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In Death #42

Brotherhood in Death

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Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.

As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.

388 pages, Hardcover

First published February 2, 2016

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J.D. Robb

274 books32.5k followers
J.D. Robb is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series and the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. The futuristic suspense series stars Eve Dallas, a New York City police lieutenant with a dark past. Initially conceived as a trilogy, readers clamored for more of Eve and the mysterious Roarke. Forgotten in Death (St. Martin's Press, September 2021) is the 53rd entry in the series.

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3,222 reviews2,052 followers
May 1, 2020
There is a comment on the cover of this book from David Baldacci which says "Gut searing emotional drama" and my goodness is he ever correct! This book is heavy. The case Eve is investigating is gruesome, there is a lot to debate about what is and what is not just and Eve herself hits a new low in her own emotional health. However Roarke is always there chasing the demons away and there are delightful scenes with Peabody and Dennis Mira where we see how Eve has learned to depend on her friends, something she could not originally do. The best thing however is the sheer readability of this book. I just sat and turned page after page and loved every minute of it. I do not know how J.D. Robb does it but let's hope she does not stop!

Second reading (2020) and I have nothing to change in that review. I still found the book very hard to put down and still had to reach for the tissues when Eve broke down with Dennis Mira and with Roarke. Nice to get so much value out of one book!
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2,204 reviews919 followers
February 8, 2016
This case becomes personal to Eve Dallas when she's asked by Charlotte Mira to look into husband Dennis' assault and search for his missing cousin. What begins as an unofficial missing persons case for Eve, explodes into something much more sinister.

I loved how this case evolved, with classic Eve Dallas investigating where she's relying on those extraordinary instincts and procedurals. It makes a huge difference in my enjoyment to be able to follow the clues as she's hunting them down and get the big reveals as she discovers them. The teams' all there and we continue to get more about the unit's dynamics as a group.

But what really makes this story is the deepening relationship between Dennis Mira and Eve. I got much more here than what I'd hoped for and loved this part of the story. There are several scenes that are precious and I just got lost in them. Eve continues to evolve in ways that are true, authentic and timely.

I'm very happy with this book and feel it moved the characters forward in all the right ways. Believe it or not, there's still a lot to learn about the enigmatic Eve Dallas and she's developing quite nicely. The case will challenge you, not so much in deducing the outcome but your morality and ethics. Lots to consider here as to who are the real victims. Well done.
Profile Image for Madison Warner Fairbanks.
2,236 reviews302 followers
May 4, 2022
Brotherhood in Death by J. D. Robb
Book 42 of the In Death series. Futuristic police procedural. Rape triggers.
Dallas investigates a missing relative of Dennis Mira.

Brutal and bloody. This one bothered me both for the condition of the found bodies and the reasons behind them. I don’t remember this series being so explicit in the details in the past. Maybe it was specific to the whole basis of this story.
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1,838 reviews6,163 followers
September 20, 2016
Peabody: "why have a sex droid in the bedroom closet—and McNab said it was programmed for the universe of sex—if you’re diddling with live ones regularly?”

Eve: “The answer to that is: penis.”

Peabody: "Why do guys always sniff out the young ones? Dudes in their fifties, they’re hunting up sex partners in their twenties. In their sixties, same deal. Into the seventies, they’d go for the twenties if they could get them, and settle for the thirties, maybe forties, if they crash on younger.”

Eve: “Same answer: penis.”

Peabody: “How is it the same answer?”

Eve: “The penis needs to convince itself it’s still twenty, and therefore urgently desired by sex partners of the same age. The penis refuses to accept it’s attached to an old guy.”

Peabody: “Then the penis is self-deluding.”

Yup. That there is called "girl-talk", and it cracked me up. There is a sisterhood of us with the uterus's (or is the plural form of uterus "uterii"?) We talk and joke about those wacky men and their strange connection to their man-parts. As Elaine Benes famously said:

True, dat!

There is another sisterhood going on in this book, and they are killing off a brotherhood of very bad men. If you ask me, these guys deserve everything they get, but unfortunately vigilantism is illegal. So, the main theme in this book is about justice. Is it just to send a victim for jail for killing their attacker? Even if it's just, is it fair? Eve has to deal with this and it's pretty close to her heart because of her own past.

All in all, it was a compelling story, even though there was some disturbing content.

Now, I can't wait to read the next one. Of course, I am number 60 on the waiting list at the library, so I will be reviewing that one next year, or the next, I guess.
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262 reviews13 followers
June 29, 2016
This book was very hard to read.

Let me qualify that a bit: I love J.D. Robb's In Death series; I've loved it ever since I stumbled across the first book ( Naked in Death ) in a hospital gift shop as a teen. I love that its content is out there in the world and out there so successfully, something I don't think would have happened (at least not on such a high level) years ago. I love that there is a strong, compassionate, female character out there that has been endowed with a realistic PTSD/childhood trauma & rape trauma aftershock character arc in an enriching way, a way that doesn't center on her pain or as her as solely a victim of that pain but tells her story and tells of her experiences in a valid and powerful way. I love Robb's/Robert's ability to give us truly affecting characters and believe it is this ability that makes each character's appearance feel like a wonderful reunion with someone we've come to know well, admire, enjoy, and respect.

There are books in the In Death series that I have enjoyed more than others and there are some that I've felt disappointed in. That's to be expected in long-running series in my opinion and, as each book gets read and reread a plethora of times, it's easy to say that this will continue to be a favorite series long after its new publications have ceased.

The reason this book was such a hard read is that it was written so well. I would say it far surpasses the majority of the series' recent books. The psychology of the crimes committed had the depth that first drew me to the series and the beloved characters featured in this novel (the Miras) served to make it all the more intense. But the levels of the crime, the nature of those committing the initial crime, are grotesque at their cores and it was hard to stomach it, even in fiction.

While this grotesquery was hard to stomach personally, it was balanced well. It wasn't just the depth of the crime that felt back up to par for me. I felt that Robb was back to her old self in writing our beloved characters, in bringing us into the enticement, interplay, and emotion of Eve & Roarke. I was emotionally wrung and deeply satisfied in reading Eve's and Mr. Mira's interactions and fell so much more in love with Mr. Mira upon the realization that .

Robb's ability to cover the psychology of the crimes and criminals of her In Death series as well as Dallas' personal psychology is wonderful. But what truly captures my loyalty to this series is the depth of her characters; how well she is able to write a father figure, as with Feeney and Mr. Mira; how well she captures the similarities and contrast of friends and friendships, as with Peabody, Mavis, Nadine, Louise, and others; how well she captures the unique bonds of relationships as with Eve and Roarke, of course, but also in Peabody and McNab, Charles and Louise, Morris and Coltraine, and the myriad we have seen over the years. This book feels like a renewal of all that I love about Robb's In Death and I fervently hope that this renewal continues.

Eve Dallas has been an important character in my life; I believe she is an important character to have out there in the world, the world of books and otherwise.
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1,351 reviews2 followers
December 7, 2017

I often wonder how Eve stands the job she has to do. A lot of her cases bring back the memories from her childhood ... and her childhood was not a happy place.

"Wake up! Eve, you bloody well wake up and fucking breathe."

As always, Roarke is there for her. They have their ups and downs and I love that about them. Their relationship is not perfect. He annoys the shite out of her with his cool demeanor.

Oh, she hated when he did that. Hated when she was primed for a good, bloody fight and he just iced over and walked away from it.

And he knew she hated it.

There was one chapter in the book where I nearly highlighted every single word. I had tears in my eyes while reading it.

It was he who moved. He rose, came to her, took her cold hands in his. Without a word, he simply drew her to her feet and into his arms where he held her so gently she felt she would break ...

I adore Dr. and Mr. Mira.

"We'll have this very nice tea with a healthy dollop of brandy. It helps"

She didn't have the heart to tell him she didn't like tea, or brandy, so she took the cup.

This case was quite gruesome. But, justice had to be served. And Eve does her best, along with her team, whom I love also. A lovely. moment with Trueheart too!

"I know you really don't like this, but ..." He pulled her in, wrapped his arms around her in a fierce hug.

I love how Roarke never loses his Irish phrases ...

"Don't be a git. I'll be in touch."

"Let me see through on this bleeding thing."

"Let me see what the buggering hell it is."

"Give me the shagging coffee."

I am surprised we didn't have "bollocks" in there somewhere

And that bloody button ... sigh.

Roarke said nothing, but his hand slipped into his pocket, and his fingers closed over the small gray button her carried there, always.

Nearing the end of the road here with this series but she will have a new release out in February, I think.
Profile Image for ♥Sharon♥.
961 reviews143 followers
November 17, 2017
Oh. My. Heart.

I thought I had reached that point of “I couldn’t love this series any more than I already do” but J.D. has pushed the envelope with this one. At least for me. Brotherhood in Death is one of my top 5 books in this series.

I cried. The moments Eve had with Dennis Mira just twisted my heart up. I love this guy. Then Peabody. She is MAG. She loves Eve and would do anything for her. And of course Roarke. What he wouldn’t do for his cop. He is her rock.

I laughed. I love Eve and her metaphors. She never gets them right but honestly the way she says it does make more sense. :) And the banter that goes on between her and Peabody is hilarious. Their exchange about dicks and asses in a box provided for a laugh out loud moment.

I cringed. At the heart of this case we have a group of men that are despicable and what they did was reprehensible to say the least. The retribution was just as bad. The things that took place….yuck.

Of course the entire team was present to work the case which I loved. These two guys, Jenkinson and Reineke are really growing on me. They both add a bit of color to the team.

My heart broke for Eve but then there was Mr. Mira. This guy melts my heart almost as much as Roarke does. ❤

Profile Image for Julia.
275 reviews41 followers
February 4, 2016
I love this whole series. I think the author has done an excellent job developing the different relationships not only with Eve and Roarke (F & M protagonist), but also with the whole cast of characters throughout the 42 book series. There was some humor in this book (Peabody and her loose pants), but not as much as in previous books. Aside from the murder-mystery, I think the focus was more on Eve's relationship with the Dr. & Mr. Mira.

That being said, once I understood where the story line was going I thought the subject matter was a little rough. I was more than sympathetic toward the perpetrator and could certainly understand the motive for committing such crimes, and I had zero compassion for the murder victims.
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904 reviews1,080 followers
March 3, 2019
Full review to come later because I'm moving into the next book... 😜😜😜
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1,590 reviews255 followers
February 9, 2016
One of the best in this series! I absolutely love the In Death series. Whenever a new one comes out, it seems the whole world just takes a back seat. I'm just glad I don't have a job or kids.

Part of the enjoyment comes from Susan Ericksen's incredible performance as narrator/performer. It just brings the text to life. This is one of the few series where I insist on the audiobook.

Next is the characters. Reading/listening to an In Death books is like checking in on on old friends.

Next is the world Robb has created. The technologies, the societal changes, etc, I really enjoy the future New York City that this author has created.

Finally is the excellent story and plots that the author comes up with. The suspense and the romance is wonderful.

Now, this book in particular is a wonderful addition. This is actually the 20th year of the series and I think Robb is putting in reflections back to the original trilogy in the books this year. I noticed several little "Easter eggs" in this book. This book also highlights a very enjoyable character, Dennis Mira, husband of the profiler Dr Charlotte Mira.

Can't wait for the next book
Profile Image for Maja (The Nocturnal Library).
1,013 reviews1,891 followers
March 2, 2016

First of all, thank you, Nora Roberts, for being consistently amazing. Getting the latest J. D. Robb book is practically a holiday in my house. No more than six months pass between her books, and yet somehow they always seem like an eternity.

Honestly, what could be better than a series that keeps on being awesome, even after 42 installments? Not much, that’s what. I know these characters inside and out, but more importantly, Nora knows them too, which means they are always, unfailingly, true to themselves. It’s high praise indeed for a series that’s gone on for approximately 15000 pages. High praise from someone who gets bored easily that I never, ever got even close to being tired of Eve and Roarke. Quite the opposite, each new book leaves me craving more and going back to reread my favorites just to feel close to them a while longer.

In Brotherhood in Death, Eve helps our favorite Professor Mira, a kind, gentle, if a bit scattered husband of Dr. Charlotte Mira. Dennis isn’t in trouble himself, but his cousin, US senator Edward Mira, most definitely is. It’s up to Eve to untangle a web of brotherhoods, vicious crimes and revenge, all the while keeping those she loves safe.

These characters progress and evolve even now, and it’s wonderful to see Eve open up to others and find comfort with friends like the ever-faithful Peabody. The two have such a significant moment in this book, one of appreciation and true friendship. It made me melt a little, and tear up at the beauty of it. Eve finally feels secure enough to rely on people other than Roarke. It was a slow process, so very difficult at times, but now that we see the person she was always meant to be, all of it seems somehow more manageable.

The crimes in this book are more violent, more vicious than usual. Trust Nora to find ways to shake us to the core. I love that her murders are rarely black and white. She prefers the gray areas, and she especially enjoys making us sympathize with the killers.

This is not a review, per se. It’s more of a love letter to this amazing author who keeps proving, again and again, that she knows how to keep a series alive.

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3,510 reviews4,567 followers
January 17, 2019
5 stars – Futuristic/Romantic Suspense/Crime/Thriller/Mystery

Brotherhood in Death is one of the best of the series, but it’s not an easy read.

This time the murder case was particularly brutal and a difficult one for Eve that made her relive her traumatic past. Knowing the horror Eve endured and survived as a child made this even more disturbing and emotional. But Roarke, Peabody, and Mr. Mira were there to support her, lend their strength, and to help her stand tough and strong, as always.

I was really torn with the murder case in this one. The male murder “victims” made me revolted and enraged, and I didn’t feel any sympathy whatsoever for them. I thought J.D. Robb handled it really well.

Also, the timing and relevancy of reading this book really struck me. With so many men of various public stations abusing their positions of power, fame, and wealth by engaging in sexual misconduct, harassment, abuse, and/or assault, it’s glaringly obvious that there’s still a huge chasm of inequality in how girls and women are treated in society. And far too often justice is not just or served, especially when it comes to powerful, wealthy white men in power. Female victims are far too often ignored, shamed, and blamed, and have their lives ruined while their abusers/rapists go unpunished.
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1,351 reviews2 followers
April 6, 2022
I think Mr. Mira takes centre stage in this one ... who doesn't love him?

He is like a cuddly bear who takes care of everyone. He brought tears to my eyes (and Eve's too (and she rarely cries)).

Mr. MIRA and EVE ...

“He’s a fine young man, and one who loves you without restrictions. Finding a mate, a true one, is a rare and precious thing.”
And the heart of the heart, she thought. Yes, he’d found that, too.
“I don’t even know how it happened, but even when he pisses me off, I’m grateful every day it did.”
“The best possible description for a good marriage.”

My hardcover collection is coming along nicely ... still a few to go.

I think if I was ever stranded on a desert island with one author's books with me, it would be this series - I have yet to tire of re-reading any of them.

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1,151 reviews11 followers
January 6, 2016
There’s obviously a bit of a formula to the ‘in death’ books. Eve and/or Roarke is almost always tied to the crime or criminal(s) in at least some small way. Eve is her curmudgeonly self, but her friends help to bring her out of herself. She and Roarke have dark pasts that get brought up. There’s a murder to solve, and some difficult police work to be done. Usually there’s also a lot of zingy dialogue that’s too fun not to share with others. I’m not using the ‘formula’ bit as an insult–Robb uses this formula because it works, after all. We know roughly what to expect from the books, but that still leaves plenty of room for different types of crime and different routes to it. Sometimes the whodunit is the issue, sometimes the how or why. Sometimes they have all those details and are focused on proving guilt or catching the obvious guilty party. It’s enough to keep me interested. There are also plenty of side plots going on regarding Eve’s expanding circle of friends, and we get to watch them and their relationships evolve over the period of the series.

In this case Eve and Roarke are tied in through their friendship with Dennis as well as Eve’s connection to his wife (also a dear friend) through work. It doesn’t feel shoehorned in the way it occasionally does. The victims are high-profile, and Eve and Roarke live in that world now.

The dialogue is somewhat zingy and quotable–not Robb’s best, but it definitely includes some fun bits! Eve ends up exploring her friendship with both of the Miras and particularly Dennis. It’s a nice way to see deeper into Dennis’s affable demeanor.

It isn’t surprising that, in fact, Eve ends up having to solve Edward’s murder. Her investigation becomes a race against time, however, when one of Edward’s acquaintances goes missing under similar circumstances. It begins to look like an entire group of friends is being targeted for revenge. While the police know from the evidence that the motivation involves sex, they’re going to have to dig a lot deeper to figure out the who and the why. (To those who need to know ahead of time: there is some dark sexual material here as well as torture. It isn’t used pruriently, but it isn’t glossed over either.)

As usual Eve and Roarke have wild, semi-abstracted sex. The prose is purple here, but it suits the milieu and the relationship. It’s sweet, hot, and delightful.

I quite enjoyed Brotherhood in Death, and it leaves me wanting more.

NOTE: Book provided free for review
Longer review posted on my site: http://www.errantdreams.com/2016/01/r...
Profile Image for Nariko.
20 reviews
March 9, 2016
Without even reading it, the book automatically gets 5 stars just 'cause Dennis Mira's in it.

UPDATE: Should have known better than to read the book before going to bed-- couldn't put it down until I finished it in the wee hours of the morning.
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Author 26 books92 followers
June 23, 2019

Sometimes I have a penchant for police/detective work and JD Rob never fails to deliver. Romance – check. Action – check. Great visualization – check. Humor – check. Dark – check.
Yes, it ticks all the boxes, hence the reason I've read 42 books in the series so far.
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555 reviews89 followers
October 2, 2017
I feel like I've had an emotional upheaval while reading this installment.  Powerful, influential, wealthy men are murdered in this installment.  The method indicates sexual retribution and cold blooded revenge.  What they did for brotherhood was inhuman.   Disgusting excuse for human beings. It maybe wrong but I was rooting for the killers in this one.  I feel so much hate for the bastards.  Monsters. 

Thank the stars for Eve and her metaphors.  It lighten up the story a bit. 

" Idle hands are the devil's workshop."
"Why? They're idle when you're sleeping -- does he set up shop then? Are we are supposed to stay awake using our hands so the devil doesn't make stuff? What if you broke your hand? Is he doing his workshop thing while you're waiting to have it fixed?"

"Such a simple, if moralistic phrase now thoroughly destroyed". 😁
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1,392 reviews66 followers
March 13, 2019
Brotherhood in Death by J.D.Robb is book 42 in the In Death series. Dennis Mira walks in on an attack on his cousin in his old family home and is himself knocked out and when he wakes up and finds his cousin missing, he calls in Lieutenant Eve Dallas to investigate. Another fabulous book in the series. This time we find out more about Dennis Mira who has mainly had minor appearances in the past. I loved the ceremony when Trueheart receives his detectives shield and I enjoyfollowing the lives of the various characters. Superb!
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541 reviews182 followers
February 26, 2016

J. D. Robb began publishing this series 21 years ago, yet her characters have only aged three years during that time. I wish I could say the same about myself. But just as there's no stopping time in real life, there's no going back in time, except through memories which this 42nd book in the series stirs up in Eve, and not good ones, at that.

Finally! Fans of this series get to know Dennis Mira from the inside out. Up until now, he's played a very minor role in the series, a sweet befuddled and disheveled man, married to the compassionate, competent, and classy Dr. Charlotte Mira, a psychologist who assists the NYPSD with criminal profiling and is a good friend of Lt. Eve Dallas. Dennis has remained a mystery man for years, seemingly benign, absentminded, and good-natured. But here in this book, the reader learns he's fiercely loyal, intelligent, upstanding, as compassionate as his wife--and nobody's fool. He's planned a surprise meeting with his cousin, Senator Edward Mira, who wants to sell their paternal grandfather's home which the two cousins inherited and swore to keep in the family. Dennis and Edward have equal shares in the ownership, but Dennis refusing to sell and the legalities involved don't seem to matter to Edward whom Dennis finds bloodied and battered in their ancestral home just seconds before someone knocks Dennis out from behind. When he comes to and his cousin is missing, Dennis calls in the best that the NYPSD has to offer--Lt. Eve Dallas, head of homicide--no matter that a homicide hasn't occurred yet. Everyone hopes it stays that way.

Eve has a soft spot for Dennis, so this makes investigating his assault difficult, though that is only the beginning as she uncovers some painful truths about his missing cousin. But Eve stands for all victims, no matter what she learns about them, even if they are victimizers. And she must help put away victimizers even if she learns they were victims. It's a slippery slope she must walk, however clear the law is that she must uphold, and however much her own history might intrude on the investigation. She never lets it interfere in her carrying out justice for all.

This story, which takes place in 2061, with all the futuristic gadgets that make it a fun series to read, is not a fun read, in general. There is romance and humor, as always. And some touching scenes between Eve and Roarke, Eve and Charlotte Mira, and one between Eve and Dennis Mira that left my throat tight and my eyes misting up. But the violence, graphic and all of it off page, was of a particularly brutal variety. So be prepared as Eve and her team work around the clock and against the clock to prevent more of the same.

My only real complaints about this book are the one dimensional villains and the story being a bit draggy in the middle. Oh, and not enough page time for Summerset. When will he get his own story? This book gives me hope since Dennis finally got his. Until next time.

Profile Image for Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey).
1,386 reviews470 followers
February 9, 2016
Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: NC-17
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: entertained
Characters: Well Written
Plot: How money and power corrupts
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Roarke

SUMMARY (100 words or less)
Probably 4.5 stars. It was a solid installment with only a few small problems. But my love for this series continues. And I look forward to the next installment.
Profile Image for Darcy.
12.4k reviews425 followers
February 3, 2016
I'm always happy to read a new In Death book, this time around was no different, although I was a bit leery because it looked like Dennis Mira was going to be in it a lot. He's such a gentle soul that I didn't want anything bad to befall him.

Dennis Mira's part in the story was marginal, but done in a way to bring Eve in. It was interesting to see Eve have to deal with Mr. Mira in a professional way. You could tell that she didn't want to, but needed to do her job. Best was how Mr. Mira did his best to make Eve comfortable, which of course made her uncomfortable.

I really didn't expect this case to go where it did, nor did I expect it to hit too close to home for Eve. It was great that she had a great support system in Roarke, Peabody and even Summerset. But the best scene in the book was when Eve revealed her past to Mr. Mira. His gentle way to listen and comfort her brought tears to my eyes.

I'm torn with the supposed "bad guys". The crime was a gray area for me. Did I think they did wrong, yes, but did I understand why they did it yes, was part of me cheering them on, I have to say yes there too.

The requisite fight between Eve and Roarke made me laugh as both were right and both were wrong. It was fun to see them work it out and both stating "I'm not apologizing" and come to a good place after.

Another great point is one that has been many books in the making, Trueheart getting his shield by making detective. The kind words from Whitney to Trueheart, Trueheart's words to Eve and Mama Trueheart's and Eve's conversation. So great!
Profile Image for Brenda.
4,097 reviews2,664 followers
March 7, 2016
When NYPSD profiler and good friend to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, Charlotte Mira contacted Eve in a panic, Eve knew something was very wrong – her friend was not a person to lose her cool. The injury to her husband Dennis was shocking; but the discovery that Dennis’ cousin Edward Mira was missing was the beginning of a violent and vicious, but highly political episode in the lives of the department.

As the investigation deepened, Roarke and Eve discovered dark and horrible secrets which could bring a lot of people down. The intensity surrounding the Mira family was stressful to say the least; but as the body count mounted, so did the determination of Eve and her team to find the culprits. The twisted logic of the criminals meant they believed the message they left – JUSTICE IS SERVED. But who was serving it?

Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb is another brilliant instalment in the In Death series. I love this series and devour each book as it comes out. I just hope the author doesn’t decide to finish the series, not for a very long time yet. Highly recommended.
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651 reviews23 followers
November 5, 2017
I am so glad that I took my time reading this book. Absolutely loved every bit of it. Full of emotion, good and bad, and a better understanding of Mr. Dennis Mira - how could you not love this guy! Can definitely see the attraction Eve has for this man (and not in a sexual way).

The wealthy and privileged take center stage in the main plot - and don't you just love to hate that bunch! Some very good bantering goes on throughout the book between Eve and Peabody - love those times.

And yes, I found a YANNI - it wouldn't be a JD Robb In Death book without one or two thrown in! Seriously, are there no competent editors out there!!!!

Highly recommend this book to those that love the In Death series and to those who haven't read the books yet, why haven't you!
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2,051 reviews130 followers
April 28, 2019
Well I breezed through this read. The brotherhood consists of wealthy, self-entitled men who have for decades committed horrific/cruel acts - , now it’s their turn, they’re being tortured and killed and it’s up to Eve to find out why. This one hits close to home for Eve, due to her history, and I love how the author through Eve highlights that you can move forward and live, but that doesn’t mean the past dissipates entirely, it can still haunt you – it can make you focus on living (e.g. in the case of Eve) or it can destroy your future.

The men who make up the brotherhood are victims you cannot really feel sorry for at all, but I’m glad those that remain alive get their just desserts, I really wanted to chuck something HARD at one member near the end of the book, as the little turd tried to pathetically justify his actions.

I liked learning more about Mr Mira in this book and enjoyed his interactions with Eve. Again, loved seeing more of Eve and Roarke together, however there was a little scene in the book when Eve arrives home to find a female decorator in her home office and is unhappy about it, leading to her and Roarke arguing, Roarke was a tad cutting in one comment, I didn’t like it. I know things can get heated when people argue, things said, that may not otherwise be said, and Eve needed to cool down, but still I found myself grimacing.


Now I have to impatiently wait for my next batch of books from this series to arrive at the library.
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October 9, 2016
Brotherhood in Death is another emotional come back for Eve's character development as New York's finest cop, a friend, and a wife. This series installment focuses on the death of Edward Mira, the cousin of Dennis Mira whom the latter serves as the factor of all emotional indiscretions for Eve to focus on the crime rather than on her emotional battle to protecting her loved ones. What I like about this book is the so much concern of Roarke as Eve faced a well-conflicted personal crime of her past. I'm glad I'm back to my 5-star ratings as I am near to keeping pace reading this series. Apprentice in Death, here I come.
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April 6, 2022
Mr. Mira. I've always loved him. It's a treat to watch Eve's reactions to him and her feelings for him. The bit with the dolls was absolutely laugh out loud hysterical. Necessary in an intense book like this one. As always, an excellent read.
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