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Immortal in Death (In Death #3) by J. D. Robb

Immortal in Death (In Death #3) by J. D. Robb

 

I thought this was another of the more brilliant books in the series. It starts out with Eve meeting Mavis’s new lover, an upcoming designer named Leonardo. At the meeting, they have a rather violent run in with Leonardo’s ex, a rising star named Pandora. Pandora is later found beaten to death in Leonardo’s study by Mavis, leading to Eve having to arrest her best friend for murder even when she knows she didn’t do it. Shortly after, Officer Peabody refers a case to Eve that has striking similarities to Pandora’s death. After a third similar murder takes place, the book really takes off. It takes a while, but eventually the cases become linked and the narcotics department want to take over. After being forced to work together, the Eve and the narcotics department settle on Eve leading the investigation with the narcotics department helping. With the help of Officer Peabody, Roarke, and Finney, Eve is eventually able to release Mavis. The trail for the real murder is complicated and intricate. All of Pandora’s friends, high level models, actors, producers, and investors, all become suspects. It is difficult to find a link to the highly dangerous new drug that is the motive behind the gruesome murders. The solving of the case was very interesting to read. It took me a while to guess who the actual culprit was.

On the personal side, this is the book where Eve and Roarke get married. It is interesting to see her wading through the preparations for the wedding because it is not usually stuff she handles. Also, a recent case stirs up memories about her past that cause her a lot of stress. She reaches out to Dr. Mira and opens up new memories of her childhood she would rather remain buried. They break free at a point that is helps her connect deeper with Roarke and even Sommerset. You get to know Dr. Mira better this book which I liked. I find her a very interesting character. You also really get to see Eve, the things that make her tick and how she handles emotional relationships. It is done extremely well. It is a great book for see who the characters really are. The whole book is emotionally charged. There were times you felt you heart being torn right along with Eve as she dealt with everything going on in her life and the case.

This probably isn’t the best book to start with if you are just getting into the series, but it definitely is one of the ones that stands out for me. It’d recommend it to anyone who likes murder mystery books or romantic suspense. This one had equal measure of both topics in it. The stories are wound together fantastically. A great read, but be prepared to be emotionally moved.

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Glory in Death (In Death #2) by J. D. Robb

Glory in Death (In Death #2) by J. D. Robb

 

I did not like this book as much as the first one in the series, however it was still very good. The story line was not quite as intricate, but was still well-developed and thought out. What I loved most about it was the strong emotional turmoil that was prevalent throughout the book. There were a ton of emotional ups and downs, mostly downs, and it was a highly charged book. You could almost feel the stress from the characters come off the page.

The book starts with the murder of a high-profile district attorney. The crime is committed in a signature way and the killer takes a souvenir. Eve is called on to the case and is once again thrust into the spotlight of a high-profile murder. The killer escalates to another high-profile attack – the murder of a rising star. The same signature murder style and a souvenir is taken as well. Through all of this, Eve is butting heads with her commander. The commander and his wife are godparents to the district attorneys children. For him, the case is highly personal and he takes is stress out on Eve throughout, especially when she has to pull in the son and his father for questioning. As the case unfolds, Nadine First is pulled in to help Eve bait the killer. After a third killing, the case goes into high gear as the killer realizes he killed the wrong woman. Eve scrambles with her own guilt as she searches for the killer.

Eve relationship with Roarke is tested in this case as well. They have their first fight and Eve comes to terms with relying on Roarke as a necessary part of her life. Eve’s emotional growth and development in her relationships is fascinating to read and watch unfold. You learn more about Nadine, Mavis, and Officer Peabody. I like Officer Peabody. She is in the later books and it was neat to read about how they met. Nadine is also quite an interesting person, but is more of a common personality for a media star. However, she is well written and developed. Mavis is just…unique. She is so sweet you have to like her, but her personality comes through in spades.

If you liked the first book, I would definitely recommend continuing the series. This is a great segue book that sets the stage for the emotional and personal development Eve needs in order to grow in the next books. It is laid out with enough emotional drama and enough twists, turns, and red-herrings in the murder case to keep the book flowing smoothly and to keep the reader engaged. There were times I kept driving around just to hear more of the story LOL. For me, the shining glory of this book was the emotional drama followed by the murder case. Still a good book though.

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Naked in Death (In Death #1) by J. D. Robb

Naked in Death (In Death #1) by J. D. Robb

 

I had read another J. D. Robb book earlier this year and had picked up Naked in Death after reading the Strangers in Death. I had greatly enjoyed Strangers in Death and wanted to start the series from the beginning. I hadn’t actually got around to reading until now.

I was blown away. There’s not other way to describe it. I thought the other book was great, but this was fantastic. It was the perfect book to start a series. I opens with Lieutenant Eve Dallas being assigned to the murder investigation of a high-class, high connected licensed companion. This murder is the first in a series of similar murders, creating issues and road blocks for Eve at every step. The murders are committed by the use of firearms – something that has been banned for the past 30 years in the book. This leads to the investigation of people who both knew the woman and has a registered firearm collection. Hence she meet Roarke. Roarke is a force of nature, a billionaire businessman that radiates power and danger. Eve with her standoff, aloof attitude surprises everyone by getting involved with him – something highly unusual for her. The romantic connect causes even more tangles that Eve has to wade through and a fine line she has to walk. Roarke has her questioning multiple aspects of her life, particularly her instincts about who she can rely on.

The murders lead Eve in multiple different circles as the following murders involve different types of women. Eve meets multiple different characters and people that later help influence the case and help solve the mysteries. Her instincts guide her even when the evidence is pointing in other directions. In the end, Eve has to face part of her past as she brings justice back for the victims.

The writing of this book was fantastic. The unfolding of the story was flawless and the twists and turns it took were seamless while at the same time being surprising. I am so glad I read this. It is a great example of murder mystery and romantic suspense rolled up into one book. I look forward to reading more of the series and getting to know Eve and Roarke better. Anyone looking for a new romantic suspense or mystery series should definitely try this one out. It is somewhat graphic, but no more so than any of the police tv shows currently on television.

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Strangers in Death (In Death #26) by J. D. Robb

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Strangers in Death (In Death #26) by J. D. Robb

This is the first book I’ve read by J. D. Robb and let me tell you I was blown away. I am a fan after reading this book. I did actually listen to it, but I think it only made it better. The narrator really did a fantastic job with the different voices, especially Peabody and Roarke. I actually went to the story yesterday to pick up another audiobook for the series, and was pleased to find the earlier books come in three packs with the same narrator! Those are on my docket to listen to after my current audiobook finishes.

This was actually book number 26 in the series, so I jumped in the deep end and had to figure out who everyone is. Furthermore, the books are set in the future so I had to make the adjustment to the different world, which wasn’t as disconcerting as I thought it would be. I actually really liked that it was similar enough to relate to but still futuristic.

The story follows Lieutenant Eve Dallas as she investigates the murder of a high profile philanthropist and international sports equipment seller. He is found dead in his bed by apparent kink related strangulation accident. It turns out to be murder. The wife and nephew have solid alibis, but Dallas believes the wife is in on it. The investigation is long and takes multiple twists and turns, leading to surprising and interesting insights. Eva Anders, the wife, is a fully developed and thought out character that you grow to despise the further you go in the book.The way she is written is masterful. You get pulled into the interlacing world of money and politics, along with the seedier side of Licensed Companions and blackmail. The interviews and interrogations of the suspects was written amazingly well, you felt like you were in the room watching. However, throughout the entire book you live in Eve Dallas’ head and hear what she is thinking, which I think is the best part. She is a well-developed intricate character that is fascinating to learn about and see how her mind works.

Along with the complex investigation, you have the emotional relationship between Dallas and Roarke that grows throughout the book, which I assume has continued through every book in the series. The relationship fascinated me and gave a good relief to the constant investigation. It is often by discussing things with Roarke that Dallas has her breakthroughs or new ideas to pursue. It is a great example of a healthy, functioning marriage. In addition, you grow to know the entire cast of characters better, which I again assume happens in each book. I was fun to read and learn about each individual in Dallas’ life and how they affect her.

Furthermore, the complex crime and investigation reminded me a lot of Anne Perry, another author I love to read. I would recommend this book, or even the series, to anyone who likes complex story lines that don’t revolve around sex scenes. You can’t be squeamish though if you want to read this. The death and details are discussed throughout the book, along with reasons people do horrendous things to each other. I might recommend reading some of the earlier books first because this book references events from previous books, but I loved starting with this one. I’m sure I’ll come back and re-read it sometime.

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