Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb is the 30th book in the “In Death” suspense series. Publisher: Putnam, February 2010

Bart Minnock, founder of the computer-gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can’t wait to lose himself in an imaginary world—to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king—in his company’s latest top-secret project, Fantastical.

The next morning, he is found in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. It is the most puzzling case Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game.

NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is having as much trouble figuring out how Bart Minnock was murdered as determining who did the murdering. The victim’s girlfriend seems sincerely grief-stricken, and his quirky-but-brilliant partners at U-Play appear equally shocked. No one seemed to have a problem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire.

Of course, success can attract jealousy, and gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks—as Eve’s husband, Roarke, one of U-Play’s competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naive, and quite capable of fighting back in the real world as well as the virtual one.

Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction—and the price of defeat is death.

This was an awesome read. The plot and tone of the mystery had me reading this book non-stop until the end. I love when a book keeps me guessing as to who is the killer. I just love the relationship between Eve and her co-workers and her friends and how they are all intertwined in how she solves her murder mystery. Having Roarke as a loving husband is a bonus. Again, another great story. My rating: 5 stars

J. D. Robb is the pseudonym of Nora Roberts

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