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review 2017-11-18 13:21
Possession in Death by J.D. Robb
Possession in Death - J.D. Robb

A blood-covered woman stumbles into the street in the exact moment Lieutenant Eve Dallas is driving by. While she tries to stop the flow of blood, the woman asks her to help her find her missing granddaughter, Beata, and "let her in", before dying. But the TOD shows the woman died three hours before, and Eve is suddenly developing strange symptoms...She sees and talks to the dead, she speaks Russian and Hungarian, and she knows how to make borscht...It looks like she did let something in and is now sharing her body with a dead Romani woman.


Sure, it was short, yet it packed quite a punch. There was just the right amount of story to keep things interesting, to keep the brain engaged in the investigation, and to keep the tempo up.

The plot picks up where the previous book left off (I thought it was strange we didn't get the epilogue with the picnic at the end of Indulgence), with Eve coming home on the Saturday after interrogating the man who tried to kill her, and straight into the get-together she organized to keep Morris's spirits up.
She's giving Father Chale López a lift to his church, when the first victim of the day falls in her lap (figuratively) speaking, and even though it all happens in the matter of a day, it didn't read overcrowded or over-complicated.

It was just right, with the added pinch of paranormal to liven things up just a bit.

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review 2017-11-18 09:35
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Indulgence in Death - J.D. Robb

Helping solve the murder while on vacation might not be the norm for Lieutenant Eve Dallas, but it's nothing compared to what she must deal with when she returns home. A limo driver shot with a crossbow, a high-class LC stabbed through the heart with an old bayonet, a chef speared with a harpoon...It smells like thrill-killing for the spoiled and the rich, those born with a silver spoon in their mouth...

Disregard for life pisses Eve off, but this time the piss-off factor is off the charts, and she'll do anything to make the killer (or killers) stop.


I'm glad to see that after a few iffy past installments, this series is back on track.

I loved this story; the drama, the danger, the tempo and pace, the intrigue, and the game of cat and mouse the indulgent played with our favorite cop. It was a little sickening, but it still pulled me in right from the start (with that rather innocuous first DB), and made me want to be able to read faster to see what happened next.
I liked the fact all the participants knew who the killer was, knew the sickening motive behind the killings, so we were all on the same page during the investigation, trying to find the clues that would make the case stick and put the killer where they belong.

Intense and gripping, filled with drama, rife with twists, with the tempo increasing toward the finish line, this one was one heck of a story.

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review 2017-11-14 07:04
Missing in Death by J.D. Robb
Fantasy in Death - J.D. Robb

A tourist enters the women's restroom on board of a Staten Island ferry...and disappears. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called to the scene, thanks to the restroom being covered with blood, but the blood doesn't match the missing woman's blood type...And then the woman resurfaces, her memory missing the past hour.

What has she witnessed? Why has she forgotten it? Who does the blood belong to? And where is the body?


Definitely my least favorite of the series. I just sort of zoned out somewhere past the half mark and couldn't really concentrate on the plot or what the heck was going on.
In the end, I figured it was too short to really make an impact and definitely too short to give the story real credit. Everything was crammed into those measly ten chapters, making the novella overblown, crowded, and utterly "too busy".

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review 2017-11-13 07:20
Kindred in Death by J.D. Robb
Kindred in Death (In Death, #29) - J.D. Robb

The MacMasters, home early from their short trip, find their daughter, sixteen-year-old Deena, dead in her bed. She'd been repeatedly raped and sodomized and then strangled. The distraught father, a recently promoted Captain of the NYPSD, requests Lieutenant Eve Dallas to helm the investigation, and even though the trauma the girl's been through brings forth memories of her own abuse-filled childhood, Eve takes the case...Deena is already hers.

It quickly becomes apparent, Deena knew her killer, and the message he or she left on scene alludes at the daughter paying for her father sins. What is the connection between the killer and Captain MacMasters? Will the killer stop or are there more sins to be paid for?


A solid, well-written story, although it ended up being a tad too long, losing plenty of momentum in the last few chapters.

The kills were appropriately gruesome and the killer's machinations and planning meticulous, yet I felt the motive didn't really hold its weight. It was a little too far-fetched for my liking, with innocents once more losing their lives due to flimsy slights perceived by the villain. But those are sociopaths for you, I guess.

I didn't really connect with the plot this time; I felt rather detached from all the proceedings instead of the story pulling me in as it usually happens.

I wasn't that interested in the lighter parts of the story either, feeling the whole Charles/Louise wedding side-plot simply added more ballast to the plot, slowing it down, and added more pages to an already too long story.

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review 2017-11-12 19:31
An easily addictive and fascinating listen set in a ingenuously futuristic San Francisco.
False Hearts - January LaVoy

Book Title:  False Hearts

Author:  Laura Lam

Narration:  January LaVoy

Series:  Pacifica #1 (but reads as a stand-alone)

Genre:  Futuristic | Science Fiction | Mystery

Setting:  San Francisco

Source:  Own Audible Audiobook

 

 

 

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Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.7/5

Pacing:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5+/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5+/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

A futuristic setting where we have flying cars, flesh parlors, and stasis for people who commit crimes. A seemingly meek society where there is virtually no crime…or is there?  There are so many intriguing aspects to this…from conjoined twins who are separated and given false (mechanical) hearts to cult living and so much more…a must read for anyone that likes a complex setting mixed with hidden corruption with a splash of romance. I was addicted to this marvelous narrator's voice, so much so, that I want to listen to more books she's narrated.

 

Will I continue this series?  Oh yes, this world that Laura Lam has created has me hooked.

 

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