Tuesday 26 June 2012

Book Review: Salvation In Death

Book Title: Salvation in Death
Author: JD Robb
Publisher: Putnam
Pages: 353
Cost: $26.95
How I got it: Borrowed from the Library
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
When Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine contained potassium cyanide, she’s determined to solve the murder of Father Miguel Flores, despite her discomfort with her surroundings. It’s not the bodegas and pawnshops of East Harlem that bother her, though the neighborhood is a long way from the stone mansion she shares with her billionaire husband, Roarke. It’s all that holiness flying around at St. Christobal’s that makes her uneasy.

My Review:
This time the murder revolved around a priest or a man who was so good at the con he played the Catholic Priest for years. I'm not sure how I feel about this five years and no one noticed that this man wasn't who he said he was?? How did he argue theology, give counsel, without anyone noticing he had no sodding clue what he was talking about?? He must be one hell of a con.  Only someone else was a better con than he was and he was killed.  This time I couldn't feel sorry for the victim like I do in the other books(sometimes), many times throughout Eve or Roarke flashback or talk about past victims, meet past victims and I have no earthly idea who the hell they are because I tend to forget you unless you are part of the core group (sad but true, otherwise there would be no room in the noggin for pertinent day to day information)

I liked that until she laid it out for me I was kept guessing on who the killers were; one of whom I would have never thought to look at. And the way the victim was killed?? Just too inventive by half.  This was a good story that for me had a few too many drawbacks, which is why i gave it three stars, I will explain the drawbacks below:

Now onto several things I noticed about Eve in this book that just about pissed me off, enough that i even threw the book across the room:

  1. page 85, I noted on Goodreads while reading that Eve is a bitch. No one for any reason ever deserves to be abused, and considering Eve was once a victim herself you would think she has some sympathy for those who didn't murder their abusers. Eve is supposed to be complicated but in this case throughout most of the book I came borderline close to hating her, I mean really hating her especially after reading this scene.  
  2. Eve seems to hate women everything that screams feminine she calls stupid.
  3. She's a freaking hypocrite, she's a cop, her husband is a thief & a confessed murderer (okay he had a valid reason but still), and he is still breaking the law especially for her a lot of the time and her best friend was a con woman; and yet she has the nerve to give people the beady eye.
  4. She looks down on cops who don't just do the job and those who became more than desk jockeys. She hates others who play the political game.
  5. She's a bully who makes fun of everyone else's job yet her is so important. She is in a word a bitch and not in a good way. I need her to  grow already, take your ass to her Mira and work it out and stop letting that shyt be her fall back excuse for everything. 
It bothers me that Eve doesn't give quarter to other victims yet constantly uses it to excuse her behaviour. When others contradict what she has decided in her head like when Peabody tried to defend the woman on page 85, Eve shut her down pretty nastily. I need her friends to call bullshyt on some of these things, I need Roarke to rip her a new one. I need to hurry up and catch up and discover what happened to this Eve and the Eve I read in celebrity in Death, 'cause I'm dying to know what brought on the change, I mean clearly it wasn't in this story. It's harsh job but someones got to do it.

Happy Reading

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