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“Anchored by terrific characters, sudden twists that spin the whole narrative on a dime, and a thrills-to-chills ration that will raise the neck hairs of even the most jaded reader, the J. D. Robb books are the epitome of great popular fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane
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- Publication Date : March 1, 2000
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 343 pages
- Publisher : Berkley; Reprint edition (March 1, 2000)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B000OIZSEQ
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- Best Sellers Rank: #26,809 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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THE STORY: An actor is murdered on stage in full view of all the audience, including Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Now Eve has to figure out who the killer is. Since her husband Roarke owns the theater and other people she knows have connections to the crime, Eve has to work in the spotlight to solve the crime.
OPINION: This is a book where, appropriately, the murder is committed during a performance of Witness for the Prosecution and then the mystery itself feels like an Agatha Christie mystery including the gathering of suspects for the big reveal at the end.
The emphasis in this one is definitely on the mystery although there are some nice scenes between Eve and Roarke. I also enjoyed the continuing character development of Eve's friends. Both Peabody and Nadine have important roles in this book.
I think the books where Eve has a personal connection to the murders works best and her friends having connections work almost as well. The story also is teasing out Eve's continuing struggles with her past. Much as been resolved and Eve is happier, but things are still lurking that she struggles with. This book only teases those issues gently, but I like that her past has not been easily resolved and set aside.
WORTH MENTIONING: My favorite part of this book is Eve setting up a romantic dinner for her and Roarke. This is a turning point in their relationship as she begins to do those regular romantic gestures which make a good relationship.
CONNECTED BOOKS: WITNESS IN DEATH is the tenth book in the In Death series. This series has standalone mysteries with continuing character storylines. This book can be read as a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
Rourke manages to get Eve to dress to the nines and attend an opening performance of a new play at his elegant theatre. The plot is a mystery and by intermission, Eve knows that a murder will be committed and has determined who the murderer will be. Rourke refuses to confirm or deny but when the play resumes a murder--a real one --IS committed on the stage in front of a full house. The lead actor, playing a deplorable, is actually stabbed to death with a real knife that has been substituted for the prop knife that has a retractable blade.
Immediately, Eve in her designer gown, reverts to Dallas and gets the show on the road--the investigative show, that is. As always there are red herrings, convoluted associations, many reasons for the victim to be murdered and lots of people who would have wanted him dead. To compound the dead ends and run arounds, seemingly unconnected the head stagehand commits suicide--or was he murdered, too?
Keeps one going until the very end, when things are pulled together but are not what would be expected and, as usual in this future New York City of late 21st century, somehow are worse than anticipated.
Eve and Roarke are attending the premier of a revival of a famous Agatha Christie play, ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ when, during the final act, one of the stars of the play is stabbed through the heart by another actor. (Just like in the original Christie work). Hundreds and hundreds of people, Including Eve and Roarke witness this and it is found that someone has switched the stage knife with a real knife.
There are many, many suspects involved with this one and Eve soon finds that the victim was universally disliked and that many to most of the actors involved are glad he is dead and indeed, many wish they had been the ones to do the killing. (I feel most readers will agree to this assessment of the victims character as the story progresses). While it is not necessary to enjoy this book, it is more fun if you have read the original Christie work, or watched one of several remakes of this one on film, because you can see how well Robb has paid tribute to Dame Christie...a rather remarkable job!
This work has a touch of noir involved and Robb has done a wonderful job of capturing the essence of the Christie play although some (myself included) had some trouble form time to time following the many characters (suspects) in this one due to the number involved.
Also of note is the fact that of all the books in this series, and I think that number is quickly approaching 50 or more, Eve’s personality is at its worse in this one. She spends a great amount of time making physical threats directed toward her faithful Peabody and to be quite frank, comes across as a bit of a bully throughout this work. It should also be noted that the subject of rape in incest plays a major part is this one and that some readers may be put off by this although the author handles it well and it is most certainly not done in a gratuitous manner.
This is one of my most favorite series and Agatha Christie is one of my favorite detection authors so for me I had a double dose of what I enjoy.
It should be noted that it is nice if you can read these books in order of publication but it is most certainly not absolutely necessary due to the fact that each of these novels is a good stand-alone.
I also must note that unlike some of the books in this series I failed to figure out whodunit right up until the end.
All in all a great read and good addition to the series it also moves the series along quite well.
Top reviews from other countries
I think this is the first time in this series that I've almost wanted the murderer to get away with it! The victim here is absolutely vile and definitely got what was coming to him, something even Eve would agree with. If it wasn't for the death of an innocent witness I think I'd have been hoping for her to bungle the case but Eve is a stickler for the law and she will keep digging until she's figured things out no matter how horrible the victim was.
It gets to a point where you're ten books into a series that you start running out of things to say but I still absolutely love this world and Eve and Roarke have become one of my favourite couples. The way they work together is fantastic and I love that their relationship is continuing to evolve even though they're happily married. I also really love all the side characters like Feeny, Peabody and McNab so it's always fun spending time with all of them. The mystery kept me guessing since pretty much everyone who worked at the theatre had a reason to want the victim dead but I think I read this series more for the characters than for the murders at this point. This was another great instalment that still managed to leave me wanting more.
Interesting note, I noticed in chapter 9 (as well as a few pages prior), Chief Medical Examiner Morris.... is suddenly called Chief Medical Examiner MORSE. Book error, or am I wrong in thinking it's supposed to be the same person?