Raincoast Books – Echoes in Death!

I’m a pretty big fan of J.D Robb, otherwise known as Nora Roberts. I never cease to be amazed at the quantity of quality books she can write! This book “Echoes in Death” is number 44 – did you get that? Number 44 of the “In Death” series! I’ve read every one that I’ve been able to get my hands on! And I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the series. I love mysteries, I love thrillers, and these have a wee bit of romance thrown in as well! For anyone who hasn’t read any of the “In Death” series, I would suggest at least reading the first few to get a grasp of who the major players are in the books – as most of them repeat in all the books. It simply amazes me to keep reading book after book in a series that stays fresh, to recognize the nuances of change that occur through the years, and to realize the depth that has been put into these characters!

This series is based around Eve Dallas, a lieutenant on the New York police force. Eve didn’t have the greatest youth (understatement!), and those experiences still affect her years later. They have been a major force in shaping her life to who she is today. She has a husband, Roarke, who skirted the edges of “legal” for all of his years until he met Eve. Between the two of them, they have enough life experience to make the rest of us think we’ve been holidaying all our life! Oh, and this series also takes place in the future, starting in the late 2050’s and going forward from there.

Dallas, as she is usually called, is a no-nonsense lieutenant with a fabulous partner named Peabody who balances her out to a ‘t’. Peabody grew up in a loving family. Eve grew up without love. There are so many contrasts between them and they have become a fantastic duo in the policing world. This book begins with Eve and Roarke leaving a party (Eve hates parties, Roarke’s world needs them) and almost running over a naked, bloody and incoherent lady. Before long, Eve is standing over the dead body of the lady’s husband and already the scene of “what might have happened” is running through her head. She possesses a very unique talent of being able to “see” a scene by looking at all the evidence. And most times, her sight is completely accurate. However, that doesn’t mean she knows who the killer is! I’ve always appreciated Nora’s ability to keep me guessing until late in the game. This time, I did guess who the bad guy was a bit earlier in the book – though I’m not even sure what tipped me off! In any case, this lady had a run in with the “devil”, and it wasn’t a pleasant one! As is often the case, once someone has a taste for death, they can’t wait long before doing it again.

Pretty soon Dallas has come across two “like” incidents that have similar elements to the case she’s working on. And, all too soon, there’s another incident, this time resulting in two deaths. Nora puts a lot of detail into her books, and I love how she can alternate between describing a murder scene, to the little intimate details of Eve and Roarke’s marriage, to the partnership between Eve and Peabody, to the workings of the Police Station. Those details are what makes each of these books a great read. Yes, many of the characters remain the same, but in each book you learn a bit more about those characters. There is a bit more depth. And, for me, I grow closer to the characters! Have I mentioned I love reading? I also love the futuristic quality of this series – I seriously want a drying tube!!

I won’t give away any more of the book, but suffice it to say that, yes, of course, Dallas finds the “devil” and puts him away for good. In the meantime, between the first and last pages, there is a whole lot of great book with several twists to make you wonder just what is going on! If you enjoy murder mysteries, I highly recommend the “In Death” series! With book #45 just released in September, you’ll even have lots to keep you reading for awhile!

Thanks to Raincoast Books for sharing this book with me and thanks to J.D. Robb for her continually amazing ability to keep writing books and sharing them with us!

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  1. She is a great author! I haven’t read that series! I will have to check my library!

  2. The In Death series sounds like a great series. I am always looking for a new read.

  3. Still lots of adventures and work for police in 2050’s.

  4. I can’t wait to read this. Yes I love J.D. Robb books too!

  5. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for the review,sure sounds interesting !

  6. I know it would be great book for a cold winter’s night.

  7. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I just love this series by J.D Robb. I was wary at first since it’s written in the future but I absolutely love it. I love Eve’s relationship with the butler, brilliant. 🙂

  8. This is such a good series. I can’t wait to read this latest installment.

  9. I am going to have to get this series of books. Nora Roberts is a fantastic author

  10. Sounds pretty good!!

  11. I do like murder mysteries, so I will check this book out!

  12. I too cannot get over just how many books some authors can produce and still keep them fresh.

  13. Doris Calvert says:

    I love her books under her signinum name JD Robb, I like the stories better than under Npra

  14. kristen visser says:

    sounds like a great series. I have actually never heard of it before! definitely one i could get in to by the sounds of it

  15. It is so nice to escape in one of her books for an evening.

  16. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’ll have to keep an eye out for more of these books but I do still have quite a few. My son-in-law bought a whole pile for me when a book store was closing down at 10c a book – fabulous price eh? He got a hundred so I still have a few to go. 🙂

  17. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I’m not into these types of books but I love a good Nora Roberts romance

  18. Norm Roberts is a very good author

  19. kathy downey says:

    My grandkids love his book!

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