When Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine contained potassium cyanide, she's determined to solve the murder of Father Miguel Flores, despite her discomfort with her surroundings. It's not the bodegas and pawn shops of East Harlem that bother her, though the neighborhood is a long way from the stone mansion she shares with her billionaire husband Roarke. It's all that holiness flying around at St. Christobal's that makes her uneasy.
A search of the victim's sparsely furnished room reveals little - except for a carefully hidden religious medal with a mysterious inscription, and a couple of underlined Bible passages. The autopsy reveals more: faint scars of knife wounds, a removed tattoo - and evidence of plastic surgery suggesting "Father Flores" may not be the man his parishioners thought. Now, as Eve pieces together clues that suggest identity theft, gang connections, and a deeply personal act of revenge, she hopes to track down whoever committed this unholy act. Until a second murder - in front of an even larger crowd of worshippers - knocks the whole investigation sideways.
©2008 J.D. Robb; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Seriously - this series was brought to life, for me, with the brilliance of Susan Ericksen! I love the stories (for sure formulaic in one sense - but I still avidly listen) JD has given us. The graphic murders that these characters deal with are intense, but the laughter and love between all of them still shine through. I you can DEFINITELY hear it in the voices that Ms. Ericksen gives them! I can't imagine going back to simply reading these for myself, because when I do, I still hear their voices talking in my head. LOVE
The relationships growing, maturing, and changing between the continuing characters of the book....also, the intricate relationships and interweaving of relationships in the other characters of the story--the perpetrators, the victims and the spectators, the players in the drama.
When Eve dealt with the mothers was memorable as was the prolonged ending of the story where Eve endeavored to make the evil perpetrator of the crime receive justice and the other person who was more moral receive lenient treatment by legal means.
It made me think...at times I felt anger at Eve's character for her inflexibility towards others perceived weakness.
One of the best of the series. The main story was very complex, with interesting characters and side stories but the shorter story of a murder in the center seemed contrived to add another murder into the book.
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
I used to live in this neighborhood around 1960 when I went to nursing school. The book brought back lots of memories.
The story was fabulous but the narration was the best. All of the voices and accents were done so well. It was like being in the neighborhood with the cacophany of sound that I remember so well.
TzuMom in ATL
Well, there's always a theme to these books. After some 30 books, though, a theme would be necessary for any of us to keep them all straight!
This one is centered around religion, faith, and the church. The plot turns out to be a bit TOO convoluted for my taste. (Don't worry - no spoilers here!) One of the things I have always loved about this series is that, with the exception of a few futuristic devices, and the sheer volume of drama that befalls our heroine, it's 100% believeable!
But in the end our plot, plan, and motive tuns out to be extremely intricate and somewhat forced, really. Generally speaking, people just aren't that complicated! And their motives are usually less so.
Didin't stop me from squeezing in every minute I could to finish it, though...
I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol..
I love the Eve Dallas series of books but this one wasn't that good. I found myself stopping and listening to other books I have, finishing them and coming back. I never did that with any of hte other books I read by JD Robb. This one was a little boring. I was disappointed!
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
I did listen.It took 5 times to get through the first chapter. My mind kept going somewhere else.
There is no way I want to learn if the murders are connected. I can and have read the silly 'penny' westerns.This can not even rank with those. An R Hill or I Rankin will give you a good story. For me this was rubbish. Starting to read from the last page of a dictionary would be far more interesting.
Say something about yourself!
The series has not let me down yet! This is humorous and sardonic at the same time. A great read and even better listen.
i love this series of books...well written, well told, but gee I wish Peabody and her boyfriend would get voice transplants!!!!!!!!!! they grate terribly on my nerves!
I think the book was probably better than it seemed, but the reader is so atrocious that it is nearly impossible to enjoy it. Characters come off as charicatures or just plain stupid. Worst reading ever to date ... and that's a lot of books.
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