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Encore in Death: Eve Dallas #56    by J. D. Robb order for
Encore in Death
by J. D. Robb
Order:  USA  Can
St. Martin's, 2023 (2023)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I'd heard of J.D. Robb's very popular futuristic romantic suspense series starring hard-nosed homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas, but this is the first I've read. Encore in Death is the fifty-sixth in the series! Eve is very happily married to the enigmatic and devilishly handsome Roarke, the richest man on the planet, but keeps her job and independence.

Twenty-five years after the unexpected death of Upstage star Leah Rose propelled her understudy, Eliza Lane, into the spotlight, Eliza and her husband Brant Fitzhugh throw an A-lister gala in their home to highlight the upcoming Upstage revival. Pushed to sing a song, Eliza hands Brant her glass. He drinks from it - and dies of cyanide poisoning.

Eve and her team investigate, and wonder who was really the target - Brant (loved by all) or Eliza (who's pushy and exacting, and made a few enemies along the way)? Roarke does some financial digging as well. Eve starts to wonder if this murder is an encore to the death a quarter century before. Of course she gets to the surprising truth, with Roarke at her back, as always.

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