Even an eerily familiar storyline (Seduction in Death; a contest between friends) could not detract from my pleasure while listening to this. Though the two books my have similar premises, the exposition and unfolding of events are quite different.
Eve Dallas is different, has been for the past several novels. Perhaps she's softened, opened more, and developed an easier side. She wasn't bogged down by these murders, was more challenged and intriuged by the puzzle. Deaths didn't weigh on her, as they have in the past.
I've not tired of this series yet and I hope I never do. This was an interesting and entertaining installment, especially the first bit in Ireland with Roarke's relations. I find that those sorts of character interactions make the procedural aspect bareable and gives the novel depth.
I'd recommend this book, and, in fact, the entire In Death series, in a heartbeat.
If you're considering this as your first In Death read, don't do it. This is not the best of the seies and will not make much sense without the backstory on the various characters that appear in this book without apparent connection to the plot. Not enough Roarke either! The series, as a whole, is great. A few books only make it to the "good" level, but many are truly fantastic. Much of the pleasure comes from seeing the character development and learning more about their history over time. Ericksen is, as always, phenomenal. Yes, that IS one woman providing all those voices. Amazing.
Unlike some reviewers I don't rate current books on previous books written by an author. I feel the book being rated should stand on its own and I really enjoyed this one. If you read a lot which I do you will find similarities in story lines especially when following an author. That is why I stick to certain authors because I like the characteristics of the players in the stories. I feel I know them from previous stories and can anticipate somewhat their actions and when they are out of character I enjoy being surprised. When dealing with murder and mayhem how can you not have similar story lines that sound familiar?
A hundred zillion readers can't be wrong, can they? These books sell like crazy -- I had to see what it was all about.
First of all, switch your player to "fast read". The narrator reads so slowly it'll drive you nuts. I can't tell a good Irish accent from a bad one, but this rendition started grating on my nerves about a half hour in. That 'darlin' thing they've all got going was seriously overdone.
Secondly, at this stage of life, I've decided to minimize the amount of time I spent with people who are obnoxious, bitchy and, in general, unpleasant to be around. That being the case, I can't imagine spending any more time with Dectective Eve Dallas. Honestly, I can't imagine why anyone wants to be around her -- including the fawning Roarke, who must be loaded with issues of his own. Eve Dallas is just crabby and bitchy, 100% of the time, to anyone and everyone. Is that the way "new' women show strength and power? Lisa Gardner's D. D. Warren is much the same -- just a really bitchy woman. I gave up on that series, too. There are plenty of tough strong women protagonists out there -- you don't get any tougher than Kinsey Millhone, Anna Pigeon, Ellie Hatcher or Bailey Wiggins, but they don't behave as if they have to chop everyone from waiters, co-workers, lovers and murderers into pieces with their vicious tongues. (Okay -- It could be the narrator who interprets the character that way. I guess I'd have to actually read one of these books to find out, and I'm not about to punish myself to that extent. )
The plot wasn't bad, actually -- quite inventive. So if you can get by the first part -- all the hugging and kissing in Ireland, where Eve drags out tired old jokes about being wakened by a "cock" (ah, that would be a rooster) and touts her ignorance about anything domestic as a character asset -- the story itself, back in NY, is entertaining and innovative.
So listen at your own risk -- the thing is, there are so many really excellent books out there that this kind of feminine barbarism needn't be tolerated. Instead of J. D. Robb, try Julia Spencer-Flemming, or Deborah Crombie, or even Laura Lippman. They don't wrote "cozies", but neither do they blister your ears with PMS protagonists.
I love the In-death series and I have been counting the days until I could dig into Indulgence in Death. I re-read the entire series waiting for this release! I read Indulgence in Death as soon as it hit the shelf and almost instantly I was struck by the fact that it didn't seem to have the same voice as other In Death books. My first criticism is that unlike her other books--all which have unique stories, this one is the same story as Seduction in Death. A sick competition between two long time friends involving the planned murders of mainly women, with a couple of male victims to make the story just a slight bit different. THe book started in Ireland with Roarke and Eve visiting his family, and I kept waiting for something to tie back to Ireland. A lovely anniversary present for Roarke was left tangling with no seeming relation to the rest of the story. A BBQ for Morris was planned, but the event didn't appear in the book despite the fact that the event had some interesting promise--The priest from Salvation in Death was going to be Morris' guest. The interview of the second suspect never happened. Charles appears once in the story but never again. The suspects apparently displeased their parents, yet we don't see any attempt to interview family members other than ex-spouses. Roarke doesn't use his unregistered computer at all--also very unusual. And almost no run-ins between Eve and Somerset! There were so many dangling events which felt like compositional errors that I agree with an earlier reviewer--this didn't seem like it was written by JD Robb/Nora. It was formulaic, a slightly new twist on a prior book. I am not giving up on this series yet, but this wasn't worth the wait.
No depth. Boring, expected story line. Murder, sex, hard talking female cop. It made me feel like I had bought one of those cheesy airport books when I was looking for a well written mystery along the lines of the Stieg Larsson thrillers. If you like highbrow mystery, you will hate this. If you like reading Glamour magazine and watching Jersey Shore, you'll like this.
The other listeners who loved Susan Ericksen's narration of this book have a real treat in store for them when they listen to a narrator who can bring out the unique personalty of each character without making them sound like a moron. Her voice was OK for the primary characters but she clearly missed the boat with surrounding cast. To the point it was laughable and distracting. Too bad the story was pretty good.
The narrator is trying to show that Eve is a tough, no-nonsense woman, but she comes off as grating and annoying. I don't like to waste my money so I stuck it out and eventually got used to it, and the story was ok. Really far-fetched, and by the end you're just waiting for it to be over; but I did make it to the end.
can't believe anyone liked this book, I couldn't even get through 15 minutes, really really low brow crime/future trash.