Book Review

PORTRAIT IN DEATH
by J.D. Robb

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Futuristic

2003 Best Futuristic Romance Award Winner

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Lt. Eve Dallas is ready to dance with joy. Roarke's majordomo, Summerset (aka Eve's nemesis), is leaving on a three-week vacation. But an accidental run-in with the cat causes Summerset to fall down the stairs and break his leg. Realizing his de facto father is getting older is not easy for Roarke, plus Summerset is every bit the pain-in-the-butt patient Eve is.

In the midst of this crisis, Eve catches
a disturbing new case. Someone is photographing and killing college students.
As the number of victims rises, so does
Eve's determination to stop the killer. Roarke, meanwhile, gets a new piece of information about his past and is shattered by the implications, no longer sure who he is.

PORTRAIT IN DEATH is very much Roarke's story; we learn important
information about his past and future. The continued emotional growth of all the characters, major and minor, is part of what makes this series such a masterpiece. Darn, but it is hard to be patient until the next spine-tingling installment! (Mar., 368 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Berkley

Published: March 2003

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Portrait in Death

Submitted by Robin in PA on February 10, 2012 - 3:05pm.

When Reporter Nadine Furst receives photographs of a dead girl along with a message telling where to find her body, she immediately calls Lt. Eve Dallas. Eve investigates and soon finds herself on the trail of a serial killer who takes photos of his victims before disposing of them. Meanwhile, Roarke's world is shaken when he discovers the woman he thought was his mother really wasn't his mother at all.

This is another good mystery which, as usual, I didn't figure out whodunit. But what makes this story different from some of the others in the series is the change in circumstance for some characters. Roarke finding out the woman who abandoned him as a child really wasn't his mother leaves him wondering about his whole life. In the process he shuts out the two people he loves most, Eve and Summerset. Both Eve and Summerset are confused by his behavior and come together to help figure out what is happening to Roarke. My rating: 4.5 Stars.