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Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb

Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb, New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2017. 371 pages.

Book forty-four of the In Death series by J. D. Robb is still as good as early books of this series.  Echoes in Death continues the Eve Dallas futuristic murder mystery series.  Picking up only a short time after Brotherhood in Death ends, Eve and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are only recently returned from an island vacation to attend a charity function.  Heading home at the end of the extremely long, boring evening while wearing killer four inch heels all Eve can think about is the relaxing brand new bed that’s waiting for them at home, instead they almost mow down an extremely naked, beaten and cold woman who’s dazed and covered in blood.

After rushing her to the hospital, Eve and Roarke follow the clues that lead them back to the woman’s residence to find her husband beaten and dead on their bedroom floor.  A serial rapist that targets married couples has been active in New York.  An escalation into murder is only to be expected but what this killer doesn’t know is that with Eve Dallas on the trail he’ll have less time to have his fun than he thinks.  A case that triggers many of Eve’s own bad memories doesn’t stop her from giving everything she can to those who have survived horrors.

This much anticipated novel in a popular series has been well worth the wait.  Having read all of the previous novels in this series, it is fun to find out what’s happening in favorite character’s lives as well as see the hints of the technological advancements that could be possible.  It’d be great to live in a world with Auto-Chefs, cars with vertical capabilities, ‘magic coats’ with light-weight Kevlar built in, hand held personal computers/communicators, holo-vid rooms and so much more.

Even with forty-four murder stories under Ms. Robb’s belt, she is still able to leave readers guessing about the killer’s identity until the bitter end.  Each novel in the series can be read as a stand-alone but the series is written in a way that each feeds into the next.  Characters are introduced, grow and develop relationships from one book to the next and sometimes previous stories are mentioned within character conversations.  A wonderful read that does not disappoint!

Susana Goldman is the Associate Director of Operations for the Alamance County Public Libraries.  She can be reached at sgoldman@alamancelibraries.org.