Encore in Death

St. Martin’s (In Death, Bk. 56). Feb. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9781250284082. $29.99. SUSPENSE
As a celebrity couple, Eliza Lane and Brant Fitzhugh seem to have it all. They’re still in love after 10 years of marriage. He’s about to head to New Zealand for six months to star in a new production. She has a dream role on Broadway, where she hopes for a Tony Award in the show that launched her career 25 years earlier. It all crashes when Brant salutes his wife with a cyanide cocktail and dies in front of 200 party guests. Now Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team investigate while coping with the media, who focus on every element of their case. Brant was well-loved, but Eliza has a harder side. If the cocktail was meant for her, there are more suspects. It’s going to take digging into the couple’s past, including stories from 10 and 25 years earlier, to find a surprise, but not surprising, villain.
VERDICT The latest in the Eve Dallas series (after Desperation in Death) includes Roarke and other beloved characters and won’t disappoint its myriad of fans. The celebrity culture of fanaticism and stalkers is handled beautifully in this solid, skillfully written procedural.
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