Pick of the Week

I was thinking that I didn’t have a pick for this week, but then I realized that it is an In Death release day, so that cleared that up. I might not be up to this week’s Connections In Death (I am ready to start Celebrity In Death, so I am only on #34), but I will be there by the end of the year. My goal is to be completely caught up on JD Robb in 2019, and I think it is completely doable. Probably…

connections in deathSynopsis…

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.

Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.

Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances…

So, are you all still going strong on In Death? I put it off for a long time because there were just so damn many books, but once I got started I plugged along and now I have only 14 or so to be completely up to date. That will be a big accomplishment, honestly.

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18 thoughts on “Pick of the Week

  1. KAA says:

    I read the first book of the series “Naked in Death” in Sept 2018, and was immediately drawn into the story of Eve and Roake and the various murders Eve was commited to solving. It was the first time I had read anything by JD Robb/Nora Roberts. I enjoyed that first story so much that I pretty much read it in one sitting. I am now at book #30. Like you, I expect to be caught up by Spring, provided I can read the books in sequence as I am seeking to do since JD Robb in her engaging writing regularly makes reference to what has happened in the previous books. Good series. I am amazed that JD Robb never seems to run out of ideas for the next book. I am now a dedicated fan of the stories of Eve Dallas and her soul mate Roake.

    • kaleigha says:

      You are going fast. I started…eh, end of 2017? Maybe? I think around there, anyways. And I am only a couple ahead of you. I was going to suggest a race to the end, but I will lose that bet in a hurry.

  2. library addict says:

    I’ve been reading this series all along (started after book two was released in Dec 1995). I actually used to reread the entire series before each new release, but that went by the wayside around the time the series made the jump to hardcover.

    Currently in the middle of this one. I am enjoying it so far. Love catching up with the gang and there are several developments on the personal front for some of the semi-regulars.

    I tend to grade this series on a harsher scale. So a C for an In Death Book is still a good read. There’s only been one of the novellas that I disliked. (Only because it veered too far into the paranormal and I felt broke the rules of the universe the author created). But even if I am not a fan of the murder case, there’s always fun personal interactions in every book.

    • kaleigha says:

      It’s funny, really – there isn’t a weak link in the supporting cast, at all. Everyone ends up being a favorite for me, which sounds weird.

  3. Charleen says:

    You can catch up with it; and you will enjoy it. It’s my year to read the series again, so when I finish this one, I’ll probably start the who thing over. This is when my love for Kindle’s comes out. I just download 3 or 4 at a time in order and start reading. Love it! I’m just on chapter 7, but its looking good!

    • kaleigha says:

      It is my go-to series when I am in-between new releases or nothing else is grabbing my attention. It is so weird – this is the only series that I can dive right back into and not miss a beat, even if it has been a while since I picked one up. It never lets me down.

  4. Anthea says:

    I am still reading the series. Still love it. Cannot wait to read this one. Unfortunately the release day for South Africa is later. I do however pre-order as soon as it is available. I only miss the anthologies that she use to release before the main book release.

    • kaleigha says:

      Not bad! You are on the ball, anyways. My goal is still by the end of the year, but then I also want to re-read the BDB books. And do the re-read for a Mercy Thompson world guide. It could be tight, but I still might get them all done.

  5. Annette says:

    I am caught up on all In Death books. Just finished Connections early this morning. I enjoyed Connections but not as much as some of the others. Eve has grown emotionally and socially since that first book. Best parts for me is when she has the suspects in interview at Cop Central. This time around Peabody did a heck of a job as “bad cop”. This is one series I wish never, never ends.

    • kaleigha says:

      There is only one that I can point to and say that it wasn’t quite up to scratch for me – and that changed once I got to the half-way point. Eve could get on my nerves pretty easily in some of the earlier books, but like you say she is evolving some and now I usually just find her humorous rather than grating like I sometimes did before.

      • Annette says:

        We ( Reading in Death: A J D Robb Readers Group) were just discussing Eve’s growth and her attitude toward Roarke when he wants to help out on her cases. Eve has definitely mellowed in that area. I agree about her being a bit irritating in the early books but you can see the change especially in the last few books.

        • kaleigha says:

          That was the one thing that drove me crazy in the early books, especially – when Eve got dismissive or defensive with Roarke. Made me crazy, even though you knew where she was coming from.

  6. Michelle Burns says:

    Yes completely devoted to the “i Death’ series, have them all and reread them regularly to make everything all right again.

    • kaleigha says:

      I thought I would do a character guide for the In Death books, which would require two reads – one for me and one for info mining. Right now, I can only plan to cross the finish line for my read. I hope when I get caught up I can pull a second read, though – I get so much more out of it the next time around.

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