Thursday, March 1, 2012

Review (SFR) | Celebrity in Death


Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she's managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. It's a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks almost like her long-lost twin. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays Peabody drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director's luxury building. Now she's at the center of a crime scene-and Eve is more than ready to get out of her high heels and strap on her holster and step into the role she was born to play: cop.

One to two titles in the "In Death" series are released each year with Celebrity in Death being the 34th in the series. This marginally science fiction romance/police procedural is set in the year 2060 but really only gives a nod to future world-building and possibilities. Ultimately it doesn't matter as the heart of each story is the mystery and the relationship between Lieutenant Eve Dallas and billionaire husband Roarke.

In Celebrity in Death we have some interesting twists as Eve investigates a murder at a dinner party honouring the film production of one of her famous cases attended by the actors that play her real life friends, family and co-workers. It makes for some interesting scenes and dialogue between the actors and "real life" characters. All of the usual elements one expects of an "In Death" book are present - multiple suspects, red herrings and a big reveal at the end and of course the more intimate scenes between Eve and Roarke. Their relationship is sophisticated with believable dialogue, an evolving intimacy and romance that lights up the pages. Personally I would read the series just to find out what is happening with the couple aside from the mystery.

A lot of series begin to lose steam after a dozen novels or so, but not so with this series which has been around nearly 20 years. It is difficult to rank one particular book against the whole but Celebrity in Death was a surefire gratifying read and is certain to please fans of the series. Lots of references to past cases in this book so new readers might be better directed to start with an earlier book such as Origin in Death to which this one frequently refers.

Product Details:
  • ISBN-13: 9780399158308
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Series: In Death #34
The In Death Series:

Naked in Death, July 1995
Glory in Death, December 1995
Immortal in Death, July 1996
Rapture in Death, October 1996
Ceremony in Death, May 1997
Vengeance in Death, October 1997
Holiday in Death, June 1998
Conspiracy in Death, April 1999
Loyalty in Death, October 1999
Witness in Death, March 2000
Judgment in Death, September 2000
Betrayal in Death, March 2001
Seduction in Death, September 2001
Reunion in Death, March 2002
Purity in Death, September 2002
Portrait in Death, March 2003
Imitation in Death, September 2003
Divided in Death, January 2004
Visions in Death, August 2004
Survivor in Death, February 2005
Origin in Death, July 2005
Memory in Death, January 2006
Born in Death, November 2006
Innocent in Death, February 2007
Creation in Death, November 2007
Strangers in Death, February 2008
Salvation in Death, November 2008
Promises in Death, February 2009
Kindred in Death, November 2009
Fantasy in Death, February 2010
Indulgence in Death, November 2010
Treachery in Death, February 2011
New York to Dallas, September 2011
Celebrity in Death, February 2012
Delusion in Death, September 2012


  1. I have the audio book waiting for me at the library. I can listen to books at work and I've listened to all 30+ books and short stories. I love the voice actress used in most of them (after I got used to her version of Peabody).

    I'd recommend them for use in the car too.

    1. Hi Anne, I've listened to many of the books on audio as well and love the character interpretations done by the narrator. She really brings the story to life. Peabody is a bit odd but lovable.

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