Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Audio: Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted October 27, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 0 Comments

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Audio:  Secrets in Death by J.D. RobbSecrets In Death by J. D. Robb
Series: In Death #45
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Published by Brilliance Audio on September 5, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hours, 2 minutes
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars
one-half-flames

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.

Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know…

              

 

Secrets in Death is the 45th installment in the In Death series.   It’s perfect if you are looking for amazing stories with wonderful characters and humor, kickass detective work and sexy times. There’s nothing realistic about it, except the characters are authentic, with layers and dimensions and a variety of emotions and growth in their lives.  They are so dear to me with all their quirks, styles, and mannerisms. I would read the books in order to see the relationships and lives as they develop. I love their connections and support of each other, both between Eve and Roarke, and between Eve and her co-workers.

The plot was as fascinating as always. I love the methods and ideas, following the procedures to gather evidence and learn what really happened. I did guess the culprit quickly, which is a bit unusual. Eve followed all the leads and analyzed all the information with her usual panache and skill. She utilizes both knowledgeable fact gathering and keen psychological perceptions. There was a good deal of suspense in the danger to everyone. At the end, it felt like it came together all of a sudden.

This is the second Susan Erickson audio to which I have listened. I loved her in the VI Warshawski world. Here I felt she sounded too old for Eve. I didn’t care for the voice she gave Peabody. Her vocals for Roarke were excellent and overall the story so engaging I was able to sink into the audio and not notice the voices which I didn’t prefer. This was the first time I have listened to this series; I have read all the rest.

If you are looking for a series with lots of books, this is a winner. They never disappoint. I am always ready and excited to the next book. While the books are not short, they are quick to read (or listen) because they are so pleasurable. Highly recommended.

Listen to a clip here.

 

About Susan Ericksen

Susan Ericksen is a Renaissance woman. In addition to being an Earphones-winning audiobook narrator and director–she’s a writer, an amateur linguist, an actress, a mother, and a wife. In the 1980s she joined former classmate David Colacci in western Michigan, where he was artistic director for the Hope Summer Repertory Theater. Twenty miles away, a fledgling audiobook publisher called Brilliance was looking for narrators.

Susan has recorded around two hundred audiobooks for Brilliance, BBC Audiobooks, Tantor, and Hachette. “It was a natural step. As repertory theater actors, the whole point is to be able to do Shakespeare one night, a musical the next night, and Noel Coward the next. So you have multiple personalities and multiple character voices and physicalities. These are such valuable skills for doing audiobooks.”

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.

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
four-stars
Writing
five-stars
Dialogue
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Narration (Audio)
four-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

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