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Connections in Death

Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death, Book 48
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

When recovering drug addict Lyle Pickering is found dead of an overdose, it looks like a tragic accident. But his sister Rochelle knows better, and so does Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Lyle was murdered, and the evidence points directly to his old street gang. 

As Eve and husband Roarke track the killer through the city's dive bars, drug dens and strip joints, another body is discovered. With connections growing between the living and the dead, and the body count on the rise, Eve knows she needs to close this case fast, before the killer's lust for power turns the city's streets into a bloodbath.

©2019 Nora Roberts (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic reviews

"If you're a crime fiction fan and haven't discovered them yet, welcome to the very best day of your life." (Heat)

"Eve Dallas - tough as nails and still sexy as hell." (Stephen King)

"J.D. Robb's novels are can't-miss pleasures." (Harlan Coben)

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Dallas Obsessive

Fabulous as always!

I own all of the In Death titles, and have listened to each of them dozens of times. They are my go-to entertainment, and can guarantee that Dallas's New York is irresistible.

This book isn't as complex as many others, and there aren't the surprises or twists we usually enjoy , which was a bit disappointing, but the characters are as reliable and attractive as ever. As always, Susan Ericksen's narration is perfect.

But UK listeners - anyone outside the US - can't enter competition so don't bother counting the bells throughout the story. It's a shame, but probably to be expected. Would have appreciated to be told from the beginning though!

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Overall decent quality, with a good performance despite some of the accents needing work

There is a formula to the Eve Dallas novels, expected patterns of behaviour and expected outcomes. That doesn't mean that the story isn't enjoyable, in fact it's predictability is one of the things that makes these novels so successful. We know that Eve is going to be irritable, Roarke will have women swooning, while Peabody and McNab remain the cute young couple of kick ass detectives. It's a formula that, on the whole, works.
I enjoyed this novel as I've enjoyed it's predecessors. It isn't complicated or particularly deep, it's a comforting read where the good guys beat the bad guys and life continues on.
While I do enjoy Susan Erikson's audio performance for the most part, there is one element that continues to grate; the attempt at an Irish accent for Roarke. At times it morphs into Scottish, even hints of Welsh and an underlying American twang. As someone who lives in an area with a reasonable number of Irish accents - from all over the Emerald Isle - it has been interesting to see what native Irish friends have thought. The overall opinion hasn't been high. However I will say that if you can get past the Roarke accent, then the rest of the performance is a good standard and an enjoyable listen.

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Predictable

This is the latest in a long running series and the story for me appeared formulaic. A difficult juggling act for the author who wants to give long running fans what they want but perhaps at the expense of any real surprises. This reminds me of the late great Robert b Parker, his dialogue was always sublime but whose plotting could sometimes appear perfunctory. I keep reading though which is perhaps the point but I really do wish that J D Robb would shake things up a bit.

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good stuff

one again a good story but would like less of the love making I know they are in love do not want it rubbed in my face

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Do not bother

poor narrator
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poor me
I tried several times to listen to this book and even got 3/4 through at one point. but never finished ! The characters are dull and nothing happens. Save your credit 😑

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Always amazing

I just love the In Death series so much. I have listened to them all many times. This book I will say you should listen to if you already know the characters from the earlier books. There are so many different characters and I feel like they are so well described and brought in along the book series that it might be a lot to take in if you just tried to start from this book. For an avid fan it doesn't disappoint.

On a side note I was disappointed, like another reviewer, not to be able to enter the competition. I think that was very short sighted of the Macmillan book people.

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Another winner

Really engaging story line and I was captured immediately. Narrator was excellent as always. Can’t wait for the next instalment of Eve and Roarke.

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  • Dianna Boyce
  • 14-02-19

Connections in Death and others

Always enjoy Eve Dallas and her sidekicks, always keeps me guessing, action plans a king and always a joy listening to, working my way they the lot

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  • Jayoe Heater
  • 20-03-20

A good one!

Of all the In Death series, this one was above average for plot mystery and character development. enjoyable! Thanks to Susan Erickson- I couldn't listen if the narrator changed!

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  • AM Wepener
  • 11-07-19

Did not disappoint

Loved it, cannot wait for next one. Loved the narrator can listen until book is done.

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  • Karen Brooks
  • 02-03-19

Predictable

Love Dallas but this one was predictable form chapter three. No twists NO real adversary. So disappointing.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-02-19

Connections abound

The title says it all for this foray into the world of Lt Dallas.

Connections abound.

Like many of the Dallas series what should (from the villains POV been an easy "sell" gets overturned because Dallas and company look deeper) .

From the stand point of being part of the In Death series this is a good outing. From the stand point of character growth and development this one hits is out of the park. I admit I read the In Death series as much, if not more so, for the joy of watching Dallas mature, developing connections of her own that deeply root her to her city; connections, rather than her origin story point which was basically single minded copness. Dallas now, is deeply connected to the city because of the people she is connected with.

Another wonderful aspect, showcased very well in this book, is the plethora (in joke here) of other characters that fill the world. In Death remains the story of a full and vivid world with a great many characters who are the top (or near top) in their respective fields who interact to help each other rather than tear each other down. This wold has all the fundamentally people being fundamentally people but many of those people are strong enough to build up other around them. It a jot seeing competent people being competent without the fall back of "miscommunication" which is often the staple of tales within the generalized romance genre.

When do I get the next one? Just asking because I'm like Oliver with this series.... "Can I have some more, please, JD?"

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  • Antoinette
  • 06-02-19

Loved the book

I can't get enough of these characters I love the story JD Robb knows her stuff. Can't wait for the next installment 😊

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  • Janine
  • 16-02-19

Nothing new

I have struggled with this series for the last several books. It wasn't a bad story just sort of repetitive. The narrator who is usually good with the voices, had a few that sounded just the same as the main character Eve. Maybe it's time to wrap the series up. Especially if they have gotten to the point of adding chimes to count to then direct you to the publishers website. Gimmicks aren't a good sign of a series doing well.