At the most solemn moment of a Catholic funeral Mass, the priest brings the chalice to his lips. Seconds later, he is dead on the alter.
For the mourners packed into the pews, Father Miguel Flores’s sudden demise is an unimaginable shock. When Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine contained enough ptoassium cyanide to kill a rhino, she’s prepared to plunge in and find out why, despite her discomfort with her surroundings. It’s not the bodegas and pawnshps of East Harlem that bother her, though the neighborhood is a long way from the stone mansion she shares with her billionaire husband, Roarke. It’s all that holiness flying around at St. Cristobal’s that makes her uneasy.
A search of the victim’s simple, sparsely furnished room reveals few personal touches, except for a carefully hidden religious medal with a mysterious inscription, and a couple of underlined Bible passages. The autopsy reveals much more faint scars of knife wounds, a removed tattoo–and evidence of plastic surgery suggesting “Fath Flores” may not have been the man his parishioners thought. Now, as Eve plieces together clues that suggest identity theft, gang connections, and a deeply personal act of revenge, she hopes to track down whoever committed this unholy act. Until a second murder–in front of an even larger group of worshippers–knocks the whole investigation sideways.
The way Eve sees it, vengeance may be the Lord’s business, but if there’s going to be any earthy justice in this case, it’s up to her.
REVIEW: After this many books you would think that there aren’t that many story lines left, however she keeps making them. I finally got my copy of this book, and couldn’t put it down once I started it. It was a definite page turner for me. I really like it when Eve is put into situations where she is out of her element, and she definitely is in this book, but that doesn’t stop here from digging and digging till she finds her murderer.
This is a classic Eve and Roarke story, I think that one of the things that I love about these two is that we get to see the relationship between these grow and develop, just like we see in our own relationships.
If you haven’t ever picked up one of the In Death books, I highly recommend them, I lent all of mine to baby sister over the summer and she said that she ignored her kids while she read all the books.
I give this book a 4.5 out of 5