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Kindred in Death by J.D. Robb

She was just an instrument. A weapon. He wanted it to be in that house, inside the house where the cop believed his little girl would always be safe.

Title:  Kindred in Death
Author:  J.D. Robb
Series:  In Death #29
Publish Date:  January 6, 2010
Source:  Purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  She was just an instrument. A weapon. He wanted it to be in that house, inside the house where the cop believed his little girl would always be safe.

A phone call from up high interrupts Eve’s plans to have a lazy day with her roguish husband Roarke: The teenage daughter of Captain Jonah McMasters, head of the NYPD drug squad, has been found raped and strangled.

A terrifying video of Deena, bloody and beaten beyond recognition, suggests a link to a criminal in her father’s past, but Eve is getting nowhere – until another murder, and another video, reveals the killer’s deadly intent: merciless retribution in the cruellest way possible.

Eve and her team must race against the clock to identify the next victim of a killer who will stop at nothing . . .

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


Nervous Nellie says…

Wow.  I’ve met some sick villains in books before, but this guy is baaad!  Again the brilliance of Eve Dallas’ brain solves a case that for anyone else would be a cold case.

Eve lost two victims but saved five.  I was sad for the victims and their families.  As I read the book, the story and it’s trials became real feeling.  I felt for the McMasters family and the poor man that was Carlene’s groom to be.  I’m not sure I ever have put it into words, but I also love how supportive of his time and money Roarke is.  He cherishes his wife and creates an “Awwwww” moment.

Eve is brilliant in her thinking, but in this book she bounces from the wrong path to the right path just by hearing a comment from a friend and colleague.  Peabody does a lot of work on her end – the same as what Dallas would have to do if she were working alone.  Those two make great partners and offset each other remarkably.

Those insights are not new ones, but I don’t think I’ve actually wrote them in a review before.  The story is great, as always, but the cohesiveness of the team and the characters with each other make for an excellent read.  That goes for every Eve and Roarke book, but as I’m listening from beginning of the series to the end, it’s even more evident.

The narrator is one of the best you can get.  Susan Erickson rates right up there with Khristine Hvam who narrates the books for Faith Hunter.  Seriously, if you like audiobooks and police procedurals this series is a really good one.  There is some sex, but it’s not constant and there is frippery like friends having weddings and babies or just getting together that makes me feel like family when I read it.

As always, these books get a 5 star.

Our reviews in this series in no particular order…

 

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NEW RELEASE TODAY!! The Kidnapper’s Accomplice by C. J. Archer

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TitleThe Kidnapper’s Accomplice
AuthorC.J. Archer
SeriesGlass and Steele #10
Release date: September 1, 2020
Description:  To investigate the source of gossip about Cyclops, Willie does the unthinkable – she dons a dress. However her plan goes awry when she’s kidnapped by a disgruntled magician with the power to detonate gunpowder at will. The magician forces India and Matt to race all over London in the hunt for her before the bombs go off.

Meanwhile, powerful members of the Collectors Club are trying to find out what new spell India has created with Fabian, and with India’s attention focused elsewhere, they might just succeed. 

 

Enchant the Night by Amanda Ashley

In the arms of a centuries-old vampire, a woman awakens to newfound passion–and magical powers of her own.

Title: Enchant the Night
Author:  Amanda Ashley
Publish Date:  August 25, 2020
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: In the arms of a centuries-old vampire, a woman awakens to newfound passion–and magical powers of her own.

Hungarian vampires are born, not made–and can breed with mortal females. Being one of the oldest of his kind, Quill Falconer has honed his skills at hunting just the right kind of prey, which is why his latest victim confounds him. She shouldn’t remember his drinking her blood. And he shouldn’t still be craving more . . .

Callie Hathaway’s life is as normal as it can be after the death of the beloved grandmother who raised her. Until one night, feeling foggy and fatigued, she realizes that a strangely sensual encounter with a dark, handsome man didn’t occur only in her imagination.

As Callie and Quill’s unique connection draws them together, an ancient order of knights seeks Quill’s destruction. Being together puts Callie in mortal danger–until she uncovers a magical family legacy. Side by side they’ll fight for survival, and for each other, as the brotherhood of vampire hunters gather for one final showdown.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

This story is fairly straight forward.  Vampire on the Hunt, catches girl, drinks, wipes her memory and leaves.  Except the wiping of the memory thing didn’t stick.

She saves him from hunters and falls in love with him while he lays in her guest bed recovering.  It’s exactly the type of book I go for when I need to escape.  It’s not deep.  It’s not mind bending.  Of course, there is more to the story.  That’s a given.  Gotta have adventure and a chase.

The heroine is young and the vampire is old.  Her experience is nil but yet she pulls all sorts of powers out of her hat.  He’s not high up in the vampire chain of command, but he takes charge to save everyone.

The ending was easy to see coming, but it still packed a punch.  All in all, I give it a 3.5 stars.

 

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NEW RELEASE TODAY!! Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne

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TitleInk & Sigil
AuthorKevin Hearne
Series: Ink & Sigil #1
Release date: August 25th 2020
Description: Al MacBharrais is both blessed and cursed. He is blessed with an extraordinary white moustache, an appreciation for craft cocktails – and a most unique magical talent. He can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and he uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons, especially the Fae.

But he is also cursed. Anyone who hears his voice will begin to feel an inexplicable hatred for Al, so he can only communicate through the written word or speech apps. And his apprentices keep dying in peculiar freak accidents. As his personal life crumbles around him, he devotes his life to his work, all the while trying to crack the secret of his curse.

But when his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al discovers evidence that Gordie was living a secret life of crime. Now Al is forced to play detective – while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentice’s death will take him through Scotland’s magical underworld, and he’ll need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if he’s to survive.

Blood & Ash by Deborah Wilde

Ashira Cohen takes pride in being the only female private investigator in Vancouver. With her skills, her missing persons case should be a piece of cake.

Title:  Blood  & Ash
Author:  Deborah Wilde
Series:  The Jezebel Files #1
Publish Date: January 14, 2020
Source:  NetGalley audiobook

Publisher’s Description: Cold-blooded kidnappers. Long-lost magic. When things get serious, she goes full Sherlock.

Ashira Cohen takes pride in being the only female private investigator in Vancouver. With her skills, her missing persons case should be a piece of cake.

She wasn’t counting on getting bashed in the skull, revealing a hidden tattoo and supernatural powers she shouldn’t possess.

Or the bitter icing on top: a spree of abductions and terrifying ghostly creatures on a deadly bender.

And don’t even get her started on the golems.

Reluctantly partnered with her long-time nemesis Levi, the infuriating leader of the magic community, Ash resolves to keep her focus on the clue trail and off their sexual tension because WTF is up with that?

But with a mastermind organization pulling strings from the shadows and Levi’s arrogance driving her to pick out his body bag, can Ash rescue the captives and uncover the truth or will the next blood spilled be her own?

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


Nervous Nellie says…

This was, as advertised, a snarky book. I did like it, but it had to grow on me. At first, Ashura kind of got on my nerves. She was just another Charley Davidson wannabe. I stuck with the book and by the time the kidnapping took place, I was firmly entrenched.

As the personality of the protagonist started becoming more dimensional, she started making me care for her. She hasn’t the best life has to offer, but she is making it. After getting hit on the head, she was stunned to discover she was a magic user (called Nefesh) and also that she was warded to keep her magic firmly stoppered. As the book proceeded, the story kept winding around and overlapping in other mysteries that Ashura found herself. There were weird “things” that Ashura could see slithering around victims that ended up dead. There were magic haters and fear mongers and politicians that wanted them gone.

The author made Ashura’s nemesis an egotistic, arrogant and Uber privileged jerk. They also grew up together, which I thought was an interesting thing to mention before the story actually did. It made the things Ash said and felt more understandable. Levi was the head of the “House” of Nefesh. There are other “Houses”, but that wasn’t important to know for story purposes.

I found that Ash’s obsession with Sherlock Holmes endearing and not annoying. She and her best friend had nicknames which was cute. Ashura was Jewish and covered some interesting things regarding Golems and also where the term “Jezabel” originated. Ash had good side characters- her sidekick and the neighbor next door. They didn’t have a lot of depth but enough, I suppose, for secondary characters. Her mother and father played a part and even the scary supervillian modeled after a mafia queen pin. The book had a good mystery, had a bit of a cliffhanger (not bad, though) and left the door open for another book.

There wasn’t a lot of graphic death, but there was some. There wasn’t a lot of sex, but there were two scenes and it wasn’t something that the book depended upon to make the story good. It was a nice little side note and a glimpse of a relationship builder.

The narrator was pretty good. She didn’t have a LOT of voice variation, but the characters did have their own voices. She didn’t seem to be reading the book, more like making it come alive. All in all, I’d give this book a 4.

 

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