🎧 Just a Few In Death Books I’ve Read

Posted September 17, 2021 by Berls in Just a Few Books I Read, Review / 2 Comments

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This feature is for short reviews, reviews of books in a series where it might feel repetitive, or (as Michelle suggested) books I was too lazy to write a “real” review for. I’ve read all of the In Death series by J.D. Robb, but I’ve written reviews haphazardly and shared even fewer on the blog. With the recent release, I thought it would be fun to get the few reviews I have written but not shared up on the blog. So here they are! I’ll have reviews for the two 2021 releases tomorrow!

Note: these are the reviews I wrote when I read the books on Goodreads, so they may not be in depth, just general feelings about the books.

🎧  Just a Few In Death Books I’ve ReadTaken in Death by J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death #37.5
Published by Brilliance Audio on September 24, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction
Length: 3 hours 17 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars

Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for the children, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge.

I read this one May 30, 2018. 

This is one of my favorite shorts in the series. So often there’s something missing for me in the short stories, but this one kept me engaged from beginning to end. I think the element of missing children did a lot for me. I love the way it plays with the story of Hansel and Gretel, drawing parallels.

I’ve also noticed that all the short stories seem to use a little bit of paranormal, which I enjoy. I wish the full length books would acknowledge it more, since it’s obviously an element to be considered in this world. Off to the next book!

4 stars Pretty Great

🎧  Just a Few In Death Books I’ve ReadConcealed in Death by J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death #38
Published by Brilliance Audio on February 18, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction
Length: 14 hours 5 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallass husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately and by the time shes done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.The place once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, back in the mid-2040s, and Eve tracks down the people who ran it. Between their recollections and the work of the forces new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the remains. They are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary and the evil concealed in one human heart.

I read this one June 3, 2018.

Oh wow. This one was heartbreaking. From the discovery of 12 girls dead and missing for 15 years to the bitter end, when Eve solves the mystery. Yes, it’s wrapped up, but it doesn’t feel good the way most of her successful solved cases do. Definitely a rough one, which also makes it a favorite. I enjoyed learning a bit more about Mavis and her past as well. I’m still not ready to stop with this series, so on to the next one.

5 stars Flipping Fantastic

🎧  Just a Few In Death Books I’ve ReadLeverage in Death by J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death #47
Published by Brilliance Audio on September 4, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction
Length: 13 hours 44 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars

Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a bizarre suicide bombing in a Wall St. office building in the latest in the #1 New York Times bestselling series…
For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter—but what was the motive of the masked men?
Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.

I read this one September 9, 2018. 

Can I just say it sucks to be current? I mean it’s great to read the current book when everyone else is, but I want more now and there isn’t any. I can’t binge 😭

This was another really great addition to the series. The murder method is different (how does she pull that off with this many books in the series?!) and the motivation is also unique. So that made the detective element quite enjoyable.

And then you’ve got the relationships, which are the best part of the series for me. Roarke continues to be great and they get pissed at each other at one point, which I always love. Also, Nadine’s movie /script is up for some Oscars, which creates this whole secondary storyline focused on the friendships and what a hassle all that is to Eve. It was quite a great sub story.

All in all, very satisfying and I’m just so thankful that JD Robb writes so fast, because I’m really ready for more already.

4 stars Pretty Great

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Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 1 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 20 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!

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