Thursday, August 30, 2012

In Death Series Reading Challenge August 2012

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Did you read any In Death series books this month?

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Strangers In Death by J.D. Robb
Book #26

I finished this one early in the month and gave it four stars on goodreads. Yet when I sat down just now to write up a short synopsis and review, I practically forgot everything about it! I had to pull the book out to refresh my memory. Not a good sign, but I guess after a while, it's difficult to remember all the crimes and their book titles in this series.

In case your memory needs refreshing, in this book, Eve and her team are investigating the murder of a rich, successful, happy and very well liked businessman, Thomas Anders, who is found naked and tied to his bed with velvet cords and murdered without any signs of a struggle. The public and Anders' family and friends are shocked at the nature of the crime, but as always, Eve doesn't let "what it looks like" interfere with her quest for the truth. She thoroughly investigates every possible angle until she solves the crime and brings down the murderer.

Overall this is another solid installment in the series. There were actually a few things that happened in the personal subplots with some of the secondary characters that I just LOVED. For fear of spoiling it for anyone who hasn't gotten this far yet, I'm not going to mention it, but I will admit I got teary eyed in a few scenes. Even if I thought the case was drawn out and boring at times, these little pockets of awesomeness among the characters pulls the rating up to "very good." I can't help it! These characters are like friends at this point.


I'm slowly but surely plugging along in this series. I had hoped to finish reading Salvation in Death this week, but I was overcome with the impulse to catch up with Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series and decided to first go back to the beginning to re-read the first five books that I read back in 2007-08! Who does that?! Anyway, it got me thinking that I should get just as determined to catch up with the In Death series once and for all. No more slacking! One book per month at a minimum until I'm caught up.

This month's series discussion is very easy: I want to know where you are in the series.

All caught up? Or still plugging along like me?


  1. Book 26? How many books are in this series? I have not read any of her books. Oh wait, I did read one. It was the first in a trilogy. Can't remember what it was though :) My mom reads her. I think she might read this series also.

  2. All caught up, with frequent re-reads of favorite installments.

    *waving at Christine* hello, woman!

  3. I am not at all caught up, but I think I'm ahead of you. I read Fantasy in Death this week. I love how fast of a read they are, perfect for when you don't feel like you're finishing anything at all.

  4. This month I read Ritual in Death. I really didn't love it.

    I'm not much ahead of you but since I'm still re-reading there are certain books that I find myself wanting to skip or put off. It's an odd feeling.

  5. I finally picked up Promises in Death (#28). And all because I had to return my Kindle Touch and will receive a new one next week. So I had to come back to paperbacks... What a weird feeling to read actual books :) I'm half way though with this Promises in Death and liking it. I have to order some more, because this one was the last one I had on my shelf. I noticed the next three ones (in hardcover) are only about 2 dollars at Amazon. New books, in hardcover... What!? 2 dollars? Still not ordering them through Amazon, because with shipping & handling to my home country I'll find them cheaper from here instead.

  6. Amy C: There are currently 35 full length novels and 9 novellas in this series. The 36th book comes out in 2013. Crazy, huh?

    I haven't read many of her Nora Roberts books. The Circle trilogy--I think that's the one to which you are referring, The Bridal Quartet and a Holiday book. I also recently read one of her romantic suspenses which I really enjoyed called The Witness. It's fairly new.

    azteclady: Yay for being all caught up. I think it's awesome that you re-read your favorites. So far the only one I've re-read is Naked in Death. At least three times.

    *waving to azteclady* hello, lady! :) xo

    Lisa: I know what you mean! They're not too deep or complicated and they're certainly not fluff, but they totally fit the bill when you're not sure what to read and you just want to get into something and enjoy it.

    Gina: Good girl keeping up with your monthly reads!!! Maybe I'll catch up to you this fall. :)

    Maikki: I thought you were gonna wait for me!!?! LOL! I'm teasing. I'm actually really glad you picked up the next ID book in your list. I haven't read an ID book in e-format yet, but I might have to for the next novella because I don't have that one. I like reading these in paperback because mine were used and have that worn feel and smell like an old library. Weird-o. What a bummer that you have to pay an arm and a leg for international shipping. :((

  7. I quite enjoyed this one ;) The only thing that bothers me is I feel the title gave it away a bit.

    as for where I am in the series, up-to-date :) and I have pre-ordered the next book. I thought of taking a break or wait for the paperback, but nope can't do LOL


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