Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
In this second In Death story, Eve's relationship with Roark deepens, both personally and professionally. Two prominent women have had their throats cut, and they both have ties to Roark, which creates friction in the personal relationship. Needless to say that problem gets solved, and Eve successfully corners the killer, a man who harbors hatred for women with power and fame. There's a great suspense ending involving a knife fight in the dark. Since this is a series, you know that Dallas and Roark will always come out top, but J.D. Robb makes each adventure different enough, and exciting enough, to keep the reader interested.
As other have suggested, it is a good idea to read at least the first several books in the order of publication, in order to follow the progression of Eve and Roark's relationship, and to follow the appearance of new continuing characters in the series and their gradual progression through the ranks. For instance, this book marks the first appearance of Delia Peabody, Eve's future partner in the Homicide Detective Division, as a uniformed officer at one of the crime scenes.
I like Robb's invented future and the history behind it. And I especially like Susan Ericksen's narration. Excellent!
I purchased the first 8 books in this series because I got a great price. I thought they were mysteries - I didn't realize there would be so much corny romance. I will continue to listen because the stories are ok, I'll just keep fast forwarding through the supposedly "steamy" sex.
I wouldn't buy a book at full price. I will listen to the ones I have already purchased.
Overly dramatic and she makes the main character seem really hostile - I think this is why I dislike her so much.
I honestly can't understand why anyone would bother to read a second book in this series, after reading the first. But tens of thousands obviously do just that. That is the biggest mystery of this book.
Yes! I never suspected it would be this disappointing and annoying. I don't know why people who read this author even bother to read at all. Why not just watch soap operas? I expect much more from books.
The performance could have been less melodramatic; also, she sounded like an actress from the 1940s, which I found particularly annoying given that this was a novel set in the future.
I will allow that it is a promising sign that such an independent and competent career woman can be the protagonist of such a long and successful book series.
This is a romance novel that masquerades as a police detective/futuristic novel. It was disappointingly easy to figure out who-dun-it. And the romance was so shallow. The protagonist Eve Dallas is beautiful but doesn't know it, has no fashion sense, and is from a disadvantaged background. But she still snags the most eligible bachelor ever to exist! He is Irish, handsome, incredibly wealthy (a self-made man), but also so sensitive that he likes her cat. Dreamy! Ugh. And the sex is repetitive, several times a day--seemed like clockwork.
The Likeness, Tana French
This is a seriously boring, poorly written, predictable story. I'm surprised at all the positive reviews.
I am 81 years old. I did not know I had signed up for a monthly fee. I am on a pension and cannot afford the monthly fee.
There is no doubt that it is because of the narrator Susan Ericksen that that one becomes so involved in these books.
She makes the characters come to life and makes you feel you are at the scene looking and listening to each as they talk.
She is so good at having a voice for each person as apposed to someone just reading a book to you.
Eve as she is so down to earth.
Every bit of it she is so good.
You have got to see it and experience real drama.
I have read 5 of this series and will be buying all of them
Just started reading Nora Roberts under this pen name, a colleague recommended her. What a great mixture of mystery, suspense and sci-fi. I enjoyed the character Eve. I've already purchased the next five books in the series.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
In this book, someone's slashing the throats of prominent and successful women. Since the suspects include family friends of Lieutenant Eve Dallas' commander and Eve's lover, Roarke, this becomes a very difficult case for her.
If you haven't read the first book, Naked in Death, I would suggest that you do that first, although this early in the series it's not as important. Just as a warning for those who have never read one of the In Death books, the mystery is not really the most important part in the book. I've heard regular mystery listeners complain that they were able to figure out who committed the murders long before anyone in the books did. That wasn't the case for me - I enjoyed the mystery element in this book - but the relationships are the reason why I keep reading the series and why I reread all the books. In this book, Eve has to deal with her problems with commitment in her relationship with Roarke. The way Eve and Roarke interact is wonderful, and Eve's gradual attempts at making herself more than just a cop are interesting reading. I definitely recommend this book and series to anyone who likes well done and well paced romance with mystery and murder mixed in.
Susan Ericksen was excellent with the delivery of the story
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Glory in Death, Series Book 2, J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts, narrated by Susan Ericksen. Our heroine Eve Dallas, is a beautiful New York City cop, in the years 2050+. I.e. the future. This is a big winning series of 55 plus novels. I have read books one and two, and won’t be reading any more. There are some really involving mystery and detective novels out there, that can provide hours of happy reading. This book/series, is not one of them.
The novel is rather poor histrionic with exaggerated actions. The story itself, per its own text, constantly praises Eve Dallas as a brilliant cop, but she shows no insightful sleuth, has no theory of the case and is without tactics. Further, one can pre-guess the simplistic plots. What makes the story really bad is Eve Dallas’ personality. She does not talk to anyone, but blasts out an embittered attitude to all, and everyone responds by loving her, praising her detective skills, and becoming her friend for being nasty to them. Incomprehensible. Really, she doesn’t talk nice to anyone. She becomes annoyed at all the characters with every new fact developed in the story and is constantly threatening that she will bring someone down to the station, beat them up or charge them with impeding a police investigation and everyone kowtows to her.
She has an interesting love affair with a billionaire who’s wealth and connections often help in her investigation (when he is not suspect himself for the murder) but one is perplexed as to how he truly loves her as I have recorded one pleasant interchange from Eve to Rourke in two books now. Does he really love to be abused each time he speaks to his lover? He is one of the masters of the universe but is a wimp to her? I doubt it.
Susan Ericksen may be the source of why Eve Dallas is nasty to everyone she deals with. Perhaps Ms. Ericksen could tone it down a bit. Then again, though, Roberts did write the novels as such. Okay, I didn’t like much about these stories. Actually, they are poor stories with an inane drift; which makes them good only if you are into wanting to occupy your time with fluff. On the other hand so many more people think otherwise. 55 books and counting? Perhaps my species of discernment is distinct from that of the masses. I just gave three five stars to the emotional whirlwind, Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. Now that is a novel worth one’s time (and credit).