Monthly Mini Review
Wonderment in Death by JD Robb – B The really excellent thing about In Death novellas which are usually only sold as part of anthologies in digital/print, is that they are available separately as audiobooks and they are released at the same time as the anthology. So I don’t have to buy an anthology I don’t want to get the story. As I prefer to listen to them anyway, this is a win/win for me.
Taking place shortly after the events of Devoted in Death, Eve is called in on a rare night off to the scene of an apparent murder/suicide. The deceased brother and sister are close friends of Louise Dimatto and Louise has asked Eve to take a special look. Things cannot be as they appear; Louse is sure of it. And so is everyone else Eve speaks to actually. This is completely out of character for the apparent murderer. As Eve investigates, she finds a sociopathic psychic with a fascination for Alice in Wonderland and she has to go down the rabbithole to catch him. (I should be a blurb writer. Really. That was gold. GOLD I tell you.)
I said in my review of Devoted in Death, that Roarke took somewhat of a backseat and, it was both a pro and a con. Here, he is all up in the business from the start and he’s there for the takedown so it was back to the familiar. For a billionaire, he certainly finds time to spare to fight crime.(Is Roarke Batman??). Can I complain about more Roarke? Not really. Peabody, McNab, Feeney and Mira also feature strongly in the story and as usual I enjoyed it. Some crimes are faster to solve than others so these novellas in between the bigger books also make sense in the context of the series. It was a very pleasant three an a half hours, easy to fit in to my listening schedule and the narration by Susan Ericksen was, as usual, excellent.
Reviews of these books will be up soon at AudioGals.
Here’s what you may have missed:
Full Exposure by Amy Jo Cousins
Waiting for Clark by Annabeth Alpert
Hold On by Kristen Ashley
Breathless in Love by Bella Andre & Jennifer Skully, narrated by Eva Kaminsky
Seduced by Molly O’Keefe, narrated by Cam Drynan
The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper, narrated by Amanda Ronconi
Plus some older reviews of mine were re-posted for AudioGals’ celebration of Halloween Week
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, narrated by Christine Lakin
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts, narrated by Katherine Kellgren
at Dear Author
The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen
Signs of Life by Melanie Hansen
Skip Trace by Jenn Burke & Kelly Jenson, joint review with Sirius