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New Book Releases – 08 Feb 2022

Hola, Book Dragons, it’s Tuesday and you know what that means – new book releases! Happy Book Birthday to:

Abandoned in Death (In Death #54) – J.D. Robb

Synopsis:
Abandoned in Death (In Death #54) – J.D. Robb
Homicide detective Eve Dallas must untangle a twisted family history while a hostage’s life hangs in the balance—in the new In Death novel by #1 New York Times bestselling J. D. Robb.
The woman’s body was found on a bench in a New York City playground. She was clean, her hair neatly arranged, her makeup carefully applied. But other things were very wrong—like the tattoo and piercings, clearly new. The clothes, decades out of date. The fatal wound hidden beneath a ribbon around her neck. And the note: Bad Mommy, written in crayon as if by a child.
It seems clear the killer’s childhood was traumatic—a situation Eve is all too familiar with herself. Yet the clues point to a perpetrator who’d be around sixty, and there are no records of old crimes with a similar MO. What was the trigger that apparently reopened such an old wound and sent someone over the edge? When Eve learns that other young women have recently vanished, the case grows even more urgent—and to solve it she’ll need to find her way into a hidden place of dim light and concrete, into the distant past, and into the depths of a shattered mind.

What about you guys? Any new releases you’re anticipating today?

Stay tuned.

∼Lyn

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Book Review: Shadows in Death (In Death #51) – J.D. Robb

Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Futuristic

Review:

This is another review that I haven’t been too keen to write. It’s not that I didn’t like the book but it wasn’t the dynamic, mastermind of a story I’d expected it to be with a nefarious part of Roarke’s mysterious and dangerous past rearing its ugly head. I remember how excited I was about this book but it pretty much tanked for me.

Shadows In Death started out well but Eve’s opponent this time, a blast from Roarke’s past, turned out to be a disappointment instead of a cunning criminal. I mean, Eve’s previous cases had criminals who escaped the law through convoluted, clever plans and Eve and Roarke still bested them. But here comes this low-life crook who only has luck on his side and everyone’s stumped? This was disbelieving to me on so many levels.

Other than that, I enjoyed the solidarity and loyalty of all the cops of the homicide division. The show of integrity made the book worth reading but if I wasn’t such a die-hard fan of the In Death series and I didn’t know the characters, my rating would have been less.

∼Lyn

Synopsis: Lt. Eve Dallas is about to walk into the shadows of her husband’s dangerous past. As it often did since he’d married a cop, murder interrupted more pleasant activities. Then again, Roarke supposed, the woman lying in a pool of her own blood a few steps inside the arch in Washington Square Park had a heftier complaint. When a night out at the theatre is interrupted by the murder of a young woman in Washington Square Park, it seems like an ordinary case for Detective Eve Dallas and her team. But when Roarke spots a shadow from his past in the crowd, Eve realises that this case is far from business as usual. Eve has two complex cases on her hands – the shocking murder of this wealthy young mother and tracking down the shadow before he can strike again, this time much closer to home. Eve is well used to being the hunter, but how will she cope when the tables are turned? As Eve and the team follow leads to Roarke’s hometown in Ireland, the race is on to stop the shadow making his next move . . .
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Book Review: Faithless in Death (In Death #52) – J.D. Robb

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Futuristic

Review:

From the first time I read Naked In Death, I was hooked. To say that the In Death series is one of my favorite series is like saying water’s wet. This series became close to my heart, a part of me. Eve and Roarke’s story changed my life for the better, made me stronger.

The previous installment to the series, Shadows In Death was a disappointment when I had so much expectation over it and it left me with a worry that the newer installments would be equally as disappointing but I need not have worried.

I’ve followed Eve and Roarke’s journey from the first book to this latest addition, Faithless in Death, which I just read for the second time. It’s that good.

Eve’s latest case started out as a usual murder only to branch out in twisting, convoluted paths. I have to say that this is the kind of case that suits Eve Dallas and not the one in Shadows In Death.

I loved seeing my favorite characters in Faithless In Death and the interactions alone made this book priceless to me. I enjoyed the fantastic surprise, but no worries, I’m not giving away any spoilers.

As the case progressed, my heart went out to the victims. I couldn’t help but empathize with them over everything they suffered. I was right there with Eve & Roarke, all the cops in the homicide division, with all my favorite characters as they sought justice for the innocents who couldn’t protect themselves.

The ending chapters, that fantastic scene between Eve and Roarke delighted me. Faithless In Death showed all the values throughout the entire series—the integrity, loyalty, love, strength, the fight for justice—and was an absolute pleasure to read.

Faithless In Death was released on February 9th 2021.

∼Lyn

Synopsis: In the new Eve Dallas police thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling author J. D. Robb, what looked like a lover’s quarrel turned fatal has larger–and more terrifying–motives behind it… The scene in the West Village studio appears to be classic crime-of-passion: two wine glasses by the bed, music playing, and a young sculptor named Ariel Byrd with the back of her head bashed in. But when Dallas tracks down the wealthy Upper East Side woman who called 911, the details don’t add up. Gwen Huffman is wealthy, elegant, comforted by her handsome fiancé as she sheds tears over the trauma of finding the body–but why did it take an hour to report it? And why is she lying about little things? As Eve and her team look into Gwen, her past, and the people around her, they find that the lies are about more than murder. As with sculpture, they need to chip away at the layers of deception to find the shape within–and soon they’re getting the FBI involved in a case that involves a sinister, fanatical group and a stunning criminal conspiracy.
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Book Review: Treachery In Death (In Death #32) – J.D. Robb

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Futuristic

Read Count: 11 times

Review:

11 times and this book is still as much fun as the first time I read it.

Whenever I need a pick-me-up, I grab Treachery ID because it never fails to lift up my spirits and put me back into fighting mode. I love the In Death series but I definitely have a soft spot for Treachery ID. This book shows a clear result of Eve’s character growth, how much she’s changed since Roarke came into her life. The core of her—strength, honor, courage—strengthened and deepened with love and friendship and the camaraderie of her fellow cops. Continue reading “Book Review: Treachery In Death (In Death #32) – J.D. Robb”

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Book Review: Leverage In Death (In Death #47) – J.D. Robb

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Futuristic

Review:

One of the reasons I love September is with this month we get a new release in the In Death series. Even after 47 books, I still love it. So I’d absolutely recommend the series.

Eve’s latest case was as frustrating for me as it was for her. Usually, with the murder cases, I can try to use the clues to figure out the who and why. There are connections in each case that link to the murder. That was not so in Leverage ID. How do you find a killer when there seems to be no visible connections at all? Continue reading “Book Review: Leverage In Death (In Death #47) – J.D. Robb”

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Book Review: Devoted In Death (In Death #41) – J.D. Robb

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Futuristic

Read Count: 3 times

Review:

Devoted In Death featured  two killers who twisted the concept of real love with their sick little hobby. Somehow, J.D. Robb portrays the worst of humankind – Ella Loo and Darryl’s joy in murder and the degradation of others  sickens. At the same time, the best of mankind is also portrayed – dedicated cops like Eve who care and don’t give up, who work hard so that justice triumphs after all. Life has more than the bad in it. The good and evil of it. Continue reading “Book Review: Devoted In Death (In Death #41) – J.D. Robb”

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Book Review: Obsession in Death (In Death #40) – J.D. Robb

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Futuristic

Read Count: 3 times

Review:

The first time this book came out, I read it, enjoyed it and had an amnesia episode where I forgot all about it. Several months later, I check when the next ID book will be out, I see Obsession ID and I can’t believe how I could have missed reading it. So I get the book and halfway through it, realize that I was still a die-hard ID fan (in spite of my short amnesia episode) and hadn’t missed the release of this book after all. Continue reading “Book Review: Obsession in Death (In Death #40) – J.D. Robb”

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Book Review: Taken in Death (In Death #37.5) – J.D. Robb

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Futuristic

Read Count: 2 times

Review:

Out of all the In Death novellas, Taken ID has to be my favorite. It’s a smart retake of the fairy tale, “Hansel & Gretel” with a futuristic slant, a dash of high tech and a kickass heroine with a penchant for sarcasm. Continue reading “Book Review: Taken in Death (In Death #37.5) – J.D. Robb”

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End of my In Death re-reading marathon

Back in June 2018, I decided to re-read the books in the In Death series (J.D. Robb) from book 6 to 46. I’d previously re-read books 1 to 5 one time too many and they were still fresh in my mind which is why I decided to start with book 6. So, 40 books in all to re-read. Whoa, quite a task I’d set myself!

I don’t know if it was my depression or if I was just missing Eve and Roarke so much but I badly wanted to revisit with the books.

I can’t believe I finished the latest book (Dark In Death) yesterday!

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Wow, it’s been a fantastic journey. I got to re-read all my favorite scenes, play catch-the-killer, bet with myself if I remembered who the killer was or not.

You would have thought re-reading the series would get stale but it was the opposite. I devoured each book even more than if I’d read it the first time. I enjoyed all the scenes, laughed out loud at the funny interactions. God, I can’t believe that journey is at an end. It feels like the end of an era. (melodramatic much? 😉 )

Will I get the same feelings when I read other books now? Or will I hit another book slump? There are so many new books out this month that I’ve long been waiting for and I’d hate to fall into another reading slump. :/

I’m a bit sad I finished the re-read of the books but I’m also glad at the same time that I finished before the newest installment in the series, Leverage In Death,  which will be out next week on 4 Sept. I can’t wait!