Please note that I gave this book 2.5 stars and rounded it up to 3 stars on Goodreads.
The book starts off interesting. We follow Dennis Mira (husband of Dr. Mira) who is off to confront his cousin who he finds is trying to sell their grandfather's home that they both were left in his will. After getting to the home, Dennis sees his cousin bound and is then hit from behind. Afterwards, he and Dr. Mira call Dallas to help out with what they think could be a kidnapping. Dennis's cousin is a former Senator so it could be someone from the Senator's past is out to get him.
I think this book was supposed to give us some insight into the Mira's and it really did not work. Apparently we have a lot of people finding Dennis Mira to be mentally soft. I honestly don't know what was going on there. He has always appeared to be befuddled but very sweet. And you know that he is really sharp at times. But Robb took that characterization and made it seem like he has some sort of disorder that everyone appears to comment on in the family.
Eve in this one felt like the Eve we had around New York to Dallas (in Death #33) and I was really disappointed. If Eve is always going to fall apart, need Roarke to soothe every time she investigates a rape case I would rather skip those stories then. And it doesn't even make sense since we had Eve able to deal with the events in "Devoted in Death" without her acting like this. It felt tacked on and honestly it felt like something added to make Roarke's presence necessary. He's not really integrated into the story-lines seamlessly anymore, but I also don't miss the days when Roarke who is a very busy businessman would just take days off to help Eve investigate.
Roarke. Bah to him. The character really worked my nerves in this one. But honestly, the fight between Dallas and Roarke was off-putitng. They fought over decorating her office and the bedroom. I have to say Roarke came off wrong through the whole thing and I almost screamed, seriously, her changing her office means she accepts you now? Are you high? Who freaking cares. I have a bad feeling we will be reading about colors, swatches, etc. for the next ten books or so. I always thought of him having that home office built being Roarke's ultimate expression of love. Heck this was just brought up in "Festive in Death" which is only about a month behind this book timeline wise. So we go from that to Eve must change to show growth crap again. At this point I can see why long time fans or just clamoring for Eve to be promoted to captain, have a baby, and move the series to focus on someone like Peabody. I still say the best thing for the series would be for it to fast forward itself. Even long running series I love like Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels have an end book/date in mind because unless you do some major shake-up the books become stale.
I really thought the overall mystery aspect of this one was lacking. Honestly, I just don't see how the bad guy(s) in this one were even able to pull something like this off for about what was it, 40 years? It was way too far-fetched for me.
The writing was typical Robb and honestly I think that was to it's detriment. This book despite the subject matter was a little too paint by numbers for me. And the dialogue that Eve has with major characters was a bit too much for me too. At this point I cannot think of anyone that does not know about Eve's past. I think it's fine she told people, but her rehashing things with Peabody, telling Mr. Mira, talking to Roarke about it, started to feel very filler like to me as I read. I honestly had a huge disconnect with Eve when she tells Mr. Mira and talks to Dr. Mira about it later thinking because of the marriage rules Dr. Mira had told Mr. Mira. Um no, Eve revealed something to her that was personal and hard. What doctor would reveal that to their partner or husband/wife? It makes less sense when you read the series and you find out that Eve never told Roarke about Mavis's past so even Eve gets you don't tell your husband everything. Okay moving on.
New York in winter was pretty much the same which is weird to me. I would like it if we actually had the team go to other cities/states more often like in "Devoted in Death" since that way you can see how other police forces work.
The ending was a letdown. I think it was because we've had so many of these the victims are terrible people, but Eve is going to do her job books too often in the past. I just did not feel as engaged as I wanted to be while reading.