Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Memory in Death" by JD Robb

Memory in Death (In Death, #22)
Memory in Death by JD Robb
(In Death #22); Narrated by Susan Ericksen

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For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality)
Romantic Suspense

Berkeley -- Published in 2006
Audiobook, 11 hours and 33 minutes
Read in October 2014
Purchased from Audible

Alpha Hero, Kick Ass Heroine, Secondary Romance, Murder Mystery

Eve Dallas is one tough cop. It should take more than a seemingly ordinary middle-aged lady to make her fall apart. But when that lady is Trudy Lombard, all bets are off. Just seeing Trudy at the station plunges Eve back to the days when she was a vulnerable, traumatized young girl—and trapped in foster care with the twisted woman who now sits smiling in front of her.

Trudy claims she came all the way to New York just to see how Eve is doing. But Eve’s fiercely protective husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise—and a blackmail attempt by Trudy proves his suspicion correct. Eve and Roarke just want the woman out of their lives. But someone else wants her dead. And when her murder comes to pass, Eve and Roarke will follow a circuitous and dangerous path to find out who turned the victimizer into a victim.

"Death was not taking a holiday."

Warning!  This review contains minor spoilers for earlier books in the In Death series.

Fans of the In Death series are already aware that Lieutenant Eve Dallas dealt with some tough stuff in her childhood.  Memory in Death deals with Eve's past, but takes a different approach by focusing on what happened to her after being discovered in a hotel room at eight years old.  While it was not my favorite of the series by far, I found this one to be enjoyable and a great example of how good JD Robb is at character development.

The action starts early when Trudy Lombard shows up to talk to Eve at Cop Central.  Trudy was her first foster mother after being put into the system and the treatment that Eve suffered during those few months comes racing back.  Trudy attempts to blackmail Eve and her billionaire husband, Roarke, in order to keep certain aspects of Eve's past a secret.  And things get even more complicated when Trudy is found murdered in her hotel room and Eve is first on scene.

I thought this particular mystery was interesting because there was only one victim and it was someone that Eve and her team didn't care much for while they were alive.  Eve's determination to finding Trudy's killer shows how devoted she is to her job and the victims of murder.  She doesn't have to have liked the person, but she will defend their right to live to the best of her ability.  I did figure out the identity of the killer early on so that was a different reading experience for me.  It was interesting, though, to see how JD Robb fit all the pieces together by the end.

Besides the case, Eve is also dealing with her "favorite" time of year: Christmas.  I love the fact that such a strong, intelligent woman is completely freaked by buying, giving, and even receiving gifts.  I think my favorite scenes involved Eve giving the people that have become so dear to her their presents.  She is so uncomfortable, but also very good at figuring out what would work best for each of them.  I think Roarke's reaction was the best though Peabody was pretty awesome as well.

I mentioned at the beginning that Memory in Death shows Robb's character development skills.  When readers first meet Eve, she is a loner who is work-obsessed and completely anti-social.  She has grown so much since this time and I think the little scenes show so much.  Eve may never be completely comfortable with accepting fatherly hugs from Dennis Mira or with coaching her best friend Mavis during her upcoming labor, but she has figured out how important they are which is all that matters.


Flush -- Detailed descriptions of lovemaking though nothing overly graphic.

"It’s lunacy out there. Christmas makes people insane. And that bit about goodwill toward men? It sure as hell doesn’t apply to retail.”

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  1. You are really, really making me want to try these In Death books. I do really like Nora Roberts, but I've always been a bit nervous for these. How much romance is in the books? I think I will go the same route you have listen to these.

    1. There is a lot more than I originally thought when I first started. Eve and Roarke are the main couple and they meet early on in the first book. What I like the best about the romance in this series is that it shows that there is plenty to show after the Happily Ever After. Besides Eve and Roarke, you also get to see some adorable side romances. I think you would really enjoy the audio versions...just be prepared that some of the cases can be a little hard to get through. But, Eve always gets the killer(s) and kicks major butt while doing so which I love!


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