Interlude in Death
Reviewed: March 26, 2008
By: J. D. Robb
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
96 pages, $3.15
J.D. Robb may be better known to readers as Nora Roberts, the author of many
many romance novels. There are also some 20 books in the Eve Dallas series of
mysteries. I’m not sure just why Lieutenant Dallas’ tales are set
in the 2050s, but they are. In this novella, which can be had as a single volume,
in a collection with two other short pieces, or in audio as CD of MP3, Dallas
is tasked to give a seminar on police procedures, Much to her annoyance this
has to take place at the Olympus Resort, one of a number of offworld hotels
owned by her husband, a former (maybe) mobster named Roarke.
Things get out of hand when there is a murder at the opening reception, and
it rapidly becomes obvious that one of the other presenters, a legendary police
commander, has his sights set on Roarke as the perp.
I’d have to say that there really isn’t much of anything that would
require this book to be set in the future. The setting does feel a bit like
window dressing, but it was entertaining for all that.