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Shadows in Death by J.D. Robb

Lt. Eve Dallas is about to walk into the shadows of her husband’s dangerous past.

Title: Shadows in Death
Author:  J.D. Robb
Series:  In Death #51
Publish Date:  September 8, 2020
Source:  Purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  Lt. Eve Dallas is about to walk into the shadows of her husband’s dangerous past.

As it often did since he’d married a cop, murder interrupted more pleasant activities. Then again, Roarke supposed, the woman lying in a pool of her own blood a few steps inside the arch in Washington Square Park had a heftier complaint.

When a night out at the theatre is interrupted by the murder of a young woman in Washington Square Park, it seems like an ordinary case for Detective Eve Dallas and her team. But when Roarke spots a shadow from his past in the crowd, Eve realizes that this case is far from business as usual.

Eve has two complex cases on her hands – the shocking murder of this wealthy young mother and tracking down the shadow before he can strike again, this time much closer to home. Eve is well used to being the hunter, but how will she cope when the tables are turned? As Eve and the team follow leads to Roarke’s hometown in Ireland, the race is on to stop the shadow making his next move . . .

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

All I can say about Lorkin Cobb is “What an effing idiot.”  He thinks he’s gonna take Roarke down?  Kill Dallas?  Dude, you got some delusions of grandeur.  Obviously, he has no idea who he’s messing with.

This was a story that did have a bit more gooey stuff between Roarke and Dallas (before the ultimate end) and it felt a little over the top.    Other than that, it was golden.  The initial case was a quick solver and I was gratified at how Eve got the defendant to cry.  The arrogant nasty sociopathic jerk cried.  That case didn’t exactly end right with that arrest.  I got to go with the team on a fast paced, no holds barred manhunt of the bought and paid for assassin.  I got to learn more about Roarke’s background.  I got a good look at how Sommerset fathers Roarke (which was really awesome) and how cool it is to watch a team work together.  Everyone.  All of Eve’s people wanted in on catching this moron.  They, every last one of them, are frosty to the ult.  And the ending?!?  It was a spectacular chase.  I loved every minute of it.  I can tell you I always get satisfaction at the end of these books.  Eve and Delia do their “in the box” work and nail the sleazy, evil monster to the wall.  It’s such a feeling to see the good guys win.  This ending was no slouch either.  It may be the best dramatic endings so far.  No, no cliffhanger, just an awesome “nail that bastard” ending.  I also loved, to the point of “nanner, nanner” NYPSD’s success in locating Cobb when InterPol hadn’t been able to in 20 years.  It was marvelous.

My favorite alternate character in this book was the shopkeeper at the men’s store that Cobb shopped at.  He was an absolute treasure.  He was so excited to be a part of a police investigation that I just had to smile.  I loved him.  Watch for him when you read/listen to this book.

As always, these books get a 5 star.

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Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb

Killed inside a locked room.  How?  Who?  It’s impossible they said, until they met Eve Dallas.

Title: Fantasy in Death
Author:  J.D. Robb
Series:  In Death #30
Publish Date:  January 6, 2010
Source:  Purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description: Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, is found in his locked private playroom, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. Despite his violent end, Eve can’t find anyone—girlfriend and business partners included—who seemed to have a problem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire.

Of course gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks—as Eve’s husband, Roarke, one of U-Play’s competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naïve, and he knew how to fight back in the real world as well as the virtual one.

Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction—and the price of defeat is death…

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This was a difficult mystery to solve.  I don’t think anyone but Eve Dallas could have solved it.   Anyone else investigating this locked room death mystery would have put it on the cold case pile nearly right away.

These brainiac gamers built their little company with a lot of sweat and encouragement from Roarke.  They were all super smart and incredibly tuned in to the gamer world.  They were set to be on top.  They weren’t there yet, but they were getting there.  Then one is killed. It puts all the others in a tailspin.

The de facto leader, Bart Minnock, has got the world by the tail.  He is the driving force behind U-play and he was the one that approached Roarke and got him to help start the business.  He was liked and incredibly smart.  He was really the super brain behind the whole company.  Bart went home one day to test play U-play’s new game in development.  The next morning he was found dead.

Eve, of course, has a nose for murder and figures out not just who and why, but how.  How’d she figure it out?  By digging.  And pushing.  And researching.  Relentless, that’s her middle name.  I am so sure that no one else could have figured it out.  Even the E-geeks said it was impossible.

On the personal front, Nadine publishes The Icove Agenda.  The book that blows the publishing scene to smithereens.  Everyone is there.  Mavis, Trina, Leonardo, Nadine.  It was great to see how things were going with the fam.  Good times.

As always, these books get a 5 star.

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Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 8/23/20

 

Welcome to my Sunday book hunt and author gossip.  Keep coming back for updates on book releases and news from favorite authors.

Back with new releases again… they keep writin’ them, we keep readin’ them.

Not much going on in my book world this week.  There are a couple of new releases set for Tuesday.  One I covered last week and this one from Faith Hunter.

Title:  Junkyard Cats
Author: Faith Hunter
Release date: audio released January 2020, kindle released August 25, 2020
Description: From the author of the best-selling Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series comes a tough new heroine who is far more than she seems. Junkyard Cats is the first in a new novella series.

After the Final War, after the appearance of the Bug aliens and their enforced peace, Shining Smith is still alive, still doing business from the old scrapyard bequeathed to her by her father. But Shining is now something more than human. And the scrapyard is no longer just a scrapyard, but a place full of secrets that she has guarded for years.

This life she has built, while empty, is predictable and safe. Until the only friend left from her previous life shows up, dead, in the back of a scrapped Tesla warplane. Clutched in her cold fingers is a note to Shining—warning her of a coming attack.

With dread, Shining realizes: Someone knows who she is. Someone knows what she is guarding. Will she be able to protect the scrapyard? Will she even survive? Or will Shining have to destroy everything she loves to keep her secrets out of the wrong hands? 

  • I’m so excited for this new book.  The new Eve and Roarke book is delving into more of Roarke’s past and this time the TEAM is invited.  This is going to be good!!  We might even get to visit the aunt and cousins!!  Woot!

Title:  Shadows In Death
Author:  J.D. Robb
Series:  In Death #51
Release date:  September 8, 2020
Description: Lt. Eve Dallas is about to walk into the shadows of her husband’s dangerous past.

As it often did since he’d married a cop, murder interrupted more pleasant activities. Then again, Roarke supposed, the woman lying in a pool of her own blood a few steps inside the arch in Washington Square Park had a heftier complaint.

When a night out at the theatre is interrupted by the murder of a young woman in Washington Square Park, it seems like an ordinary case for Detective Eve Dallas and her team. But when Roarke spots a shadow from his past in the crowd, Eve realises that this case is far from business as usual.

Eve has two complex cases on her hands – the shocking murder of this wealthy young mother and tracking down the shadow before he can strike again, this time much closer to home. Eve is well used to being the hunter, but how will she cope when the tables are turned? As Eve and the team follow leads to Roarke’s hometown in Ireland, the race is on to stop the shadow making his next move . . .

 

(Disclaimer: One Book Two nor does their reviewer receive any credits or reimbursements from Amazon, Audible or the author for this announcement.)

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Connections in Death by J.D. Robb

Roarke’s new addition to his business family loses her brother to drug overdose…or was it?

Title: Connections in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #48
Publish Date: February 5, 2019
Genre: Fantasy, romance
Source: reviewer purchased
Publisher’s Description:In this gritty and gripping new audiobook in the number-one New York Times best-selling series, Eve Dallas fights to save the innocent – and serve justice to the guilty – on the streets of New York.

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads – and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering – whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.

Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison – and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.
Now, Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances….


Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In some cases…spoilers. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

Crack makes an appearance in this book.  I love Crack – and now he has a love too.  Roarke’s new child psychologist is the sister to a man that is finally got his life straight.  He’s happy, healthy and back in the folds of his family.  So…why did he OD?

This was a good story but it lacked some of the pizzazz as some of the other In Death books.  It seemed a simple feat for Eve to take down two gangs and get confessions from them all.  It felt like the book was non stop action, and it was good action, but it felt a little too straight line.  Not many twists and turns.  Like I said, it was a good book, but not as mysterious as some of the others.

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Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb

A family man made to kill others.  How will Eve find those responsible?  Leave it to a tough little girl to give her a leg up and catch the monsters.

Title: Leverage in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #47
Publish Date: September 4, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, romance
Source: reviewer purchased
Publisher’s Description: Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a bizarre suicide bombing in a Wall St. office building.

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter – but what was the motive of the masked men?

Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In some cases…spoilers. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This was a nasty case.  Fathers forced to save their families by being a kamikaze bomber.  I was wrapped up from start to finish.  It sounded like a simple case, but nothing is ever simple when Eve Dallas gets put on a case.  A family man gets put into a position that he feels he has no choice and the result is a boon to the killer.  Sick, sick people.

The big thing about this case is the absolutely waste of human life for the killer’s own justification.  It was a satisfying ending AND Roarke helped seal it up instead of Peabody.  Yep, Delia and Ian were at the Oscars.  Yep, the Icove Agenda is still getting accolades and Eve hates the publicity.  I got to see a lot of the secondary characters and I love the interaction between all of them and Dallas.  Mavis gets to perform at the Oscars and Nadine throws a party afterward.  It was a great reward after a horribly difficult case.

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