J. D. Robb
Date: 1st pub 2008, this edition 2013
Source: Thank you to Helen @HachetteNZ
Scandalous death sells papers. But as the media frenzy feeds on the wealthy Thomas Anders, strangled to death with a black velvet rope in his plush Park Avenue apartment, Lieutenant Eve Dallas grapples with one question: a crime of passion or a cold extermination.
Strangers in Death #26 in the series, and it contains all that is good about this series. This one takes a slightly different tack in that there is no serial killer that Eve and her team are working non stop to get ahead of. Or wait, could there have been one at work?
Loved the little bits like Eve stopping to interact with the young boy Tiko who sold her a scarf a few books back. I also liked the development for Charles and Louise, who when the book opens seem to be struggling in some way.
The mystery of murder with Eve finally cracking the code and stage managing the final showdown, the sharp, witty dialogue, the minor characters all playing their part. For me - another winner.