My absolute favorite of the "In Death" series, at least so far. Peabody becomes a main character, Mavis is highlighted and in a new romance with Leona...moreMy absolute favorite of the "In Death" series, at least so far. Peabody becomes a main character, Mavis is highlighted and in a new romance with Leonardo, who also becomes a continuing character. The end is the great bachelor party scene and Eve's wedding. (Although I wish she had written about the actual wedding.) The murder mystery keeps you guessing to the end; great scene with Trina the scary make-up consultant. There is so much depth to this novel - I thoroughly enjoyed it - especially while listening to the audio version - great job, Susan Erickson. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes great characters, a superb plot, humor, romance, and a great tough lady copy who kicks, well you know!!(less)
This is my third time listening to this book. I'm doing them in order this time as I increase my collection with the mp3 format. I thoroughly enjoyed...moreThis is my third time listening to this book. I'm doing them in order this time as I increase my collection with the mp3 format. I thoroughly enjoyed it as much as the other times, and probably will listen to it again. The characters are what really make this series, although this is one of my favorite looks into Eve Dallas as she struggles with her identity. I find a lot of the mystery plots unique in the way that they are handled. Not all of her books are based on the serial killer formula, but this one had a nice twist, as do other novels in this series. In my opinion, the futuristic aspect of the stories provides opportunities for more unique story lines.
Many people like the first book in the series the best, and I do admit it is one of the best and kind of set off from the rest. But as I have delved more into the series, having listened to every last one of them, I enjoy the addition and development of the characters. Also, the audios add quite a lot to the enjoyment of the series to me. The reader does an excellent job and the characters come alive. I don't think I could even go back to reading the series in book form, as the voices are so on the mark that I feel the characters are friends, and when I miss them, I have only to pop in the disc and copy to my mp3. I rarely get this attached to characters, especially so many, in one series.
I can't reveal much about the plot without providing spoilers, and so I just advise that for an idea, you read the synopsis. Often the murder story is supplemented with side story lines and this one is excellent. (less)
I just received the MP3 today. This is one of her shorter stories, about 3 Hours Long. How did a dead body disappear off a ferry with over 3,000 passe...moreI just received the MP3 today. This is one of her shorter stories, about 3 Hours Long. How did a dead body disappear off a ferry with over 3,000 passengers on board without anyone noticing?
This is a great book, also available in "The Lost" anthology. I love the way Robb used it to tie up a loose end from an earlier novel. Clever plot, McNabb makes an appearance, Peabody is hilarious, and Roarke is all mysterious which adds that element of hotness.(less)
I like this one because we get to see another character in more depth. Morris, the medical examiner finally gets some more attention by the author, bu...moreI like this one because we get to see another character in more depth. Morris, the medical examiner finally gets some more attention by the author, but probably not the way he would have liked if he had a choice. His lady and fellow cop is killed and there are some very nice twists in this one, and some nice scenes with Eve, Roarke and Summerset comforting Morris, and righteous cops on the trail, along with cop conflict as some of the members of her squad resent the fact that Eve is in charge of the case. (less)
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 o...moreRapture 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. (less)
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, b...moreAlthough 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. (less)
**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...more**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! (less)
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 mellowing...moreOkay, 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!!