"Wonderment in Death" by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death,
Publisher: Jove, September 2015
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Some of your favorite New York Times bestselling authors present five all-new stories told through the looking glass—including a new Eve Dallas novella!
You’re late for a very important date... Enter a wonderland of mesmerizing tales. It’s a place that’s neither here nor there, where things are never quite as they seem. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s whimsical masterpiece, ranging from the impossible to the mad to the curiouser, these stories will have you absolutely off your head.
Don’t be afraid to follow them…
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
Wonderment in Death by J. D. Robb, Alice and the Earl in Wonderland by Mary Blayney, Love by Elaine Fox, A True Heart by Mary Kay McComas, Fallen by R. C. Ryan
Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite fairy tales. The mischievous characters, the setting where truly anything can happen, and the determination of the heroine wins me over every time. When I saw that Robb had come out with a novella with strong Alice themes, you bet I was in.
Although it appears to be a typical murder suicide (if any such thing can be truly typical), there’s something odd about this one. Why was the sister wearing a camera on her lapel as she murdered her brother and flung herself off the balcony? Eve starts digging and finds that this doesn’t fit either sibling’s personality. She tugs that thread, unraveling the entire story in a fascinating tale.
The theme of “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” stood out strongly in Wonderment in Death. Eve could have taken one look, saw what she was supposed to see, and wrapped it as a murder/suicide. That isn’t who she is; even though Louise and other characters ask her to look further, Eve would have delved into their story until she was sure, was satisfied. I loved that extra development in her character – this case reinforces her standard to look beyond the surface.
What really stood out for me were the overwhelming themes of Alice. From the villain’s cronies to the method of murder itself, Robb didn’t leave any stone unturned. The fairy tales shenanigans merged with the harsh reality of Eve’s world created a stark, fascinating contrast.