Just a Few… yep… In Death Books

Posted April 9, 2018 by Berls in Just a Few Books I Read, Review / 8 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… yep, you guessed it… In Death again!

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… yep… In Death BooksSurvivor In Death by J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death #20
Published by Brilliance Audio on August 30th 2005
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 360
Length: 11 hours
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Goodreads
four-stars

The only thing that kept young Nixie Swisher from suffering the same fate as her parents, brother, housekeeper, and young sleepover companion was the impulsive nine-year-old's desire for an illicit orange fizzy at 2 a.m. Taking the bereft girl under her wing, Eve is determined to make sure the killers don't get the chance to finish their lethal job. From the first, however, the investigation is baffling. The Swishers were a nice family, living on the Upper West Side in a house with an excellent security system. Ordinary almost to a fault, they seemed unlikely victims for this carefully planned and executed crime. Valuables at the scene were left untouched, there was no sign of vandalism -- just the corpses of five people murdered in their sleep.

Another great one! I always enjoy Eve with kids, but this was different – in a great way. I liked seeing Eve and Roarke acting almost as parents – maybe it won’t be so long after all for them to have one of their own? The mystery was good and it was neat seeing some old elements come into play. Eve was stumped longer than she normally is, which was also enjoyable. As much as I enjoyed it, I think I’m finally read to take take an In Death break 🙂
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… yep… In Death BooksOrigin in Death by J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death #21
Published by Brilliance Audio on July 12th 2005
Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Romance
Length: 11 hours 33 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Goodreads
three-half-stars

New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her partner Peabody enter the hallowed halls of the Wilfred B. Icove Center for Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery on a case. A hugely popular vid star has been beaten to a bloody pulp - and has killed her attacker in the process. After a post-op interview, Dallas and Peabody confirm for themselves that it’s a clear-cut case of self-defense, but before they can leave the building, another case falls into their hands.

Dr. Wilfred B. Icove himself has been found dead in his office - murdered in a chillingly efficient manner: one swift stab to the heart. Struck by the immaculate condition of the crime scene, Dallas suspects a professional killing. Security discs show a stunningly beautiful woman calmly entering and leaving the building: the good doctor’s final appointment.

Known as “Dr. Perfect,” the saintly Icove devoted his life to his family and his work. His record is clean. Too clean for Dallas. She knows he was hiding something, and suspects that his son, his successor, knows what it is. Then - like father, like son - the young Dr. Icove is killed . . . with the same deadly precision.

But who is the mystery woman, and what was her relationship with the good doctors? With her husband, Roarke, working behind the scenes, Dallas follows her darkest instincts into the Icoves’ pasts. And what she discovers are men driven to create perfection - playing fast and loose with the laws of nature, the limits of science, and the morals of humanity.

Not my favorite, but still damn good 🙂 definitely has the creep factor!
3.5 stars pretty good

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… yep… In Death BooksMemory in Death by J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death #22
Published by Brilliance Audio on January 24th 2006
Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Romance
Length: 11 hours 33 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Goodreads
four-stars

Eve Dallas is one tough cop. She’s got no problem dealing with a holiday reveler in a red suit who plunges thirty-seven stories and gives new meaning to the term “sidewalk Santa.” But when she gets back to the station and Trudy Lombard shows up, it’s all Eve can do to hold it together. Instantly, she’s plunged back into the past, to the days when she was a vulnerable, traumatized girl - trapped in foster care with the twisted woman who now sits in front of her, smiling.

Trudy claims she just wanted to see how Eve was doing. But Eve’s husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise - and his suspicions prove correct when Trudy arrives at his office demanding money in exchange for keeping the ugly details of his wife’s childhood a secret. Barely restraining himself, Roarke shows her the door - and makes it clear that she’d be wise to get out of New York and never bother him or his wife again.

But just a few days later, Trudy’s found on the floor of her hotel room, a mess of bruises and blood. A cop to the core, Eve is determined to solve the case, if only for the sake of Trudy’s bereaved son. Unfortunately, Eve is not the only one to have suffered at this woman’s hands, and she and Roarke will follow a circuitous, dangerous path to find out who turned this victimizer into a victim.

Had fun with this one, it really kept me guessing – on one hand I suspected one person from the start and on the other, I kept thinking I was reading the signs wrong. Love it when that happens. Really enjoyed seeing another piece of Eve’s past – even if it was a nasty foster mom.
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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8 responses to “Just a Few… yep… In Death Books

  1. I’ve always seen books from this author and now I’m curious. You are getting through the series at a good pace. I’m trying to catch up on the Charley Davidson series so listening to the books back-to-back helps. Great reviews!

    • Oh it really does! You should jump on board with the Can You Read a Series in a Month challenge? for Charley! I loved that series and the narration is amazing. Just waiting for the next book is excruciating though!

    • Thanks! You really should – I’d be happy to share my copies with you 🙂 I wish I had started a long time ago so I wouldn’t STILL be playing catch-up!

    • LOL I’m continuing to make pretty good progress with it 🙂 I’d be happy to share my copies with you (audio) if you’d like to get started. I think you’d really enjoy them, since you enjoy mysteries so much!

  2. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    Survivor was really good for the reasons you state. Origin is one of my least favorite. Memory had some fantastic moments (i.e., Scary Roarke).

    Gotta love this series!

    • Yeah Origin is one of my least favorites too. But even as a least favorite, it’s pretty good 🙂 Great series!