February 24, 2016

Brotherhood in Death. J. D. Robb

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Brotherhood in Death
Published: Piatkus/Hachette NZ
Date: 9th February 2016
Format: Paperback
Pages: 388
Genre: Crime
Source: Thank you to Hachette NZ
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Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.

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Brotherhood in Death is #42 in the In Death series. You'd think it would be slightly jaded by now, but no way! As always with this series, Brotherhood in Death entertains and enthralls and at times managed to totally disgust me! Brotherhood has such friendly connotations, but it turns out in this case, it is totally chilling. Now I know that in this world of Dallas and company, the word used to mark something totally great is 'iced' or 'frosty'. Nope this book is chilling in a whole different sense.

Eve has a special affection for Dennis Mira. Who among us who reads this series with fanaticism doesn't? This absent minded, gentle and loving husband of  Dr. Mira (whom we love too), the guy who generally has his cardigan buttons mismatched - is to the centre left of this drama. He might be a little absent minded but his mind is sharp where it matters, so is his eye and heart. So it is with dismay that we learn that all this has not rubbed off on his cousin Edward, who is something of a totally different ilk.

Eve goes to work when  Edward Mira goes missing. And when she finds him - well not a pretty picture. As she delves deeper into the case she finds some very unpalatable facts. With her trusty team - and of course that includes Roarke she begins the long mission to investigate and of course solve the case. As so often happens it connects into some of her personal history and leaves her somewhat shattered at times. 

I am not going to expand on the plot any further, as always the best part is following along one step at a time with Eve and Peabody and the team. The crime is abhorrent and the supposed justice meted out equally so. Yikes I think, why do I read this?

It's because of the relationships, the next step for Trueheart, the dialogue between the likes of Eve and Peabody. The fear Eve has of change or the mention that Peabody and McNabb might engage in sex. There is humour, there is healing, there is friendship and love. The Miras and Eve and Roarke such loving couples. There is Eve standing for those who can't. Look - I know this is a long series, I own I sneaked up about ten in the series to read this one, but I will go back and catch up, I have it planned!

And by the way if you have never listened to any of this series on audiobook, then you must. I have listened to some and I hear the voices in my head as I read.
About The Author:
Nora Roberts published her first novel using the pseudonym J. D. Robb in 1995, introducing to readers the tough as nails but emotionally damaged homicide cop Eve Dallas and billionaire Irish rogue, Roarke. With the In Death series, Robb has become one of the biggest thriller writers on earth, with each new novel reaching number one on bestseller charts the world over.


  1. Oh Kathryn this is one series I'm behind on. Thanks for this great review. I love the Miras

  2. I love Nora Roberts books but never made the jump to JD Robb. This one sounds really great and I'm impressed that they're still enjoyable at book #42! I need to start this series this year. I really feel like I'm missing out!

    1. It is a really good series with wonderful character development Katherine.

  3. I have wondered why you read JD Robb when you dislike mysteries and thrillers by and large. But I get your point that you're there for the relationships, so the characterization must be pretty good. I have book 2 lingering on my kindle, and am thinking of reading it sometime when I'm in the mood, though I wish I could jump to the end of the line and read some of the newest ones now :)

    1. I know I am a contradiction. Every one of the books are good, so the earlier ones match the later ones. Plus the character change and develop over time which is fun.

  4. I love this series and the sooner I get this one read the better!

  5. I love that you were able to enjoy this one despite having to leap over some in between!


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