With most series, it doesn't affect the enjoyment of the books much if you read them in order or not. With the In Death series, it does. Although you certainly can read any book as a stand-alone, you usually get more out of any specific book if you've read several of the previous books in the series. More than most, this series intertwines and builds in significant ways over the course of the books.
For this book, I'd suggest reading "New York to Dallas" at the very least -- or that book won't be as enjoyable if you read it later. (Possibly also Reunion in Death first, before New York to Dallas, but before you read Reunion . . . ). I strongly recommend reading this series in order. Most books are great and even the few that fall a bit short of the normal standard of excellence invariably advance character development.
Ericksen is amazing as the narrator of this series. More than 15 often-recurring characters (plus another set of occasional ones) are clearly delineated. I am constantly astounded at how I can recognize which character is speaking within one or two words. The consistency across this volume of books is incredible. I don't know what salary you're making, Susan, but you're worth it. Ask for a raise!
I've recently returned from living and working in Alaska. I, my beautiful two dogs, and wonderful three cats travelled together.
Of course I would recommend this book to a friend. It is so unique, the initial scene grabs one's attention and holds you until the plot has played out. Every time I have read this book, its been like falling into a river-you can't seem to extract yourself from until the story has ended.
Eve Dallas is often a favorite of mine but Peabody, Roarke, and McNabb are very close seconds. Oh, I can't forget Morris. I think Eve Dallas because she mirrors the horror that she often wades through, but has a true warriors heart. Her motives are always pure, she is honest and always on the side of right. She is also loyal to friends, husband and what she believes in.
The scene where Dallas enters the bar to find all of the dead. This is a telling, breath taking, and somber moment. It sets the stage for the novel. Allegorically, it sets the stage for life.
The scene where the bartender can not believe that most of his "crew" is dead. His pain is brilliant. It becomes your pain, [you-the reader], when you share it. He mirrors the love, loyalty, honesty of feeling that Eve often shows but does not always readily recognise.
This is a great series. I can't think that I've ever been dissappointed. The narrator is "awesome."
At the top...not only is JD Robb aka Nora Roberts truly an artist with her words, but Susan Ericksen makes the characters of Robbs In Death series come ALIVE. I'd been reading this series since the day the first book, Naked In Death, came out...then two years ago I was talked into trying them in audio. I loved them so much I now own them ALL, again, in audio, and even when reading them now, I hear the characters in Ericksen's depiction of them.
Hmmmm....that's tough. Nobody writes like Nora...but the closest series I'd have to compare it to would have to be Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isle's...as while there IS a romance in this series, the romance isn't the focus...the cases are. Eve Dallas IS. How she handles & solves her cases, how she immerses herself into the lives of the dead, and how she has gone from having nobody in her life to being surrounded by those that care about her...and those she cares about.
She brings the characters to life! Peabody & McNabb are two of my favorites. She gives Peabody that slightly naive, youngish, but far from dumb lovable voice...and McNabb that cute, funny lol voice...and Roarke! For a woman to be doing his sexy accent and pulling it off?? Kudos! And she does an excellent job.
YES!! And I almost did, lol. Took me 2, but I listened to 8 hours of it in 1 day!
This one seemed shorter than the last, but no less satisfying...it tackles a threat that we all know is up close and personal every day, terrorism. There were some things I wanted to know from the last book, but as this is a series, and we don't get to see each and every character in every book, hopefully we'll get more in the next. We got to the meat and potatoes of this case quickly, and Eve & Roarke were doing the digging themselves for the most part. So it was pretty awesome!
I recommend this book and the entire series. Nora Roberts writing as J D Robb has built an exciting, emotional futuristic world that keeps me coming back for more.
To give detail would be a spoiler ... but I will say that Eve talking about her private issues with Dr. Myra is a definite highlight.
As usual, Susan Ericksen reads perfectly. I love all her character voices, especially Rourke's Irish lilt. I have looked for other books she narrates and have never been disappointed with her performance in any of them, either.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
It is amazing that J.D. Robb can keep coming up with fresh ideas for each of the 35 books. Susan Ericksen is super, she has managed to be consist with the voice of each character from book one. In this book we see Dallas advance as a leader as she delegates more of the work to detectives of a "big" team on the big case. She had to work with the federal law enforcement also. Robb moved a lot of the story in the daily briefing of the team, this is different technique than it the past. Dallas advances in her own problems with the help of Dr. Mira. She told Peabody about the personal events in Dallas, Tx. It was great that Robb only added information from past books that fit into the situation at hand. Many author of long series spend half the book reviewing what went on before, but not Robb. Can not wait for the next book.
The plot was very interesting and there was an excellent twist toward the end that I wasn't expecting. Classic J.D./Nora
As always, the characters in this series drives the book. I love the suspense, but the characters are what keep me coming back time after time.
She brings life to the "voices" of these characters - she really is a master at this.
I was reading some of the other reviews and was honestly puzzled by one that said there was no sexual banter between Roarke and Eve...really? What about - "You are getting so much sex..." Eve to Roarke toward the last half of the book. Also, commented, no Mavis, no Summerset, no banter between Peabody and McNab. What about the really cool conversations between Summerset and Eve - both scenes showed a whole new dimension to Summerset and the dynamic with Eve. Also, the conversation with Mavis and baby Bella talking to Das....really cute. Anyway, I thought it was an excellent read/listen!
As always, Susan Ericksen's narration is the best. I have listened to all the novels and I can't imagine any other voices for the characters.
The twist that I never saw coming.
The scene in restaurant
Yes- and I did (almost). It kept me up til the wee hours.
I had high hopes for this book since I thought the previous book, Celebrity in Death, was just average. Thankfully, Robb (Roberts) is back up to her high standards in Delusion in Death. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
This story featured a unique murder method with entertaining plot twists. Dallas made significant progress in her lifelong struggle with nature versus nurture. Dallas' relationships with Peabody, Mira, Roarke, and Summerset continue to grow stronger. Kudos to Ms. Roberts for a well-balanced mixture of drama, introspection, and humor.
Susan Ericksen gives a wonderful performance. The genders and accents are perfect, and the more dramatic scenes with Dallas and Peabody were especially moving. Ericksen's voice is the perfect instrument for Robb's stories.
Yep. The voices in my head are not near as good as Susan Ericksen's.
SPOILER ALERT! The left hook.
All in the "In Death" series. She's like fine red wine: Justs gets better with age.
Nah. We plan road trips around the length of the book.
Can't wait for "Calculation"............
J.D.Robb did it again. Even at book 35 I'm still immeresed in a story of a taugh cop who kicks ass,her beautiful billionaire husband and a wonderful future world Mrs.Robb created.