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Secrets In Death by J. D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death #45
Published by Brilliance Audio on September 5, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Length: 13 hours, 2 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.
The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery.
Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know…
Secrets in Death is the 45th installment in the In Death series. It’s perfect if you are looking for amazing stories with wonderful characters and humor, kickass detective work and sexy times. There’s nothing realistic about it, except the characters are authentic, with layers and dimensions and a variety of emotions and growth in their lives. They are so dear to me with all their quirks, styles, and mannerisms. I would read the books in order to see the relationships and lives as they develop. I love their connections and support of each other, both between Eve and Roarke, and between Eve and her co-workers.
The plot was as fascinating as always. I love the methods and ideas, following the procedures to gather evidence and learn what really happened. I did guess the culprit quickly, which is a bit unusual. Eve followed all the leads and analyzed all the information with her usual panache and skill. She utilizes both knowledgeable fact gathering and keen psychological perceptions. There was a good deal of suspense in the danger to everyone. At the end, it felt like it came together all of a sudden.
This is the second Susan Erickson audio to which I have listened. I loved her in the VI Warshawski world. Here I felt she sounded too old for Eve. I didn’t care for the voice she gave Peabody. Her vocals for Roarke were excellent and overall the story so engaging I was able to sink into the audio and not notice the voices which I didn’t prefer. This was the first time I have listened to this series; I have read all the rest.
If you are looking for a series with lots of books, this is a winner. They never disappoint. I am always ready and excited to the next book. While the books are not short, they are quick to read (or listen) because they are so pleasurable. Highly recommended.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Anne: 2017 Audiobook Challenge
- Anne: 2017 New Release Challenge