Friday, November 20, 2015

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Promises in Death" by JD Robb; Narrated by Susan Ericksen

Promises in Death (In Death, #28)
(In Death #28)

For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality, Violence)
Romantic Suspense

Putnam -- Published on March 24, 2009
Audiobook, 12 hours and 46 minutes
Read in October/November 2015
Purchased from Audible


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

Amarylis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us."

Dallas's friend Chief Medical Examiner Morris and Coltraine had started a serious relationship, and from all accounts the two were headed for a happy future together. But someone has put an end to all that. After breaking the news to Morris, Eve starts questioning everyone from Coltraine's squad, informants, and neighbors, while Eve's husband, Roarke, digs into computer data on Coltraine's life back in Atlanta. To their shock, they discover a connection between this case and their own painful, shadowy pasts.

The truth will need to be uncovered one layer at a time, starting with the box that arrives at Cop Central addressed to Eve containing Coltraine's guns, badge, and a note from her killer: "You can have them back. Maybe someday soon, I'll be sending yours to somebody else."

But Eve Dallas doesn't take too kindly to personal threats, and she is going to break this case, whatever it takes. And that's a promise.

"She was dead the minute she answered the link."

Office Amarylis Coltraine was a recent addition to the NYPSD and her presence was noticed immediately by Dr. Morris, Chief Medical Examiner.  They began a steady and passionate relationship that everyone around them believed could become permanent.  Unfortunately, their happy ending did not come to pass when Amarylis was discovered murdered in the basement of her own apartment building.  Now, Eve Dallas and her team must try to figure out the truth which gets even more complicated when Eve discovers a possible connection to Roarke's old boss and rival, Max Ricker (first seen in Judgment in Death).

Promises in Death was a difficult book to get through due to how personal the murder felt for both Eve and the reader.  Morris has been a good friend to her for years and she struggles with how to help him in such a time of need.  I love it when older cases are brought back to the forefront and Eve is forced to look at them in a different way.  And, of course, it is always awesome to see Eve dealing with personal relationships since she is so awkward yet genuine about them.  Part of the reasoning for the title of the book is her promise to Morris to figure out who killed Amarylis and not treat him like a victim.

As has been shown in other books where cops are the victims, the full force of the NYPSD is thrown into the case.  The regular cast of Peabody, Mira, Feeney, Baxter, Trueheart, and MacNab are prominent and given plenty of snappy lines.  Readers also get to hang out with some other favorite recurring characters like Webster and Callendar.  And, of course, Roarke is another important part of the team especially when it is revealed that Ricker might be connected.  With such a large cast, an author could easily get overwhelmed, but JD Robb is an expert and I felt like everyone got the appropriate amount of development.

Eve is also forced to deal with something in her personal life.  In this case, one of her best friend, Dr. Louise Dimatto, is preparing to marry former licensed companion, Charles Monroe, and Eve is the matron of honor.  One of her duties is to host Louise's bridal shower.  Those brief chapters of levity help balance the drama of the murder mystery and were some of my favorite parts.

Promises in Death follows the pattern of the other books in the series and I enjoyed it just as much.  There is something comforting about being reunited with some of my favorite characters and watching them go about their lives.  Susan Ericksen does another fabulous job with narration and I had a great time listening to this.

There it was, Eve supposed. There was the answer to why people got tangled up with people. Because when you were down, when you were wallowing, someone you mattered to would ask if you were okay.
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1 comment:

  1. There are sooo many books in this series. SO MANY! Yo'uve read 28, though, so that's awesome. I am really thinking of giving these a try via audio.


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