10 March 2010

REVIEW: FANTASY IN DEATH

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Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, enters his private room, and eagerly can't wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to take on the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company's latest top-secret project, Fantastical.

The next morning, he is found in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. It is the most puzzling case Lieutenant Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game . . .

She is having as much trouble figuring out how Burt Minnock was murdered as determining who did the murdering. The victim's girlfriend seems sincerely grief-stricken, and his quirky but brilliant partners at U-Play appear shocked as well. No one seems to have had a problem with the enthusiastic high-spirited millionaire.

Of course, success can attract jealously, and gaming, like any business, has its rivalries and dirty tricks – as Eve's husband Roarke, one of U-Play's competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not na├»ve, and he knew how to fight back in the real world as well as the virtual one.

Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction – and the price of defeat is death.

LYNETTE'S TWO CENTS


Hmm. First let me begin by stating that I love, love, love Nora Robert's In Death series. I'm not a big devotee of her Nora Roberts novels, but I devour each In Death novel as soon as can. There is no doubt that Ms. Roberts is a fabulous writer and that Ms. Roberts excels at characters, and character development. Fantasy In Death is no exception. In this thirtieth book in the series, Eve and Roarke are just as fresh and interesting as they were in the first book. What I loved about this book are the personal interactions between the main and supporting characters. I laughed out loud whenever Eve and Peabody had a conversation that didn't have to do with the case. I melted into a puddle of goo whenever Eve and Roarke discussed their relationship. I also loved Eve's attempts to shake things up in their relationship by not allowing them to settle in a routine. And the accident in the end of Fantasy In Death . . . I loved it. It was different, tugged at the heart strings, and was amazingly written.

I did have a few problems with Fantasy In Death. The mystery was so-so to me. I didn't find it as gripping and interesting as it normally is. And it annoyed me to see Eve floundering through much of the book. I racked my brain trying to figure out why and I believe my problems stem from Fantasy In Death's first scene. It has a lot of action, but it also tells the reader how the victim died. Since I knew how the victim died, I knew the ending before Eve did and the journey it took for Eve to get where I was already at from page one, didn't grip me as much as it should've.

OVERALL

Loved the characters and the sub-plots but thought the main mystery could've been structured a little differently.

WHERE PURCHASED

Checked out from local library

RATING

B-


1 people posted their 2 cents:

Leontine said...

I've started book one like last year or so and loved Eve and Roarke and the mystery at hand. To have a series that is already 30 books long is a feat all on its own IMO :) I'm also a reader who likes to be kept in the dark and be lead by revelations to find out in the end who it all happened.

Perhaps I will start buying this series in e-books, don't think I have room for 30 books and going LOL I enjoyed reading your review Lynette!

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