocent in Death #24) and I liked that Robb included that. Too often serial books just gloss over things that have happened before and act like problems the couple have endured can just be swept under the rug.
The setting of Eve and Roarke's home and Eve's office at the precinct are utilized a lot more in this one.
The ending was satisfying though I noticed the epilogue felt a bit short to me. I think I was waiting for something else to happen and then the end just comes.