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Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel
Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel
by Janet Evanovich
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder and Mayhem, July 17 2016
This is the second adventure in the Stephanie Plum series and third book of author Janet Evanovich that I have read. I started with the latter and was then introduced to the SP books … and I am still trying to get used to the recurring characters involved. They are very over the top – to put it mildly.
Essentially, we delve into the world of bounty hunters and a cop whose relatives are not very often on the straight and narrow. However, his family is not the only major dysfunctional one, the heroine’s – a more lucky than talented bonds-woman – is even worse, never mind her friends and co-workers as well as those she appears to attract. Imagine the worst of everything and everyone and you might get the first inkling of what awaits you.
However, don’t simply dismiss the series as unreadable. Granted, the various personalities involved are over the top and sometimes make you wonder the possibility of so many eccentrics coming together in one place, but exactly that makes it worth reading. Also, Janet Evanovich’s writing style is funny and easy to read. And, trust me, the characters will grow on you and make you smile and shake your head at the same time, but you won’t be able to put the book down until you have read the tale from cover to cover.


Tall, Dark & Reckless
Tall, Dark & Reckless
by Heather Macallister
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Reading, July 12 2016
Tall Dark & Reckless describes the story of an investigative journalist who is just as described. That in itself makes a great setup for an intriguing storyline, however, there is a lot more. Author Heather MacAllister mixes Mr Reckless with an intuitive compatibility expert who has ‘mother issues’. To top it all off, there’s a lot of Texan testosterone mixed in.
Thankfully, the extensive chauvinism is only a sideline plot and the ladies do not submit but extract themselves pretty quickly … at least as far as possible. It really is and intriguing framework … and yet there is more.
This Harlequin Blaze narrative not only incorporates the usual boy/girl meet and relationship development but also includes an intro to every chapter … but that would give it away.
Finally, there is another aspect to the story. The investigating journalist does not stop at writing about what he finds but is also involved in actually solving crimes, even toppling criminals along the way.
So, there is something for everyone in this tale, mixed with captivating situations and believable, in depth characters to match – making it so much more than a ‘simple romance novel’ …


Out of this World
Out of this World
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stories Galore, July 5 2016
The good thing about anthologies is that there are generally a number of authors contributing different short stories to be read in one book. This is the perfect way of getting to know a new author’s writing style and ideas without having to delve through an entire novel. If a writer manages to draw in their reader in 80 – 100 pages, it is probably safe to take on a full manuscript.
Out of this World consists of four tales about … let’s call them ‘not everyday people’:-
J D Robb invites her readers to join her in yet another case with heroine Eve Dallas, Lieutenant of the New York Homicide Division – although she is well away from her home turf on another planet.
Susan Krinard enchants everyone with an adventure in space, although it does start on remote planet where two very unlikely people meet and are thrown into a conspiracy together.
Maggie Shayne’s rendering starts off with an Immortal witch escaping fire to plunge into the ocean to repeated death and rebirth … and a rather mysterious twist that you do not see coming.
Finally, Laurell K Hamilton has us delving into the strange world of humans and were people – from wolves to rats, cats and hyenas – right down to vampires. However, the heroine is something else still … a necromancer with yet other capabilities, so it seems.
While Susan’s and Maggie’s narratives appear to be self contained, J D’s and Laurell’s form part of an ongoing series. However, all the stories are complete within themselves, and contain interesting plotlines and intriguing characters.


Memory in Death
Memory in Death
by J.D. Robb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!, June 29 2016
In Memory in Death, J D Robb has Dallas deal with her past, in the form of a foster mother that was not really a very nice person. Naturally, she end up dead and there are way too many suspects ...
This author certainly knows how to rope in the reader from beginning to end and still include interludes that are almost comical ... relief you could almost call it. Everything is contained within the story - mystery, comedy, life. There is plot over plot over plot, with recurring characters 'explained' without being boring to the returning reader but enough for the newbie to understand what the person is all about. Of course, there are also always new people necessary for the adventure at hand and everything consistently makes sense.
As the case progresses, with Dallas, Peabody and her team as well as Roarke, of course, follow leads and make assumptions, the reader never knows what will happen next and rarely who the culprit is until the very end. This tale is no different and has a rather surprising ending - yet something else J D Robb is very good at, together with consistent great subjects and intriguing storylines.


Brotherhood in Death
Brotherhood in Death
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars And on and on we go from strength to strength, June 7 2016
This review is from: Brotherhood in Death (Hardcover)
The latest adventure of Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, her sidekick Peabody and Roarke as well as others of her (extended) team delves into the world of sex and politics. The good news - JDRobb's main character is absolutely incorruptible where money and so-called power is concerned, however, there is a twist to that setup and one that will you make sit back, listen and wonder what you would do in this given situation.
While suspects are singled out pretty quickly in this case - there is still the need to find out exactly what is and has been going on, so the tension still plays right to the end. As always, the mystery is well set up by the 'scribe' and the suspense will grip the reader from beginning to end, and this is the author's 42nd book in the series! There is absolutely no decline in the quality of the storyline despite its long run as JDRobb never seems to either run of of new, important and blatantly real subjects to cover nor really delve into the set issue and leave the reader no choice but to become immersed in the main as well as all the various subplots. There simply is no escape.


Creation in Death
Creation in Death
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Interesting Topic, May 31 2016
Creation in Death deals with a serial killer that has returned to New York after an absence of 9 years, which, of course, lies heavily on the homicide cops that could not stop him then and feel guilty about all those people dying since. This is yet another very pertinent topic J D Robb covers – something that happens way too often in today’s day and age and is often not really due to fault or incompetence of the police force, but a sad effect of today’s judicial system.
The author also covers the ‘way of life’ of a homicide investigator and team – with a humane rather than political and business-like person at the top who supports, even gets involved to get the job done. This, too, points toward the fact that justice, today, very often ‘limps’ behind because not each and every resource is put into action, often because of money and/or lack thereof.
Thus, this is yet another adventure of Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, Roarke and her team as well as other departments involved tackling a very important case as the writer tackles a very important issue from beginning to end. And, as always, it is hard to put the book down once the reader gets started. And J D Robb does not appear to have run out of ever new ideas and issues to cover …


Concealed in Death
Concealed in Death
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense Galore, May 28 2016
Even the second time round, this 38th adventure of Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, and Roarke provides ever new insights as to plots and characters that went unnoticed the first time round.
In this book, author J D Robb, tackles the issue of abuse, homelessness and hopelessness of especially the young in New York. And, sadly enough, it rings only too true, even where real life is concerned. As to the outcome, while the culprit is discovered or at least suspected just around midpoint, the investigation and gathering of evidence continues and there is a rather welcome and unsuspected twist at the end.
Another true winner in the 'In Death' series which will hopefully continue for a very long time.


New York to Dallas
New York to Dallas
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!, May 15 2016
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This review is from: New York to Dallas (Paperback)
Despite its title, this book forms part of the In Death series and a very important one within the 'evolution' that is Eve Dallas and Roarke, the main characters. This time, the lieutenant of homicide in New York not only has to put a murderer and pedophile back in the cage, but also has to face her past - her childhood traumas in Dallas.
As always, J D Robb manages to draw the reader's attention to the facts and happenings at hand, and involve them in the emotional rollercoaster that is life. Although these are fictional people she describes, the issues tackled are only too real and sadly happen around us every day. This is what makes stories as described here so involving, but also 'distant' enough not to put off whoever picks up the novel. Maybe it's the combination of hunting the bad people while also dealing with important life issues, but it could also be the simple discovery as to what people are capable of - meaning what they can overcome in order to finally deal with the past, letting go of past traumas and moving on in life. This is an aspect so very often overlooked and is so very important to be made / become aware of - even if it sometimes seems insurmountable!


Dead with the Wind
Dead with the Wind
by Miranda James
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Family Suspense, May 8 2016
This is the second instalment in Miranda James' Southern Ladies Mystery series, where Peanut - the Labradoodle - and Endora - the Abyssinian - become a little more involved with the amateur sleuths, and Benjy - the ward - is now also firmly part of the extended Ducote family.
This adventure, though, does not take place in Athena this time round - where both the Southern Ladies as well as the Cat in the Stacks mysteries usually take place, nonetheless, the south of the United States appears to have great respect for their elders and even away from home and those they know and are familiar with, the ladies get their way and taken seriously by what appears at first to be a rather chauvinistic policeman. Never having visited Louisiana myself, I cannot confirm whether this scenario is likely to really happen, but that was the one aspect of the story that made me a little 'queezy'.
Other than that, the storyline is well believable, once again dealing with (southern/old) family matters that the Ducote sisters have to unravel. The subject matter is intriguing and well set up as well as very believable. The words literally fly off the page and once the readers starts, it will feel difficult to put the book down. And a little big twist at the end most definitely does not hurt either.


In Death: The First Cases
In Death: The First Cases
by J. D. Robb
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile Repeat, May 6 2016
When I requested the book at the local library, I expected to read some new stories preceding the start of the 'In Death' series. As it turned out, this book covered the first two cases of said series rather than a new story which made me feel rather deceived and robbed of my expectations.
Nonetheless, I did thoroughly enjoy reading the early tales of Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, and Roarke again, and shall probably never tire of devouring their adventures - on how they met and the early days of their relationship, both personally and, to a degree at least, professionally. Going back to the time when neither was really expecting to suddenly share their lives together, the rich and aloof guy from Dublin's backstreets and the dedicated and tenacious homicide detective who cannot remember her early childhood years due to unspeakable abuse.
The other mystery to me is - I have thus far been unable to finish reading a book written by Nora Roberts, yet this series - which she writes under the penname of J D Robb - I cannot get enough of and have collected most of the books published thus far so I can reread them at my convenience. Is it as simple as the characters speaking to me, the setting, the suspense? I have no idea. And while I will warn first-time readers of this series that there are sex scenes included in pretty much every publication, they are short and toned down enough not to defer from the mystery at hand which is, in every case I have read thus far, intriguing, involving and 'tying' me to the book from start to finish, no matter how many times I have read the story before.


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