Concealed in Death
by J. D. Robb
Review by Gayle Surrette
Putnam Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780399164439
Date: 18 February 2014 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Roarke has recently purchased a New York building that has been abandoned and trashed. The demolition to kick off the renovations is a press event with Roarke wielding the sledge hammer to tear down the first interior wall. That's when two skeletons were found in the wall. Roarke wasted no time in calling in his wife, Lieutenant Eve Dallas, an NYPSD homicide investigator. By the time, the police finish their search of the building and its walls, there are twelve bodies -- twelve murders to be solved.
The building had previously been a shelter for troubled teenagers, and the people who ran that shelter now operate a new one. Eve and Roarke were troubled teens who came through the dark and made something of themselves, so this case hits close to home on a lot of emotional levels. Eve always stands for the dead and is determined to get to the truth behind the murders.
Once again, J.D. Robb pulls it all together for a page turning mystery that has twists and turns aplenty along with some interesting characters, lots of hypocrisy, dysfunctional families, troubled teens, and even more troubled adults. The story pulls you in and very astute readers may pick up on a very important clue before our lead characters. but the journey to the killer will still be somewhat of a surprise.
The writing is clear, crisp, and filled with the details and procedures of police work in the near future. However, there's also a lot of human interest and interactions between characters that we've come to expect to see in the pages of the Eve Dallas novels.
There's lots to like in these in Death mysteries and the continuing cast of characters make it a series to return to as new books are published to see not only what the current case is and can it be solved but also to find out what's happening to the characters since the last book.
NOTE: For those who are wondering, the candy thief is still an ongoing mystery with no solution in sight. Eve is still having problems with basic homilies but, while I enjoy the twist on these, it does get a bit old by the end of the book.