Genre: Suspense

Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb

Posted March 10, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

Echoes in Death by J. D. RobbEchoes in Death by J. D. Robb
Series: In Death #44
Published by St. Martin's Press on February 7, 2017
Genres: Futuristic Romance, Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk.

After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband—and walks into a brutal nightmare.

Their paths are about to collide…

When the young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—wanders in front of their car, Roarke slams on the brakes just in time, and Eve, still in glittering gown and heels, springs into action. It’s been a long night for the tired homicide cop, and it’s far from over.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil” . . .

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked—and that he treated Daphne like a trophy wife—this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse as the first suspect. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

 

 
Eve and Roarke are on their way home from a fancy gala when they almost run into a young woman wandering dazed, naked and bloodied in the street. Sound familiar? It echoes of 8-year old Eve, nameless at the time in Dallas. As Eve begins her investigation, she uncovers a series of like assaults that are vicious and cruel, especially this last one that continues to remind her of what was done to her prior to liberation.

 
What I really liked about this story is seeing how much Eve is evolving, even in how she responds to crimes that evoke memories of her awful origins. She confronts the issues differently and more responsibly. The case is chilling and gnarly but it was fairly clear to me who the perpetrator might be even if the motive was unclear. As I’m a big fan of the procedural aspects of this series, I enjoyed sifting through and assembling the clues and profiles to arrive at deductions.

 
This was another solid addition to the series and I enjoyed the story. The continued focus on the dynamics of Eve’s squad is another source of reading pleasure as we begin to know more of her team beyond Baxter, Trueheart and Peabody. I’m really liking how the series is evolving.

About J. D. Robb

With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.

The series quickly gained attention, great reviews, and devoted readers. Since the debut of Loyalty in Death (the ninth In Death book) on Halloween 1999 on the New York Times bestseller list, every J. D. Robb title has been a New York Times bestseller. While fans had their suspicions, it wasn’t until the twelfth book in the series, Betrayal in Death (2001), that the publisher fully revealed that J. D. Robb was a pseudonym for bestselling powerhouse Nora Roberts. Unmasked, Nora Roberts fans who hadn’t yet picked up one of the Robb books were quickly playing catch-up.

Robb’s peers in the mystery world are fans as well, with accolades for the In Death series from such blockbuster authors as Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Linda Fairstein, and Andrew Gross.

The In Death books are perpetual bestsellers, and frequently share the bestseller list with other Nora Roberts novels. J. D. Robb publishes two hardcover In Death books per year, with the occasional stand-alone original In Death story featured in an anthology.

Over forty books and fifteen years later, there is no end in sight for the ever-popular In Death series.


Audio Review & Giveaway: The Sinner by Amanda Stevens

Audio Review & Giveaway: The Sinner by Amanda Stevens

Posted March 6, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review, Giveaway | 14 Comments

  It’s been almost a year since John Devlin walked away from Amelia Gray to see to his ailing grandfather and then cutoff all communication. Amelia is nursing a broken heart and has accepted a restoration assignment in Ascension, South Carolina to get her out of Charleston for a few months. One day while working in the Seven Gates Cemetery, she is “called” into the adjacent forest and discovers a circled of twelve mortsafes and sees a pair of hands gripping the grates. It’s the body of a young woman and it’s recent. Detective Lucien Kendrick is assigned to the case and he and Amelia have an immediate connection…one she’s not sure is kindred, lust or something else.   I’d never heard of a mortsafe […]


Audio Review: Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger

Audio Review: Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger

Posted February 22, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Cork O’Connor is contacted by Willie Raye to help find his daughter, Shiloh, who’s disappeared. She’s a famous Country & Western singer who apparently has chosen to remove herself into the Quetico-Superior Wilderness for some self reflection. The Feds have also inserted themselves into the search because they believe she now remembers information about her mother’s murder 13-years ago. Unfortunately, there are other dark forces at play as others are out to find and kill her.   As with the first story, the setting is an important element of the story and Indian lore is featured prominently in every aspect of the plot. The complexity of the boundary waters (between the Minnesota and Canadian borders) added to the mystery and sense of isolation. […]


Bitter Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

Bitter Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

Posted February 20, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

    Cara Lindstrom is in the wind and Matt Roarke has taken leave from the FBI for awhile as he tries to get his head straight. But, he decides to start from her beginning to seek answers and it leads him to the town where she was assigned to her first group home. There is definitely something off in that place and Roarke makes it his mission to uncover the truth.   I loved how this story was told almost as much as the story itself. Roarke’s investigation is chronicled in the present as Cara’s is real time when she was 14-years old, fresh out of California’s dreadful Youth Authority. The contrast was fascinating as the two experiences were paralleled and we learn so […]


The Cleaner by Mark Dawson

The Cleaner by Mark Dawson

Posted February 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

    Read It, Track It is a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.   Having read the prequel novellas,  I looked forward to finally reading a full length novel and learning more about the character John Milton. It didn’t work out exactly. John decides to leave the government and try to make things better in the world. He wants to atone for his work. We learn more about the people he wants to help than about him. I hoped this would be like The Equalizer (there was this old tv show), where a guy with skills goes out and helps people. I guess Person of Interest did this somewhat. Or it could be clever like the […]


Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders

Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders

Posted February 7, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders is a great debut novel in her Blank Canvas series!   Reasons to read Under Her Skin Ivan – bearded, blacksmith neighbor who looks dangerous but has a heart of gold Uma – on the run from abusive ex but stays strong through her road to recovery Ms. Loyd – old hag that needs love and friendship Romance novel wrapped in mystery, suspense and the dark and light sides of love Uma’s past wouldn’t have allowed for an instant hook up and I’m really like how the romance element was the main focus until about half way through the story. The romance between Ivan and Uma was a slow burn something both of them needed. These characters were hunted and […]


Thrifty Thursday:  John Milton prequel novellas by Mark Dawson

Thrifty Thursday: John Milton prequel novellas by Mark Dawson

Posted January 19, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

          The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point). Kindle freebie on November 23, 2016  (currently FREE as of writing this post) This is a special edition of Thrifty Thursday which is akin to Jennifer’s Read It, Track It where I am reading more “free” books for the COYER Winter Storm Challenge   1000 Yards is a prequel novella in the John Milton series. It is a detailed, political operation by a coldly rational assassin.  Milton is obviously skilled and intelligent. Although, he seems to be having health issues; it is not developed. It is frightening in its suspense and the unemotional progression of events. Similar to 1000 Yards, Tartantula is another mission from […]


Away from the Dark by Aleatha Romig

Away from the Dark by Aleatha Romig

Posted January 3, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    The story resumes where the first book left off and the tension never ceases!   We learn much more about the inner workings of The Light as Jacob and Sara try to navigate their way out of potentially dangerous situations. There are so many plot twists and revelations it was hard to find stopping points.   Whatever I thought I knew and understood about cult organizations was severely challenged and tested. Even though mind altering substances were used to initially control many of the women, it was still the conditioning that remained and kept them under control long after the drug use ceased. It was psychologically fascinating and it made me wonder how I would have fared.   This was an excellent two-book […]