Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: Haunted in Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Haunted In Death
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: July 5, 2012
Publisher: Piatkus
ASIN: B008HIO32I

Lieutenant Eve Dallas doesn't believe in ghosts. But everyone else is spooked by the supposedly haunted abandoned nightclub where a very recent corpse has just shown up—alongside the bones of the famous missing singer, Bobbie Bray. As grandson of the original owner, Radcliff C. Hopkins was planning to reopen the nightclub and cash in on its notoriety. But his grandfather is rumoured to be the one who killed Bobbie. Did Bobbie's ghost finally get her revenge, or is there a more earthly explanation?

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Review: Memory in Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Memory in Death
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: January 24, 2006
Publisher: Berkley
ASIN: B000OCXJHU

Eve Dallas is one tough cop. It should take more than a seemingly ordinary middle-aged lady to make her fall apart. But when that lady is Trudy Lombard, all bets are off. Just seeing Trudy at the station plunges Eve back to the days when she was a vulnerable, traumatized young girl—and trapped in foster care with the twisted woman who now sits smiling in front of her.

Trudy claims she came all the way to New York just to see how Eve is doing. But Eve’s fiercely protective husband, Roarke, suspects otherwise—and a blackmail attempt by Trudy proves his suspicion correct. Eve and Roarke just want the woman out of their lives. But someone else wants her dead. And when her murder comes to pass, Eve and Roarke will follow a circuitous and dangerous path to find out who turned the victimizer into a victim.


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: Origin in Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Origin in Death
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: July 12, 2005
Publisher: Berkley
ASIN: B000OIZSHS

A pioneer of modern reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Wilfred B. Icove, is found dead in his office—murdered in a chillingly efficient manner: one swift stab to the heart. Struck by the immaculate condition of the crime scene, Dallas suspects a professional killing. Security disks show a stunningly beautiful woman calmly entering and leaving the building—the good doctor's final appointment. Known as "Dr. Perfect," the saintly Icove devoted his life to his family and his work. His record is clean. Too clean for Dallas. She knows he was hiding something and suspects that his son—and successor—knows what it is. Then, like father, like son, the young Dr. Icove is killed...with the same deadly precision. But who is the mystery woman—and what was her relationship with the good doctors?

While her husband, Roarke, works behind the scenes, Dallas follows her darkest instincts into the Icoves' pasts. What she discovers are men driven to create perfection—playing fast and loose with the laws of nature, the limits of science, and the morals of humanity.


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Review: Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Survivor in Death
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
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Published: February 1, 2005
Publisher: Berkley
ASIN: B000OIZSGE

The only thing that kept young Nixie Swisher from suffering the same fate as her parents, brother, housekeeper, and young sleepover companion was the impulsive nine-year-old's desire for an illicit orange fizzy at 2 a.m. Taking the bereft girl under her wing, Eve is determined to make sure the killers don't get the chance to finish their lethal job. From the first, however, the investigation is baffling. The Swishers were a nice family, living on the Upper West Side in a house with an excellent security system. Ordinary almost to a fault, they seemed unlikely victims for this carefully planned and executed crime. Valuables at the scene were left untouched, there was no sign of vandalism—just the corpses of five people murdered in their sleep.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Review: Visions in Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Visions in Death
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: January 25, 2005
Publisher: Berkley
ASIN: B000OIZSJ6

On one of the city's hottest nights, New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas is sent to Central Park—and into a hellish new investigation. The victim is found on the rocks, just above the still, dark water of The Lake in Central Park. Around her neck is a single red ribbon. Her hands are posed, as if in prayer. But it is the eyes—removed with such precision, as if done by the careful hand of a surgeon—that have Dallas most alarmed.

As more bodies turn up, each with the same defining scars, Eve is frantic for answers. Against her instincts, she accepts help from a psychic who offers one vision after another—each with shockingly accurate details of the murders. And when partner and friend Peabody is badly injured after escaping an attack, the stakes are raised. Are the eyes a symbol? A twisted religious ritual? A souvenir? With help from her husband, Roarke, Dallas must uncover the killer's motivation before another vision becomes another nightmare...


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Friday, October 6, 2017

Review: Divided in Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Divided in Death
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: August 31, 2004
Publisher: Berkley
ASIN: 0425197956

Reva Ewing, a former member of the Secret Service and a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises, is a prime suspect in a double homicide. She had every reason to want to kill her husband, the renowned artist Blair Bissel. Not only was he having an affair, he was having it with her best friend.

But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who's on the case, believes Reva is innocent. Eve's instincts tell her that the murder scene looks too perfectly staged, the apparent answers too obvious. And when she digs for more, she discovers that at nearly the exact time a kitchen knife was jammed into the victim's ribs, the passcode to his art studio was changed—and all of the data on his computer deliberately corrupted.

To Roarke, it's the computer attack that poses the real threat. Signs show that this is the nightmare his company has secretly been preparing for. He and Reva have been under a code-red government contract to develop a program that would shield against a new breed of hackers, the Doomsday Group. These techno-terrorists with brilliant minds and plenty of financial backing hack into systems, steal data, and corrupt computer units on a large scale - and kill anyone who gets too close.

Eve and Roarke must infiltrate an extraordinarily secretive government agency to expose the corruption at its core, before the virus spreads from one office to a corporation to the entire country.


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review: Big Jack by J.D. Robb

Title: Big Jack
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: February 23, 2010
Publisher: Berkley
ASIN: B002VUFKDE

In New York City in 2059, someone is pursuing missing gems from a decades-old heist...someone who's willing to kill for them. Sharp-witted and sexy, NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is used to traveling in the shadowy corners outside the law. And in a future where crime meets cutting-edge technology, she will attempt to track down the diamonds once and for all-and stop the danger and death that have surrounded them for years.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: Hot Rocks by Nora Roberts

Title: Hot Rocks
Author: Nora Roberts

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Published: January 26, 2010
Publisher: Berkley
ASIN: B0030CVRF2

Antiques dealer Laine Tavish is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. At least, that's what everyone in the small town of Angel's Gap, Maryland, thinks. They have no idea that she used to be Elaine O'Hara, the daughter of a notorious con man...

Laine's past catches up with her when one of Big Jack's associates turns up in her shop with a cryptic warning and is then run down in the street. Now the next target of a ruthless killer, Laine teams up with sexy PI Max Gannon to find out who's chasing her, and why. The anwer lies in a hidden fortune that will change Laine's life forever...


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review: Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Imitation in Death
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
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Published: August 26, 2003
Publisher: Berkley
ASIN: B000OIZSI2

The summer of 2059 is drawing to a sweaty close when a killer makes his debut with the slashing and mutilation of a prostitute. He leaves behind a note addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, commending her work and inviting her to participate in his game...and signs it "Jack." Now Eve is on the trail of a serial killer who knows as much about the history of murder as she does, and he's paying homage to some of history's most vicious, and infamous, killers, beginning with Jack the Ripper. But who will he choose to emulate next? And will Eve be able to stop him before he decides to finish the game by coming after her?

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Review: Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Portrait in Death
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
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Published: February 25, 2003
Publisher: Berkley
ASIN: B0047DVHNK

After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn't a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered. Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who's a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim's every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman's innocence, to capture her youth and vitality—in one fateful shot...

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review: Purity in Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Purity in Death
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: August 27, 2002
Publisher: Berkley
ASIN: B000OCXJOI

A frightening new computer virus is spreading and it knows no boundaries...

Louie Cogburn had spent three days holed up in his apartment, staring at his computer screen. His pounding headache was unbearable...like spikes drilling into his brain. And it was getting worse. Finally, when someone knocked at his door, Louie picked up a baseball bat, opened the door, and started swinging...The first cop on the scene fired his stunner twice and Louie died instantly.

Detective Eve Dallas has taken over the investigation, but there's nothing to explain the man's sudden rage or death. The only clue is a bizarre message left on his computer screen: Absolute Purity Achieved. And when a second man dies under nearly identical circumstances, Dallas starts racking her brain for answers and for courage to face the impossible...that this might be a computer virus able to spread from machine to man...


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