Friday, March 20, 2009

Visions in Death

Eve Dallas, tough-as-nails New York cop, returns in her nineteenth futuristic mystery, and this time she runs a race against time to stop a serial killer rapist who is on the loose. The victims all fit a specific profile, and they are usually walking in a park, alone at night, when they are attacked, strangled and mutilated.

When a psychic comes forward with information about the killings, Eve's first reaction is to send her packing. But the psychic comes highly recommended by a personal friend, and Eve is a good cop - she is prepared to use any and every potential tool to solve the case, despite her personal misgivings. There are brief point-of-view sections from the killer's perspective that serve to heighten the tension while making the reader aware of the killer's motive.

The murders are disturbing and violent, and they bring unwanted memories of her own abusive childhood back to Eve, who suffers horrendous nightmares but uses them to fuel her determination to catch the killer. The investigation moves at a quick pace, but not quick enough to catch the murderer before he strikes again. Roarke is her mainstay, as always, but Eve is also beginning to realize how many friends she has acquired over the years. She is a bit unsettled by all these ties to other people, particularly as she has always been such a loner, yet she can't help but marvel and appreciate the fact that they are in her life.

The meshing of Eve's personal life and the murder investigation makes for gripping reading, as there is more at stake than the simple solving of a mystery. The tension rises from chapter to chapter, yet there are moments of comic relief that break through the dark, disturbing storyline from time to time, both with quick snatches of dialogue as well as scenes that made me burst out laughing. There are graphic depictions of violence in this novel that are not for the faint of heart, so be forewarned.

This is the first Eve Dallas novel I've listened to as an audio book, it was such an excellent experience that I doubt I'll ever go back to reading the text versions again. Susan Ericksen is a talented narrator, able to infuse her voice with different emotions, and giving Roarke his sexy Irish brogue and Eve's coworkers their New York accents. At first I didn't care for the way she did Peabody, which sounded a bit doofy to me, but over time it grew on me, and by the end of the book it sounded just right. This is one of my favorite mystery series, and while each one stands alone as far as the mystery goes, the series is best read in order because the characters' lives and relationships gain a depth that is better appreciated if readers start with the first book in the series.

Books in the Eve Dallas series:
1. Naked in Death
2. Glory in Death
3. Immortal in Death
4. Rapture in Death
5. Ceremony in Death
6. Vengeance in Death
7. Holiday in Death
8. Conspiracy in Death
9. Loyalty in Death
10. Witness in Death
11. Judgment in Death
12. Betrayal in Death
13. Seduction in Death
14. Reunion in Death
15. Purity
in Death
16. Portrait
in Death
17. Imitation
in Death
18. Divided
in Death
19. Visions in Death
20. Survivor
in Death
21. Origin in Death
22. Memory in Death
23. Born in Death
24. Innocent in Death
25. Creation in Death
26. Strangers in Death
26. Salvation in Death

Visions in Death (#19 in the Eve Dallas series) by J.D. Robb; narrated by Susan Ericksen (Brilliance Audio, 2004)

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3Rs Reading Den: "The twists and turns will keep you glued to your seat, trying to figure out who is behind this latest series of murders in the city that never sleeps. An excellent audio experience that I recommend to anyone that enjoys thrillers and mysteries."


  1. I've wondered about the audio versions of this series. I've got PROMISES IN DEATH left to read and then I was going to go through all the audio versions available. Glad to hear that it's worth it! I LOVE this series.

  2. Fuzzycricket - Oh, I think you'll enjoy the audio version of these! Although, speaking from experience, this particular one is not best listened to if your out late at night, walking the dog...alone. :-p

  3. Darla - No kidding! *shiver*


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