Celebrity in Death is book 34 in the In Death series by J D Robb from Putnam.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she's managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases.
It's a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks almost like her long-lost twin. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays Peabody - drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director's luxury building.
Talented but rude, and widely disliked, K. T. Harris had made an embarrassing scene during dinner. Now she's at the center of a crime scene - and Eve is more than ready to get out of her high heels and strap on her holster, to step into the role she was born to play: cop.
The book Nadine Furst wrote about Eve’s high profile Icove case is being turned into a movie. To celebrate the fact that the movie is almost wrapped, Eve, Roarke, Peabody, McNab, Mavis and Leonardo have all been invited to dinner with the cast and the major players behind the scenes.
As usual, Eve is out of her element - but in true Eve style, she mans up and makes the best of the situation. Until things take a turn for the worse - and suddenly Eve is exactly in her element.
When the body of the actress who is portraying Peabody in the movie turns up dead in the rooftop lap pool Eve immediately settles into cop mode. Unless she is mistaken - and Eve is rarely mistaken - the killer has to be one of the people in attendance.
Questioning begins and Eve quickly realizes that actors make great liars - but no matter how good they are - she’s better.
I love this series.
I give Celebrity in Death 4 out of 5 stars.
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Putnam (February 21, 2012)