Holiday in Death #audioreview

Posted July 27, 2017 by Berls in Review / 8 Comments

Holiday in Death #audioreviewHoliday in Death by J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death #7
Published by Brilliance Audio on November 25th 2006
Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Romance
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York's most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lt. Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours. Eve soon enters an elite world of people searching for their one true love—and one killer searching for his next victim.

After Vengeance in Death, nothing had a chance of really measuring up. But Holiday in Death came pretty damn close!

The mystery is the one point that disappointed me, because I totally solved it pretty quickly. I was kind of disappointed that Eve didn’t… but her being a little behind was fully understandable. Not only did she come back from her injuries a little sooner than she should have (no big surprise there… this is Eve after all) but the crimes are just too familiar for her. They feel like they’re striking too close to home and that’s clouding her judgement. But it was still a solid mystery and I wasn’t 100% sure I was right until the end.

The slight disappointment I felt at the mystery is completely overshadowed by how great the other elements were. The relationships, which I KEEP saying are what make this series, were fantastic in Holiday in Death. She’s built such a family around her and seeing all these people worry about her and force her to take care of herself was so endearing. I just love watching Rourke take care of her – especially since he often does so against her will, while she protests loudly.

I think that fact that it’s set during the holiday season made all those relationships more profound, because Eve is struggling to handle a season that’s never been so important for her in the past. I loved watching her and Rourke have their first Christmas together. I loved watching her struggle to get gifts. I loved seeing Somerset worry about her. I loved seeing her fight with Peabody. Where the relationships were concerned… Holiday in Death struck absolute gold!

I’m reading the novella next, and since that’s not on audio I suspect it will slow me down a bit. What can I say? Susan Erickson may not be the best narrator, but she’s good enough to enjoy the story at 2x and I’m pushing through so much faster on audio than I ever would reading. And she’s quickly BECOMING these characters I love so much! So I can’t really complain!

4.5 stars I loved it

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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!

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8 responses to “Holiday in Death #audioreview

    • I know exactly what you mean – I was you about 2 years ago. And then I started it and got addicted. What’s crazy is that when I started I was like, but I’ll never read all the books and now I’m kinda like, I hope I never read all the books lol! I went from feeling like I’d never catch up, to dreading the day I have to wait for each new book. I go through phases where I read 3-4 at a time and I’m in the 30s now :/ getting closer! I hope you give them a try sometime 🙂

    • I think audio is the way to go, mainly because there are so many of them! Also because I’ve grown to really like the narration too though 🙂

    • I hate that too. So I read the first book like 3 or 4 years ago and nothing for a whole year. When I read book 2 though I kind of got addicted. So I’ve read them on 3-5 book spurts since then. I’m way behind in reviews as I’ve gotten to like 32 ir something. I hope you get to return to them soon, I do love them.

    • I know the feeling, when I first got into reading them I was like “there’s how many?!?!” but now I’m in like the 30s and part of me is really sad that I’m almost caught up. I’m not going to enjoy waiting for the newest book to come out 🙁 I’ve contemplated a reread. Point is, go for it, you’ll be amazed how many books you zoom through at a time 🙂