To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death, we're taking a look back at every single book in the In Death series. Today, John Jacobson reviews #40, Obsession in Death.
Obsession in Death marks the 40th official title in the In Death series. After reviewing Festive in Death, I managed to avoid feeling series burnout because of Eve Dallas’s continued improvement as a character. Obsession in Death took those feelings and amped them up a few notches. This installment is much more about the mystery, following a serial killer that kills with the belief that they are Dallas’s friend. It’s a compelling mystery arc that also gives the reader a lens to look back on Eve’s career—a smart authorial decision on Robb’s part that makes this book work both as a standalone mystery and as a later installment in an ongoing series.
Getting called to a grisly murder scene is day-to-day work for Lieutenant Eve Dallas, even if it is just after the Christmas holidays. Eve’s latest job has something she’s never seen before: a note from the killer addressed directly to her.