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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-09-20 03:41
Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb

The latest entry in the In Death series is the least memorable one in a while. This book's case is the murder of someone readers met in a previous installment: Larinda Mars. Some digging by Lieutenant Eve Dallas reveals that Mars had spent years blackmailing people just because she liked it.

 

Spoilers below the cut.

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text 2017-09-14 03:36
Ummm, no?
Betrayal in Death - J.D. Robb

I like JD Robb. I don't like Nora Roberts. This book reads more Roberts than Robb, which just brings it down for me. One of the things I enjoy about Eve Dallas is how much her inability to innately comprehend things most people consider given, like why people use makeup or why someone would chose to live in the country with animals, affects people around her. Her straightforward view points out things that most people haven't considered.

 

" 'How the hell did she walk around in that?' Eve wondered. 'Looks like it weighs a ton.' He had to laugh. It was so Eve to see the inconvenience rather than the glamour." Things like this amuse me to no end. But since the book was uncommonly light on things like this, I was not amused.

 

After having some major upheavals this year, many involving my children, I need that levity in the books to keep them from cutting too close to the bone. I had trouble with this book because there wasn't enough escape for me. I'm re-reading it this time through and this is one of the books that I remembered all the twists to once I read the first few pages. I persevered because I prefer to read a series in order, but I really didn't get any enjoyment out of it.

 

Personal issues aside, the book itself seems rather bland compared to some others in the series. Eve's frustrations, Roarke's anger and grief, Peabody and McNab's jealousy all seemed rather two dimensional. I remember reading this through the first time and being fascinated with the steps taken to track down the murderer and the angles that I wouldn't have thought to follow. It's a very good thing I'm not a cop, cause I'd suck at it. Apparently that fascination was the redeeming feature of the book for me, and it's missing on a second read through.

 

If you're a fan of Robb I'd say read the book. It's not as bad as Ceremony in Death, not as good as Origin in Death. Really only good for a once through unless you HAVE to reread in series order.

 

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review 2017-09-13 18:14
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
Naked in Death - J.D. Robb

A high-end prostitute, and a senator's granddaughter, is found dead in her bedroom. She was shot three times (in the head, the heart and the groin), her body obscenely arranged on her bed. The case goes to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, the murdered woman's familial ties demanding utmost secrecy proving quite a challenge in catching her murderer.

And then, another prostitute is murdered, with an identical MO...


This was a bit different from her NR ventures into romantic suspense; first because it's set in the future (nice world building) and second, because it was grittier without the usual flourishes and poetic descriptions.

The heroine was familiar, though, prickly, self-sufficient, stubborn, independent... But needing someone to anchor her, to care for her, to care about her.
The hero was also familiar with that special combination of alpha and beta, confident in his "masculinity" to let the heroine lead, determined to be there for her no matter how hard she pushed him away.
I loved both Eve and Roarke and they were absolutely perfect together. No wonder this series is so long with two strong protagonists to lead.

The mystery was intriguing and gripping, the pace absolutely spot on, the suspense engaging, the truth (when revealed) chilling and a real surprise, since I didn't see it coming...

Amazing characters, wonderful romance and great suspense. What more could anyone want?

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text 2017-09-12 03:16
Reading progress update: I've read 158 out of 370 pages.
Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb

I chose the paperback edition because it has the right cover and right release date but I'm actually read the hardcover edition. 

 

I'm still generally apathetic about NR/JDR so once again this is a library check-out. 

 

So far, it's a usual copy and paste formulaic JD Robb book.

 

A smidge more homophobia from Eve is all I've noticed so far. Just under halfway through and I'm so, so bored. I'm cringing at how much money I've spent over the years buying her books. I want my money and my shelf space back. 

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review 2017-09-11 21:52
MEMORY IN DEATH by J. D. Robb
Memory in Death - J.D. Robb

It's Christmas time and Eve's foster mother walks back into her life  with the intent to blackmail her and/or Roarke.  Instead she is murdered and now Eve must stand for her.  Eve lets it be known that she knew the victim so there will be no conflict of interest or questions.  She then has to go back to her past and other fosters' pasts to find the murderer.

 

I love this series.  Eve and Roarke fight but Eve learns what it means to have someone in her corner who will be there no matter what.  She learns to apologize also.  Good addition to the series.

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