Encore in Death (In Death #56)

J.D. Robb


It was a glittering event full of A-listers, hosted by Eliza Lane and Brant Fitzhugh, a celebrity couple who’d conquered both Hollywood and Broadway. And now Eve Dallas has made her entrance—but not as a guest. After raising a toast, Fitzhugh fell to the floor and died, with physical symptoms pointing to cyanide, and the police have crashed the party.

From all accounts, he wasn’t the kind of star who made enemies. Everyone loved him—even his ex-wife. And since the champagne cocktail that killed him was originally intended for Eliza, it’s possible she was the real target, with a recently fired assistant, a bitter rival, and an obsessed fan in the picture. With so many attendees, staff, and servers, Eve has her work cut out determining who committed murder in the middle of the crowd—and what was their motivation. As one who’s not fond of the spotlight herself, she dreads the media circus surrounding a case like this. All she wants is to figure out who’s truly innocent, and who’s only acting that way…

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My Opinion

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) During an A-list celebrity party, one of the most beloved actors is poisoned and dies. Everyone at the party is a suspect.

The party was HUGE. There were so many characters, it was difficult to keep track of which I should be keeping track of and so on. There were a main few that stuck out but everyone beyond that got lost in the chaos.

I typically don’t like detective novels anymore but Eve Dallas somehow makes it interesting. With her husband Roarke and partner Peabody, they have fun banter and discussions that keep my attention.

I did guess the ending but not to the extent it played out. It was brilliantly done and exciting to see what was on the next page.

General content summary: F words= 20+, previous overdose of pills and vodka death, fatal car crash (previous, parents, no details), divorce (previous, no details), a man is poisoned and killed (some details but discussed multiple times), some details of corpse and autopsy, references to masturbation (multiple), stabbing attempt, stalking (multiple references), alcohol (multiple), f/f marriage, reference to abortion (previous), eating disorder (previous), drug addiction (previous), references to intimacy and intimacy (details), pregnancy.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the finished copy!

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