Book 20 in the In Death series, published September 2003. I’ve got the original paperback, with the first cover.
Laine Tavish is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life in the small town of Angel's Gap, Maryland, as the proprietor of Remember When, an antique treasures and gift shop. At least, that's what everyone in Angel's Gap thinks. They have no idea that she used to be Elaine O'Hara, daughter of the notorious con man Big Jack O'Hara. Or that she grew up moving from place to place, one step ahead of the law... Laine's past has just caught up with her, though - in a very dramatic way. Her long-lost uncle suddenly turned up in her shop, leaving only a cryptic warning before dying in the street, run down by a car. Soon afterward, her home is ransacked. Now it's up to Laine, and a sexy stranger named Max Gannon, to find out who's chasing her, and why. The answer lies in a hidden fortune - a fortune that will change not only Laine's life but also the lives of future generations. And danger and death will surround that fortune for years to come. Until New York City Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas gets on the case... A thrill-ride of a novel that blends present-day romance and futuristic suspense, Remember When is a tale of deceit and secrets, of strong women and fascinating men- a brilliant combination of the incomparable talents of the two sides of Nora Roberts.
I have to confess, I only read the J.D. Robb half of the book. But if you haven’t read it before, you should perhaps read the Nora Roberts part first, to understand the story better. Even if you don’t like contemporary romance, the mystery part is good.
Peabody is searching for her Detective look, and is driving Eve crazy with the way she dresses. After all, as a Detective, she doesn’t have to wear her uniform anymore.
Samantha Gannon just gets home from an exhausting book promotion tour, to find her house is shatters, and her house sitter and best friend murdered. There is no evidence that someone specifically targeted Andrea, no sexual abuse, just cold-blooded murder. She probably surprised him in his search of the house. Samantha just wrote a best-seller about her family history, involving the infamous diamond heist which took place 50 years ago. And someone obviously thinks she knows more than she put in her book, she has to know where the diamonds are hidden.
So Eve is directing her investigation to associates of the original 4 thieves. The stakes are getting higher when Samantha’s cleaning girl is found murdered in an abandoned lot. This was not as clean as Andrea, this young girl was beaten to death, and suffered greatly. But it does give Eve more clues, and a witness. The net closes around the murderer. A totally self centered and egoistic young man, who had every chance, and a decent upbringing, but choose to kill, just because he could. Because he feels entitled to everything he wants.
It is a good story, and in the end a race with the killer to find the diamonds and to stop him from killing again.
The whole team is working together again, Feeney and McNab, Baxter and Truehart, and of course Roarke is helping as much as Eve lets him. Summerset is on vacation, and Eve sure knows how to celebrate the fact that he is gone.