Another great listen by J.D. Robb. If you like this series you will like this one as well. Has a few new twists, not just more of the same. A good choice.
J D Robb has written yet another book that kept my attention. I started listening to audio books from the library. I enjoy the fact that the voices for the characters are the same and they fit the character perfectly. I would be disappintedif they changed. Thanks Sebrina
I absolutely enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed all of the J. D. Robb novels centered around the "In Death" series. One great pleasure has been to watch the characters evolve and mesh; to see relationships build and strengthen. The characters seem more developed with each novel and Ms Ericksen is simply outstanding as the narrator. How she manages to be on target with the numerous voice changes is a wonder in itself. Her narration is one of the reasons I listen to certain parts again and again even after completing the story.
Eve Dallas, the main character, is just as intense as she was in the beginning, but has learned to relax and to trust those around her in her daily sphere. She is a tough, smart New York police lieutenant who has a mind that can dissect and analyze with the best of them - Nero Wolfe, Ellery Queen - those fascinating detectives we enjoy so much. She is fearless! In this story, her attempts to throw in well known phrases to describe a circumstance (i.e., "the icing on the cupcake" instead of just "the icing on the cake," and "leaving a trail of cookie crumbs" instead of a "trail of bread crumbs," tend to make her even more human considering her terrible childhood which had no fairy tales or bedtime stories or love; only pain, fear and terror.
This story line is exciting and fast-paced. It was woven so that the listener's interest remains spiked. Again, the narration puts this listen over the top.
I love the setting of these books, each book familiar with characters and life, yet a different crime, but always a must read, er listen. Susan Ericksen makes these characters "pop" and jump out of the page and in your ear. Perfect partnership with Robb and Ericksen.
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?
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.