Thankless in Death

 Murder doesn’t stop for Thanksgiving. As the household of NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke prepares for an invasion of family and friends, an ungrateful son decides to stop the nagging from his parents – by ending their lives. Soon Jerald Reinhold is working his way through anyone who has ever thwarted him in his path to an easy life.

This is the 37th full length offering from J.D. Robb and it does not disappoint. Yet another murderer cutting down people for his own twisted pleasure, but in this story we spend a lot of time inside the murderer’s head as he justifies his actions – what a selfish sick bastard he is. There is no mystery as to who has done the killings, the plot is all about trying to catch him.

This book is much more about the main police story and does not focus so much on the relationships of our favourite characters, although we do get to see Eve and Roarke in their home environment and of course they have sex!  Eve has a big decision to make in this book and comes to an acceptance about herself and her role in the NYPSD.

As always, the author manages to inject emotion into the story and I found myself laughing and crying at some points particularly towards the end when we have Roarke’s entire Irish clan descend, along with some characters from previous books.

It is really difficult to keep coming up with things to say about this series as each book is as good as the last. There is little to no romance in this book, just Eve and her team doing good police work and as always having just a bit of luck – although at times it seems luck is very much with the perpetrator and against Eve.

Overall another great ‘In Death’ story with smatterings of humour that do not detract from the main story and indeed the books would not be the same without the quirks that make up Eve and Roarke’s life.

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  • Author: J.D. Robb
  • Series: In Death (37)
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Rating: ★★★★½ 

 

Concealed in Death

 There is nothing unusual about billionaire Roarke supervising work on his new property – but when he takes a ceremonial swing at the first wall, he uncovers the body of a girl. And then another – in fact twelve dead girls in all. Luckily for Roarke, he is married to the best police Lieutenant in town, Eve Dallas…

Another good story from J.D. Robb,  I am amazed at how she continues to think up different stories 38 books in.  While I don’t think this was as good as some of the other ones in the series, it is still up there. The story was much slower paced than usual and it was clear who the murderer was well before the end of the book – even I guessed it! There were the inevitable parallels with Eve’s childhood when it turns out the building was a centre for delinquent teens, but fortunately this is glossed over rather than made into a mountain.

I love Eve and Roarke, they are one of my favourite fictional couples, they are very settled in their relationship now and this is evidenced by the interactions between them in this book. One thing I did miss though, was the inclusion of the larger cast that we’ve grown to love – very little even with Peabody. On the plus side there were some new characters introduced (both shady and not so shady!) who I think will be featured in later books.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and J.D. Robb remains one of my must read authors, anyone new to the series could easily pick up here with no problems and enjoy it. I would definitely advise making time to read the earlier books in the series however, to truly appreciate the individuals that are Eve and Roarke.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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  • Author: J.D. Robb
  • Series: In Death (38)
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In Death Series, Books 21-30

 Well I have lived and breathed Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke for the last four weeks and I still can’t get enough of them!

The next ten books do not disappoint and all the characters continue to develop emotionally, not just Eve and Roarke. The stories continue to be interesting and different, and each time I pick up the next one I’m excited to see where it will take me.

I haven’t mentioned this before but there is often a humorous element in them; I particularly enjoy Eve’s comments on animals and how they will rise up and take over the world. It might sound a little stupid, but Eve has a way of saying it that makes me laugh and she clearly does not like animals and wide open spaces!

Eve’s relationships with everyone continue to develop and I love seeing her interactions with a certain infant that arrives in her best friend’s life – both terror and something else she cant quite identify!

Looking back, it is difficult to reconcile the Eve and Roarke we see now with the ones we first met in Naked in Death, their development really has been amazing but realistic at the same time.

Not really much more I can say except that as mystery series go, this is definitely my favourite and everyone should read them!

Books 21 to 30 are as follows:

  • Origin in Death
  • Memory in Death
  • Born in Death
  • Innocent in Death
  • Creation in Death
  • Strangers in Death
  • Salvation in Death
  • Promises in Death
  • Kindred in Death
  • Fantasy in Death

Note from Grete – I have to apologise for BookThing being so quiet lately but this is pretty much the reason why!  I have never read a series that grips you so completely that as soon as you finish one, you reach for the next.  They really are that good. Watch out though, you will get hooked on them and your purse may never forgive you – until the next one is released that is 😉  As a long running series progresses you expect some weakening of storylines or some repetition but I can quite honestly say they just get better and better!

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  • Author: J.D. Robb
  • Series: In Death (21-30)

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Last to Die

 Tess Gerritsen is an author I just can’t get enough of.  Her writing holds a lot of charm and it always engages me until I’ve finished, and usually that’s in one sitting as I can’t put it down.  In a long running series, it can be hard to keep continuity and freshness but she manages it somehow.  Being part of a series does also make a book hard to review, as I don’t want to spoil things for others.

Last to Die is the latest book featuring Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles.  I liked the story a lot as it brings in some threads from previous books and we get to see Rat again (the boy that has a special connection with Maura).  His new school is the setting for a lot of the story and as you find out more about the history and the people, it becomes more and more intriguing.

The crime that starts us off is actually quite heartbreaking and that quickly turned to shock for me as Tess takes us through seemingly disparate situations, all equally sad.  Her talent for twists comes into play several times throughout the book and I always admire that they are plausible but not obvious.

The pace was good, feeling very urgent in some places while also having some necessary light relief with the Rizzoli clan’s family problems.  Another of Gerritsen’s talents lies in her characters.  We meet several new people and they quickly feel real and solid, even if the end result is you dislike them.  The kids stole the show for me though, they were funny and clever, especially the ones in the Jackals forensic club.

Now I say this a lot and maybe it’s because I am naive or I read too quickly but I did not see the end coming.  At all.  I like to think it is the skill with which the plot is written, that enough logical confusion is introduced to hide the truth but wow.  Just wow.  There is even a twist within the twist that left me thinking long after I’d closed the book.

My one negative comment is that I’m not sure if the characters have changed slightly and now feel more like the Rizzoli and Isles of the TV series or if it’s just that the show has caught their fictional personalities very well.  Either way it’s not a huge thing but I do now want to go back and re-read the previous books to see if that is the case… or maybe I’m just looking for an excuse to read them again!

Either way this is a great book and established fans will love it and new ones will want to know more!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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  • Author: Tess Gerritsen
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