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!

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

Rating: ★★★★★ 

In Death Series, Books 11-20

 So I finally managed to drag my head out of this series to write a bit more about it!

It really does get better and better, and I am so caught up in it I have been unable to read anything else. One of the main reasons I am enjoying it so much is the relationship threads that run and develop throughout the series. Eve and Roarke in particular continue to develop emotionally and their relationship is very believable.

Despite being 20+ books in, the “whodunnit” aspect of the books continue to be different each time and it still surprises me when the killer is revealed.

The author writes such believable characters, both main and supporting, and I am emotionally invested in all of them.  The stories drag you in and when Roarke and Eve have their fights – some major ones at times – I feel as sick as Eve does!

In this set of books we have Eve investigating other cops, hunting for a well known assassin, a deadly computer virus and having to face up to her past head on, to name but a few.

Roarke also has a bombshell about his past dropped on him in Portrait in Death. I did not see that coming and there were more than a few tears from me as both he and Eve worked through it.

Divided in Death produced some shocking revelations about Eve’s past and again they have to resolve the issues they bring together, but not without some heartache along the way. Very emotionally intense.

Overall, even though I am reading these books straight after each other, I do not get the feeling that it is a recycled plot-line as sometimes happens with other authors. Yes there is a murder, yes Eve will solve it eventually, but I continue to be impressed with how J.D. Robb varies it up.

This continues to be a five star series for me and I must confess to being nearly at book 30 now, I just cannot get my head out of it – the housework has gone to pot, and work is an irritating distraction into my reading time!

Books 11 to 20 are as follows :

  • Judgement in Death
  • Betrayal in Death
  • Seduction in Death
  • Reunion in Death
  • Purity in Death
  • Portrait in Death
  • Imitation in Death
  • Divided in Death
  • Visions in Death
  • Survivor in Death

Note from Grete : Help! I can’t put these books down, they are so engaging and easy to read, I just can’t help reaching for the next one!!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Book Information
  • Author: J.D. Robb
  • Series: In Death (11-20)

In Death Series, Books 1-10

 The In death series by Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb follows homicide detective Eve Dallas as she solves cases in New York in the second half of the 21st century. I reviewed the first book here and since then have raced though the next nine. Rather than do a review for each book I thought I would do them in sections!

I am totally in love with this series, I think it is one of the best crime series I have read and definitely my favourite. The books seem to be getting better and better and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

The characters Eve and her love interest, Roarke (really hot love interest) have really progressed during the series, their relationship has evolved and both have had to learn compromise and sacrifice. Their strong relationship is one of the things I really like about this series but it in no way detracts from the stories which are excellent – I don’t think I have guessed the killer right once! I only hope Ms. Robb does not go down the route of so many series and kill off Roarke, but with over twenty books to go I am fearing the worst.

As the books have progressed we learn more about Eve’s childhood and I know it will all come to a head in future books. I can’t wait to find the full story.

I love how Roarke seems to own everything both on and off planet, and I love how Eve struggles to cope with yet another of his buildings hosting a murder, I can almost see her expression when she realises.

My emotions have been pulled all over the place with this series and particularly in book 8 – Conspiracy in Death, I was sobbing my heart out. The writing is very emotive but the main reason is I am drawn to the characters; as there are so many books they can develop gradually, I feel like I know them personally and feel everything they feel.

There are a number of other characters in the books who are becoming much more involved and I look forward to finding out more about them as it progresses.

As mentioned above, the murder stories are very good with lots of twists, turns and red herrings. It is interesting how far away we still are from the vision of the future presented here, considering it is only 40 years hence. Although, as this series was started in 1999, I guess it seemed much further away then.

Overall I cannot recommend this series enough – the stories are all stand alone but the relationships between the various characters progress book by book and if you read the first then jumped say to the tenth, you would not be able to appreciate  how the characters ended up where they are. You could probably get away with skipping one or two though.

If you enjoy Karen Rose or Tess Gerritsen and haven’t started this series yet – why not!

The first ten books are as follows :

  • Naked in Death
  • Glory in Death
  • Immortal in Death
  • Rapture in Death
  • Ceremony in Death
  • Vengeance in Death
  • Holiday in Death
  • Conspiracy in Death
  • Loyalty in Death
  • Witness in Death

Note from Grete : As Tracey has been raving about these books so much, I picked up the first one to see what they were like and I’m now completely hooked and on book six!  I can only agree with everything she says in this review – it really is that good!

Book Information
  • Author: J.D. Robb
  • Series: In Death (1-10)

Rating: ★★★★★ 

 

Our Week in Books – Week 27, 2013

 Tracey

This week I read six books – in no particular order.

I read a couple more of the In Death series by J.D. Robb – Vengeance in Death and Holiday in Death. Both excellent books and each rated at 4.5 stars. I highly recommend reading this series if you are a fan of detective stories with a good dollop of romance. As the series goes on there is still romance but definitely much less than in the first couple of books.  Surprisingly for me, I don’t mind! The romance that’s there is great but the stories themselves are really good.

I finished off Key of Valor by Nora Roberts and again really enjoyed that, the Key Trilogy comes to an end with this book. You definitely need to read the series in order however, as they do follow on almost seamlessly.

I also read three historical romances this week – the first was More Than a Mistress by Mary Balogh. I find Ms. Balogh’s books very romantic and they always manage to elicit a very satisfied sigh at the end and this one is no exception – 4 stars.

I last two were Mills & Boon books by Helen Dickson – A Question of Marriage and The Wedding Wager. I loved both of these regency era romances with very feisty heroines and would give them both 4 stars.

So there you have it, a nice healthy dose of romance for me this week – nothing new there then!

 Grete

I’m still caught up in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire but sadly I’m almost finished with the available books.  I finished A Feast For Crows, moved swiftly on to A Dance With Dragons Part 1: Dreams and Dust and am now reading A Dance With Dragons Part 2: After The Feast.  I don’t think I am going to know what to do with myself but will be avidly for news of when Winds of Winter will be released!

That’s all from me this week, happy reading!


Our Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey and Grete, catching up on everything they’ve read recently.

Naked in Death

 It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion. 

When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washington politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation

Having read and enjoyed a number of books by Nora Roberts, I felt it was time to try her In Death series written as J.D.Robb. I was not disappointed and cannot believe I’ve waited this long to start reading it!

As you can see from the blurb above it is set in the future – not something I initially realised until they started talking about antique bullets and guns from the 1990’s! It was really interesting how the police were envisaged to work in the future and what technologies are available. I found most of what was being used quite believable for the not too distant future (it was written nearly 20 years ago and probably seemed much more sci-fi then). I would have liked a bit more information about mundane things such as the Auto-Chef, but that is just for my interest and wouldn’t add anything to the story.

On to the characters – I was drawn to them from the start. Eve Dallas is a very strong protagonist but with enough of a mystery about her to allow her character to grow in future books. She does come across as a bit unlikeable to start with, but once she meets Roarke she opens up a bit and proves she is human after all.

Roarke – Oh My God, he is gorgeous! I am in lust/love/anything else I can be. He seems too perfect but he definitely has an air of mystery about him with hidden depths yet to be discovered.

I really enjoyed the mystery and the romance/sex was hot. I was pleasantly surprised at how much romance there was, I thought this series was more of a police procedural. It may be that the later books become more like that once Eve and Roarke get past their first flush of romance, but in this one it works for me! I thought the mystery plot was very well fleshed out with plenty of airtime and was not overshadowed by the romance.

Overall this is a good book, I will definitely be reading the rest of the series – not all at once though! With well over 30 books in the series I need to start saving my money to buy them all!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Book Information
  • Author: J.D. Robb
  • Series: In Death (Eve Dallas) (1)
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Our Week in Books – Week 26, 2013

 Tracey

This week was all about J.D. Robb and her In Death series. I have been meaning to start this series for a while now, since I really enjoy the books written by Nora Roberts. I managed to pick up the first one – Naked in Death and now I am hooked! I raced through that one (full review coming soon), and bought the second one on my kindle – Glory in Death which was just as good.

Fortunately I had books three (Immortal in Death) and five (Ceremony in Death), so I was able to carry on with the series. I am totally loving it and on the one hand I’m really excited there are so many to read, but on the other my purse is saying noooooooo!

This series follows Lieutenant Eve Dallas, a homicide detective, through various cases and in my opinion the books are getting better as I go along. While not the pure romance I usually enjoy, there is enough romance in this to satisfy me, along with great mysteries.

Having run out of J.D. Robb to read for now I picked up a contemporary romance by J.R. Ward called An Irresistible Bachelor. a very enjoyable sexy romance – full review to come later.

I am currently in the process of reading Key of Valor which is the third book in the Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts. In my opinion this is one of her best series.

 Grete

My days for the last two weeks have been entrenched in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire!

I’ve romped through A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords Part One: Steel and Snow, A Storm of Swords Part Two: Blood and Gold, and am now a good way into a Feast of Crows.  Nice, light reading (not!) I am going to feel a bit lost when I’ve run out of books and I will have joined the masses waiting for the next to be released 😉

I’ve really enjoyed it so far and it has kept me very entertained.  It can be difficult to separate some of it from the TV show but in my opinion, both stand up on their own merit and I’m really impressed with how well it’s been translated to the small screen.  I will try to do a ‘series so far’ review but it will be difficult because of spoilers and of course the TV Show.

That’s all folks!


Our Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey and Grete, catching up on everything they’ve read recently.

The Search

 Fiona Bristow has built a new life for herself on Orcas Island, she has a successful dog training school and is happy in the small close knit community. The recently arrived artist Simon Doyle and his dog walk into her life, both in dire need of training and for the first time in a long while she starts to see glimpses of what could be. Then a shadow from her past rises up and threatens to destroy everything once again.

Another great romantic suspense from Nora Roberts! I am constantly amazed at the number of different subjects her novels cover and yet all seem to be well researched, allowing the reader to immerse themselves completely in the story. This one focuses heavily on canine rescue, dog training and interaction. The dogs are fantastic, adding a great dimension to the story –  don’t get me wrong we don’t get speaking from a dog’s perspective but the way the dogs and their behaviours are included in the story is great. I am sure if you have a dog in need of training, you would pick up some useful tips from this book.

Enough about the dogs, onto the characters – as with all books by this author the characters are strong. No flowery words from Simon at all, and as for romance forget it. It suited him though, and the interactions between him and his dog ‘Jaws’ made me laugh out loud. This description made me laugh, especially since he seems the cutest puppy ever, “I got a crate. He ate the crate. Or enough of it to get out. I think he must flatten himself like a snake… I think maybe he is brain damaged or psychotic.”  It would have been nice to have a bit more background on Simon because he really was unusually abrasive – how did he get like that? Fiona has been through a lot in her past but stays strong throughout, being older and wiser when trouble comes knocking she is much more able to deal with it –  no simpering women here. It would have been nice to have a bit more romance but the characters did suit the story and as long as the happy ending arrives I won’t complain too much!

The suspense plot was good and as always I got totally sucked in, reading well into the night to finish it. I would say though that the dogs and romance were a bigger part of the story than the suspense angle.  Unlike with a lot of thrillers we do not get to see much of the police investigation, as Fiona is so physically removed from the situation. So if you like the police investigation aspect of a thriller then this is probably not for you. The dogs are definitely the stars in this book, and if you love animals it is worth a read just for that.

Overall another strong book from Nora Roberts with the added bonus of canine friends; there is humour, a love story, suspense and sex – what more could you want!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Nora Roberts
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Our Week in Books – Week 14, 2013

TraceyTracey

I had a week off from work this week, lots of reading time I thought – it would appear not, not sure what I did all week but did not read anywhere near as much as I expected!

I started the week with book two in the key trilogy by Nora Roberts – Key of Knowledge. This is probably my favourite series by this author, it has a paranormal basis with of course a solid romance running through. I love the characters and am looking forward to reading the final book in this trilogy even if it is very far fetched. If you are thinking about reading it start with the first one – Key of light. 4.5 stars.

I then decided to read some books on my Kindle which have been building up. I started with Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid by Maureen Driscoll and really enjoyed it. A very romantic story with strong characters – the heroine is working as an unofficial surgeon in a small village, shunned by people she once thought of as friends after a major scandal (for the 19th Century anyway!). The hero is part of a large ton family – the Kellingtons, the great thing is there are books about all the family members – yay! It did not always seem appropriate to the period in either language or deeds but I still enjoyed it – 4 stars

I then moved on to The Dying Game by Beverley Barton. I always enjoy her books, the plots are so good and keep you guessing all the way. Those of you who enjoy a good romantic suspense should give her books a try, she has a lot! 4.5 stars

My next book is currently in progress – Blood Born by Linda Howard and Linda Jones, very good so far – comments to follow next week.

Unfortunately I am now back at work – something else to interfere with my reading time!

GreteGrete

Well I failed miserably on the reading front this week, as I have been doing spring cleaning and getting some of the clutter out of the house. There have also been several PC games I have been waiting for, so in the last few weeks have finished the new Tombraider, Bioshock Infinite and Dead Space 3, all highly recommended!

I have read some more of The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan but am taking another break to start Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan.  It’s great so far, excellent beginning and there should be a review up this week!

That’s all from me for now… must try harder!! 😉


Our Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey and Grete, catching up on everything they’ve read recently.

Without a Trace

 Trace O’Hurley is burnt out and wants nothing more than being left alone with a bottle of whiskey and his own company. Gillian Fitzpatrick has come looking for Trace in desperation, knowing he is the only one who can help her.

This is a great book by Nora Roberts, it is the fourth in the O’Hurley series and while I had not read any previously, I did not feel it affected the story at all. Trace is disillusioned and grumpy, but something about him is so very lovable – not a masculine name though! Gillian is smart, sassy and seemingly not afraid of anything. The story revolves around a super secret scientific project which could change the shape of war and Gillian is one of the scientists, along with her kidnapped brother, who developed it.

Trace has his hands full trying to find her brother and niece, stopping the terrorists from getting to Gillian and trying to persuade her she should get as far away from him as possible. Of course the latter was never going to happen. There is plenty of action and suspense, along with the romance I have come to expect from the author. All of it combined to make an excellent story, although some aspects of the plot are a bit far fetched.

Trace also has issues with his family which are explained in the prologue and I suspect is referred to in other books of the series, so we also had these issues being explored which added another dimension to the plot.

Overall this is a fast paced romantic thriller which I did not want to put down and managed to read in one sitting.

Book Information
  • Author: Nora Roberts
  • Series: O'Hurley (4)
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Rating: ★★★★☆ 

High Noon

 Carrying on my Nora Roberts kick, I decided to try one of her Romantic Suspense books and High Noon was the first one I came across in my ‘to be read’ mountain.

I was completely engaged in the story, literally by the end of the first chapter – a dramatic opening which introduces us to the two main characters of Hostage Negotiator Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara and Bar owner Duncan Swift.  I loved them both right away; Phoebe is a strong and confident woman but carries a lot of weight on her shoulders and Duncan is a sweetheart but strong, and not without scars of his own.  Their interactions were both funny and poignant, each bringing something to each other that was lacking and the dance around their feelings was really well timed.  In some books it can feel as if characters fight against feelings just for the sake of it or give in too easily just to spice the story up.  Not so in High Noon, it felt right on the money.

There are also several great characters that are amongst the family and friends of both characters and they added a greater depth and emotion to the book.  I cared about what happened to them just as much as Phoebe and Duncan, even though they might not have been in the spotlight as much.  I can only credit that to great writing.

The plot started quite sweet as they get to know each other with just odd things happening that you aren’t quite sure if they mean anything sinister or not.  The tension soon ramps up and probably for the second half of the book I was on the edge of my seat.  A couple of things that happened had me shouting in shock, much to the amusement of my husband 😉  But oh my, they were shocking but also so well written it was completely believable.  The story unfolded at a pace that just kept me glued to the pages and a couple of times it got so tense I wanted to skip ahead just to check, but I’m glad I stopped myself as it would have spoiled things.

This may be the first Romantic Suspense book by Nora Roberts I have read but it will certainly not be the last (I’m about to hunt through the mountain to find another!).

It was an amazing read with a gripping plot, wonderful characters and I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Nora Roberts
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