Series: In Death #10
Format Read: large print paperback
Source: my local library
Release Date: August 14, 2000
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Blurb from goodreads:
It is 2059, and New York City homicide lieutenant Eve Dallas's husband, Roarke, is producing a revival of Agatha Christie's thriller Witness for the Prosecution. On opening night, when the villainous character Leonard Vole gets his just deserts, someone substitutes a kitchen knife for the prop knife, and the actor, Richard Draco, is stabbed through the heart. Trouble is, in time-tested British mystery fashion, everyone in the cast had good reason to despise Richard, a misogynist who seduced and discarded beautiful young women, including one whom he knew to be his daughter. It's up to Eve to solve the case, an emotionally difficult task as she is no stranger to incest herself: she was beaten and raped by her father before she managed to escape him. As Eve fights to keep her head above water, she tries to bond at a deeper level with Roarke, so that her future will heal the pain of her past.
I've bounced around all over the place, reading the books in this series all out of order. I've been trying to catch up and read the ones I missed, more or less in order, so I got this one from the library. As I was reading it, parts seemed familiar so possibly I read it years ago. Since I've read out of order I was spoiled for certain events but I didn't mind. Still, at times it was weird seeing things and people from so early in the series, it was disconcerting. I enjoy these stories so much, it's like hanging out with friends. Though I'm not sure Eve and I would be friends, we're so different, but oh, I'd like to be.
The story is intertwined with a play, "Witness for the Prosecution", based on a book by Agatha Christie. It's also a movie. After reading this book, I'm curious about Christie's book and will need to borrow it from my library. There are parallels between the events that happen in Robb's story and Christie's story adding layers that we don't always see in the In Death books. Robb's characterization was in sharp form, both with the regulars and the new characters. I loved seeing the early stages of Peabody and McNab, the sharp dialogue between Eve and Summerset and the small ways they take care of each other, Eve and Mira's relationship, of course Eve and Roarke and their complicated, evolving relationship, and the mystery itself. Pretty much I loved everything about this book. Robb was in top form; placing, plotting, details, dialogue, everything was tight, smart, and enthralling.