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Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb
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Jun 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery
Read in February, 2012

Here Robb plays with the difference between the character an actor portrays, the persona she presents to the world as "herself" for publicity purposes, and the person she really is. The actor portraying Detective Peabody in the upcoming movie "The Icove Agenda" (an in-series dramatization of the events of the earlier book Origin in Death) is found dead in a lap pool, and her surface resemblance to Peabody rattles Lieutenant Eve Dallas and everyone on our familiar investigative team. But as the investigation proceeds, the differences are thrown into sharp relief and the "supportive Hollywood family" proves to be anything but.

Parts of this story compare well to the earlier Witness in Death (in which Dallas investigates a murder committed on-stage during a production of Agatha Christie's play "Witness for the Prosecution"), and the two share the complication that an actor is particularly well-suited to lie to a police investigator--and might do so for reasons other than being the killer.

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