Monday, March 23, 2015

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Strangers in Death" by JD Robb

Strangers in Death (In Death, #26)
Strangers in Death by JD Robb; Narrated by Susan Ericksen
For Ages 18+ (Language, Violence, Sensuality)
Romantic Suspense

Berkeley -- Published in 2008
Audiobook, 13 hours and 13 minutes
Read in March 2015
Purchased from Audible

Murder Mystery, Alpha Hero, Kick-Ass Heroine, Futuristic Setting

In 2060 New York, some murders still get more attention than others, especially those in which the victim is a prominent businessman, found in his Park Avenue apartment, tied to the bed—and strangled with cords of black velvet. Fortunately, homicide cop Lieutenant Eve Dallas's billionaire husband, Roarke, happens to own the prime real estate where Thomas Anders's sporting-goods firm is headquartered, giving her some help with access. Before long, she's knocking on doors—and barging through them—to look for the answers she needs.

But some things don't add up—and everyone's alibi checks out, from the wife who was off in the tropics to the nephew who stood to inherit millions. Was this a crime of passion—or a carefully planned execution? It's up to Dallas to solve this sensational case in which those who seem to be intimates sometimes guard secrets from each other—and strangers may be connected in unexpected, and deadly, ways. . . .

"Murder harbored no bigotry, no bias."

Time for another fun adventure with Eve Dallas, Roarke, Peabody, and the rest of the In Death gang!  This time New York's best homicide detective is charged with figuring out who killed prominent sports equipment mogul, Thomas Anders, who was found strangled while in a sexually promiscuous position while his wife was out of town.  What seems like a case of sex games gone wrong soon turns into a cat and mouse game that positions Eve against a very skilled opponent.

I continue to be impressed with out unique each case is in this series.  Strangers in Death is different in that Eve figures out who the killer is very early on, but she is forced to spend much of her time trying to find evidence to prove it.  I will always put money on Eve when it comes to ferreting out the truth and this book didn't dispute that feeling one little bit.  As always, she has her crack team there to assist and I loved the moments with Peabody, McNab, and a very ill Feeney.

In terms of the personal side of the series, this book focuses on marriage and how different people view it.  That theme does connect to the murder, but it really shows up in the subplots.  While I hate reading about Eve and Roarke having a fight, I enjoy the realistic approach to their relationship that JD Robb takes.  This time the focus turns to the money situation and how fiercely Eve clings to her financial independence when Roarke basically wants to give her the world.  There is also a minor story regarding Eve's friends, Louise and Charles, whose relationship seems to be approaching a big step.
“Your view on this is narrow. That’s how you’re built.” It didn’t feel narrow to her. It felt right. “Marriage is a promise. That’s one of the ways you talked me into it. If you break one part of the promise, it’s going to crack other parts.”
Again, I don't want to say much more in order to avoid spoilers, but I found Strangers in Death to be just as entertaining as the other books in the series.  JD Robb shows no signs of slowing down by this book (#26!) and I am ready to see what she comes up with next.  And, as always, I have to give a huge shout-out to Susan Ericksen for another impeccable narration.


Clearing her throat, Peabody turned the cube on record. "I owe Dallas, Lieutenant Meaniepants Eve, twenty dollars to be paid out of my hard-earned, under-appreciated detective's salary next payday. Peabody, Detective Churchmouse Delia."

There are too many to show here, but I'm providing a link to the Goodreads listing and the listing from JD Robb's website.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I can't believe you've read 26 of these books. I'm so sucky at series. But you are definitely encouraging me to give at least the first book a try.


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