Review: Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted March 1, 2017 by Annie in Reviews / 14 Comments

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Review: Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb
Echoes in Death
by J.D. Robb

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: February 7th 2017
Series: In Death #44
Published by St. Martin's Press
Format: Paperback
 

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“There are no slow parts to this book. Every word is perfectly calibrated so that it furthers the story in some way.”
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I never thought I would ever say that mystery and murder are comforting for me but there’s something about coming back to this series that makes me feel at home. Whether it’s hearing Roarke’s silky Irish voice or listening to Eve complain about something girly, it’s always a treat to return to this world.

After Roarke and Eve attend a fancy dress party, they are on their way home when they encounter a woman wandering around the streets alone. She is disoriented, bloody and bruised. It takes Eve only seconds to determine that she was beaten and raped and Roarke requires no prompt to call it in. They soon discover that she may not be alone, that there might be someone else she was with who might be in trouble. Further investigation leads Eve and Roarke to the woman’s mansion where they find her husband’s dead body, all their safes robbed and something else far more devastating.

As Eve digs deeper, she is discovering more and more about this couple. Although I enjoy the banter between Eve and Peabody and the romance between her and Roarke, it’s the cases that make me come back each time. I love the way Robb approaches each story. She starts of with an inciting incident that not only creates intrigue, but there’s always various layers to it as well. For example, the victim in this case is a rich surgeon who is respected in his work but not very well-liked socially. You’ll find a lot of crime stories who tend to feature the victims as just that. They’re poor, sad souls who have been taken away so soon. But here the victim is an asshole, and I think this creates a far more interesting storyline than just serving justice.

There are no slow parts to this book. Every word is perfectly calibrated so that it furthers the story in some way. I’m still amazed that Robb is able to come up with storylines that haven’t been done before. If you’ve been thinking about trying this series, I highly suggest you pick up any one to try. These books are mysteries, therefore, each story stands well on its own. You’ll miss a bit of the personal relationships in the series, but it’s nothing to fret over. There’s not much development in those areas, especially with the latter books in the series. So again, if you haven’t read this series yet, you’re seriously missing out on some delicious and interesting mystery books out there.

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About J.D. Robb

With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.

The series quickly gained attention, great reviews, and devoted readers. Since the debut of Loyalty in Death (the ninth In Death book) on Halloween 1999 on the New York Times bestseller list, every J. D. Robb title has been a New York Times bestseller. While fans had their suspicions, it wasn’t until the twelfth book in the series, Betrayal in Death (2001), that the publisher fully revealed that J. D. Robb was a pseudonym for bestselling powerhouse Nora Roberts. Unmasked, Nora Roberts fans who hadn’t yet picked up one of the Robb books were quickly playing catch-up.

Robb’s peers in the mystery world are fans as well, with accolades for the In Death series from such blockbuster authors as Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Linda Fairstein, and Andrew Gross.

The In Death books are perpetual bestsellers, and frequently share the bestseller list with other Nora Roberts novels. J. D. Robb publishes two hardcover In Death books per year, with the occasional stand-alone original In Death story featured in an anthology.

Thirty books and fifteen years later, there is no end in sight for the ever-popular In Death series.

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.

Dawn Roberto
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This series is my autobuy whenever I find out there is a book coming out. Nora Roberts just kills it with this series and instead of getting old after 40 some odd books, each new books showcases something different and new in the series. Thanks for the review!

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Exactly! I totally feel the same way about this series! She does such a good job!

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I will be starting this soon!

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Awesome! I hope you enjoy!

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I never tire of this series and I read each one as quick as it comes out, 3/4 of the way through Echoes. While I agree that you could start this series anywhere (why would you). If you want to experience the full fabulousness of this series, start at the first. You can only appreciate how much the characters grow and change if you start at the beginning. This growth of character is as important as every murder that is solved.

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Yes, exactly. I know there a lot of readers out there who want to try the series out because they hear how amazing it is but they are daunted by the sheer number of books and then never end up trying it. I always say, try at least one. You can always go back and start from the beginning if you end up enjoying it.

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Diane Sallans

this is a series I read as soon as a new books comes out – I hadn’t read it originally, but started about two years ago – now I’m even re-reading

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I usually don’t reread mysteries but this is the only one I will reread.

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Timitra

Thanks for the review Annie

Angie
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Angie

Oh, man. I really do want to read this series, but so many books makes me nervous. I’ll want to devour them all, and I won’t have time for that. LOL I’m not sure I could live with the longing.

Nice review!

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When i was first starting to get into the series, I read one a month. That way I have a good pace going and can still read other books and still have something to look forward to.

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Thanks for the review! I am so behind, but hoping to rectify that very soon.

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Yay! Hope you enjoy!