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message 1: by Sandra (last edited Jan 28, 2017 08:31AM) (new)

Sandra Hoover (sandrahoover) | 10200 comments Mod
Next up in our In Death Series Buddy Read is another novella, Interlude in Death. This story first appeared in the anthology Out of this World. Even though this is a short one, we plan to stick to our one-a-month schedule giving plenty of time for discussion and for other reads. (like Echoes in Death for those who are ready!) We hope everyone - new & "old" readers alike - will join our discussion. Open discussions begin on the 8th!

Synopsis:
In early spring of 2059, Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called off planet to face a grueling ordeal - giving a seminar at the largest police conference of the year, to be held in a swanky resort. A resort which just happens to be owned by her husband, Roarke, of course.
Even though Eve can't quite see it that way, it's supposed to be at least partly a vacation. But work intrudes in the form of a bloody homicide, and Eve is off and running. The case is complicated by Eve's personal history with the victim - and by the killer's history with Roarke. As danger closes in and the body count rises, Eve must find a way to stop the cycle of violence and revenge, and shove the past back where it belongs.

Location: Olympus Resort
Time: Early Spring 2059
Setting: The Olympus Resort where all the gang are attending the Interplanetary Law Enforcement and Security Conference.

Alternate Book Covers

Character List:
Eve Dallas
Roarke
Ryan Feeney
Charlotte Mira
Delia Peabody
Darcia Angelo
Morris

List of Minor & Pheripheral Characters
Bryson Hayes
Belle Skinner
Douglas R. Skinner
Leward
Patrick Roarke
Silas
Carl Vinter
Marshall Vinter
Zita Vinter
Reginald Weeks
Thomas Weeks

Quotes:
“You saved me, Eve." He watched her blink in absolute shock. "What you are, what I feel for you, what we are together saved me." He kept his eyes on hers as he kissed her.

Eve: “You can’t filter out CompuGuard in a few hours.”
Roarke sighed heavily, shook his head. “First you hurt my feelings, now you insult me. I don’t know why I put up with this abuse.”

Eve: "You okay?"
Peabody: "Think so. 'Cept you have two heads, Dallas, and one of them is Roarke. It's the prettiest."

Eve: "Oh, Christ. Men. Look, you don't need to hide behind me or anybody. You're a tough, badass son of a bitch with a really big penis and balls of titanium steel. Okay?"
Roarke: "One minute. I'm imagining throwing you off the balcony. Yes." He nodded, took a long drag on the cigarette. "That's indeed better."

Eve opened her mouth, closed it. Hissed. Then she turned on her heel, strode out through the terrace doors, and kicked the railing several times.
Roarke: "Feel better now?"
Eve: "Yes. Because I imagined it was your stupid, rock-hard head."


message 2: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Hoover (sandrahoover) | 10200 comments Mod
Next up - another novella! Open discussions start on the 8th! :)


message 3: by Charlene (new)

Charlene (charlenethestickler) | 681 comments My library has this anthology in Large Print! I've requested it, having double checked that Interlude in Death is listed in the print form. Yippee!


message 4: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Hoover (sandrahoover) | 10200 comments Mod
Charlene wrote: "My library has this anthology in Large Print! I've requested it, having double checked that Interlude in Death is listed in the print form. Yippee!"

Yay Charlene! Looking forward to the discussion as always!


message 5: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 2269 comments Ready . need my Eve and Roarke fix


message 6: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) This is probably one of the best - and least supernatural - of the novellas. My favorite scene is (view spoiler)


message 7: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 866 comments Arrived from the library. Will start on the 1st :0)


message 8: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Hoover (sandrahoover) | 10200 comments Mod
I'll confess - I've finished my reread! Had forgotten just how much I love this novella! Great quotes in this one. I'll be back to discuss on the 8th! :)


message 9: by Susan (new)

Susan (cruelshoes) | 500 comments reading now.


message 10: by Jonetta (new)

Jonetta (ejaygirl) | 12960 comments Mod
This is one of my faves!


message 11: by Phrynne (new)

Phrynne | 295 comments I have never read it! Can't wait:)


message 12: by Charlene (new)

Charlene (charlenethestickler) | 681 comments Hope to pick up my copy from library tomorrow.


message 13: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Hoover (sandrahoover) | 10200 comments Mod
Feb. 1!! Let the reading begin!! :)


message 14: by Susan (new)

Susan (cruelshoes) | 500 comments this was short and sweet ready to discuss


message 15: by Phrynne (new)

Phrynne | 295 comments Very short and very sweet. I loved it!


message 16: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 866 comments Read it last night and enjoyed it. Looking forward to the discussion.


message 17: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 2269 comments “Her little fantasy fizzed. Interplanetary meant, after all, interplanetary. "Kiss my ass."

"All right." He walked over, bent down and laid his lips on her butt. Then began working his way up her back.”

Can I just say that is so sweet.

Sorry I know it's not spoiler zone yet but this is on the first few page of the book


message 18: by Eve (last edited Feb 08, 2017 01:13AM) (new)

Eve (everf) | 84 comments I have to finish Reunion in Death and then I can start with Interlude in Death.
I usually avoid short stories (they sually tend to lack plot and development) but after seeing those quotes Sandra posted above...well, I must read it!!!

PS: Did not know that Roarke smokes.


message 19: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 2269 comments The first few books he smoked much more than lately. I remember him smoking in one of their first meetings.


message 20: by Sandra (last edited Feb 08, 2017 06:54AM) (new)

Sandra Hoover (sandrahoover) | 10200 comments Mod
Time for open discussions on Interlude! Sound off!


message 21: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Hoover (sandrahoover) | 10200 comments Mod
This is a short but good one. So many good quotes! What stands out most about this one to you?


message 22: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 2269 comments Just started reading this morning. But you're right. So many quotes and moments. Now for that pesky little thing. Work


message 23: by Susan (new)

Susan (cruelshoes) | 500 comments loved this quote. "To feel that strength tremble under him, open for him, merge with him, was the wonder of his life. That says it all for me just how much his love is for Eve. Also how much she gives to him when they are making love


message 24: by Renegade ♥ (new)

Renegade ♥ (renegadeheart) | 717 comments Susan wrote: "loved this quote. "To feel that strength tremble under him, open for him, merge with him, was the wonder of his life. That says it all for me just how much his love is for Eve. Also how much she gi..."

Isn't that beautiful? *smile*

These two... *happy sigh*


message 25: by Mara (new)

Mara Pemberton (marapem) | 633 comments I love to see the police chief from Roarke's casino or whatever it is come to NYC and work with Eve on a case. I liked her, but forgot her name.


message 26: by Jonetta (new)

Jonetta (ejaygirl) | 12960 comments Mod
That would be Darcia Angelo.


message 27: by Mara (new)

Mara Pemberton (marapem) | 633 comments Thank You, Jonetta. I'd love to see Darcia, come to NYC, and maybe help Eve & Peabody solve a case. I liked her. She's a bit like Eve.


message 28: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Hoover (sandrahoover) | 10200 comments Mod
I liked her too, Mara. She's a great character. Loved the interaction between her and Eve.


message 29: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Hoover (sandrahoover) | 10200 comments Mod
Share your thoughts on Commander Skinner and the role he played in Interlude along with his comments to Eve. He brings up the subject of Eve's "ill advised" decision to marry Roarke implying that it will stop any chance of her advancing up the ranks.

I'll get you those captain bars, Lieutenant. You get me Roarke."

What did you think about her reaction? Based only on the books through Interlude, where do you see Eve going career wise in the future? Do you think advancement is a priority for Eve? (I know this is hard for rereaders, but forget everything after Interlude)



message 30: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Hoover (sandrahoover) | 10200 comments Mod
While on the subject of Skinner, what are your thoughts on the conflict his role caused for Peabody?


message 31: by Eve (last edited Feb 08, 2017 10:56PM) (new)

Eve (everf) | 84 comments Commander Skinner clearly has no idea what makes Eve Dallas tick. She's really good at her work and quite ironically Roarke now plays big part in helping to solve the cases (all those brainstorms they have, help with the searches, or even how he simply takes care of her when she's hurt/overworked/reached a deadlock. Hmm, sometimes I wonder how Dallas could do her work before him!).
Yes, Roarke's past was not spotless and it may raise questions whether police detective should marry someone with shady past. But Eve knows deep down, that he's one of the good guys and he could never cause any harm to other human beings out of wickedness or evil. Eve knows it and otherwise she would not have married him. In short: they make good team and complete each other.
Besides Dallas does not seem like someone who does her work because it may get her to higher ranks or bring her fame and glory. I'd rather see that being on higher position would take her away from the victims who need closure/justice and from the investigation work.
I really love to see how the characters develop and grow throughout the series.


message 32: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 866 comments Mara wrote: "I love to see the police chief from Roarke's casino or whatever it is come to NYC and work with Eve on a case. I liked her, but forgot her name."

I also liked her character very much.
It was very realistic how she balked at the idea of Eve helping with the investigation, but she didn't let it get in the way and realized that it would be more effective to have Eve on the case rather than shut her out.


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Lauren (laurenjberman) | 866 comments Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥ wrote: "While on the subject of Skinner, what are your thoughts on the conflict his role caused for Peabody?"

He was obviously a good cop in the past (even if he let his successes go to his head) and cared about his men. It is also sad how is illness turned his quest for justice into an obsession.

Nevertheless, the idea that his disease explains (and perhaps even excuses) his determination to bring Roarke down for the sins of his father was problematic for me. It sort of mitigates his culpability and his deplorable attitude toward Eve, which annoyed me.


message 34: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 2269 comments After the last few cases she has closed that comment was a given. She should be close to her captain bars. And though she doesn't have Yosts collar everyone knew she was responsible for the apprehension of him . Just an example. And that comment about her captaincy was discussed by Whitney and Feeney if I'm not mistaken. I think Eve is still firmly sticking to her lieutenant bars because I think she feels she has much more to offer in that capacity. And honestly I don't think she thinks about being a captain besides the thought when investigating one.

The question for me is really does she feel she should be a captain ? At this point she doesn't. Would she ever want to be a captain? I think for now that is also no. She loves being on the street too much. I think at this point in the series it's more those around her wanting her to advance, career wise, because of her accomplishments. Eve just sees those accomplishments as doing the job.

I must be honest and say Dr Mira said it all about Peabody and commander Skinner. When the mind start going like that it's always sad to witness the destruction of a brilliant mind.
I suppose for me that was the real sadness of this book. One would hope the family and friends would have kept him from the worse scrutiny by fellow colleagues, that they would have kept his dignity in the face of his illness but this got exploited all so that a son could proof his worth . Sad all round


message 35: by Mara (new)

Mara Pemberton (marapem) | 633 comments Michelle, I don't think she wants to be a Captain. It would take her off the streets, and that is her life and strength. Or you can say HER CALLING.


message 36: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 2269 comments What was also interesting for me was Roarke's reaction to Skinners comment. I almost feel like he will be checking into the veracity of that statement.

Eve before Roarke Eve was and is still a good cop. Yes Roarke seems to be helping more and more. But I think that she would eventually come to the same destination without him there. Dr Mira early on in the series said that Eve was heading for cop burnout. The job was everything to her. Roarke I think understand this about her and tries to make her load lighter any way he can. He loves her and to that he will do anything and everything to lighten her load. what couple doesn't listen to their spouses day at the office. In this case Roarke understands her work so much better than Eve would ever understand Roarke's .


message 37: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 2269 comments Mara wrote: "Michelle, I don't think she wants to be a Captain. It would take her off the streets, and that is her life and strength. Or you can say HER CALLING."

Agreed Mara.


message 38: by Charlene (new)

Charlene (charlenethestickler) | 681 comments I just read this novella and I really liked it. It was an amazing thing to see that Darcia Angelo's team meshed (mostly off screen for the bulk of the police forces) well with Eve's people.

I was angry that Skinner treated his son the way he did, not giving him his name, for example, and infecting him with his hatred, not all of which could be blamed on his final deteriorating health.

As I reflect on the story, I take my "hat" off to Skinner's wife, who hosted a tea party. She knew her role (whatever others might have thought about it) and she did her duty when her heart was breaking over her husband's fatal illness.


message 39: by Charlene (new)

Charlene (charlenethestickler) | 681 comments Kirsten *Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again!" wrote: "This is probably one of the best - and least supernatural - of the novellas. My favorite scene is [spoilers removed]"

Yes the elevator scene after the bomb caused me to slow down in the reading enough to appreciate how we need life affirming after close brushes with death!


message 40: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 866 comments Mara wrote: "Michelle, I don't think she wants to be a Captain. It would take her off the streets, and that is her life and strength. Or you can say HER CALLING."

I agree. She would be lost if she had to sit behind a desk.


message 41: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 866 comments Charlene wrote: "not all of which could be blamed on his final deteriorating health..."

Exactly! He is just as much to blame as Bryson and his disease is not an excuse, especially since he is still able to understand the consequences of his actions.


message 42: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Hoover (sandrahoover) | 10200 comments Mod
Did you feel Roarke did the right thing when he paid Skinner a "visit" without telling Eve about it first?

Roarke is always depicted as being so in control - whether it's his horrible childhood, his shady days thereafter, or the present. He's the one who is always there for Eve after one of her nightmares. In Interlude, readers experience one of Roarke's nightmares. What were your thoughts as you read this scene? What purpose do you think it served in this book & series thus far?


message 43: by Myst (new)

Myst | 72 comments Lauren wrote: "Mara wrote: "Michelle, I don't think she wants to be a Captain. It would take her off the streets, and that is her life and strength. Or you can say HER CALLING."

I agree. She would be lost if she..."


The department would be over budget by millions of dollars due to computer repairs. Cop central computers (or the people who service them?) don't like Eve, so if she was stuck behind a desk, those computers would take a beating.


message 44: by Charlene (new)

Charlene (charlenethestickler) | 681 comments Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥ wrote: "Did you feel Roarke did the right thing when he paid Skinner a "visit" without telling Eve about it first?

Roarke is always depicted as being so in control - whether it's his horrible childhood, h..."


For whatever reason, I found myself wondering about both Roarke's and Eve's mothers.


message 45: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Hoover (sandrahoover) | 10200 comments Mod
Charlene wrote: "Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥ wrote: "Did you feel Roarke did the right thing when he paid Skinner a "visit" without telling Eve about it first?

Roarke is always depicted as being so in control - wh..."


I remember wondering the same thing my first time reading the series.


message 46: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Hoover (sandrahoover) | 10200 comments Mod
There's not much funnier than Eve having to fly off on a "deathship" to another planet (unless it's her fear of cows!) lol It's funny, but about the only time I really remember that this is a series set in the "future" is when there is interplanetary travel involved. Or flying cars! lol It all comes off as very believable to me. What do you all think?


message 47: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 2269 comments Or auto chefs instead of microwaves. But besides that I'm with you Sandra. I've never thought of this as futuristic. I think that even with cars boosts and fly it somehow doesn't register. I just take it as normal.


message 48: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 2269 comments As to you question about Roarke . Honestly I think it's building up to something. We had al. His different pass coming into his life. Mickey, Max Richter, and now the fact that Patrick Roarke hooked up with Eve's father ? Why bring that up in a novella. Why this focus on Roarke Eve and her nightmares/ flashbacks are mostly a result of a really bad day and intertwined with the case she's busy with.
On the other hand it's nice to know that he also has moments of weakness. , that he is human after all. I mean that in the nicest way possible. Strong ,in control people also need moments like these.


message 49: by Jules (new)

Jules James | 202 comments I feel sorry for Peabody because the guy that she hero worship, went from hero to vigilante. Also love Eve response when Skinner told her to get him Roarke and he'll get her the captain bars


message 50: by Michelle (last edited Feb 11, 2017 12:18AM) (new)

Michelle | 2269 comments That's the thing with th novellas. They are part of the series so sometimes you loose out on a connection. I can understand why some don't like them or skip them all together. And though some of them was really not worth mentioning I did find a nugget to like or just that explained something.


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