Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called to the scene of a construction site where the body of a woman was found in a dumpster. As she and her partner Detective Delia Peabody are beginning their investigation, someone from an adjacent construction project comes for their help. They’ve discovered remains at the bottom of a building they were demolishing and reconstructing. It’s clear the bones have been there since the original construction but it becomes even more tragic when they see tinier bones there, too. Things are even more complicated when Eve learns that second site is now owned by her husband, Roarke.
I knew from the onset these were going to be challenging investigations and that proved true. Since both building sites were originally developed during the immediate aftermath of the Urban Wars, we get more information about that mysterious period in the series mythical history. Eve is determined to discover the identity of the remains found in that building and unlocking the secrets that led to them being buried and hidden there for decades. The woman found in the dumpster also has a secret past so in addition to solving the crimes of who killed these women, she has to first learn who they really were before their deaths, why they seemed to have been forgotten.
I always love being back in the world of Eve Dallas and this time it was exceptionally satisfying. The suspects were particularly vile and the procedurals leading towards their capture were classic. But, even more satisfying was how they were brought to justice. The interview sessions were outstanding, the highlight of the story, in addition to the backstories of the victims unleashing provocative pasts. We also get some updates as to what’s going on in the new house being renovated for Mavis & Leonardo and Peabody & McNab. Once they’re done, that promises to add even more dimension to the stories going forward. This was another wonderful installment to the series and I continue to be surprised that it’s still fresh after so many books. The characters continue to grow, mature and evolve, which keeps me coming back for more.
- Release Date: September 7, 2021
- Series: In Death #53
- Page Numbers: 378
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Press