Lieutenant Eve Dallas is back from a relaxing holiday and surprisingly isn't swamped with work. With her aide, Peabody, she opens a cold case and hands it over to Peabody to try and solve. This is Peabody's first case and she's surprised and nervous about solving it. She doesn't get much time when a man is murdered in the middle of his birthday party by poisoning his drink. Dallas knows this M.O. and learns that the person responsible was just released from prison and has started killing again. Setting out to find her, once again puts Dallas' husband Roarke in the way.
I used to have a problem with this set of books always having Dallas find who the killer was by herself and in a dangerous situation. It seems that now Robb likes putting Roarke in the danger seat and I'm getting a bit tired of that too. I believe this is the third or forth book where Roarke has been put in danger simply because Dallas is on officer on the case. This is hardly realistic and is a predictive way of Robb adding tension to the book.
That complaint aside, Robb does a great job of capturing the reader's interest. I breezed through this book and enjoyed it, though you'd think that Eve and Roarke would stop having the same old argument again. Peabody's parents came to visit which added some entertainment to the book. Hopefully we see them again some time in the other books in the series.
First Line: "Murder was work."