Friday 11 November 2016

Brotherhood in Death - A Review


In this installment in the “In Death” series Eve catches a case that takes a personal turn.  Dennis Mira is supposed to meet his cousin to discuss selling a brownstone left to them.  When he arrives his cousin is battered and bruised – and that’s the last thing Mr. Mira remembers.  Despite being a co-worker and friend of Dennis’ wife, the top NYPSD profiler, Dallas has to eliminate him as a suspect.  When an equally gruesome scene is discovered with a second body Eve quickly dismisses Dennis and hops on the trail of the real killers, and quite the twisted trail it turns out to be.

This turns into one of those strange cases where even Eve Dallas herself understands and almost sympathizes with the killer(s).

Filled with twists and turns, as usual, Ms. Robb has given us a strong entry into this series.  When you are 42 books into a series it’s easy to get bored with the story line and even the characters.  Granted, there have been a few duds in the mix, but somehow Ms. Robb manages to keep the series fresh.  The characters move forward in their lives which is fun for the reader.  The villain(s) are as varied as the murders Ms. Robb dreams up.  New characters are introduced to keep things interesting, Eve and Sommerset never fail to amuse with their mutual snark and, of course, there’s Rourke.

Some of the books in the series would work as a standalone but this is not one of them.  Daunting as the task may seem I would suggest at least reading the first two or three to get the feel of the mid-twentieth-century world Ms. Robb created as well as the principal characters.

I enjoyed this one.


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.

Forty books later, there is no end in sight for the ever-popular In Death series



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