Connections In Death By J.D. Robb – Recommended Book Review

48 books and going strong!

I’ll start with the official blurb.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER (February 2019)

Lieutenant Eve Dallas fights to save the innocent—and serve justice to the guilty—on the streets of New York in Connections in Death, the gritty and gripping new In Death novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb.

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…

My Review

Starting a new In Death book always feels like going home to visit family you see twice a year – because that has been the release schedule for the past few years and when you’ve been reading the same series for a decade a new release is like a family reunion.

I read the new release as soon as I can, which is usually through the library. I put in a request for the ebook and the hardcover on release day and wait to see which one comes up first. This year it has been the hardcover. If I was set on reading the ebook version through the library I would wait another four or five months.

This review is of the hardcover version.

I classify In Death books as being either character driven or case driven. Connections In Death is case driven. There is a healthy amount of main character Eve Dallas’ drool-worthy husband, Roarke, in the story, and a gathering where we get to party with most of the series beloved characters.

If you’re new to the series I think you should know that all of the books have graphic scenes in them, either in the bedroom, at the crime scene, in the morgue, and at times in the field. You should also know that the series takes place in the future and the technology is part of the charm.

The pacing of this book was addictive and before I knew it I finished the book in a few sittings. This was our bright-eyed Dallas, tugging on every lead, seeing information no one else could. That’s why she’s the lieutenant.

The action sequences are easy to follow and we had a few in this one. There’s solid motive for Pickering’s staged OD, a satisfying investigation, and a perfect conclusion. If there’s one trick I think Robb missed, it would be that I would liked to have seen Dr. Rochelle Pickering after the case is solved. It’s a tiny thing compared to how the city they live in is enriched by what Eve Dallas and her team accomplished in the course of the investigation.

Connections In Death gets a solid five out of five stars from me. If you like futuristic homicide mysteries, give this series a try. Then we can talk about who we think the candy thief is. I have a couple of theories, like that it has to be someone in homicide.

Here’s a link to J.D. Robb’s website where you can find buy links and more goodies.

Are you an In Death fan?

Thanks for reading!

Gina

Book Review – My Highland Lord by Tarah Scott

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You all remember meeting Queentutt on my Interviews With Inspiring People series, right?  Well, she also introduced me to an amazing historical romance author, Tarah Scott.  I jumped into her latest Highland romance, “My Highland Lord,” with gusto.  I’ll do my best to express how much I enjoyed my first Tarah Scott novel by telling you that I sighed Phoebe and Kiernan’s names one night as I was falling asleep.  Their romance touched me that much.  It is exactly this feeling that draws me to read and write romance.

“My Highland Lord” is the second novel in the Highland series.  I bought it thinking it was the newest release, so, a bit of confusion there.  Once I knew that I was reading the second book, I started looking for couples that could have been in the first book.  They will be my next review.  The third Highland title will be released on May 15, “To Tame a Highland Earl.”  Oooh, dishy.

Before I get carried away thinking about what goodies Tarah Scott has for me in her next novel, I’ll finish telling you more about why “My Highland Lord” gripped me, and didn’t let go.  It’s an adventure with some humorous mishaps along the way.  Phoebe is an intelligent, beautiful woman who has some mysteries to solve.  Kiernan is a man she can truly love and respect.  He is also a dishy, intelligent, Scot.  Phoebe and Kiernan are both dedicated to righting wrongs done against people in “lower” classes, which makes them admirable.  I hope you don’t mind the small spoiler there.

Tarah Scott’s research of the time the story is set in, and her detailed descriptions, set the scenes perfectly.  I finished “My Highland Lord” and went immediately to start reading the book before it, “My Highland Love.”

It’s series like these that remind me of why I love romance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Must-Read Book

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Don’t you just love reading a stellar book? Julia Ross’s research for The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of your Emotions – Today is inspiring. As a Holistic Health Consultant, I’ve learned more from her about amino acid therapy than I did when I earned my degree in applied nutrition. The Mood Cure is filled with recipes, resources, and practical information. Is it a substitute for qualified care? Not in my opinion. Still, learning what this book has to offer will empower readers to seek out someone who can work with them on this level.

Chapter 13 alone should be required reading for anyone working in mental or holistic health, in my opinion. When I think of all of the suffering that could be prevented…

I highlighted pages and pages of notes on the Kindle version of the book to add to my client’s knowledge base. There is one recommendation that Julia Ross makes that I had trouble with. She advocates a lot of animal protein in the diet. I know a lot of emotionally adjusted vegetarians and vegans. I don’t feel that the amount of animal protein she’s suggesting is right for everyone, or that it’s the only way to go. It is a large disagreement, but if you keep it in mind as you use the book, you’ll be exposed to amazing amounts of useful information that can really make a difference.

Excellent Tool for Writers

Do you love finding an exceptional new tool? I do, and now that I have the Kindle edition of “Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing” by Mignon Fogarty (2008) I may have a tough time purchasing a paper copy of a reference book in the future. The search feature adds loads of ease to answering my grammar and usage questions.

Mignon Fogarty is knowledgeable and fun to read. Who can use this book? Anyone. I typed my question directly into the search feature and results stacked up. I was usually able to find the answer to my query right there in the search results without opening each one to see if it was the right one.

This book makes editing and proofreading a snap!

 

The Cold Nowhere by Brian Freeman (2013)

Brian Freeman is one of my favorite authors when it comes to edge of your seat thrillers.

Stride’s past is coming back at him again in the latest Jonathan Stride novel.  The little girl he knew 10 years ago is a beautiful hooker now.  Everyone says she’s crazy and can’t be trusted.  She says someone is trying to kill her.

He will keep you guessing until the last part of the book about who did what and why.  Then he will have you crying with relieved joy.

I ended up giving the book 3 stars.  I think I need to see a little more of the hero side of Stride for a minute.  Challenges are fine but the unending tragedy is a little numbing for me.  I hope that doesn’t sound like a complaint, because I wouldn’t have missed reading this book! If you are a Stride fan you can enjoy learning even more about Stride’s life.  I hope he’s working on another Stride novel, and including a little more sunshine for Stride.

Finding Love on the Back List

I have been in love with the romance genre since I first read “Tiger Eyes” by Judy Blume in elementary school.  I can gleefully read romance novels from sun up to sun down.  I found another new-to-me author to add to my reading pleasure.

“Naturally Naughty” by by Leslie Kelly (2002) is my introduction to her writing.  I wouldn’t normally go for a book that had the back cover blurb that this one had because it was about revenge, but I am already a Jill Shalvis fan, and this book is related to her book “Naughty but Nice.”  I wouldn’t want to miss any nuances in “Naughty but Nice” because I passed on “Naturally Naughty.”

I was very impressed with Leslie Kelly!  “Naturally Naughty” was an easy, well written, enjoyable read.  If you like a read with non-stop sex, this will not disappoint!  I like Kate and Jack and the chemistry between them and how much they learn about themselves, their families, and the town that they grew up in.

“Wicked & Willing” By Leslie Kelly (2003) sealed Leslie Kelly onto my list on authors.  I will gleefully track down every one of her back list titles and read them in order now.  I was moved by Venus a.k.a Violet’s story of finding herself and finding love.

I reviewed these two novels because they appeared together in a Silhouette Showcase.

Happy reading!