by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #41.5
Pub. Date: Sept. 29, 2015
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Length: 3 hrs 34 min
Someone is hosting dangerous tea parties in 2061 New York...
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 Wonderlandrepeatedly 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.
This novella installment of the In Death series features one of my favorite villains. I really wish this would have been a full length book because I loved it so much. Again, I listened to this in audio. I think the only print version available is in the anthology, Down the Rabbit Hole.
The book starts off with an apparent murder/suicide of a brother and sister who are close friends of Charles and Louise. So Eve pulls rank to handle the case as a favor to Louise. The murder/suicide quickly shows signs of being a set up - like why would the killer be wearing a recording device? This leaves Eve and Peabody on a trippy investigation into a killer obsessed with Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland. There are drugs, hypnosis and mind control. J.D. Robb took fun aspects of my favorite child's story and weaved them into a homicide plot that was super freaky but kinda fun at the same time. Everyone has heard the rumors that Alice in Wonderland was based on drugs or an acid trip, but now you get to see that happening in a twisted way with this story. It's what would have happened on a bad trip, if you will.
I loved everything about this novella... particularly the effects the drug mist had on Eve and Peabody. I always like to see these small scenes that make Eve more a little more human and less emotionless super cop. 5 stars / 1 flame.