Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb – Audio Edition

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in 2017, 3.5 stars, Audio, Book Review, JD Robb | 0 comments

Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan EricksenImitation in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

Genre: Mystery
Format: Audiobook
Series: #17 in the In Death series
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: 2003
Length: 14 hours, 14 minutes
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

Summer, 2059. A man wearing a cape and a top hat approaches a prostitute on a dark, New York City street. Minutes later, the woman is dead. Left at the scene is a letter addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, inviting her to play his game and unveil his identity. He signs it, ‘Jack.’

Now Dallas is in pursuit of a murderer who knows as much about the history of serial killers as she does. He has studied the most notorious and the most vicious slayings in modern times. But he also wants to make his own mark. He has chosen his victim: Eve Dallas. And all Eve knows is that he plans to mimic the most infamous murderers of all — starting with Jack the Ripper…

My Thoughts:
This series has long been a guilty pleasure of mine. The mix of police procedural, romance and just slightly in the future science fiction elements is a lot of fun.

When I read the previous book in the series it was the first one I’d listened to instead of reading. I will not go back to print for this series. Susan Ericksen is an excellent narrator. Her accents and voice characterizations for the regular characters match perfectly with what my brain created when I read the print editions.

The mystery in this one was interesting and the investigation kept me guessing.

My favorite supporting character in this series is Eve’s aide Peabody. She cracks me up. In this book she’s nervously studying and preparing for her detective’s exam. The utterly predictable outcome had me a little teary with joy.

 

Rating
3.5 stars 3.5/5 for the book

4 stars 4/5 for the narration

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Audiobook – Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in 2015, 3.5 stars, Book Review, JD Robb | 2 comments

Portrait in Death by J.D Robb

Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb

Genre: Mystery
Format: CD audio
Series: #16 in the In Death series
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: 2003
Length: 14 hours, 2 minutes
Read by: Susan Ericksen
Source: Library

The Short Version:
In 2059 New York, Lt. Eve Dallas investigates a serial killer who stages and photographs his victims after they’re dead.

Why I Read It:
This series has been a guilty pleasure of mine going back many years and I decided to give the audio format a try this time.

The Book:
From the publisher:

After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey Street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn’t a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered. Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who’s a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim’s every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman’s innocence, to capture her youth and vitality – in one fateful shot….

My Thoughts:
I first started reading this series meny years ago and binged through the first dozen or so before falling into a sort of one a year routine for several more years. It’s been a long time since I picked one up though. For some unknown reason I decided to give the audio editions a try and got this one from the library.

Not only was this my first audio from this series it was also my first experience with Susan Ericksen as a narrator. To sum it up, my guilty pleasure series is back in my regular rotation and I doubt I’ll ever pick up a print edition again. I thoroughly enjoyed Ericksen’s narration talents and listening to her was delightful. She managed voice characterizations for a variety of characters both male and female and with a variety of accents and it didn’t feel over-performed. She managed Eve’s straightforwardness, Roarke’s Irish sexiness, Peabody’s earnestness and growing comedic talent as well many others. I found it interesting that after reading the first 15 books in the series in print that Ericksen never had me thinking “Oh that’s not what that character should sound like”.

This series is set in New York in the near future (2059) far enough that flying cars and off planet travel are the norm but not so far that murder victims bodies in dumpsters are a thing of the past. The mystery in this one involves a serial killer who stages and takes portraits of his victims after they’re dead. The murder is preying on young, vibrant college age kids and clearly has no plans of stopping soon unless Eve can stop him.

A side story involves Eve’s too good to be true billionaire husband discovering things about his own past that come as a surprise.

It’s a fun series and wonderful mental getaway type books. Now that I’ve discovered the added fun of Susan Ericksen’s narration I’m sure I’ll be continuing with this series sooner rather than later.

3.5 stars  Rating 3.5/5 for the book

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5 for the narration

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Purity in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted by on Jun 3, 2011 in 2011, 3 stars, Book Review, JD Robb | 5 comments

Purity in Death by J.D. Robb
Purity in Death by J.D. Robb

Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction
Series: #15 in the Eve Dallas series
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 355
Source: Given to me by a friend

The Short Version:
In New York in 2059, homicide detective Eve Dallas takes on a cyber criminal who has found a way physically infect people via computer with a deadly virus.

Why I Read It:
This series is a guilty pleasure of mine. At #15 I’m less than halfway through as it currently stands, so my ever catching up is unlikely, but as long as I continue to enjoy them I’ll read one or two a year.

The Book:
I’m going to take the easy way out with what the publisher says.

Louie Cogburn had spent three days holed up in his apartment, staring at his computer screen. His pounding headache was unbearable… like spikes drilling into his brain. And it was getting worse. Finally, when someone knocked at his door, Louie picked up a baseball bat, opened the door, and started swinging…

The first cop on the scene fired his stunner twice and Louie died instantly. Detective Eve Dallas has taken over the investigation, but there’s nothing to explain the man’s sudden rage or death. The only clue is a bizarre message left on his computer screen: Absolute Purity Achieved.

And when a second man dies under nearly identical circumstances, Dallas starts racking her brain for answers and for courage to face the impossible… that this might be a computer virus able to spread from machine to man…

My Thoughts:
This series isn’t literary or groundbreaking crime fiction but gosh darn it, it’s fun! Nora Roberts writes this series as J.D. Robb and it’s a fun blend of police procedural, romance, suspense and light science fiction. It’s a unique mix and an option I enjoy adding into the mix once in a while.

One of the things I enjoy about this series is that it’s set just slightly in the future so that the fun speculation of off planet travel, flying cars, and machines called auto chefs that deliver prepared food can be integrated into the story. Who doesn’t enjoy the occasional flying car?

Oh and since it is Nora Roberts, you know there’s some steamy romance and Detective Dallas just happens to be married to a ridiculously handsome and wealthy hottie who also happens to be a cyber genius who gets to help with this particular investigation.

The mystery and investigation are interesting and kept me guessing and makes the police procedural part of these a good story.

Lastly, the more of this series I read the more I adore Dallas’ aide Delia Peabody. She and her boyfriend, e-crime specialist McNab continue to bring the funny. I love the humor that they add to the story.

Rating 3/5

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Reunion in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted by on Jun 10, 2009 in 2009, 3 stars, Book Review, JD Robb, TBR | 0 comments

Series: #14 in Eve Dallas series
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 371
Challenges:
TBR 2009 Challenge Alternate #7

This series is a bit of brain candy for me. I’ve never read any of Nora Roberts other books, but I enjoy this series she writes under the J.D Robb name. I like the combination of Police Procedural, Romance, with a bit of Science Fiction tossed into the mix.

It’s primarily a police investigation and chase story. The setting in 2059 New York is far enough in the future for some fun stuff like off-planet travel, droids and flying cars. The romance between Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her too-sexy to be true husband, the ridiculously wealthy Roarke is over the top, but in this series the story always gets back to catching the bad guy. The humorous comments from Eve’s aide Peabody gets funnier and funnier with every book in the series. This time around we get to meet Peabody’s “Free-Ager” parents. The relationship between these hippie commune types and their cop daughter was fun to see developed a bit further. As usual, the cast of regulars is there in all their craziness.

The killer this time is a woman Eve was instrumental in sending to prison ten years ago. She’s out now and has gone right back to her murdering ways. She’s after revenge and has her killers eye trained on Eve’s husband.

As usual it was a fun bit of entertainment. One of those series that I come back to about once a year or so.

Rating 3/5
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Seduction in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted by on May 13, 2008 in 2008, 3 stars, Book Review, JD Robb | 3 comments

Series: #13 in the Eve Dallas Series
Genre: Mystery/Romance
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 354
Challenges:
Initials Challenge #1

I knew it had been a while since I’d read the previous book in the series, but when I checked my spreadsheet I discovered that it had been over 2 years. I think that’s part of the reason I enjoyed this one so much. This is a series that I like, but need to not read too close together (maybe a little closer together than 2+ years, though).

In 2059 New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas is on the trail of a serial killer (or is it killers?). Cyberdating leads to murder and young women are dying from overdoses of a rare and incredibly expensive illegal drug. Eve and her usual sidekicks are on the case.

This is part crime procedural (not really a mystery since we know early on whodunnit), part romance, part light science fiction, and as the series has progressed, part comedy.

I enjoy the crime procedural part. The light SciFi part is good because it’s not so far in the future (2059) that some of the technology doesn’t really seem out of the realm of possibility and it’s not totally teched out either. I endure the romance part because that’s just not my favorite genre, but I do admit to a bit of drooling over Eve’s too good to be true husband. I’m finding that the humor increases as the series progresses. The sidekicks and running jokes continue with Roarke’s butler Summerset and the efforts of he and Eve to irritate each other. The banter between Eve and her aide Peabody just makes me giggle and I always eagerly await the arrival of Mavis and her outrageousness.

It was fun to get back into this series after a break. It’s not a series I want to read too many too close together, but I don’t think I’ll wait quite so long before picking up #14.

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