I just finished listening the audio, and what a great book. The audio cd consists of 14 discs, evenly divided between the back story Nora writes underI just finished listening the audio, and what a great book. The audio cd consists of 14 discs, evenly divided between the back story Nora writes under her own name and the "In Death" section. What I especially love is the connection breaching the time barrier and the length of the Robb portion is twice as long as her shorter novelettes.
There's a lot of substance to each story, and in the Robb story, we get a lot of Peabody humor as this is the first book after she passes her detective exam. We get to try out a couple of her new outfits as she searches for just the right detective look, and of course, she has to throw in the word detective as often as humanly possible.
The first part of the story describing the diamond heist is classic Nora Roberts romantic suspense. Lots of colorful rich characters in a small town setting, romance and intrigue.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes J.D. Robb or Nora Roberts. I think reading them together gives a real feeling for the author and her two styles. ...more
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
This is a book with 4 Novellas. I've already read the J.D. Robb stories but not some of the others. The one included in this book is Eternity in DeathThis is a book with 4 Novellas. I've already read the J.D. Robb stories but not some of the others. The one included in this book is Eternity in Death. Eve is investigating a murder in which it appears that the victim was done in by a vampire. The case does lead Eve and her team to some interesting places and people. Roarke's a little in to the woo-woo (well, you can't be too careful, can you?), and that makes for some interesting moments as well, especially since Eve can't believe him and Peabody are giving any sort of credence to the idea. Peabody's hilarious in this one.
I haven't read the rest of the stories and so I won't rate the overall book just yet. Eternity in Death, though, gets a 5 star!...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