Book Review: “Wonderment in Death” by J.D. Robb

Posted November 11, 2015 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Book Review: “Wonderment in Death” by J.D. Robb

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

"Wonderment in Death" Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Penguin on September 22, 2015
Pages: 99
Source: the library


Thing aren't what they seem when Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates what appears to be a routine murder/suicide. When friends of Darlene and Marcus Fitzwilliams insist Darlene would never hurt her brother, Eve digs deeper.

Eve learns that Darlene sought help from sensitivities, psychics, and doctors of paranormal studies in an attempt to contact her dead parents. After clues mimicking Alice in Wonderland repeatedly turns up, the case gets curiouser and curiouser...

Racing against the clock, Eve must travel down the rabbit hole to stop a madman's murderous tea party.

A short story in the In Death romantic suspense series, it fits in chronologically at 41.5. The series revolves around Lieutenant Eve Dallas, very much a self-made woman in the New York of 2061.

My Take

“Wonderment in Death” has a theme of Alice in Wonderland with its very own Mad Hatter, March Hare, and Dormouse all working together to destroy people. I am somewhat surprised that Galahad didn’t show up as the Cheshire cat!

It’s a fun story that will also make you cry at the loss. The fun involves Robb’s depiction of that Mad Hatter, for he is mad and has an obsession with outlandish hats. And yes, he does love his tea parties…eeek… At the end, it’s that interview with Peabody having her fun, lol, at which you can’t help but crack up.

The sad is in what this serial killer does. How he destroys his victims. It’s always such a heart-wrenching loss, and particularly well done when the author shows that loss.

As always, I do enjoy reading about the “criminal” working so closely with cops, talking the talk. And feeding them, lol.

The Story

Thing aren’t what they seem when Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates what appears to be a routine murder/suicide. When friends of Darlene and Marcus Fitzwilliams insist Darlene would never hurt her brother, Eve digs deeper.

It’s an attempt to contact her parents as Darlene seeks help from sensitives, psychics, and doctors of paranormal studies. A fateful trail that Dallas will follow, one of clues that mimic Alice’s own journey into Wonderland in a case that gets curiouser and curiouser…

The Characters

Lieutenant Eve Dallas runs a Homicide Division in New York City. She’s married to one of the wealthiest, and most gorgeous, men in the world, Roarke. Dr. Louise Dimatto and Charles Monroe are married and good friends with Eve and Roarke. They’re also friends with the Fitzwilliams.

Eve’s PD Division includes…
Detective Delia Peabody, Eve’s partner; Detective Baxter and his aide, Officer Troy Trueheart; Detective Santiago lost a bet; Carmichael; and, Detective Jenkinson‘s ties are still nasty, lol. Detective Ian McNab, Peabody’s significant other, is with the Electronic Detective Division under Captain Ryan Feeney, Eve’s old mentor. Detective Callendar is another e-geek with the same outlandish taste in clothes. Morris is their best pathologist; Dr. Mira is a profiler.

Darlene Fitzwilliams is desperate to contact her dead parents, Gareth and Bria Fitzwilliams. Henry is her fiancé and works for Roarke as an architectural engineer and rehabilitation specialist. Marcus Elliot Fitzwilliams is Darli’s very patient brother and CEO and president of Fitzwilliams Worldwide. Philip is the night doorman at her brother’s building. Uncle Sean is based in Europe running that Worldwide branch. Mrs. Melton is another client. Other clients were Marian Beechem, Fiona MacNee, and Sylvia Garth.

Doctor Bright is his current alias. Ms. Harriet March, a.k.a., Willow Bateman, is the assistant he picked up while Dorbert Mouse, a.k.a., Maurice Xavier, is his driver. The lies are in François Simon, Anton Zacari, Angus Roland, Niles George Carroll, and Louis Carroll Ravenwood, who had a sister, Alice Ravenwood.

Doctor Hester is a psychic nutritionalist. Mikhail Lombrowski is another psychic. Madame Dupres started out as Evelyn Basset in Yonkers and trusted unwisely.

The Cover and the Title

There is no Kindle cover for this short, so I’m basing a description on the audio one. It’s consistent with previous covers with the top two-thirds a brilliant red and the author’s name in yellow. There’s a black textured band with the title, also in yellow, on top of it. Below that is a collage of images symbolizing the story with a cup of steaming tea in front of a red wing chair, the steam wafting over a railing that overlooks the city down below. On the far right is a lieutenant’s badge in scalloped gold encircling a blue center.

The title blends the theme of the story as well as the manner in which Dr. Bright’s victims meet their end with a “Wonderment in Death”.

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5 responses to “Book Review: “Wonderment in Death” by J.D. Robb

  1. I’ve been wanting to start the J.D. Robb books since I enjoy her books under the Roberts name so much and this looks definitely different from anything I’ve seen in the series so far. I’m definitely curious though from what I’ve heard this is a series that’s best started at the beginning so I’ve got a ways to go!

  2. Robb’s short stories tend to have a bit of the fantastical about them, and “Wonderment in Death” has that AND manages to keep the supernatural out of it, and yet it was still “a much of a muchness” in its insanity.

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