I am a semi-retired psychologist who likes to listen to books, especially mysteries, as I drive in the car.
This story did not have me on the edge of my seat or sweating it out as some have done, but I couldn't wait to listen to more. I liked the interplay of characters - you have to listen to see what I mean. Susan Erickson did a very good job as usual. The relationship of the characters proceeded, but I had the feeling that Roarke did not have as much of a role in this story as he had in previous ones. This was largely the work of Eve and Peabody. One might say that this was a more feminine In Death book. As a man, I kept waiting for a cat fight. It might be my only disappointment with the book, but there were some smart verbal repartee.
I love science fiction. I love the reluctant hero. Characters that try to do the right thing no matter what.
Not the best.
I've read too many....I knew 'who done it' by the midway point.
Susan Ericksen has done the impossible. SHE is now the voice of the In Death characters that sounds in my ears when I read.
They all are.
I love J D Robb!
This is the latest installment of the adventures of Eve Dallas and her "crew". this one was a little different - not as much action but more about each of the character. Eve is starting to enjoy having friends and learning to trust.
this is a great addition to the collection
Love to read and really enjoy listening to a good reader!! :)
I love Eve Dallas and the whole crew great series. Good listen Excellent reader and characters are fun to visit with like have a friend stop by and chat with you .
Erickson's voice for Peabody was distracting. She made her sound 'special' (I can't think of another word for it). I kept thinking, "How on earth is this woman a professional?"
I love the
This series has a good plotline and great character development. It just keeps developing and keeps giving the reader more. I'd recommend this series to anyone.
I like how Ms. Ericksen does Roarke's accent.
Nope. I wish the ending followed through a little better.
I bought Celebrity in Death almost the minute I saw it was available. I even postponed finishing the book I was reading in order to read this one. The plot is simple. Dallas is at a fancy party (which we all know she hates) that is part of the filming of a movie about the Icove case, a mystery from a previous "In Death" book. Robb jumps us into the murder mystery almost immediately, which is great. The twist here is that the victim, K.T. Harris, who plays Peabody in the movie, looks very much like Peabody and this is disturbing to many people. Actually, all the actors of the book movie are look-alikes for all our favorites except Marvis who plays herself.
However, once we're involved, things stay pretty superficial in this tale. Relationships don't seem to move to deeper levels and even the relationship between Roarke and Eve, and even Eve and Summerset are stagnant. We get a little bit more about Eve's healing from her childhood, but not a significant amount. Perhaps we needed a rest from it, but realize it doesn't evolve too much.
That is not to say the plot doesn't move along, because it does. But there is a serious lack of tension in this novel and I think this is what leaves us not quite as satisfied as we fans normally are. It's interesting and the pace is quick. But there are a lot of suspects picked up and then discarded along the way without too much difficulty. That's part of the lack of suspense we experience. No one is looked at too long and so there really isn't much conflict. Even Nadine Furst doesn't pack a punch this time. Feeney and McNab are very minor in this book.
Characters are described in the same ways. I'll bet all of you faithful readers of the "In Death" series can tell me how Robb always writes the description of Eve's eye and hair color body. Same with Roarke, Marvis, Peabody and so on. But we even slide through this with unusual speed.
Because we are dealing with look-alike, and sound-alike actors/actresses within the non-fiction movie set of the story line, we do get somewhat confused with the reading of their them. Eve and Margo sound too much alike, as do a number of other characters including Roarke. This would have been difficult to manage, even for the sterling narrator Susan Erickson, who still read this reasonably well and is one of the best. It gets less confusing as we get further into the book, but you will have to get used to it.
The book is pretty good, but not great. I wouldn't have missed reading it, but was left just a tad disappointed. I wait all year for the installment, and will wait as eagerly for the one next year. But I wish this one had been a little stronger, which is what I'm used to from Robb. Maybe, just maybe, when you take into consideration all the books Robb writes under her other pen names, she is overtasked.
If you're a faithful fan, get the book and add it to your collection. The book will be "good enough," to enjoy. If you're new to Robb, start from the beginning. If you start with #35, you'll be left uninterested in the series.
Definitely -- well read, characters come alive.
Dallas of course :)
This was my first (I've only had 2 audible books - I'm just starting with this option).
Definitely a book you want to listen to in one sitting but since it's not possible, it's the best treat to end the day.
I have listened to all of these books by J.D. Robb on
yes because I always relisten to all JD Robb books just in case I missed something.
Eve she is too funny
no favorite because they are always good
yes but did not I save them for my trips to and from work but if I am almost finished I do finish up in one sitting