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Echoes in Death Book Review

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb

Publication Date:  February 7, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Source: Library

Synopsis: As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”…

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

Personal Thoughts: I was really looking forward to reading the latest In Death book in the series however this one was just an ok read. The plot line takes us through a story of different fictional characters in makeup (i.e. the devil, dracula, etc) as the culprit goes around killing people dressed up as a villain. It is up to Eve Dallas to find out why he is doing it and stop him before he picks the next target and it is too late.

Throughout the book, there are echoes (like in the title) that are parallel with Eve’s history of abuse and it is interesting to see how she deals with it now, compared to back in the beginning of the series. Overall, it was a great read but it didn’t really do much compared to some of her other books.

Rating: 3 1/2 /5 Stars

Brotherhood in Death Book Review

25337081Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb

Publication Date: February 2, 2016

Publisher: Berkley

Source: Library

SynopsisSometimes brotherhood can be another word for conspiracy…

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.

As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming

Personal Thoughts: This was a suspenseful ride throughout the whole book and there wasn’t a time where it was dragging or taking too long to explain something. We are taken on a story that involves Dr.Mira and his cousin and the deep dark secrets that happened decades ago.

Eve and Roarke as well as the rest of the team are brought in to investigate a series of deaths that start to show that they are all somehow related and go back to that one fateful night in college when the boys decided to have some ‘fun’. By weaving a web of deception, darkness and suspense, Robb makes the story that much more engaging, interesting and making you want to know who did it and why. We are also shown another vulnerable side to Eve when Roarke tries to make a few changes in their house and the interaction, as well as what it means overall make things juicy.

A great story that I would recommend to J.D. Robb fans. You will not be disappointed.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

Book Review: Delusion in Death

Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb

Published: September 11, 2012

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

Summary: ( Source: Goodreads) It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night.  Until something went terribly wrong.  At first it was just a friction in the air.  The noise intensified.  The crow seemed oppressive.  some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving.

Then the madness descended.  And after twelve minutes of chaos and violence, eighty people lay dead.

Eve Dallas is trying to sort out the inexplicable events. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things—monsters and swarms of bees.  They describe sudden, overwhelming feelings of fear and rage and paranoia.  When forensics makes its report, the mass delusions make more sense: it appears the bar patrons were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that could drive people to temporary insanity—if not kill them outright.

But that doesn’t explain who would unleash such horror—or why.  Eve’s husband, Roarke, happens to own the bar, yet he’s convinced the attack wasn’t directed at him.  It’s bigger than that.  And if Eve can’t figure it out fast, it could happen again, anytime, anywhere. Because it’s airborne.

Personal Thoughts:  I loved this book! From page one I was hooked and just wanted to keep on reading. The plot was fast paced and full of action to keep me interested throughout the entire book. I was on the edge of my seat, especially the last few chapters where it was really juicy! 🙂 The writing style and the details for certain parts of the book were short and sweet while in others it was longer. J.D. Robb knows how to pack a punch, make it nice and sweet yet concise for more effect.

It was great to see the whole cast of characters interacting with each other, such as Baxter, McNab, Peabody, Trueheart, etc.  The dynamic between Eve, Roarke and Summerset was tested again  and it was fascinating to be a fly on the wall. It is always entertaining to see Eve and Summerset bicker back and forth.

Every time I read a book in this series, it feels as though these characters are old friends who I haven’t seen in a long time. I know their back stories, how they feel and react to different situations and their day-to-day activities. The best part is that I have one more book to catch up on and when I am done, it will be almost February when the next one comes out.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Waiting On Wednesday: Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at  Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb

Published: February 26, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Summary (courtesy of Goodreads):

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.

A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the building, the lieutenant knows Marta’s murder was the work of a killer who’s trained, but not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

But when someone steals the files out of Marta’s office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke’s world of big business to figure out who’s cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer’s violent streak begins to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait. .

Personal Thoughts: I love the In Death series and await for each book anxiously. It says a lot about a series when you pick up a book, finish it and then give a long sigh when you find out the next one in the series is coming out in 6 months to a year. I have read some of the books in the series multiple times just to get my Eve and Roarke fix 🙂 but it is still a long time coming in between each book. Luckily I have other books to enjoy until the next one comes out.