Haunted in Death(MP3)(Unabr.) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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About the Author
Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 150 novels, including High Noon, Angels Fall, Blue Smoke, and Northern Lights. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 280 million copies of her books in print.
The most recent in the Lieutenant Eve Dallas futuristic mysteries involves a new homicide that is connected to the murder of a young, talented singer that occurred in the 1960s. Dallas has to connect the dots and in the process deal with hauntings, curses, and ghosts. Susan Ericksen does a good job with the characters' voices, delivering an especially strong Irish brogue for Eve's husband, Roarke. However, even the best performance can't overcome the slimness of the plot and the overemphasis on ballistics. This is definitely the weakest title in the series and may appeal only to the most diehard fans. S.S.R. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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haunted-in-death-j-d-robbIt's the start of a new year in 2060 and Eve is thrown into a case that brings up an old urban legend.
Number Twelve was a club where up and coming singer, Bobbie Bray, performed. She and her boyfriend, Hop, lived above the club in an apartment he had made. But when she was getting ready to leave him she mysteriously disappeared never to be seen again. Her body was never found and ever since the building seems to be cursed. Any time anybody purchases or has anything to do with it they meet an untimely death or the business goes belly up. No serious or smart investor will touch it, not even Roarke. The place is rumored to be haunted by Bobbie herself.
Now Hop's grandson has bought Number Twelve with plans of renovating it. Only he is shot and killed before he has a chance to get the project off the ground. But what they find while investigating the murder shocks people everywhere. Bobbie Bray's remains. It turns out that Hop had killed her as many suspected and built a wall to conceal her body and the killer wanted to make sure her bones were found at long last. And, stranger yet Hop's grandson was killed with the same gun that killed Bobbie all those years ago.
While investigating at Number Twelve, Eve keeps hearing singing and even seeing a young woman that looks like Bray. Is it her ghost or just a really good show put on by her avenger?
This is a short story and let me tell you there is a lot going on in those 80 pages. I never would have thought it was possible to put so much in. You get Bobbie and Hop's back-story, their family, their relationship and everything that's happened since. Then, you get a little sex scene with Eve and Roarke and Eve teasing Peabody for her fear of Number Twelve. Then, finally you get the case all wrapped up with a nice little bow.
I liked the premise of this book and thought it was interesting when Eve got to see Bobbie's ghost reenact everything that happened which gave us all a better understanding of exactly what went down that terrible night she died.
But something was missing for me in this one that I just can't put my finger on and the entire book came off as mediocre to me. But it was a quick fun read nonetheless.
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Eve Dallas and Delia Peabody are staring down at the corpse of Radcliff C. Hopkins III, who has been shot nine times with a 9mm, one of those times by direct contact to the forehead. For Eve, the first problem with this scenario, other than the fact that the man has been dispatched with decided overkill, is that 9mm firearms aren’t in circulation any longer. In fact, guns of all types are banned and have been for several decades.
The second problem with this scenario is the building in which the victim is found. Back in the 1970’s, Rad Hopkins’ grandfather had owned the building. A music producer, Hop Hopkins had run a highly successful club called Number Twelve on the premises until his death from a drug overdose. Since then, the building has had a multitude of short-term owners and is now in significant disrepair. It also has such a reputation for being haunted that even Roarke wouldn’t buy it when it went up for auction several months prior.
The third problem is that Eve finds, in a section of wall recently cut open in the club’s upstairs living quarters, a skeleton. This skeleton has a bullet hole in the forehead, holds a beautiful, well cared for diamond clip in one bony hand and a very clean but recently fired 9mm gun is by the other.
To add to all this, Eve, as she peruses the skeleton, is assaulted by sudden and crippling cold. And she hears the husky lilt of Bobbie Bray, a legendary songstress who had performed almost exclusively at Number Twelve. At least she had until the day she disappeared without a trace from that very apartment 85 years ago.
So, now, Eve has two murders on her plate. She also has a crime scene that emanates otherworldly manifestations that literally reach out and touch the various detectives and sweepers as they work. And none of these many instances of voices or touches can be justified logically; there are no electronic devices, jammers or scanners nearby, or even far away, that relate.
Because this novella has scarcely a hundred pages, all the normal action and all the discussions that we are used to in the full size entries are compacted. Unfortunately, this story feels more like an expanded outline for a major novel than a piece originally meant, from the start, to be a novella. And this is the first of Robb’s novellas that have relegated Roarke to a cardboard cutout of himself. Frankly, it feels as if his only reason for being in the story is to force Eve to consider the possibility that spirits do exist amongst us.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOLLOW:
For those of us who regularly read paranormal suspense and urban fantasy as well as more traditional mysteries and police procedurals, the suggestion that a ghost haunts a building seems quite reasonable. And when Roarke and Peabody repeatedly try to get Eve to even consider the possibility, we see it as the typical fight between being open-minded and being a member of the Flat-Earth Society. However, bridge novellas always have a distinct purpose in a series. And just like the subdued tones of Bobbie Bray’s plaintive melodies slip through the rooms of Number Twelve, that purpose slips into the reader’s consciousness.
In the end, after the murderer is taken down, Eve bears injuries that could not have come from mortal means. She experienced effects upon her body that cannot be accounted for by human or electronic means. She saw a presence that cannot be explained by a hologram. But she cannot accept or even explore the idea that these effects and injuries could have been caused by a ghost, the spirit of a dead soul.
For if Eve considers that idea for even a moment, then she would have to reconsider the source of her nightmares. She would have to admit that those dreams where her father comes back to taunt her with both words and actions, those nightmares that have become almost impossible to awaken from without Roarke’s help, may not be nightmares at all! And that is a possibility that Eve cannot entertain on even the most superficial level. She just can’t.
The plot is relatively simple. A murder is discovered in a building that is assumed to be haunted and/or cursed and Eve needs to figure out what happened. The victim is the grandson of the former owner of the building which was a swinging club in the 1960s. The owner of the club had a girlfriend who disappeared and attained legendary status. She was a 24-year-old rock star. Then the owner locked himself into the luxury apartment above the club until he died. Since then the building has gone through lots of owners who all seemed to have bad luck there.
The victim is a guy with multiple ex-wives who was always looking for the next big score - nothing illegal but none of his grand plans ever came through. He had big plans to restore the club and capitalize on the legend of Bobbie Bray. He was shot with an antique gun which turns out to be the gun used to shoot Bobbie Bray too. When investigating the murder of Radcliff Hopkins, Eve finds the bones of another crime victim in the apartment above the club. Apparently the body had been walled in at death but had been found by Radcliff.
Eve traces Redcliff Hopkins past to see if there are clues. Everything seems to lead back to his grandfather's day and the mysterious disappearance of Bobbie Bray. And, it seems, Bobbie Bray has never left the building. Eve hears voices and music but dismisses it. She is far too rational to ever believe in ghosts. Though Roarke is willing to believe in the possibility of ghosts which puts he and Eve somewhat at odds. Eve does have to come to the realization of why she doesn't want to believe in ghosts which helps us understand her and helps her understand herself.
The thrilling climax also includes a visit from the ghost - though Eve will deny it if anyone should ask.
The audio was well-done. All of the characters were given voices that were distinct enough to tell them apart. I liked the emotion in the reader's voice and the suspense that she created. I liked the pacing of the story and the reading. This was a very pleasant way to spend about three hours.
~Bump in the Night Anthology~
*Number Twelve is an urban legend in 2060 New York City. The hot club in the 1960s, it is now reported to be haunted...and cursed. Lt. Eve Dallas is called there to investigate the apparent murder of Radcliff Hopkins, its new owner and the grandson of the man who made Number Twelve a cultural icon. Several bullets from a banned gun end his dream of returning the building to its former glory. With everyone around her talking about the supernatural, pragmatic. Eve won't let rumors of ghosts distract her from hard evidence. The case becomes even more bizarre when it appears to be linked to the suspicious disappearance of a rock star eighty-five years ago. As Eve searches for the connection, logic clashes with the unexplainable. She may be forced to face the threat of something more dangerous than a flesh-and-blood killer.
*while checking out the Crime Scene Peabody & Eve Hear a Really Spooky Voice . Peabody is Spooked ...... Eve went to check out the building (No.12 and notices it feels Really Cold inside....while Peabody talks to the first on scene.....Eve finds a hair clips looks like Diamonds on it the Stones were Clean No Dust ......Hmmmm, Eve also Notices certain parts of the building was Clean and others weren't she finds a skeleton and a Gun and a brand new brick wall.... that the bones were behind ....Sound Fishy? Is the building Really Haunted & Crused??
* the building(No.12 has had Several Suspicious Fires, that were never explained.
*Eve's Vic was Riddled with 9 bullets from a 9mm Gun, thinks he was killed by someone he knows. he gets a call on his link a guy doesn't eat chips & pickles , beer if he's nervous ? watches some lite porn. didn't Seem Nervous from the call he got....
* Haunted, Cursed or made to look that way? the bones(female Eve found was killed by the Same Gun as Eve's Vic (Hopkins) Hmmmmm the plot thickens......
* Eve and Roarke GO BACK TO No.12 TO CHECK IT OUT Eve hears a voice singing a song and then heard someone talking saying no don't shot then they see an image Eve's Not buying it thinks it's all set up........
I like this installment Something Different!! Frosty! Read........