Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb

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?

With now 44 full length novels and several novellas in the …in Death series, it would take up too much room to list them here as I try to do for series…however, the entire list can be found on my J.D. Robb page.

Title:  Echoes in Death
Series:  in Death #44
Author:  J.D. Robb
Genre:  Romantic Suspense, Mystery
Published:  February 7, 2017
My Rating:  5 stars

Echoes in Death is gripping, intense and any couple’s living nightmare.  This sadistic killer is a master of ghoulish disguises, emotional torture and has crossed over into an enjoyment of delivering death by his own means.  There is an underlying tone to this story, one where you can almost catch what it is that you’re sensing, but it eludes you right up until Roarke says one line near the ending of this story… then, it’s a “yes, that was it” kind of feeling.

I’m not a reader who must figure out the mystery before the reveal, so I was quite content to let Eve, Roarke and her team lead me through this mad man’s path of destruction.  I’ve been reading In Death stories almost from the beginning, and Echoes in Death has to be among my top five favorites in this series.

Every time we return to Eve and Roarke’s universe we get a bit more of their story, very much like catching up with old friends.  It’s always enjoyable for me to see how deeply they love each other, support each other and those ties simply get tighter as time moves on.  The evolving relationship Eve has with her partner, Peabody and her team is also one of the reasons I keep coming back to this series.  No relationship stands still, and it’s entertaining to see what banter these partners will come up with this time around.

I completely enjoyed my time spent with this group of old friends in Echoes in Death.  It’s fast paced, frightening at times, and satisfying on so many levels.  I would definitely highly recommend this title, and this series to any reader who enjoys a good mystery, a solid couple and interesting secondary characters.

I purchased this title for the Kindle.

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