Indulgence in Death (In Death, #31)

Product Details

       Pub. Date: November 2010
       Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
       Format: Hardcover , 384pp
       Series: In Death Series , #31
       ISBN-13: 9780399156878
       ISBN: 0399156879

Synopsis

An indulgence for readers: the new Eve Dallas novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.
First it was a limo driver shot through the neck with a crossbow. Then it was a high-priced escort found stabbed through the heart with a bayonet.
Random hits, thrill kills, murderers with a taste for the finer things in life-and death-are making NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas angry. And an angry Eve can be just as an efficient and dangerous predator as the killer.
As time runs out on another innocent victim’s life, Eve’s investigation will take her into the rarefied circle that her husband, Roarke, travels in-and into the perverted heart of madness…

My Review

This is by far one of my favorite series.  And it has proved to be true with this book as well.  I love how this book starts – in Ireland with Roarke’s family.  We get to see the softer side of Eve by seeing her surprise Roarke with a children’s park she has build and dedicated to his mother.  What a great way to start the book.  We also find that murder seems to follow Eve everywhere as she helps a green officer in Ireland solve a murder while she is there.  While it isn’t a tough case and is solved quickly she still helps him through the process.

After arriving back in New York City, she tags a murder almost immediately.  It seems to be a most unusual case of a limo driver shot with a crossbow.  Fairly quickly there is a second murder of one of the best escort is NYC and she is shot through the heart with a bayonet.  Eve quickly realized that the murders are linked.  I love that Eve always seems to be one step ahead when she working a case.  As always there is a creative ending to the book that I did not see coming.  You will have to read to find out.

As always my favorite part of the book was the banter between Roarke and Eve.  I love that she had a constant fight with independence and Roarke constantly is fighting her on it.  It seems after all 31 of these books that has not died but she is starting to become more aware of others and their feeling. 
The one thing that bothered me about the book was that it just seemed long.  There was a long period of time between when she knew who the murders were and the case was actually solved.  Normally, I can’t put a J.D. Robb book down but in this case it took me several sittings to get through it. 
 All in all, I really enjoyed the book and would give it 4 stars.

How well read are you?

 This list was compiled by the BBC, which I found on Inside of a Dog, and it apparently includes many contemporary and classic titles that if read, would make you well read. 
According to the BBC, most people have not read more than 6 books found on this list.

Instructions:
•Copy this list.
•Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.
•Italicise the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.
•Tag other book nerds.
•Highlight the ones that you have but haven’t read. They are probably in your TBR stack/on your shelf at the back because someone said you should read them.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The King James Bible
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four (1984) – George Orwell
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Anna Karenina – Leo TolstoyDavid Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Emma -Jane Austen
Persuasion – Jane Austen
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Dune – Frank Herbert
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (en francais)
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
Ulysses – James Joyce
The Inferno – Dante
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Germinal – Emile Zola (en francais)
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Possession – AS Byatt
Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (en francais)
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (en francais)
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Watership Down – Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas (en francais)
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (en francais)

I am please to say that I have read many more than the 6 books the average person is said to have read.  I wil say that this game me many books for my TBR pile.  How well read are you?

Book Review: Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts

  • Pub. Date: November 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Paperback , 355pp

Synopsis

Dreams are realized in the eagerly-awaited fourth novel in Nora Roberts’s Bride Quartet.
As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride’s vision. She just can’t see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcomb Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart…

My take:

I was hoping that I would enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first 3 in this series.  I am happy to say that I think that I enjoyed this book even more than the first three.  I love the charter development that continues through each of these books.  Parker was calm and collected through the first three books while we got to know her and how dedicated she is to her friends, who she considers her family, we never really saw the soft side of her.  I was pleased to find that she was not as collected as we all thought.  Mal has been the same bold character thought since we were introduced to him.  I love that we get to know Mal’s mother and the history between her and Mrs. G.  I love that we get to continue to explore the other three brides to be while getting the real focus on how Mal and Parker move into their relationship.  I think my favorite part of this story is how Mrs, G finds Parker’s mother’s wedding dress out for her at the end of this book.  All in all, I wish there was a follow up series about these weddings and how they go off.  I love reading Nora Roberts she just has a way of telling a story.

For me this was a 5 star book.