• Brotherhood in Death

  • In Death Series, Book 42
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (6,278 ratings)

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Brotherhood in Death

By: J. D. Robb
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
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Publisher's Summary

The next novel featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb!

Sometimes "brotherhood" is just another word for conspiracy...

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather's magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD's top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there's nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.

As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed - and locked - doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can't go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate...and a new case that no one saw coming.

©2016 Nora Roberts (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Another excellent turnout by JD Robb. Loved it.

This is a new story that should please all of those folks who feel they are starting to all sound alike. I love Eves' interactions with Mr. Mira (who I think all her fans have a secret crush on... go ahead, admit it lol). Sure the story takes us back to her past but Eves past made her who she is plus we have to remember that everyone who reads this book hasn't read the whole series and it provides important background into her character. I am very happy with this book and can't wait for the next one as usual. Keep up the good work Ms Roberts.

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Best in series

I love this book. I think it's by far the best of the entire series. I've listened to it four times already. Eve's interaction to Dennis Mira is so very sweet. Eve has grown so much from the first book.

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Excellent but tough subject

Excellent character development in this latest In Death with intriguing new characters joining Eve's work family.

The crimes, however, are exceptionally horrific. Rape figures prominently in the storyline and graphic descriptions of the crimes were difficult to listen to.

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Gripping

This is book 42 in the Eve Dallas series. I am amazed that Robb can keep coming up with such interesting ideas for her books. Dr. Charlotte Mira is my favorite person in the series, so when I discovered this story is mainly about professor Dennis Mira, Charlotte’s husband, I could hardly wait for the book to be released.

Professor Mira has been like a surrogate father to Eve Dallas. Dennis finds out his cousin former Judge, Senator Edward Mira, has contacted a real estate agent to sell their grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone despite the promise to keep it in the family. Dennis goes to the house to speak to Edward, he finds Edward beaten and Dennis is attacked and beaten. When Dennis awakens Edward is gone, the house is cleaned as are the security system tapes. Eva and her team are on the job to help the Miras.

I enjoy J. D. Robb’s group of characters in this series. Robb weaves them in and out of the various episodes with great skill like a master painter. I think these characters are what make the series so popular over the years; it’s what helps keep the books from becoming stagnant. I have to laugh at the battle of the ties and socks going on in the homicide department. Robb goes into the relationship between Peabody and Eve in this story as well as a discussion about marriage; the Mira’s as well as Eve and Roarke. The plot is full of twists, turns and conspiracies that keep the readers nose in the book. Susan Ericksen is fabulous narrating the book. She has narrated the series from the beginning and has helped make the story successful.

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But that's not what it sounds like in my head

Would you consider the audio edition of Brotherhood in Death to be better than the print version?

Probably not. I mean, the narrator does a fabulous job of making different voices for every character. But that's not what they sound like in my head. Problems with being the 42nd book in a series, I already have pre established voices in my head

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anyone who doesn't say Dennis Mira did not listen to this book correctly.

What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She really does a fabulous job of having very different dialects and tones for all characters, and there are a LOT of them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I feel like the psychology worked really well in this book, there's a part where Peabody talks to a witness/interview person and tells them about how victims try and get their lives back but can't with these kind of crimes, and it was very based in psycho analysis.

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Great dectective story - flawed narration

This is a good one with a few flaws. The story is really good - - much more dectective and much less romance (my personal preference). It's also much more like a Karen Slaughter book with truly graphic details of brutality. That may be why for the first time I had more issues with the silly things like following real police procedure. The closer you get to true so should the details. I've become accustomed to how each featured character is portrayed by the narrator, BUT I do have an issue with the narrator and her downright offensive straight out of Gone with the Wind this-is-how-black-people-talk characterization of some minor characters featured in this book. But even with that, it's still a good next book in the series that after 42 installments, is starting to grow up.

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A Good Read

As usual I really enjoyed another book in this series. Every time Dennis is in a book I fall more in love with his character wish my dad had been like him or I could meet a man like him. GREAT BOOK

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Hard to stay awake through this one

I may be a little harsh in my review of this one because I was suffering jet lag when I started listening to it. On second thought, I'm not. This is a bad book. I have always loved JD Robb's books and followed the exploits of Eve Dallas for years. This one lacks all the sparkle and intrigue her earlier works had. I remember falling in love with Rourke right along with Eve but the 'Rourke' in this book was lackluster and only served one purpose, to fuss over and screw Eve. It got really boring after awhile. The story left the reader with no heroes to admire or support. The victims were the villains and Eve had no sympathy for them even though the writer felt it was necessary to repeat numerous times how abused Eve was as a child. This story could have been told in a hundred pages and/or a couple of hours. Instead it dragged on and on even though the reader had already guessed whodunit and why.
The reader was just okay. She did nothing to enhance the suspense or action in the book. Her inability to get Rourke's accent right only worsened the torture of listening to this book.
I strongly recommend that you skip this book and use your money/credit elsewhere.

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Not as good as the others

What did you like best about Brotherhood in Death? What did you like least?

token interaction between Eve an Roark (could be a good thing, showing she can investigate on her own), but Eve acts out of character with her partner with a long speech about herself and what happened to her. Would be more in character to have a back and forth dialogue because Peabody already knows the story-should have just been a check in regarding how it effects current case and how the case was affecting her. Started out good with his surprise in telling Mr.(dr.?) Mira, but same problem as the Peabody monologue-it would have been more in character to focus more on him as the victim's family and not be so open.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Murder of Crows-Ann Bishop, bought the first book and liked it. Was interested in hearing more about things left unresolved in it.

Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, she does an excellent job with this series.

Do you think Brotherhood in Death needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It depends, there are definitely strong books in this series and weak ones. This story had great promise and I was excited to see a book focused on the Mira's, but the follow through was weak and it did kind of rehash (with a new angle) a theme from an earlier book. The previous one with a Bonny and Clyde them was more violent, but more original.

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can we get rid of Dallas?

it seems she's not only a wretched beotch now but also a moron. all of the metaphors and terms she all of a sudden doesn't get is ridiculous. I'm so tired of listening about her past and her nightmares. the only redeeming quality is the cast of characters. if I wasnt so vested in this series and love the other characters so much I'd give it up.

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  • 06-26-16

loved the book but hated the audiobook

I would give this no stars if that were possible, the narrator ruined the story for me. Presumably the author approved the narrator but I cannot understand why this would be, she delivers the story in a flat tone. I have all of the J.D. Robb books and decided to try this audio book, I am not new to audio books and currently have around 2 dozen on my Kindle, most of them have been extremely enjoyable, read by professional actors/narrators who enliven the author's work. Sadly I have given up on this book at 24% and just can't bear going back to listen to the rest of the story.

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  • PB1955
  • 03-31-16

Can't wait for the next murder!

Another good listen. Eve is getting much softer with age and this story had me moved to tears at times.

An engrossing story that makes you want to listen right to the end without stopping.

A really good inclusion of peripheral characters to make a good story come to life and make you feel like you are in the middle of it.

I loved it and can't wait till the next murder comes along.

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  • M. Graydon
  • 02-09-16

Another fantastic story

What made the experience of listening to Brotherhood in Death the most enjoyable?

I loved the involvement of Dennis Mira. He's such a lovely character and Eve loves him so much.

What did you like best about this story?

There were lots of little funny moments that made me laugh out loud. I enjoyed that Eve was vulnerable and let it show.

What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

All the voices and individual characters she does bring the people to life and make you love them all.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes it made me laugh and it was sad and poignant.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next one. I think I might just start this one over and listen again.

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  • 02-08-16

great story and narrative

I have listened to all of J D Robb's books and she still holds my attention to the end

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  • S. Murdoch
  • 03-23-17

Great story but needed to be shorter

I really enjoyed the story-very thought provoking. But way way too long. Ideas and long self analysis constantly repeated...ended up fast forwarding lots.
Narrator fine for a story with American characters...but why choose a narrator who can't do an Irish accent with a major chapter being Irish. Her English accent as bad.

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  • Misty
  • 12-15-20

Mr Mira asks for Eves help

Mr Mira asks for Eves help after his cousin goes missing. A very thrilling nail bitter.

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  • Tim
  • 11-05-19

Intimacy at its best.

This series of books has just been some of the best I have listened to in a long long time. Apart from the captivating story lines that has me sitting in my car once I get home just to get to the end of a chapter. The idiosyncrasies and interactions between all the characters even Galahad the cat is just brilliant. The lieutenant and her husband Roarke is a very strange relationship, but with Galahad and Summerset it puts it all on an even keel. I would like to say if I may that the chapter between Eve and Dennis Mira is some of the best writing or listening I have possibly ever heard. The intimacy and love that was portrayed in that chapter was heart wrenching. I would like to thank J. D. Robb for the text and especially Susan Erickson for the superb characterisation of each individual is the book. There are so many characters to talk about and they all stand out in their own little way. Thank you J. D. Robb and Audible for bringing this series to us.

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  • 06-17-18

good again

once again I loved this book I really liked this series and looking forward to reading more

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 08-29-17

Solid

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This may be book 42 in the series, but it's the first one I've listened to, (or read), and I was working on the theory that you didn't have to read the other 41 to appreciate the story. That was certainly true, it worked perfectly well as a standalone. It was a solid modern detective murder mystery. I didn't quite get the picture that it's set in 2060. There were a few futuristic references; a tube of pepsi, robot maids, glides, but nothing that made me think, "wow, what an imagination". Don't let that detract from the enjoyment, I have another J D Robb to listen to in my Audible library and I would certainly buy more if they are offered as a daily deal. Not sure I'd use a credit to buy one, but a decent, solid listen

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  • Ms. S. Bailey
  • 05-05-17

Chick Lit warning!

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who is looking for a romantic read, with an uncomplicated and violent detective based sub-plot?

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was OK, the way the story is laid out the reveal is slow burner rather than a surprise twist.

How could the performance have been better?

Characterisations were ridiculous parodies and the Irish accent has to be the worse I have ever heard.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointing because the underlying story line was good and could have been developed into a really good novel.
In the end it was clichéd nonsense with unbelievable and unlikeable characters and an incredibly handsome Irish billionaire husband thrown in to magically get around any tricky situations!

Any additional comments?

I was hoping this would be similar to a female Harry Bosch or John Rebus novel, but that would be like comparing a puddle to an ocean.

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  • Jeanette NORMAN
  • 04-11-16

Thank goodness - more realistic (if possible)

Must say I was so disappointed with Book 41 that I was considering not buying the latest Book 42 - Brotherhood in Death. However pleased I did buy it as there is something reassuring about the fimilar characters and murder motives that always made for an easy read with the In Death Series

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  • Jo Wells
  • 08-30-18

Excellent as usual

J. D. ROBB does it again. I always love a good book and having the same narator makes it easier to listen. Thank you Susan Ericksen for your naration.

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  • Patricia Sloan
  • 02-18-16

Brilliant

J.D.Robb is the best, I have. Enjoyed every one of the books I read by her, cannot wait to read more.