I have liked all the shorts that Robb does, and I although I wish all her books could be the long versions, these are kind of interesting as the themeI have liked all the shorts that Robb does, and I although I wish all her books could be the long versions, these are kind of interesting as the theme tends to run towards the woo-woo stuff. As a person who doesn't go for a lot of paranormal but like some, this was a good medium, (pun intended), for me.
This story basically revolves around a murder kidnapping. As part of her new anthology it is one of the shorter books she includes every now and then. The last one was Missing in Death. In that one we see a mysterious puzzle Eve must decipher, and in this one, well things get a little bit weirder. Eve receives a "gift" from a murdered gypsy, and I don't want to say any more due to spoilers.
Suffice it to say, this one was the most "out there" yet. Eve has always been a believer in hard facts and evidence. In previous books, having to deal with Wicca, haunted houses, or would-be vampires, she steadfastly retains her unbelief in all things supernatural. Roarke is a little more open-minded where these things are concerned. These have always provided interest and humor. In this book, Eve sees things a little differently. (More puns, it's really easy to do, once you get on a roll).
I don't expect to see a lot of this in future events, but possibly see a further development of Eve's character. In later books of the series, Eve is beginning to open up more to things such as friends, family, dreams, and intuition. She's softening in some ways. Hopefully this will be a good thing and not undermine the basis for the character. I think it's about time to do something with her, though. Perhaps I'm reading too much into it, but this could be a good development path. We'll just have to wait and see. ...more
Super terrific installment!! The plot was tight, interesting and exciting. The character development, which is my favorite aspect of the series, was mSuper terrific installment!! The plot was tight, interesting and exciting. The character development, which is my favorite aspect of the series, was more represented as a development of Eve's place in the chain of command and the duties that entails, along with the duties of the Commander and other characters. This and exciting sting operation from 1st to last, with a few side bars for the characters of Webster and a lovely scene with Eve and little Bella.
This book was intense, but a lot of fun. I'll definitely be reading this one again several times. ...more
I'd forgotten how much Hailey whines in this book after listening to it again, but still it gets 5 stars. It's a great trilogy, the end's pretty excitI'd forgotten how much Hailey whines in this book after listening to it again, but still it gets 5 stars. It's a great trilogy, the end's pretty exciting, and I'll probably listen to it again someday. I listened to this particular one because I just received the mp3 through bookswap. The reader could have done a better time differentiating the characters; most female readers have more of a problem with the men, which is understandable. Luckily there weren't that many characters to deal with and the reader has a pleasant voice. Also, the book is written with the characters being very distinctive personalities and so it makes the audio enjoyable....more
Okay, I really loved this latest installment. A lot of the secondary figures were included. It had a lot of great humor, and Eve seems to be mellowingOkay, I really loved this latest installment. A lot of the secondary figures were included. It had a lot of great humor, and Eve seems to be mellowing some as she reflects on friendships and other personal matters. There was actually less sex in this one, and more romance. Eve and Roarke share a lot more intimacy, and it wasn't overdone.
The mystery was interesting and kind of techie, but since my daughter is a fiend for video games, I found that part interesting. It also gave Feeney and McNab ample opportunity to be part of the plot, (they're with the Electronics Division of the police dept), and their childlike responses to the all of the technical devices used was a great addition to the story. I also like the character of Callender, also with the "E" Dept. She's been mentioned in a few other books, and I hope she is featured a little more in future installments. I listened to the audio, and Susan Erickson does such a great job; you can tell who the characters are and they come across as the definite and unique personalities they were written to be. To me, writing great characters is Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb real strength, and she has a real partner in Susan Erickson.
Peabody was especially funny, and there were several times the exchanges between her and Eve had me laughing out loud. In fact, the conversation mentioned at the beginning of chapter 5 made tears come to my eyes, I was laughing so hard. Again, I'm a big fan of the audio. Susan Erickson has given Peabody such a unique voice and her inflections are perfect. The scene also provided an opportunity to mention Louise and Charles, and update the reader on their status. There were quite a few other humorous parts in the book as well. The scene with Trina, although relatively short from her other appearances, was well done, and as usual, hilarious.
One of the secondary characters highlighted is Nadine, the intrepid reporter Eve has, almost grudgingly, accepted as her friend. The couple exchanges with her were touching and funny. Nadine was originally highlighted in the second book of the series, Glory in Death, but in "Fantasy" the focus is in a much different direction. Another character that is highlighted a little more in this version is Prosecutor Rio, who Eve has also learned to like and respect.
Her last book was intense, and I feel Nora has listened to her fans and tried to make this book a little more about relationships and secondary characters. A lot of people really adore the characters, even more than the mystery, and this was a welcome change. I was hopefully anticipating this book would contain those relationships that I love and I was not disappointed!!
**spoiler alert** I haven't listened to this one in a while, but on this pass, I realized I hadn't remembered that Peabody and Charles Monroe had a sc**spoiler alert** I haven't listened to this one in a while, but on this pass, I realized I hadn't remembered that Peabody and Charles Monroe had a scene when they were out on a date. Also, Eve plans a romantic evening for Roarke on her own. She tries to pick china and flatware, among several hundred patterns. Her inability to decide which color candles to use, what dress to wear - even the room to have the dinner in is hilarious, and Roarke is so surprised that he wants to know what she wants or what she has done - Great scene! ...more
Although I've actually already read this book, I'm hoping to acquire it on MP3 format one of these days. I just hope they don't come out with a new, bAlthough I've actually already read this book, I'm hoping to acquire it on MP3 format one of these days. I just hope they don't come out with a new, better audio format in the meantime. ...more
Rapture in Death is the 4th book of the "In Death" series. One of the things I really like about this book is the side action. There are are least 2 oRapture in Death is the 4th book of the "In Death" series. One of the things I really like about this book is the side action. There are are least 2 occasions so far where Eve and Peabody have come across crimes while in outside locations. While Roarke is supportive of Eve's chosen career, there is a perilous situation about halfway through the book that brings the fear of losing her to the forefront. Again, as in the 1st 3 books, characters and their relationships between each other become more developed and even minor characters are given depth and purpose.
As mentioned on a group thread, the scene where Peabody gets a load out of Roarke with just a towel on is hilarious. She already flusters whenever he speaks to her and the bare-chested Roarke only makes the situation more comical.
As for the main murder case, the plot is inventive and as the pieces fall together, you see how the futuristic setting works well in this story. The author makes it believable and a real possibility sometime in our future.
I wanted to re-read this series so I could correctly review them for anyone who would like to try the series and has not quite decided to do so. Also, I listen them on audio; this makes it possible to for me to listen and enjoy the story while cleaning, cooking etc. The audios are fantastic. The reader, Susan Erickson, does a terrific job with the voices, differentiating and giving even more depth to the characters. This isn't easy to do, as Roarke is quite a commanding figure and Ms. Erickson really captures the essence of his personality.
WARNING ABOUT READING THIS BOOK OUT OF ORDER
This is not true of all the books in the series, but this book contains the name of the killer in the previous book, Immortal in Death. ...more