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Mini-Review: Loyalty In Death (In Death #9) – J.D. Robb

Mini-Review: Loyalty In Death (In Death #9) – J.D. RobbTitle: Loyalty In Death (In Death #9) by J.D. Robb
Publishing Info: October 1, 1999 by Penguin
Source: Used bookstore
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Adult, Mystery/Thriller
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: September 27, 2015
Related Posts: Vengeance in Death (In Death #6), Holiday in Death (In Death #7), Midnight In Death (In Death #7.5), Conspiracy In Death (In Death #8)

An unknown bomber is stalking New York City. He is sending Eve Dallas taunting letters promising to wreak mass terror and destruction among the "corrupt masses." And when his cruel web of deceit and destruction threatens those she cares for most, Even fights back. It's her city...it's her job...and it's hitting too close to home. Now, in a race against a ticking clock, Eve must make the pieces fit—before the city falls.

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It’s been a looong time (literally years) since I had read a new (well, new to me. They’re certainly not new anymore) In Death/J.D. Robb novel. These books, Stephanie Plum, and cozy mysteries were really a big part of how I got back into reading as an adult and with not reading as many adult mysteries anymore, these books still hold a special place in my heart!

I really enjoy how each book has a new mystery. And holy cow there are what… 40+ books by now? It’s incredible how authors are able to write unique, interesting, and heart-pounding mysteries time after time and LOYALTY IN DEATH was no exception.  I love the characters and it’s always great to see Eve and Roarke together and how their relationship constantly evolves. I also had a huge fist-pumping moment regarding Peabody but I won’t spoil what that is! (Though I’m sure you could probably guess if you were in my shoes.)

The book was a super quick read for me (I don’t know if I actually read it fast but it felt like a quick read, as always) and it was a lot of fun to fall back into Eve Dallas’ world. I really love how these books are set in the not-too-distant future (although oops, LOYALTY IN DEATH was written before 2001 and so that mention of of the Twin Towers being there in 2050-something is a bit of a faux pas but who could have predicted that being an issue?) and the slightly advanced technology is always fun to read.

These books are always so much fun to read and it’s really great to keep following this story! Hopefully I can start to catch up a little bit here and there. I’m only thirty books behind, no big deal…

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I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Kept Me Hooked On: In Death. Man, I missed this series! I’m so glad I finally made it back!
Left Me Wanting More: Eve and Roarke. They do appear together quite a bit but I love it when they actually work on a case together even more.

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Read it!

I just have so much fun reading this series! But a 40 book commitment… it’s no joke. These books are really easy to breeze through though and so much fun!

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 WHISKEY SOUR    1ST TO DIE

Conspiracy In Death (In Death #8) – JD Robb

Conspiracy In Death (In Death #8) – JD RobbTitle: Conspiracy In Death (In Death #8) by J.D. Robb
Publishing Info: April 1, 1999 by Penguin
Genres: Adult, Mystery/Thriller
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: August 13, 2012
Related Posts: Vengeance in Death (In Death #6), Holiday in Death (In Death #7), Midnight In Death (In Death #7.5), Loyalty In Death (In Death #9)

    At a time when human nature remains as predictable as death, a killer plays God--and puts innocent lives in the palm of his hand...
With the precision of a surgeon, a serial killer preys on the most vulnerable souls of the world's city streets. The first victim: a sidewalk sleeper, found dead in New York City. No bruises, no signs of struggle. Just a laser-perfect, fist-sized hole where his heart had once been. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is assigned to investigate. But in the heat of a cat-and-mouse game with the killer, Dallas's job is suddenly on the line. Now her hands are tied ... between a struggle for justice--and a fight for her career...

Breaking It Down Further: When various victims begin turning up around New York City with missing organs removed with surgical precision and care, Lt Eve Dallas hops back on the case to catch a new killer that could only be someone who has spent a great deal of time as a practicing surgeon. When unruly Officer Ellen Bowers begins to give Eve a hard time and filing preposterous reports against the lieutenant, Eve not only has to catch a killer, but keep her record clean and her temper under control.

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As always, I love the In Death series! I actually felt like this one wasn’t quite as good as the previous books. I always enjoy them, but I didn’t think this one had quite as many twists and turns and I actually wasn’t hooked into the plot as much as I usually am.

I did like how not only did we have our serial killer case, but also an internal police issue that Eve has to deal with. We see Eve grow as a person little by little as she has to control her temper with the wildly inappropriate Officer Bowers and maintain her cool when the complaint reports start filing in. Eve can’t take her usual tough approach and barrel through this sensitive issue, so it was interesting to see her emotions in check and how that whole situation played out.

I wasn’t too interested in the rogue surgeon plot for some reason. Just didn’t really catch me, and for some reason it felt like too many characters I didn’t know and wasn’t really interested in. Regardless, it was an interesting finish and I still really enjoyed the whole novel!

It didn’t come up too much in the book but I’m not a fan of Peabody and Charles being together. Maybe that’s why there wasn’t much detail in this book, but I’m kind of hoping that ends soon. Just seems a little bizarre to me!

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Not as good as the previous ones, but anyone who’s a fan of the series will still really enjoy it!

Midnight In Death (In Death #7.5) – JD Robb

Midnight In Death (In Death #7.5) – JD RobbTitle: Midnight In Death (In Death #7.5) by J.D. Robb
Publishing Info: September 27, 2005 by Penguin
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery, Mystery/Thriller
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: June 20, 2012
Related Posts: Vengeance in Death (In Death #6), Holiday in Death (In Death #7), Conspiracy In Death (In Death #8), Loyalty In Death (In Death #9)

    The number-one New York Times bestselling In Death series explodes with intrigue, passion, and suspense.  Now, Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, propels you into the darkest night of Lieutenant Eve Dallas's life—when a killer comes to call...
Eve's name has made a Christmas list, but it's not for being naughty or nice.  It's for putting a serial killer behind bars.  Now the escaped madman has her in his sights.  With her husband, Roarke, at her side, Eve must stop the man from exacting his bloody vengeance—or die trying...
 

Breaking It Down Further: Right after the grisly Christmas-related murders (See HOLIDAY IN DEATH, book #7), Eve Dallas is brought right back onto the scene when a notorious NYC judge appears dead in the heart of the city. Attached to his mangled body is a note from David Palmer, a nemesis Dallas and a team put away for life three years ago. Having escaped from prison, Dallas must round up Palmer and put a stop to his final plan – to pick off and eliminate everyone involved in his sentence, with Eve being the prize at the end of his series of killings.

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This was a super quick read since it’s a novella in between the full books. It obviously left me wanting more because I can never have enough of this series!

It was a very interesting twist that this time Dallas and her team knew who the killer was, knew him personally having studied him to get him behind bars the first time around, and now they just need to find a way to catch him. Eve soon realizes it’s not that easy, and Palmer starts picking off her friends and former allies one by one until he gets to her as the grand finale.

It surely was a thrilling little story! We jumped right into the action and clearly not having to figure out who the suspect was seemed to be a way to really cut down on time. Regardless of length, it was still very interesting to read and I always love learning more about the characters and observing more of their interactions. Anyone who hasn’t read the series can still probably read this since they really try not to put too much back story in there (I’m guessing since some readers tend to skip these “in-betweeners”).

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4/5 stars
Quite interesting, but of course I felt like it was a bit lacking since it was so short!

Holiday In Death (In Death #7) – JD Robb

Holiday In Death (In Death #7) – JD RobbTitle: Holiday in Death (In Death #7) by J.D. Robb
Publishing Info: June 1st 1998 by Penguin
Source: Bundles of Bookes
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery, Mystery/Thriller
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: May 9, 2012
Related Posts: Vengeance in Death (In Death #6), Midnight In Death (In Death #7.5), Conspiracy In Death (In Death #8), Loyalty In Death (In Death #9)

No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York's most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours. As the murders continue, Eve enters into an elite world of people searching for their one true love--and a killer searching for his next victim. A world where the power of love leads men and women into the ultimate act of betrayal...

Breaking It Down Further: The holiday season is a madhouse in New York and Lt. Eve Dallas is overwhelmed with her novice status as buying Christmas presents — To make matters (much) worse, a series of Christmas killings by none other than Jolly Saint Nick start to pop up all over the city, all connected back to the dating service Personally Yours. As Eve tracks the killer, he starts to hit closer to home and the whole gang gets shaken up trying to catch a murderer before Christmas hits.

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Maybe not as good as the last one, but every book is really great! Once again, I was totally surprised at the end when the killer/motives were revealed. The thing that I love most is how well you get to know these characters. JD Robb (I know it’s Nora Roberts, but I only read the Robb books) does a fantastic job developing characters. I feel really invested and really connected with their stories. One of my favorite characters is turning out to be Delia Peabody – She’s getting a stronger voice as we go along and was definitely a big player in this book. I also hope to be seeing more of McNab! He’s a pain in Peabody’s ass, but I think he and Peabody will hook up later on…

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 Just short of 5 stars, only because there were a few books in the series so far that I have been absolutely amazed by. This one is still really great, but not the absolute favorite so far.

If You Liked This, You Might Like…
Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich – Well, since this was a Christmas-time book, I’ll make another Christmas suggestion… In May… This is smack in the middle of the Stephanie Plum series, but the main story doesn’t have anything to do with the series itself. There are several references to Stephanie’s story (although no romance between her and the boys) – mostly to her family. It’s a super quick read and mostly just silly.
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Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke – Sure, why not! Let’s make more holiday suggestions. This was an interesting mystery in the fact that the whole town was in the same building and the killer probably is too! No where to run.

Vengeance In Death (In Death #6) – JD Robb

Vengeance In Death (In Death #6) – JD RobbTitle: Vengeance in Death (In Death #6) by J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts
Publishing Info: October 1, 1997 by Penguin
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery, Mystery/Thriller
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: April 15, 2012
Related Posts: Holiday in Death (In Death #7), Midnight In Death (In Death #7.5), Conspiracy In Death (In Death #8), Loyalty In Death (In Death #9)

He is an expert with the latest technology...a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit--always solved moments too late to save his victims' lives. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the first victim butchered in his own home. The second lost his life in a vacant luxury apartment. The two men had little in common. Both suffered unspeakable torture before their deaths. And both had ties to an ugly secret of ten years past--a secret shared by none other than Eve's new husband, Roarke.

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Wow. I just have to say wow. I was blown away by the last book, but this one was just as intense, thrilling, gripping, grotesque, and enchanting. Since the summary pretty much explains the whole plot, I’ll just give a straight review.

I’m not sure if I should praise minds as clever as these for coming up with such gruesome plot lines and ways to kill people, but it’s so interesting and just so hard to pull away from. This time it’s a combination of a terrorizing murderer out for revenge, made even more dangerous with a religious drive and a knack for technology.

The development of the relationship between Eve and Roarke is growing so nicely. I love how they were two broken people and they are now coming to trust each other and depend on each other. They’re really starting to become a unit. I really think Peabody is the most understated character in this series. She’s smart, clever, and brings a nice comic relief for Dallas. I also loved learning more about the relationship between Roarke and Summerset and their Irish past. I’ve been looking forward to learning more about it and this book really digs into it.

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5/5 stars
Anyone who is a fan of these books will probably love this one. Just read it. I can’t really say more! It was just so interesting and the mysteries are rarely obvious. I’m always kept guessing until the end.