Fast-paced and full of intrigue, Treachery in Death hits all the right notes. There's something for everyone who enjoys the In Death series: great character development and interactions, humor, action and some wonderful Eve/Roarke moments. Eve's adversary is one of the strongest and most interesting in the series.
As always, Susan Ericksen does a wonderful job bringing the entire cast of characters to life.
This was actually my second visit to Half Moon Hollow, and it was a fun one. These books don't take themselves too seriously; they're simply light, easy reads and that's fine by me. I enjoyed the characters and the setting and will probably buy another Half Moon Hollow book and/or others by Molly Harper at some point in the future (when there's a good Audible sale).
Amanda Ronconi did a good job narrating, bringing just the right tone to the story.
M. C. Beaton has a light touch with all of her works (I love the Hamish MacBeth stories) and this is no exception. She creates enjoyable characters, and although the plots are fairly predictable it's a fun journey getting there.
If the next in the series goes on sale on Audible, I'll probably by it, just to revisit this cast of characters and see what they're up to.
If you're looking for high drama, this won't satisfy, but if you enjoy a period piece, light romantic comedy this should fit the bill.
Delusion in Death is another solid entry in the In Death series by J. D. Robb. The books in the series always contain a mixed focus on crime/police procedural and character/relationship building. I'd say this one skews a bit to the crime/police procedural side, but there are some really wonderful scenes with Eve and Roarke, Eve and Summerset and Eve and Mira.
As always, Susan Ericksen brings the characters to life. I have listened to these books over and over, in part because I enjoy her performances so much. (And I love the characters and the world as well.)
Highly recommended if you're already a fan of the series; if you're not familiar with it, I'd suggest going back to the beginning, and starting with Naked in Death. Part of the enjoyment with these books is seeing how the characters change and develop over time; it's been an exciting journey.
J.D. Robb can't write these fast enough to suit me. I'm eagerly anticipating Calculate in Death, which will be released in February 2013.
Like another reviewer, I wasn't sure that I'd find much of anything new in this book after listening to all the Cat and Bones Night Huntress books. But Frost has managed to develop two intriguing new characters within this universe, and I'll look forward to the next installment in their story.
Tavia Gilbert does an excellent job of making the characters come to life.
It took a bit of time to get into this book, but I enjoyed the story and yet another look at this imagining of the gods on earth today. (I've been reading/listening to a lot of these of late, including Neil Gaiman's American Gods and the Iron Druid books by Kevin Hearne.)
The dual story line is intriguing (Danny North in the present and another character in another world/time). It's a good coming-of-age fantasy with some imaginative touches, and I'm looking forward to the continuation of the story in the next book in the series.
The narrators do a very good job and make the story even more enjoyable.
I enjoyed Harkness' first book, Shadow of Night, but since I'm a English history buff this installment was even more fun in some ways, since it takes place primarily in Elizabethan England.
Matthew and Diana continue to be a dynamic couple who intrigue and challenge each other (especially as Matthew seems to revert to Elizabethan attitudes towards women when he goes back in time). It was particularly fun reading Harkness' take on literary figures of that era.
Narrator Jennifer Ikeda did a great job of bringing all the characters to life, adding another dimension to the story.
One bit of advice; if it's a while since you've read Discovery of Witches, you may want to go back for a quick reread, as there's very little replay in this book of what's gone on before.
I'm looking forward to the concluding book and to seeing how the vampire and the witch resolve all the problems they're facing.
After I read The Curse of Chalion last year, it became one of my all-time favorite fantasy novels. Paladin of Souls is a fitting sequel; it was a delight to visit this world again.
Lois McMaster Bujold's characters are well-drawn and believable. Ista's struggles to find the meaning in her life after the tragedies she has gone through will resonate with anyone who has gone through a similar experience, and the brothers who are central to the story are both honorable men trapped in a horrendous situation that's not of their making.
I like the fact that these books are character-driven; many fantasies have turned me off with their long, drawn out, chapter-after-chapter descriptions of battles. There are battles in this book, but descriptions are kept to a reasonable length.
Narrator Kate Reading does her usual masterful job in bringing these characters to life.
If you enjoy fantasy, do yourself a favor and read/listen to Curse of Chalion and then Paladin of Souls. I'm going to buy the final book set in this world with my next credit.
Good concept, but horrible execution. Plodding plot, stilted dialog, and a narrator who prolongs the agony with his slow reading.
I don't give up on books easily once I've purchased them, but I couldn't even get as far as the second part on this clunker. These might be okay to read in book form, where you can skim over the slow bits, but on audio it was painful.
Although there is some similarity to an earlier story, Indulgence stands well on its own because it takes a different approach. It's a procedural--you watch Eve and her team build the case a little at a time.
There's more of the laugh-out-loud dialog and snide comments (which I love) than there have been in the previous two books. If you're a fan of the Eve/Roarke relationship parts, you'll particularly enjoy the first three chapters (and probably the last few as well).
Susan Ericksen does an amazing job as always, really bringing the characters to life.
Another great "In Death" entry. Keep them coming, J.D.!
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