Title: Echoes in Death
Author: JD Robb
Genre: Adult Fiction, Crime Fiction and Romance
As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.
Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”…
While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:
What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?
This book is a part of the In Death series and while it can be read as a stand alone, I recommend reading the rest of the series after because it’s great, funny and full of sappy romance between a murder cop and an ex-criminal. Plus, it will kill time while you wait for the next book in September.
What always impresses and amazes me with this series is nothing is identical. Of course, there’s always a crime and then Eve (the kick-ass main character) hunts them down and kicks some butt while doing it. But the crime, method, pattern and criminal profile are always varied. Also, the process that Eve and her team go through is different. There are always new characters being introduced and even the side characters have enough substance to them that it makes you curious about their story. In this book installment, Eve worked alongside Detective Olsen and Tredway from the Special Victims Unit. Their partnership was interesting but what really drew me in was Detective Tredway’s connection to Eve’s past before becoming Lieutenant in Homicide. Every time a new person who has that same connection to her it always makes me curious. Also, Morris the gorgeous medical examiner, player of the saxophone and overall beautiful human being ( Can you tell I’m in love him?). I’m always curious about Morris, despite being an integral side character we know little about Morris and I fervently hope that in a future book we learn more about him and his friendship with Eve.
While this may be crime fiction novel it also largely about Eve and Roarke’s relationship and the progress they make together in their marriage. It is always a pleasure to read about their relationship and the steps they take together and problems they go through together. This particular case carries echoes from Eve’s past (huh I understand the title now) and it carries emotional and psychological strain. It is always endearing to read about how Roarke can easily read Eve and her emotions even while she herself is actively denying or pushing them back in order to do the job. It speaks of how well he does know her and how profound his love is. Of course, it is also funny to read about their life outside of a murder investigation because it always filled with curious conversations, mostly instigated by Eve, and sappy moments.