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Salvation in Death Hardcover – November 4, 2008
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Holy communion spells death for Fr. Miguel Flores, a popular Catholic priest in New York City's Spanish Harlem, after he swallows wine laced with cyanide during a funeral in bestseller Robb's unusually introspective 27th crime thriller to feature Lt. Eve Dallas (after Strangers in Death). The ensuing homicide investigation suggests that Flores could actually be Lino Martinez, a former member of a disbanded gang, the Soldados, suspected of two bombings before he disappeared. The death by cyanide of another religious figure, Jimmy Jay Jenkins, founder of the Church of Eternal Light, complicates matters. Are the two murders connected? Sussing out the answer to that question involves some serious digging. Dallas's husband, Roarke, and fun sidekick, Det. Delia Peabody, lend support. Robb offers a multilayered solution to several crimes that serves as yet another reminder that wolves sometimes hide in sheep's (or priest's) clothing, but justice, like faith, has no expiration date. (Nov.)
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The Eve Dallas series of near-future mysteries rolls comfortably along in this latest installment, the twenty-ninth. The series began in 1995 so the author can fairly be accused of cranking them out (she’s also published a book or two under her real name, Nora Roberts). Despite being a lesser product of the Roberts machine, the Dallas novels have a certain charm, in a mass-produced kind of way. The near-future setting (the mid-twenty-first century) is nicely realized without being too excessively detailed; the protagonist, homicide detective Dallas, is a likable and strong character, well able to support a multivolume series; and the cases—including this one, about a murder in an ancient church, the aftermath of which reveals that the victim might not have been the gentle Catholic priest his parishioners thought he was—are imaginative and suspenseful. The dialogue is a little clumsy, and the narrative passages sometimes seem a bit contrived, but there’s a reason so many Dallas novels have appeared in so short a time: they sell. So will this one. --David Pitt
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* Holy communion spells death for Fr. Miguel Flores, a popular Catholic priest in New York City's Spanish Harlem, after he swallows wine laced with cyanide during a funeral.
*The ensuring homicide investigation suggests that Flores could actually be Lino Martinez, a former member of a disbanded gang, the soldados, suspected of two bombings before he disappeared. The death by cyanide of another religious figure, jimmy jay jenkins, founder of the church of Eternal Light, complicates matters. Are the two murders Connected? Sussing out the answer to that question involves some serious digging. Dallas's husband, Roarke, and fun sidekick, Det. Delia Peabody, lend support.
* This installment opens with, Fr. Migual Flores is preforming Mass for a funeral for one of the parishioners in the parish (Mr.Ort ease) , while he was doing Communion. He took a drink of the wine seconds later he was dead. Turns out the wine was laced with Potassium cyanide,
there was a couple of officers attending the services and while 911 was being called they tried to revive him Thus compromising the crime scene. Before Eve and Peabody got there, while Eve was examined the body she finds scars from old wounds and a tat that had been covered. And may have had some work done on his face, Eve had sent for is dental records, finding out it wasn't Migual but some one else.
* Mean while.....Dallas and Peabody are interviewing people who knew the man whom was thought to be .Fr. migual flores, there was a confrontation between Flores and Solace, the other father's in the parish were aware of the wife had come to them becuz he had been Tuning up his wife(Barbara) and had molested his daughter, there was a confrontation between the husband and the Father(Flores) the Husband was put in Prison.
* After Speaking to the wife Peabody and Dallas Return to Central and Nadine was waiting for Dallas in her Office, To See if she Can Find out anything about the Death of the Murder of the Flores. Nadine wants to know if Eve is going to be apart of a shower for Louise (wedding shower) since her and Charles Monroe LC (Retired LC) have been recently engaged.
* * Another Great installment in the Series.....J.D.Robb does it again!
The friendship of the repeating characters and the relationships that have developed among them all are satisfying! The scorching romance of Eve and Roark continues to deepen and develop with each story.
Loved this, and I am looking forward to the next read.
Eve’s investigation exposes the possibility of other murders that connect to the first kill.
With a congregation of suspects, Eve uses logic, information and insight to extrapolate the killer and the motive. Eve stands for the dead, in the present and from the past. Summerset remains uppity and Galahad remains superior and sneaky.
Since then, I've sat down and ignored all else in my life to read this book. I finished it. I love it.
Here is the character development I love. Here is an original storyline. Thank goodness.
Once again, we learn more about how Eve & Roarke think and work together. Eve IS evolving and that's a good thing. I notice one other reviewer noted that the minor characters are not as in play here. It's true. I don't mind it every once in a while. Eve & Roarke (and Peabody) are the heart here, and while I enjoy the others, sometimes it's nice to focus again. I would miss them if they don't show up again soon, but... I don't mind.
As always, I would advise a new reader to NOT start here. Probably, yes, you'd be mostly OK - some former cases are mentioned but not necessary for the plot - but you'd be missing a lot of nuances. Go to the beginning of the series and enjoy it all, but as a new installment, this is stellar.