Now Nixie Swisher is an orphan - and the sole eyewitness to a seemingly inexplicable crime. Kids are not Dallas' strong suit. But Nixie needs a safe place to stay, and Dallas needs to solve this case. Not only because of the promise she made to Nixie. Not only for the cause of justice. But also to put to rest some of her own darkest memories - and deepest fears. With her partner Peabody on the job, and watching her back - and with Roarke providing the kind of help only he can give - Lieutenant Eve Dallas is running after shadows, and dead-set on finding out who's behind them.
Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2005 J. D. Robb; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
I think this is one of my favorites from the In Death Series. I really like Norah Roberts and when I read everything possible by Norah Roberts I decided to try JD Robb because I am huge fan of her other books. I had never listened to audio-books but these are highly addicting. Susan Ericksen does a really entertaining job with the narrating. I tried to read one of these books and stopped after 2 chapters to go fine the audio-book so I could get the feeling back in the characters. I think Lieutenant Dallas, Eve is absolutely wonderful and who wouldn't love sexy Roarke. The picture I have in my head when Roberts describe him sizzles, especially with there chemistry. I can't wait till October for the next one to be available. I sometimes wish Peabody didn't sound so weird but I guess you can only do so many female voices. I think this whole series rocks.
I love all of the books in the "In Death" series. This books has to be one of the best stories, Dallas is called on to a crime scene where a whole family is killed with military precision. Then Dallas thinks there is something out of place, who called in the crime scene. Then why is there two backpacks and two pairs of shoe in the little girls bedroom. So she looks closer she notes that the shoes are two different sizes. There is one child that is missing. Dallas and her team must find out why someone wanted to kill a whole family, at the same time keep Nixie safe.
This story made me cry, the character of Nixie makes the whole story. She is able to put Dallas on edge, because she does not know what to do with children. But Nixie wants to be with Dallas, she feels safe with her. But Dallas is not the only one Nixie has become attached too. The whole of Dallas team has fallen in love with Nixie, even Summerset is taken with her.
J.D. Robb has a way of writing stories that put all the characters in it, in to problems that they are not use to. Making on going character building, along with the love story that is woven in to the story line. This book might be over 12 hours of listening time but you will not want to stop.
I'm 45 yrs old. I love reading/listening to books and work at a University library, unfortunately we don't read all day.
The Inclusion of a young child as a main character made this really enjoyable. Eve is always so hesitant in her dealings with children, so to have a plot where Eve and Roarke are in such close proximity to this character is brilliant.
I don't like comparing books with others, each is separate from the other.
To make an attempt at similar types, though, perhaps Tami Hoag books could be of similar type. Readers could also try Kate Kingsbury, Ann Charles, Elizabeth Lowell is another favourite and there are others to be found.
Also it might be pertinent to write that J D Robb is actually Nora Roberts (for those who don't know) and Nora has written some really good mysteries under her own name, i.e., Angels Fall, Sanctuary, Hot Rocks and others. These are good reading as well. Don't know if they are all available as audio but some are.
Nixie Swisher the little girl who plays such a large part in the novel. I think she was performed really well and drawn as a character really well, too.
The mysteries in all these stories (I've listened to five) are first rate, the problem lies in the unrealistic relationship between Eve and Roarke, and the stupid sex scenes. These make the stories hokey. No one would put up with Eve, particularly not the richest, best looking and devoted male. She frequently acts like a child, and please spare me the excuse of her background, but he is so patient and thinks so highly of her, he puts up with everything.
I'm not prude but I don't care about their sex - I don't want it in a mystery - just allude to it. The mysteries stand on their own merit...
This was a really good one. I couldn't put it down, so to speak. But it really is a tear jerker. I found myself crying often for the young girl who survived and the others that did not. One of my favorites in in this series.
I consider these books to be the literary equivalent of mac 'n' cheese made with velveeta; absolutely yummy & absolutely trashy. "Brain rot reading" at its rottiest.
Eve seems to have undergone a condensing process for this book though: she's herself only much more so. Her characteristics seem exaggerated --something you don't necessarily want when the character is a caricature in the first place.
Her "tough cop with a heart of gold beneath" act is overblown here, to the point where she's just an obnoxious b*tch who comes off as selfish, self-centered, and barely human around Nixie--she responds with snappy nastiness (when forced to respond at all) to the poor 9-year-old girl who's entire family has just been slaughtered. She brings the kid into her home ...well, Roarke's magnificent castle-- because the bad guys are still out to get the girl, then Eve avoids her whenever possible & treats the girl fairly crappily when she can't avoid her.
I got real tired of Eve in this one, getting distracted often by the desire to reach into the book & slap her silly, or ditto the author. I suppose i'm supposed to feel sympathetic, that Eve is reacting to her own childhood horrors which are brought vividly back by the young girl's dreadful experience, but Dallas just lost my sympathy completely by allowing her own (old) pain to trump the traumatized Nixie's (brand new, fresh) agony & horror. Dallas needs badly to grow the heck up here, step on her me-me-me-poor-me thing & act like a grown up instead of a tantrum-y brat. These books are already unrealistic & ridiculous (they're romances, after all, they're supposed to be, but this one crosses the line.
I wouldn't recommend this one to anyone new to the "In Death" books or to a confirmed fan. Give this one a miss unless you enjoy gritting your teeth at obnoxious protagonists.
There is something about the J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) In Death Series that I can't put my finger on. It intrigues me somehow. The format is repeated in each and every story and the characters never seem to lose their edge. Sometimes a character can become stale after so many books into a series, but not the In Death Series. Susan Ericksen is the voice of Dallas. There were a couple books I think she had a cold or wasn't into it, but definitely back in top form, because Peabody is Peabody, Dallas is Dallas and Rorke is Rorke. I don't know exactly why, but I am hooked! Oh I know because I have to know who the candy thief is! Anyone know if we ever find out?
Thrilling, Realistic, Emotional
She's amazing. She has a different voice for each character and I can't imagine anyone else reading these.
The description of the girl witnessing the murders was tough to get through. It brought tears to my eyes several times.
One of the most intense story lines yet presented in this series. I liked to tie back to a previous story.
The anguish of a child orphaned through tragedy.
As always Susan brings emotion to the story that other narratives don't capture.
I though the ending was a little too simplistic.
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