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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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Dark in Death by J.D. Robb

Another interesting case for LT. Eve Dallas.  Seemingly unrelated deaths, but how do they fit together?  Leave it to the woman who can see through murders.

Title: Dark in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #46
Publish Date: January 30, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, romance
Source: reviewer purchased
Publisher’s Description: It was a stab in the dark.

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime—from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.

The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama—and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

I have loved Eve Dallas and Roarke for years.  You’d think that with nearly 50 books in a series, a reader would get tired of the characters.  Hell, no.  If you’d never read the In Death series by J.D. Robb, a/k/a Nora Roberts, it’d really serve you well to try them.  They are all on audio, so I do other things while listening.

Here’s a little background on the In Death series.  I love them because the protagonist, Eve Dallas, is gritty, hard edged woman who isn’t keen on bullshit.  If you happen to be a woman like Eve, you’ll know that it’s hard to make friends because people don’t really like straight talk.  They’d prefer it soft and flattery is their friend.  Eve isn’t like that.  That’s why I love her.  She is also got a heart and is learning to think of others.  Through out her early years she was abused and the word abused is a pretty word compared to the action.  That’s what made her tough.  She also thinks in black and white until she meets Roarke.

Roarke spent his early childhood in the same sort of circumstances as Eve, so they understand the concept.  Roarke is the description of self made man.  He was a street urchin now turned billionaire.  Hard to believe?  Not after you read the books.  There are some books in this series that deals with the bad emotional baggage as well as descriptive memories of the abuse and hardship these two characters have endured.  If you like contemporary fluffy romance, this is probably not for you.  This is a series that is not afraid to go to the darker side of abuse and how it effects the people that have suffered through it.  I love this series because it has elements of that abuse (that is relatable if you’ve gone through it in any degree), a murder mystery and super satisfying takedown of the perpetrator as well as a romantic romance.  Eve is not romantic but Roarke is.  He cherishes Eve.  He does for Eve.  He takes care of her and loves her even when they get into knock down, drag out arguments.  Oh, yes, this is not a perfect pairing – which I love since it feels more realistic.  They both are very strong willed and fall back on their old habits of protecting themselves.  They always work things out and admit wrong when they figure it out.

Ok, on to the book.  This is a fascinating book since it incorporates the author of a series much like the In Death series.  There is sex.  There is swearing. There is some blood and violence, but it’s nothing that can’t be handled.  I mean the protagonists are fairly gritty so if you can handle that, you got it made. Also, there is a satisfying ending.

I can’t say much about the book that hasn’t been already said.  I love it.  It’s great.  Yada, yada, yada.  Basically, what I’m saying is it really doesn’t need a review.  If you’ve made it to book number 46, you know it’s gonna be super.  Ok, if I was going to review it, I’d say it was stand out.  It feels like all the others when I say that a lot of time and energy went into developing this book.  There are fleshed out characters and if you are into audio books, the narrator, Susan Erickson, is premo, bodacious the bomb.com!

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Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb

Eerily similar to the Las Vegas tragedy.  In the mind of a killer.  In the mind of a cop.  The cop that takes down the killer, with prejudice.

Title: Apprentice in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #43
Publish Date: September 6,2016
Genre: Mystery/Romance/Futuristic
Narrator: Susan Erickson
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionNature versus nurture…

The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil…

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


Nervous Nellie says…

This book freaked me out.  As I was listening, the Las Vegas shootings became clear as day.  This story has nothing to do with that tragic event and it’s not even like the event itself, but it was eerily similar to what the killer could have been thinking in Las Vegas on that unsuspecting crowd on October 1, 2017.  This gave me chills on more than one occasion.  The callousness of a killer was brought into focus as the killer used the mentor to further their agenda as a killing machine.  The killer never even gave a thought to the pain and misery the victim’s families would go through after the death of their loved one.  I don’t think that ever crosses their minds.  They just like to be all powerful and hold someone’s life in their hands.  That kind of person exists in real life as well in pages of books, and I hope I never ever meet that kind of person.

I love the In Death series books because the format never changes.  The lives of the characters change, but the format of the investigation stays the course.  I think that sometimes authors need to “freshen up” their books or maybe “advance” their characters.  Sure, that’s fine, but I really enjoy the In Death books because I can always guarantee a win at the end.  I can always guarantee living vicariously through the pages and for a few hours be a kick ass, no nonsense Eve Dallas.  The books have all the elements that puts this series firmly in the romance genre, but it is not only romance.  It is mystery, too.  It’s a study of people.  The romance between Eve and Roarke is something to revel in because of his thoughtfulness and angelic features – fallen angelic features.  He’s rich, smart, sexy, and understanding.  He cherishes Eve and what reader doesn’t like to have that feeling while reading?

I know that I’m not talking about Apprentice in Death like I normally review other books.  That’s because if you are a fan, you already know what will happen inasmuch there will be romance that knocks our socks off and a nice juicy murder investigation too.  The scary part of the whole book is the possible insight the reader might receive from reading about a killer that strikes close to home.

Five stars, like always.

 

 

 

 

 

Nell’s Gossip and Book Hunt 9/10/2017

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

  • Everybody loves a good giveaway, right?  Well, here is an AWESOME giveaway.  All these books are right up my alley and I’d love if I could read each one.

The authors that are involved are as follows:

 

  • A new and thrilling addition to the Eve and Roarke series by J.D. Robb.  Okay, it’s not the Eve and Roarke series, it’s the In Death series, but it might as well be Eve and Roarke.

Title:  Secrets in Death 
Author:  J.D. Robb
Series:  In Death #45
Release date: September 5, 2017
Publisher’s description:  The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.

The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery.

  • After I finish Secrets in Death, I’ll be ready for the next episode called Dark in Death.

Title:  Dark in Death 
Author:  J.D. Robb
Series:  In Death #46
Release date: January 30, 2017
Publisher’s description:  There’s always a reason for murder. But when a young actress is killed in a swift and violent attack at a cinema screening, that reason is hard to fathom – even for Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team.

It’s only when bestselling crime writer Blaine DeLano arrives at the precinct that the shocking truth is revealed. Someone is recreating the murder scenes from her latest series, book by book. With six more novels left in the series, Eve now knows how the killer will strike next. But why has DeLano been targeted? Could her abusive husband be involved?

As fiction is transformed into bloody reality, Eve will need all her skill and experience to solve this unique case. Luckily for her, husband Roarke happens to be a fan of DeLano’s work. And he’s more than happy to work side by side with his gorgeous and brilliant wife – no matter how dark things become…

 

 

 

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