July 1st, 2014

Reading - La Liseuse

Book #15

15. Three in Death by J.D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts), 355 pages, Mystery, 2008 (In Death, Book 7.5, 12.5, 22.5).

Three of the novellas, compiled in one volume! Lovely, and would have been even better if read in order with the full-length In Death novels (and quite a bit better if they had been in order in this volume).

(1) Interlude in Death (Book #12.5). Eve, Roarke, and the rest of the crew are at a police seminar on Roarke’s off-world resort, Olympus. A retired officer, a legend, has decided that Roarke needs to be taken down, and Eve is guilty by association. Things get really sticky when one of the legend’s bodyguards ends up dead in a stairwell. While her colleagues have no jurisdiction, they are invited to help before the Interplanetary Police have to take over.

(2) Midnight in Death (Book #7.5). A serial killer that Dallas had put away years ago has escaped, and on Christmas starts killing off those who put him behind bars, with Eve viewed as his endgame. There’s a lot packed into this story, especially some lovely early insight into Eve’s view of Dr. Mira. But I’m a little surprised that the events of this story aren’t mentioned more in the novels; it seems like a fairly transformative event.

(3) Haunted in Death (Book #22.5). The dead man is the descendant of the original owner of the property he died in – considered to be haunted by the musician he supposedly killed back in the 1970s. And there are plenty of spooky happenings that have both Peabody and Roarke in the believer’s camp. But Eve is having none of it, and sets about to solving not only her current murder, but also the murder of the young lady long gone.
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June Reads

 43.       The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
44.       Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley At the beginning of the book we see a mother and her two daughters leave their polygamous cult behind.  Their car breaks down in Oklahoma where they meet Bradley a farmer whose wife had left him.  Bradley introduces them to his father where both Amity and Sorrow keep him company.  We also see how life was for the mother and daughters at the compound that they left and how they were treated.  At first Bradley doesn't like the fact that the mother had left her husband behind until he finds out what kind of lifestyle that they left.  In the book it is revealed that the oldest daughter was sexually molested by her father.  The ending is disappointing but the mother discovers what real family is.
45.       The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
46.       The Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson
47.       Queen of Broken Hearts by Cassandra King
48.       The Sooner the Better by Debbie Macomber
49.       Dead As a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
50.          The White Princess by Philippa Gregory