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Calculated in Death Book Review

Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb

Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

Synopsis:(Goodreads) On Manhattan’s Upper East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.

A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the building, the lieutenant knows Marta’s murder was the work of a killer who’s trained, but not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

But when someone steals the files out of Marta’s office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke’s world of big business to figure out who’s cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer’s violent streak begins to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait.

Personal Thoughts: This one was an action filled book as a lot of the J.D. Robb books usually are and I was happy to see that trend continue. The writing was concise and fast paced.  It continues to surprise me how many ways there are to kill a person. It seems that some people don’t go for the easy kills.

The team work to get the case solved was written very well and the characters were developed. It is always interesting to see, how with each book, the characters get a bit more developed and back story to them. It makes them refreshing and they don’t get boring 🙂

It was nice to see Eve squirm in Tina’s presence for her preparation for the screening. I love that no matter what situation Eve is in, she is still Eve and she doesn’t get spoiled with it. Her character remains hers: unique 🙂

There wasn’t too much in terms of what was happening with Eve and Roarke and that was a bit disappointing. However, there was enough to keep me satisfied until the next book comes out. If it is one thing I have learned, it is that with some books, there is just enough until the next book. While in others, once I read it once, it is so good that I have to re-read it again 🙂

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Book Review: Delusion in Death

Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb

Published: September 11, 2012

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

Summary: ( Source: Goodreads) It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night.  Until something went terribly wrong.  At first it was just a friction in the air.  The noise intensified.  The crow seemed oppressive.  some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving.

Then the madness descended.  And after twelve minutes of chaos and violence, eighty people lay dead.

Eve Dallas is trying to sort out the inexplicable events. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things—monsters and swarms of bees.  They describe sudden, overwhelming feelings of fear and rage and paranoia.  When forensics makes its report, the mass delusions make more sense: it appears the bar patrons were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that could drive people to temporary insanity—if not kill them outright.

But that doesn’t explain who would unleash such horror—or why.  Eve’s husband, Roarke, happens to own the bar, yet he’s convinced the attack wasn’t directed at him.  It’s bigger than that.  And if Eve can’t figure it out fast, it could happen again, anytime, anywhere. Because it’s airborne.

Personal Thoughts:  I loved this book! From page one I was hooked and just wanted to keep on reading. The plot was fast paced and full of action to keep me interested throughout the entire book. I was on the edge of my seat, especially the last few chapters where it was really juicy! 🙂 The writing style and the details for certain parts of the book were short and sweet while in others it was longer. J.D. Robb knows how to pack a punch, make it nice and sweet yet concise for more effect.

It was great to see the whole cast of characters interacting with each other, such as Baxter, McNab, Peabody, Trueheart, etc.  The dynamic between Eve, Roarke and Summerset was tested again  and it was fascinating to be a fly on the wall. It is always entertaining to see Eve and Summerset bicker back and forth.

Every time I read a book in this series, it feels as though these characters are old friends who I haven’t seen in a long time. I know their back stories, how they feel and react to different situations and their day-to-day activities. The best part is that I have one more book to catch up on and when I am done, it will be almost February when the next one comes out.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


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Waiting On Wednesday: Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at  Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb

Published: February 26, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Summary (courtesy of Goodreads):

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.

A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the building, the lieutenant knows Marta’s murder was the work of a killer who’s trained, but not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

But when someone steals the files out of Marta’s office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke’s world of big business to figure out who’s cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer’s violent streak begins to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait. .

Personal Thoughts: I love the In Death series and await for each book anxiously. It says a lot about a series when you pick up a book, finish it and then give a long sigh when you find out the next one in the series is coming out in 6 months to a year. I have read some of the books in the series multiple times just to get my Eve and Roarke fix 🙂 but it is still a long time coming in between each book. Luckily I have other books to enjoy until the next one comes out.