After Vengeance in Death, nothing had a chance of really measuring up. But Holiday in Death came pretty damn close!
The mystery is the one point that disappointed me, because I totally solved it pretty quickly. I was kind of disappointed that Eve didn’t… but her being a little behind was fully understandable. Not only did she come back from her injuries a little sooner than she should have (no big surprise there… this is Eve after all) but the crimes are just too familiar for her. They feel like they’re striking too close to home and that’s clouding her judgement. But it was still a solid mystery and I wasn’t 100% sure I was right until the end.
The slight disappointment I felt at the mystery is completely overshadowed by how great the other elements were. The relationships, which I KEEP saying are what make this series, were fantastic in Holiday in Death. She’s built such a family around her and seeing all these people worry about her and force her to take care of herself was so endearing. I just love watching Rourke take care of her – especially since he often does so against her will, while she protests loudly.
I think that fact that it’s set during the holiday season made all those relationships more profound, because Eve is struggling to handle a season that’s never been so important for her in the past. I loved watching her and Rourke have their first Christmas together. I loved watching her struggle to get gifts. I loved seeing Somerset worry about her. I loved seeing her fight with Peabody. Where the relationships were concerned… Holiday in Death struck absolute gold!
I’m reading the novella next, and since that’s not on audio I suspect it will slow me down a bit. What can I say? Susan Erickson may not be the best narrator, but she’s good enough to enjoy the story at 2x and I’m pushing through so much faster on audio than I ever would reading. And she’s quickly BECOMING these characters I love so much! So I can’t really complain!
Berls loved the relationships in Holiday in Death. 4.5/5 Stars Click To Tweet