Just a Few… In Death AGAIN ;)

Posted April 16, 2018 by Berls in Just a Few Books I Read, Review / 5 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. Today’s books are some more from my In Death series binge reading I did a while back. We’re getting close to a break with these, as I took a break reading them for several months. But they’ll be back, because this is a series I WILL get current on!

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Just a Few… In Death AGAIN ;)Haunted in Death by J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death #22.5
Published by Brilliance Audio on March 28th 2007
Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Romance
Length: 3 hours
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Goodreads
three-stars

Number Twelve is an urban legend in 2060 New York City. The hot club in the 1960s, it is now reported to be haunted?and cursed. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called there to investigate the apparent murder of Radcliff Hopkins, its new owner and the grandson of the man who made Number Twelve a cultural icon. Several bullets from a banned gun end his dream of returning the building to its former glory. With everyone around her talking about the supernatural, pragmatic Eve won't let rumors of ghosts distract her from hard evidence. The case becomes even more bizarre when it appears to be linked to the suspicious disappearance of a rock star eighty-five years ago. As Eve searches for the connection, logic clashes with the unexplainable. She may be forced to face the threat of something more dangerous than a flesh-and-blood killer.

Fun little novella. I really like the way even rational people are open to the supernatural in this future world Robb created. Even Eve to some extent, though she certainly tries to draw the line with Ghosts in this one. I wonder why she believes in sensitives and such but not Ghosts? Anyway, enjoyed this quick listen.
3 stars Just Okay

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Just a Few… In Death AGAIN ;)Born in Death by J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death #23
Published by Brilliance Audio on November 7th 2006
Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Romance
Length: 11 hours 50 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Goodreads
four-stars

Technology has advanced in 2060 New York City, but childbirth has been the same since the beginning of time. And despite the brutal double homicide on Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s caseload, she has to be there for her pregnant friend Mavis, even if it means throwing the dreaded baby shower. . .

But Mavis needs an even bigger favor now. Tandy Willowby, one of the moms-to-be in her class, has gone missing, just days before her due date – not even showing up at the shower at Eve and Roarke’s place that she’d been looking forward to so much. A recent emigrant from London, Tandy has few friends in New York, and no family. When Eve enters Tandy’s apartment and finds Mavis’s shower gift wrapped and ready on the table - and Tandy’s packed hospital bag still on the floor - her spine starts tingling.

Normally, this would be turned over to Missing Persons. Eve has more than enough on her plate trying to find out who murdered Natalie Copperfield and her fiancé, both employed at a highly prestigious accounting firm. But Mavis wants no one but Eve on the case - and Eve can’t say no. She’ll have to track Tandy down while tracing the deals and double-crosses hidden in the files of some of the city’s richest and most secretive citizens, in a race against a particularly vicious killer. Luckily, she has her multimillionaire husband Roarke’s expertise to help with the numbers-crunching. But as he mines for the crucial data that will break the case wide open, Eve faces an all-too-real danger in the flesh-and-blood world.

Things got a but complex in this one with two cases! Just loved all the baby developments! Eve and Rourke with babies is hilarious…
4 stars Pretty Great

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Just a Few… In Death AGAIN ;)Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death #24
Published by Brilliance Audio on May 27th 2014
Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Romance
Length: 12 hours 22 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Goodreads
four-stars

The death of history teacher Craig Foster devastated his young wife, who’d sent him off to work that morning with a lovingly packed lunch. It shocked his colleagues at the Upper West Side private school. And as for the ten-year-old girls who found him in his classroom in a pool of bodily fluids, they may have been traumatized for life.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas, of course, is more hardened to murder cases. And this is clearly a murder case. That lovingly packed lunch was tainted with deadly ricin. And Mr. Foster’s colleagues, shocked as they may be, have some shocking secrets of their own. It’s Eve’s job to get a feel for all the potential suspects, and find out why someone would have done this to a man who seemed so inoffensive, so pleasant…so innocent.

Now Magdelana Percell – there’s someone Eve can picture as a murder victim. Possibly at Eve’s own hands. The slinky blonde - an old flame of her billionaire husband, Roarke, from his days on the wrong side of the law – has turned up in New York, and she’s anything but innocent. Unfortunately, Roarke seems blind to Magdelana’s manipulation, but not to her shapely figure and flirtatious ways. And he insists that the occasional lunch or business meeting with her is nothing to worry about…and none of Eve’s business. Eve’s so unnerved by the situation that she finds it hard to focus on the Foster case. Still, she’ll have to put aside her anger, jealousy, and heartbreak, for a while at least - because another man has just turned up dead, and the case is taking some strange turns and hitting some frustrating dead ends.

Eve knows all too well that innocence can be a façade. Keeping that in mind may help her solve this case at last. But it may also tear apart her marriage.

Another great one! I was as thrown as everyone in the story by the killer, and man did that make for a great thread! I also really enjoyed seeing Rourke and Eve struggle a bit – no relationship is perfect and I love that there’s isn’t. It’s just got a lot of love to make it work. Mavis as a mom is just great and so excited about Nadine’s show Now – had a great little piece. All the little details just make it great!
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, and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 17 year old on the planet. I also have the privilege of teaching Kindergarten. I love what I do and you can expect it to bleed into my posts. Teaching is a big a part of me as my family and reading. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!

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5 responses to “Just a Few… In Death AGAIN ;)

  1. Hahaha, most of my reviews are for books I was too lazy to write a “real” review for! I keep meaning to get back to these J.D. Robb books but I’m going to have to start from the beginning since I barely remember a thing.

  2. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    I think Haunted is one I skipped in my rereads. Not one I enjoyed. But, Innocent is one of my top five favorites. So much to love in that one. And lots of laughs in Born. We seem to be sharing similar opinions of the books in this series!

  3. You’re doing great with this series! Keep up the good reviews; I think you’re slowly convincing me to try the books.