Saturday, October 20, 2012

Strangers in Death

This is one of those series where each book is so predictably solid and gripping that I wait as long as I possibly can before reading the next one. I used to save them for traveling, because they are the prefect reads for airport layovers and long flights. Then I tried the audio versions, which are so perfectly read by Susan Erickson, who does such a fantastic job, particularly with the dialogue and everyone's accents. Now I listen to them exclusively, and I think they're even better that way.

As I combed the Internet for other book review links, I was struck by the fact that just about every one I came across marveled at the fact that the series is still so strong after so many books. Part of that is the fact that the mysteries are intricate and well developed, and you come to know enough about the characters involved and their personal situations that it is not just an intellectual exercise; because Robb (aka Nora Roberts) makes you care about these people, you care about how and why the murder happened.

The other reason the series remains strong is that the recurring characters are so well developed, and the events of their lives - as well as their own personal changes - are worked into a longer plot arc that runs through all the books.  I've been reading this series since 1996, so I've known these people for a long time!  When I start a new book, it feels like I'm catching up on old friends, as well as going along for an action-packed ride as Dallas chases down another killer.

This mystery involves a man being murdered in such a way that the main suspect, his wife, is completely in the clear with a rock-solid alibi. Lieutenant Dallas has very good instincts, but despite the fact that there are so many things that point to the wife, it just seems impossible that she could have pulled it off. I'm a huge Hitchcock fan, so I was quickly able to figure out what was going on (the title is a dead giveaway, pardon the pun), but it was fun to watch how it all unfolded. This was another great installment in the series, and I look forward to the next one. We'll see how long I manage to hold out before taking the plunge...

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
"Midnight in Death" (in Silent Night)
8. Conspiracy in Death 
9. Loyalty in Death 
10. Witness in Death
11. Judgment in Death 
12. Betrayal in Death 
"Interlude in Death" (in Out of This World)
13. Seduction in Death 
14. Reunion In Death 
15. Purity in Death 
16. Portrait in Death 
17. Imitation in Death 
Remember When (spin-off book with section featuring Eve)
18. Divided in Death
19. Visions in Death
20. Survivor 
in Death
Origin in Death 
22. Memory in Death "Haunted in Death" (in Bump in the Night)
23. Born in Death 
24. Innocent in Death
"Eternity in Death" (in Dead of Night)
25. Creation in Death 
26. Strangers in Death
"Ritual in Death" (in Suite 606)
27. Salvation In Death 
28. Promises in Death 
29. Kindred in Death 
"Missing in Death" (in The Lost)
30. Fantasy in Death 

31. Indulgence in Death
32. Treachery in Death
33. New York to Dallas
34. Celebrity in Death
35. Delusion in Death
36. Calculated in Death (2013)

Strangers in Death (#26 in the Eve Dallas series) by J. D. Robb; narrated by Susan Erickson (Brilliance Audio, 2008)

Also reviewed at:
Ace and Hoser Blook: "I am amazed at how after 25 books in the series Robb can write a book that is so riveting."
Beyond Books: "I don't know what Nora Roberts has that authors like Patricia Cornwell and Iris Johansen don't seem to, but after 26 books I am still wanting more."
Booked on a Feeling: "What I liked about this book is that the entire time I was reading it I had a suspect in mind but I couldn't figure out how he or she had committed the crime. It kept me guessing the entire time that I was reading which always makes for a fast read."


  1. I have yet to try an audiobook... I'm wary of them. But I have had dreams where I have listened to audio books! One even had music and singing to go along with it! It was strange.

    That being said, I love that there are so many fans of this series because it's just such a comfort to turn to! Even if one book isn't as fantastic as another, they are all pretty consistant and it's true, the characters are so well-written it's like spending time with friends!

  2. Cat - You haven't listened to any audiobooks, ever? Wow! I think you are totally missing out. Listen to your dreams! True, there are readers who aren't so great, but the ones who are good really make it a wonderful experience. I suggest you try Bloody Jack - you will love it!!!


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