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Echoes in Death (In Death #44) by J.D. Robb

Echoes in Death (In Death, #44)Eve angled her head. “Good. That’s good. Either way. If Mira’s right, we’re looking for a schmuck with an Edison thing.”
“Edison? Like Thomas?”
“Who’s Edison Thomas?”
“I mean Thomas Edison. The inventor?” Peabody explained. “The lightbulb?”
“No, for Christ’s sake, this isn’t about lightbulbs. Like the sicko guy who married his own mother, then whined about it.”
After a moment’s confusion, Peabody’s own lightbulb went off. “That’s Oedipus. I’m pretty sure that’s Oedipus.”
“Edison, Oedipus, platypus. Whatever.”

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

One-Sentence Summary: Dallas hunts a serial killer targeting rich married couples

Review: 44 books into this series and J.D.Robb is nothing but consistent in her greatness.

For those trying out this series for the first time, you will enter a world that despite being set in the future and having all the benefits of superior technology (Autochefs, gliders, droids …), there are still some things which have never changed from the present day: humans still kill each other and human detectives are still needed to solve these crimes. Dallas and her tightknit team, including her billionaire husband Roarke, will always make sure justice is served.

For those who are familiar with Eve and Roarke then whilst the case does not involve or directly affect Dallas or her small circle of family and friends, it hits a little too close to home given what she went through as a child and it is interesting watching her try to solve the case whilst keeping those memories at bay.

As ever some of Dallas’s banter with Peabody and Roarke is one of my favourite things about the book, as is the ever faithful cat Galahad.

I think it’s fair to say that this is an all round welcome addition to this solid series.

“I thought we’d dive right in to The Avengers rather than take you through the individual vids establishing the characters.”
“Exactly.” He went to her, took her hand. “Ironman, for instance.”
“Like Cal Ripken, Jr.?”
“Ha – got you on one. Cal Ripken, Iron Man Ripken – late-twentieth-century baseball player, Baltimore. Third base, shortstop. Still holds the record for most consecutive games played.”
“You often amaze me,” he said as they started out.
“Well, it’s baseball. Ironman, but not like Ripken.” Her eyes narrowed. “Is this porn?”
He laughed. “It isn’t, no.”
“Ironman sounds suspicious to me. What are the others?”
“There’s Thor, the Hulk,” he began.
“Sounds like porn.”

Apprentice in Death (In Death #43) by J.D. Robb

Apprentice in Death (In Death, #43)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

One-Sentence Summary: Dallas and Roarke stop at nothing to stop a couple of snipers targeting New York City

Review: Even though I am far from caught up with this series, tuning into a new J.D.Robb book is like coming home. The characters, relationships, setting, future, technology, Galahad (<3) all become familiar after a couple of outings with this series and it’s as comfortable to read as it would be to slouch on your settee watching the latest episode of a CBS procedural crime drama.

If you are a fan of such TV dramas, then the crime in this book is not necessarily a new one but where Robb does continuously well is the characterisation and dialogue that makes it all seem so real, even if it is set 40 years into the future.

Whilst the main characters in the book obviously have history with each other built up in the 40 preceding books and there are small mentions of events that have happened previously, this should not stop the casual reader from giving this a go.

As for me, I’m just waiting for my personal AutoChef to arrive to provide me with a steady stream of coffee before I start work on getting up to date with this series.

Devoted in Death (In Death, #41) by J.D. Robb

Devoted in Death (In Death, #41)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4*

Cover: Yay

Review: Hmm, I never know what to shelve the “In Death …” books under: crime or romantic suspense? I figure since they’re heavily procedural crime-based then it has to be crime, especially since Roarke/Eve starting doing it in Book #1 (granted, they’re still doing it 41 books later – that must be love!) but then they keep appearing under ‘romance’ when it comes to Goodreads Choice Awards. Hmm, a conundrum.

A bit like this gem of a conundrum that confuses Eve in this book (and one that I find myself asking of every unfortunate American which crosses my path):

“Up from southeast Texas, hit Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas. Why is S-A-S pronounces S-A-W? It should be Ar-KANSAS. Did Kansas object?”
Oddly enough, he found the question perfectly just. “I can’t tell you.”

Anyway, here we are 41 books down the line and still going strong. Whilst I have read a few of the earlier books, I can’t claim to have read even close to half of them and I usually loathe to read a series out of order but when I got an ARC of Robb’s latest masterpiece, I had to dig straight in.

And good news, not much prior knowledge required! There are mentions of an event, which I can only assume happened in the previous book, but this book hardly dwells on it which is convenient for the casual reader.

For those who need the basic 411 then here goes: Eve Dallas is a crime-fighting cop in NYC. In the future. She works mostly with her sidekick called Peabody. Eve also has a gazillionnaire, incredibly good-looking hubbie in the form of Roarke. There are a multitude of secondary characters who drift in and out of the books and who you will grow to like. Especially Gallahad the cat.

The crime in this book is something which I am 99% sure I’ve seen in an episode of Criminal Minds or some other crime drama I’ve been known to gorge on: a madly-in-love couple takes a roadtrip across America, killing people because the excitement enhances their lovemaking. Nothing too original. What makes this story original is the fact that it is Eve and her lovable crimefighting team that are intent on taking them down: the cops make this book interesting, not the crime itself.

No doubt hardcore fans will enjoy this book but if you’re a first-timer looking to get into the series, then this book is as good a place to start as any.

“Take Banner,” she told Roarke, then walked over to poke Peabody’s shoulder.
“Not now,” Peabody rolled over. “We can do it in the morning.”
“Ick,” was Eve’s opinion, and gave her partner a firmer poke.
“Uh-uh, in the morning.” But her eyes blinked open, stared blindly at Eve. Then cleared. “What? You? Where?”
“Get McNab up, go to bed, and I don’t want to hear about the morning.”

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Naked in DeathI’ve read a few books in the series years ago and I vaguely remember who was the perp in this one but it didn’t make reading it again any less enjoyable.

I love the first book of book series when you get to meet the characters for the first time and get to see the characters meet each other for the first time, namely Roarke/Eve <3 <3 <3. Just Roarke in general <3. And Galahad.

I love the fact that because it is set in the future there are futuristic elements which makes the whole procedural crime element more exciting but it is not so unrealistic that you end up losing yourself in the science fiction of it all.

Can’t wait to read more!

Book: 5*

Cover: 3*