Connections in Death (In Death, #48)
In this gritty and gripping new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Eve Dallas fights to save the innocent—and serve justice to the guilty—on the streets of New York.Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances…

Connections in Death (In Death, #48) Details

TitleConnections in Death (In Death, #48)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250201577
Rating
GenreMystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Futuristic, Suspense

Connections in Death (In Death, #48) Review

  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Roarke’s hiring of child psychologist Dr Rochelle Pickering for his and Detective Eve Dallas’ new venture, An Didean gave Rochelle joy and satisfaction. Her brother Lyle, who was a successfully recovering addict was over the moon for her. The night Rochelle and her boyfriend Crack went out to celebrate, it all went south for Lyle. As distress and grief hit Rochelle, Crack called Eve and Roarke – she started immediately to get justice for Lyle and his family and would work it until she did…Drugs, Roarke’s hiring of child psychologist Dr Rochelle Pickering for his and Detective Eve Dallas’ new venture, An Didean gave Rochelle joy and satisfaction. Her brother Lyle, who was a successfully recovering addict was over the moon for her. The night Rochelle and her boyfriend Crack went out to celebrate, it all went south for Lyle. As distress and grief hit Rochelle, Crack called Eve and Roarke – she started immediately to get justice for Lyle and his family and would work it until she did…Drugs, gangs, corruption, lack of loyalty – all were there in the flops and streets of the underground where Eve and her team ventured. The scum of life on the bottom – they had seen it before; but Eve was determined to scrape the barrel and bring them in. Murders continued – brutal and vicious. Could she stop it before anyone else died? Could she find those responsible for Lyle’s death?Connections in Death is the 48th in this magnificent In Death series by JD Robb and is once again a breath of fresh air; a delight to read; a guilty pleasure. The laugh out loud moments are all there, the interactions between Eve and Peabody; Eve and Roarke; Eve and Summerset. Fabulous reading! Keep them coming Ms Robb! Highly recommended.With thanks to Hachette AU for my ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Andra
    January 1, 1970
    I'm dying to read this book! I live for every new installment of the series. In Death has been my nr. 1 favourite series for years.
  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    The mystery isn't as strong as some of the others in this series but I don't particularly care. This is a comfort read for me and as long as Eve and Rourke keep evolving I will be along for the ride.
  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.Eve and Roarke are back and are all set to open a new youth center and school. They've just hired on a new head counselor who just so happens to be dating their friend Crack. Rochelle is at the top of her game and is happy to take on the job, but is soon devastated when her ex-con, ex-gang member, ex-drug addict brother is killed in the home he shares with her of an apparent drug overdone. Rochelle is certain that her bro I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.Eve and Roarke are back and are all set to open a new youth center and school. They've just hired on a new head counselor who just so happens to be dating their friend Crack. Rochelle is at the top of her game and is happy to take on the job, but is soon devastated when her ex-con, ex-gang member, ex-drug addict brother is killed in the home he shares with her of an apparent drug overdone. Rochelle is certain that her brother was not using again and it doesn't take long for Eve to agree. Suddenly Eve is investigating gang activity and trying to find the truth about who killed Rochelle's brother.I very much enjoy this series. Every one seems to come up with a different angle and they never feel stale. I actually teared up a little in certain sections on this one. Highly recommend!
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  • Barbara Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    Series: In Death #48Publication Date: 2/5/19Number of Pages: 384You might think that after 48 books this series would start to get stale, but that is definitely NOT the case. I look forward to each new book with as much enthusiasm as I did at the beginning of the series. I have absolutely loved watching Eve’s transformation – which is why I am a firm believer that you really should read the series from the beginning – or at least read the first five or six books to get an idea of who Eve and Roa Series: In Death #48Publication Date: 2/5/19Number of Pages: 384You might think that after 48 books this series would start to get stale, but that is definitely NOT the case. I look forward to each new book with as much enthusiasm as I did at the beginning of the series. I have absolutely loved watching Eve’s transformation – which is why I am a firm believer that you really should read the series from the beginning – or at least read the first five or six books to get an idea of who Eve and Roarke are and where they came from. You won’t regret it. I’ve seen several reviewers who have said that they think Eve and Roarke should have a baby, but since I’m positive that would end the series, I disagree with that. Besides, they have only been married for two or three years, so give them some time – and more books.I adore all of the recurring characters in the series, so it was nice to have a reappearance of Crack. This time, he has a love interest and it will be nice to see where that goes in future books.Lots of progress has been made on Roarke and Eve’s new school and youth center - An Didean (means Haven). It is state-of-the-art and offers everything a disadvantaged youth could need to become successful in life. One of the things it offers is psychological counseling and Roarke is in the process of hiring a head psychologist. Dr. Rochelle Pickering is a psychologist specializing in children – and she is Roarke’s top pick as the head psychologist. The fact that she is the love interest of Eve’s friend Crack is unexpected, but not unwelcome. When Eve’s link signaled, she almost ignored it, until she noticed that the incoming was from Crack and he almost never tagged her. Something serious must be up – and it was. Crack and Rochelle discovered the body of her brother as they returned to Rochelle’s apartment after an evening out. Crack immediately called Eve rather than calling police dispatch – he wanted someone he trusted and someone he knew would stand for Lyle (Rochelle’s brother) and wouldn’t just write it off as an overdose.Eve’s investigation brings her to admire the young man who had turned his life around. He’d gone from a member of the Bangers gang to prison to leading a straight life and having nothing to do with the gang or drugs. Could it be the gang who held him down and shot a lethal dose of drugs into him? Who else would have wanted him dead? Eve’s investigation takes her into the dangerous Underground, into gang territories and even to sleazy disbarred lawyers before she finally rounds up all of the culprits. Eve and Roarke are always a wonderful read, and this is no exception. The book is well written, the plot is well executed and the characters are some of the best and strongest I’ve read. I love that Eve takes things literally and always questions and really messes up those old axioms/sayings - like March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. She’s funny, bright, serious and totally dedicated to those victims whose deaths she investigates. Another great read and I highly recommend it!
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot tell you how good it was to delve into another instalment in this series. It almost feels like coming home, in a weird murderous detective problem solving kind of way...The best thing about this novel and this series as a whole are the characters. Although I have not started from book 1 yet I have read quite a lot later on in this series to know these characters well and fondly. You have, of course, the main character Eve Dallas and Rourke and all the people that Eve works with and alon I cannot tell you how good it was to delve into another instalment in this series. It almost feels like coming home, in a weird murderous detective problem solving kind of way...The best thing about this novel and this series as a whole are the characters. Although I have not started from book 1 yet I have read quite a lot later on in this series to know these characters well and fondly. You have, of course, the main character Eve Dallas and Rourke and all the people that Eve works with and alongside who come up in nearly every novel. Not only do you get a laid back, slow paced thriller that keeps you on your toes but you also get a 'slice of life' view of Eve Dallas' world as this novel goes along. With each novel, we see a little bit more and more of her life and her colleagues, friends and family and see her character grow as each novel comes along. That is what I love the best.Of course, the actual plot of this book was interesting also! I have to admit that I am not normally one for picking up stories about gang crimes and murders etc but because of this particular story and the characters in it, it made it so much more interest for me to read. There are quite a few twists and turns here, which is something I absolutely love in a novel, that will definitely keep you on your toes and despite the fact that I had guessed pretty much what was going on pretty early on I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this next instalment. Can't wait for the next one now!For more reviews, please check out the link below:Debra's Book CafeDebs :-)
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  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    I do think this book is for ages 17 and up due to violence.The In Death series has many books, but they all have very different crimes, very different criminals, usually the only thing we can count on is Roarke, Eve and her team of murder cops. I very much liked this book just as much as all the others. That being said, Eve seemed softer in this book, not so harsh as usual for Eve. The other difference in this one was, there was no murder in the first couple of pages. I got through a chapter or I do think this book is for ages 17 and up due to violence.The In Death series has many books, but they all have very different crimes, very different criminals, usually the only thing we can count on is Roarke, Eve and her team of murder cops. I very much liked this book just as much as all the others. That being said, Eve seemed softer in this book, not so harsh as usual for Eve. The other difference in this one was, there was no murder in the first couple of pages. I got through a chapter or even two before a body dropped. I do enjoy the Eve's thought process on simple sayings, the lion and the sheep thing gave me a good laugh with the way it confused Roarke, but then really makes HIM think about it. All I can really say is this is a great book and I'd recommend it to any one old enough to appreciate it.
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  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received from Hachette Australia for an honest reviewWoohoo, time for another Roarkegasm! You would think that after 47 books in a series that I would be getting sick of the In Death series - but I am as hooked today as I was when I first started this series.I love diving back into the world of Dallas and Roarke and the crew at NYPSD. This time we have a suicide that is not a suicide, and Dallas is on the case. Whilst this time the mystery was not as strong as in other books in the series ( ARC received from Hachette Australia for an honest reviewWoohoo, time for another Roarkegasm! You would think that after 47 books in a series that I would be getting sick of the In Death series - but I am as hooked today as I was when I first started this series.I love diving back into the world of Dallas and Roarke and the crew at NYPSD. This time we have a suicide that is not a suicide, and Dallas is on the case. Whilst this time the mystery was not as strong as in other books in the series (I had a pretty good idea pretty early on who the culprit was) I still loved being taken along for the ride as Dallas, Peabody and her crew nutted it out.And sigh - I fall more in love with Roarke and his darling Eve every book. I love the nuances of their relationship, as it evolves into even more each book.I was completely engaged in this story, anxious to turn each page to find out where the story would take me next.And now I am impatiently awaiting for more.I. Need. More.
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  • Annika
    January 1, 1970
    Audiobook reviewI have to say that Susan Ericksen is one incredible narrator! The range of voices alone is awe-inspiring. Not only does every single character have their own voice; they all sound credible as well. You know what I mean, many narrators have a limited range of voices and when that range is challenged the rest of them don’t sound real anymore. That's never the case here. Ericksen truly performs this book perfectly. Each and every character shines, from the high-as-a-kite gang-bange Audiobook reviewI have to say that Susan Ericksen is one incredible narrator! The range of voices alone is awe-inspiring. Not only does every single character have their own voice; they all sound credible as well. You know what I mean, many narrators have a limited range of voices and when that range is challenged the rest of them don’t sound real anymore. That's never the case here. Ericksen truly performs this book perfectly. Each and every character shines, from the high-as-a-kite gang-banger to Eve's incredulity of human behaviour and Peabody's eagerness to play bad cop. It's all there. It's perfect and before you know it you are so immersed in the book that real life just fades away only to surface again when the book ends. I do credit that to Ericksen. Sure J.D. Robb is a talented writer and the cast of characters are awesome, but Ericksen takes the words, the characters and adds another dimension and truly brings them to life. Because when she narrates you are transported to 2061 New York walking side by side with Eve solving crime after crime, seeking justice for the people that can’t speak for themselves.As for the story itself, well I can't say that it brought anything new. If you've kept up with the books up until now you pretty much know what to expect. I admit that it's not the strongest in the series as I feel like the wonderful side characters didn't get nearly as much page time as they should. Then again, I did enjoy my time listening, so I will count it as a win.
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  • Ann Lou
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 48th installment in the series but it doesn't get old. I LOVE LOVE Eve and Roarke. Yeah, I sound like a broken record but who cares? Roarke and Eve still leaves a silly grin on my face. They were talking about papers being signed and with Eve not reading some of them. "If you fucked me over, I'm a cop. I know how to make you pay without letting it show. There's one where I coat the inside of all your boxers with a biological that causes your works to develop festering boils. "And Roa This is the 48th installment in the series but it doesn't get old. I LOVE LOVE Eve and Roarke. Yeah, I sound like a broken record but who cares? Roarke and Eve still leaves a silly grin on my face. They were talking about papers being signed and with Eve not reading some of them. "If you fucked me over, I'm a cop. I know how to make you pay without letting it show. There's one where I coat the inside of all your boxers with a biological that causes your works to develop festering boils. "And Roarke was like " Christ Jesus, you obviously have far too much free time." 😁In this installment, it's all about neighborhood gangsters. It was all good and all but I will read anything about Eve and Roarke and still love it.
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  • Lyn* Nomad *Worlds await*
    January 1, 1970
    Good story but not epic. Still it was good to see the whole gang 🙂
  • Debrac2014
    January 1, 1970
    Very good story line! Fast paced! This is so much better than the recent In Death stories! We got to see Reo in action, doing her job! I enjoyed the gang take down too!
  • GONZA
    January 1, 1970
    I still have not read all the books in this series, but as I have almost read 35 of them, I am sorry to say that this one disappointed me. It was not a big disappointment, it was still an Eve and Roarke story, but it was slow and the culprit was pretty clear from almost the beginning and in a way it was not what are we used to and expect from J.D.Robb. I will keep on reading anyway :)Anche se non ho ancora letto tutti i libri di questa serie, credo di aver superato i 35 e mi dispiace dire che qu I still have not read all the books in this series, but as I have almost read 35 of them, I am sorry to say that this one disappointed me. It was not a big disappointment, it was still an Eve and Roarke story, but it was slow and the culprit was pretty clear from almost the beginning and in a way it was not what are we used to and expect from J.D.Robb. I will keep on reading anyway :)Anche se non ho ancora letto tutti i libri di questa serie, credo di aver superato i 35 e mi dispiace dire che questo mi ha deluso, non in maniera drammatica, per caritá, resta una storia di Eve e Roarke, ma era lenta e il colpevole era piuttosto evidente sin dall'inizio e....insomma, non era quello che uno si aspetta da J.D.Robb. Non smetteró comunque di leggere la serie, sia chiaro :)Thanks St.Martin Press for the preview!
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  • Nicole Mole
    January 1, 1970
    JD Robb has done it again! The story really pulls you in.
  • ⚜️Trea
    January 1, 1970
    With as long running as this series is, one would think that I get a little tired of it, but that isn't the case! I'm grateful that my library had an express copy of this available, and that I was able to get it so quickly after release! However, this story wasn't one of the better ones in the series.There wasn't much use for Roarke in this story, though it seemed like he was interjected at somewhat odd times in order to provide support to Eve. Eve's case was a strange one, as there didn't seem With as long running as this series is, one would think that I get a little tired of it, but that isn't the case! I'm grateful that my library had an express copy of this available, and that I was able to get it so quickly after release! However, this story wasn't one of the better ones in the series.There wasn't much use for Roarke in this story, though it seemed like he was interjected at somewhat odd times in order to provide support to Eve. Eve's case was a strange one, as there didn't seem to be much reason for it to be included in the overall tapestry of the series. I did like the redemption angle of the case though, and Eve's reaction to it. The story was entertaining and engaging, but just didn't hit the right notes for me. I'll still eagerly await the next installment, though!
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    Eve and her team of NY detectives, get handed a case with gang connections.Why I started this book: Great audio series... like listening to a Law & Order episode.Why I finished it: Comforting and familiar characters, good break from the serious history that I'm slogging thru.
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  • Dani
    January 1, 1970
    2/5/19Aaannnddd its release day! Ahh so happy! My signed copy came in the mail today and it's gorgeous and looks lovely on my shelf of In Death books! Might as well do a re-read :) Looking forward to Vendetta in Death!4.25/5 starsIf after 48 books, this series can continue to keep me engaged and have me anxiously turning each page there is something magical about it. It makes me so happy that this series has been chugging along since 1995. Not gonna lie I occasionally see Audrey Hepburn as Eve. 2/5/19Aaannnddd its release day! Ahh so happy! My signed copy came in the mail today and it's gorgeous and looks lovely on my shelf of In Death books! Might as well do a re-read :) Looking forward to Vendetta in Death!4.25/5 starsIf after 48 books, this series can continue to keep me engaged and have me anxiously turning each page there is something magical about it. It makes me so happy that this series has been chugging along since 1995. Not gonna lie I occasionally see Audrey Hepburn as Eve. Especially with her short crop of hair lol.Loved Roarke. Loved Eve. Just all around a good read. Looking forward to the next. I'll be waiting.....LOL
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    The story begins with Eve and Roarke going to a fancy cocktail party at Nadine's new home. It is interesting to see Eve realizing how many people are now a part of her life. And it is rather dismaying for Eve too.Eve meets Rochelle Pickering. She's a child psychologist who is dating Crack who is one of Eve's friends from even before she met Roarke. Roarke is planning to hire her to be the head therapist an An Didean - a residential project to help young girls. Naturally being Eve, she takes an o The story begins with Eve and Roarke going to a fancy cocktail party at Nadine's new home. It is interesting to see Eve realizing how many people are now a part of her life. And it is rather dismaying for Eve too.Eve meets Rochelle Pickering. She's a child psychologist who is dating Crack who is one of Eve's friends from even before she met Roarke. Roarke is planning to hire her to be the head therapist an An Didean - a residential project to help young girls. Naturally being Eve, she takes an opportunity to check her out for any criminal past. The next thing she knows, Crack is calling her because they have found Rochelle's younger brother dead of an apparent overdose when they return home. Rochelle doesn't believe that Lyle killed himself. He did have a troubled past with gang involvement and drug use but prison and rehabilitation worked for him. He's clean, he's working, he's happy and rebuilding trust with his family.It doesn't take more than a brief look for Eve to realize that Lyle was murdered instead of falling off the wagon and overdosing. Her investigation takes her deep into the Bangers - Lyle's former gang - where she uncovers much more than the usual gang violence. There is dissension in the ranks, a corrupt disbarred lawyer, and plots and betrayals. There are also a whole bunch of stupid members of the gang. While the case is pretty easily solved and lots of gang members are taken off the street, Eve is generally sad. She begins to think that the system that is her moral center has failed. It takes Roarke's support and his own explanation for why he helps her solve her cases before Eve regains her balance.This was filled with the usual snarky banter between Eve and Peabody. It also explores more of Eve's unique viewpoint regarding social things and her usual mangling of idioms. Her relationship with Roarke and her friends remains strong and gives her emotional support as she does a difficult job. The series continues to be strong even in this 48th episode.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    I’m always happen when there is a new book in this series, even though you can predict the what will happen, it’s fun to see specifics and I love seeing Eve and crew kick ass!Unlike most books in the series this one didn’t start out with a murder, but a party, so you know Eve was bitching about that in her way. Grumbling that she was forced to socialize in dress up clothes, yet she always has fun at these parties. This party brought someone knew into her circle as they were with a familiar chara I’m always happen when there is a new book in this series, even though you can predict the what will happen, it’s fun to see specifics and I love seeing Eve and crew kick ass!Unlike most books in the series this one didn’t start out with a murder, but a party, so you know Eve was bitching about that in her way. Grumbling that she was forced to socialize in dress up clothes, yet she always has fun at these parties. This party brought someone knew into her circle as they were with a familiar character, Crack. I have to say that Crack is one of my favorite characters in the series, one who we don’t often see enough of. So for him to be dating this new person was intriguing, more so because this woman kept calling him by his given name. I don’t know why that threw me off so much, but it did, it made me see him in a different way. I also loved how Crack was with Rochelle, how he didn’t let her know how gone he was on her and how he stood by her throughout the book. I was a bit worried at one point, worried that this new woman would end up being the murder victim. I was happy when that didn’t happen, but she did have a close tie, which was the reason Eve was called in.I liked that Eve didn’t look at this case and think what was shown was what happened, instead she saw what really happened and was able to give the victim’s family a bit of peace of mind, that they person they were getting to know again was who was really there.Now the who, behind the murder was all sorts of interesting. It brought Eve to some unsavory sorts, some really stupid people who thought they were smart. As she broke them all in interview you couldn’t help but to laugh at them, at the way that they defended themselves by implicating themselves and others.The end to this one was about perfect, case closed, stupid people going to prison for a long time and Roarke and Eve taking a look at the new place they are building to help teens, reflecting on what just happened and what happened to them in their past.
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  • Mary Heron
    January 1, 1970
    I have to admit to.a slight disappointment with the latest in the series. There's no drama no deep emotional scenes (which we normally get) it's very formulaic. I found there was very little.depth to.The writing, not to.say the writing is bad. Ms Roberts couldn't write a bad book if she tried but this one is passionless. The murder victim while he elicits some sympathy is not taken to Eve's heart, as she usually claims her murder victims you know what I mean, they become here and she can't rest I have to admit to.a slight disappointment with the latest in the series. There's no drama no deep emotional scenes (which we normally get) it's very formulaic. I found there was very little.depth to.The writing, not to.say the writing is bad. Ms Roberts couldn't write a bad book if she tried but this one is passionless. The murder victim while he elicits some sympathy is not taken to Eve's heart, as she usually claims her murder victims you know what I mean, they become here and she can't rest till she gets justice for them. Not so this time, it's like there is an emotional.distance which means we get more of a process driven book. The murderers are easily identified by the reader, no attempt is made to hide their identities, which also takes away some of the mystery. The murder victims are not sympathetic characters so no chance to empathize with them. There are no dramatic scenes with victims families. All the things which make this series so good seem to have been toned down. It's still a good read as I say, we still have the regular cast of characters all performing as expected apart from Roarke. For the last several books I feel Roarke is being sidelined, he's brought out whenever Eve needs taking care of it when SEwork is needed otherwise we see him at mealtimes to give Eve someone to bounce ideas off. The relationship between the two is still great I just feel Roarke is underutilized these days.
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  • Cassie Fischer
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the better volumes to come out recently. There wasn't a slow minute in the book and I was on the edge of my seat the entire book. The plot is a bit personal because there is a "success case" with addiction in my family. Everyone is so proud and he's gotten back on his feet with no slips for quite some time. Luckily, he was never jailed, but he is one of the few who turn it around.Eve was en pointe in this book. She was bad ass yet compassionate. As always, I wish for a little more This is one of the better volumes to come out recently. There wasn't a slow minute in the book and I was on the edge of my seat the entire book. The plot is a bit personal because there is a "success case" with addiction in my family. Everyone is so proud and he's gotten back on his feet with no slips for quite some time. Luckily, he was never jailed, but he is one of the few who turn it around.Eve was en pointe in this book. She was bad ass yet compassionate. As always, I wish for a little more stuff away from the mystery and I want more background on Roarke. 48 books and he's still a mystery.
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  • Paraphrodite
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.I'm a bit disappointed. The writing seems off to me and I don't feel the usual snarkiness from the characters. Even Roarke seems lacklustre and has lost his Irish! He shouldn't be saying My Love. My Own. My Only. He should be saying a ghra. (view spoiler)[ And Eve buying donuts and pizzas for the team briefings herself seems so out of character. But I guess it's supposed to show her growth as a character. (hide spoiler)] If I believe the conspiracy theorists, I'd think Ms Roberts had 3.5 stars.I'm a bit disappointed. The writing seems off to me and I don't feel the usual snarkiness from the characters. Even Roarke seems lacklustre and has lost his Irish! He shouldn't be saying My Love. My Own. My Only. He should be saying a ghra. (view spoiler)[ And Eve buying donuts and pizzas for the team briefings herself seems so out of character. But I guess it's supposed to show her growth as a character. (hide spoiler)] If I believe the conspiracy theorists, I'd think Ms Roberts had some assistance with this one. I'll have to get hold of the audio version and it'll be interesting to see how Susan Ericksen deals with (to me) the change in tone.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Connections in DeathCase: Murder of Lyle Pickering. Lt. Eve Dallas is call to find who kill Crack's girlfriend's brother, Lyle. When she start the case she must enter into world of gangs. I did the audio and ebook, did not like the audio when back to just reading the ebook.
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  • Erin Maples
    January 1, 1970
    Best one yetI dont know how she does it but the books keep getting better. A bad ass cop with heart who doesn't stop until she gets justice, no matter the character of the individual. I have loved every one of these books and this one is no exception.
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  • kelgar01
    January 1, 1970
    Hit me in the feels. Several times. About my only absolute, must buy author anymore.
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Is it just me or did this book seem different? Like it wasn’t what I’m used to from this series. I still liked it, it just seemed off.
  • BrocheAroe
    January 1, 1970
    A thrilling edition to the In Death series! The emotional drama between the characters is kept to a minimum in this one, while the action stays nice and steady, growing to a crescendo that, of course, brings justice with it. Crack, Eve’s big Black bar-owning friend, has started dating a woman who, by pure coincidence, is one of Roarke’s newest employees. When the woman’s brother dies in her apartment, Crack calls on Eve to investigate the suspicious death. With Eve on the case, she uncovers secr A thrilling edition to the In Death series! The emotional drama between the characters is kept to a minimum in this one, while the action stays nice and steady, growing to a crescendo that, of course, brings justice with it. Crack, Eve’s big Black bar-owning friend, has started dating a woman who, by pure coincidence, is one of Roarke’s newest employees. When the woman’s brother dies in her apartment, Crack calls on Eve to investigate the suspicious death. With Eve on the case, she uncovers secrets that have ties to past cases and major repercussions for NYC’s gangs. It’s not just one gangbanger who’s going down for this. In typical Eve fashion, it’s all of them.
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  • Marlene
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published at Reading RealityThere’s a certain interpretation of this story that says that the whole thing is a bad lawyer joke. Not that the joke is bad, although many lawyer jokes are, but that this is just the kind of story that leads to people telling jokes about lawyers, sharks and professional courtesy. Another way of putting it would be that this is a story that illustrates exactly why Shakespeare wrote, “the first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”Unlike so many of the b Originally published at Reading RealityThere’s a certain interpretation of this story that says that the whole thing is a bad lawyer joke. Not that the joke is bad, although many lawyer jokes are, but that this is just the kind of story that leads to people telling jokes about lawyers, sharks and professional courtesy. Another way of putting it would be that this is a story that illustrates exactly why Shakespeare wrote, “the first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”Unlike so many of the books in this series, Connections in Death doesn’t actually start with a dead body – not that one isn’t found soon enough. Also, unlike many books in the series, while the victim is connected to Roarke and Dallas, the connection is at a couple of degrees removed – and does not result in a trip to the angst factory – at least not for them.Not that there isn’t plenty to disturb their lives and their hearts. The victim, Lyle Pickering, was a young man who had managed to turn a whole lot of corners in his relatively short life. He had been a gang member, and he had been hooked on drugs. Then he went to prison, and did what we always hope happens but doesn’t nearly often enough.He grabbed the hands that reached out to help him find himself again. And he made it out. All the way out, with the help of counselors and sponsors and a family that believed in him and one hell of a lot of intestinal fortitude.Only to be struck down when his ex-girlfriend conned him into believing that she had come to him for help – and not just to let in the three gang members who killed him and tried to stage his death as an overdose.Dallas doesn’t believe the setup for a New York minute – not just because Lyle’s sister has been offered the job as head therapist at Roarke’s latest project. Although that weighs in. What tips the scale from OD to murder really, really fast is just how sloppy the murderers were in their staging.They weren’t just sloppy – they were downright stupid. And that’s what does them in. Not just the ones who did the job, but the one who ordered the hit – and eventually reaches out to the dirty lawyer at the bottom of the cesspool.It’s too bad, too sad, that a good man had to die to clean up so much corruption. It’s not exactly worth it – but Eve Dallas, as always, cleans up the dirt.Escape Rating B: At this point – 48 books and counting – I’m reading this series because I love all the characters. It doesn’t really matter what the case turns out to be – I just want to see how all my friends are doing.And every entry in this series is guaranteed to pull me right into the action and whisk me away from whatever I’m doing for a few hours – no matter what. In this particular case the what was a very long plane trip that flew by figuratively as well as literally – although I’m sure my seatmates occasionally wondered what I was laughing about.This isn’t a funny story by any means, but there is plenty of humor in the constant, ongoing bickering and bantering in Dallas’ cop shop – and I enjoy every line of it.As a case, this particular book is on the lighter side – or perhaps that should be “slighter” side. Lyle’s murder is certainly a terrible thing for his family. But the case is slighter in the sense that while it troubles Dallas, it doesn’t give her nightmares about her despicable father’s treatment of her, and doesn’t drag some loser/user out of either Dallas’ or Roarke’s past.It is, however, a case that feels like it could happen today with minor changes in technology. This is a story about a world that doesn’t feel like it’s any different from today – at least not as portrayed in the headlines. The gang members do terrible things to each other and their neighborhood, sleazy lawyer is very sleazy, everybody justifies their own behavior, and people are idiots. LOTS of people are idiots.One does get the feeling that this is a cesspit that everyone knows about and that no one has bothered to do the work of cleaning up until a murder puts it into Dallas’ path.This is one of those cases that doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things, but is still very satisfying to see wrap up. A lot of very bad people go down very hard – and it’s as cathartic as ever to watch evil – even petty, small time evil – get its just desserts served up with style.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    My assessments of the “in Death” books by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) tend to range from 3 out of 5 to 5 out of 5; they vary a bit in quality. Robb also has a very distinct style that I love, and some books embody that more than others. In Connections in Death, Robb is at her trademark best! New York homicide detective Eve Dallas is having a bit of a break for now. She’s helping Nadine to celebrate her Oscar win with a huge party at which you’ll see all of the cast regulars. She’s taking a rare day My assessments of the “in Death” books by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) tend to range from 3 out of 5 to 5 out of 5; they vary a bit in quality. Robb also has a very distinct style that I love, and some books embody that more than others. In Connections in Death, Robb is at her trademark best! New York homicide detective Eve Dallas is having a bit of a break for now. She’s helping Nadine to celebrate her Oscar win with a huge party at which you’ll see all of the cast regulars. She’s taking a rare day off. Roarke is taking time to hire a new head therapist for the center he’s opening, Dr. Rochelle Pickering. All seems unusually well, until Rochelle’s brother Lyle is found dead of an apparently drug overdose in the apartment they share. Ro insists he wouldn’t have started using again, and Eve quickly agrees that the death was staged. It seems like a pretty straightforward job of figuring out who had a grudge against the ex-gang member, until details stop adding up. Soon a gang war threatens the streets of New York, and every time Eve tracks down a new lead, it turns up dead.The opening party sparkles! It name-checks pretty much every series regular, so this is definitely not a good entry book for a new reader to the series. The party is a great opportunity to showcase the glitz-and-glamour side of the series, which contrasts so artfully with the grit-and-grime of the crime side. Eve’s subsequent day off is steeped in her trademark blunt, even crass, style, which makes a nice palate cleanser before the meat of the story. When Ro gets her dream job offer from Roarke we get to see the glee of someone’s dream coming true, which adds another facet to the escapist nature of the book.At Robb’s best, she’s incredibly quotable. I ended up sharing a couple of the better quotes with friends while reading because they were too fun not to share! The dialogue is delightfully snappy, particularly the banter between Eve and Roarke, Eve and Peabody, and so on. We get a few of Eve’s trademark bungled aphorisms to delightful end. Themes and call-backs wend their way through the narrative and dialogue like threads coming together to form a tapestry.The mystery and web of crimes unfolds delightfully. The faked OD seems almost straightforward in the ease with which Eve figures out that it really was a homicide, but the twists pile up from there. The head of the old gang Lyle belonged to didn’t really have a gripe with him despite the fact that he left the gang after getting out of prison. He also wouldn’t have handled it in that manner if he had. He does, however, have a couple of suspicious business interests outside of the gang with an unlikely set of partners. Someone involved in Lyle’s death also shows up dead shortly thereafter, killed in an absolutely brutal fashion (this series does get dark, folks) and left in a place that seems calculated to kick off violence between two rival gangs. The buildup of all of these details that don’t jibe is just fantastic.Galahad the cat seems particularly full of personality this time, and after reading this book I seriously want a pizza. The characters have their usual depth, the interplay between them is fantastic, 2061 New York is vivid and real, and there’s some great action toward the climax. This is a fantastic entry into the series!Original review posted on my blog: http://www.errantdreams.com/2019/02/r...
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  • Marsha Spohn
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at Haunted BookshelfWe’ve (or at least, I) have become accustomed to stepping into murder most grizzly within the first few pages of the newest In Death book. This time we step right into certainly one of Eve’s personal battlegrounds – the unexplainable need of humans to be social. To Eve, putting on face gunk, an expensive, yet slinky dress with the torture of sky-high killer heels was something she avoided whenever possible. Adding insult to the injury of having to put on that outfit Reviewed at Haunted BookshelfWe’ve (or at least, I) have become accustomed to stepping into murder most grizzly within the first few pages of the newest In Death book. This time we step right into certainly one of Eve’s personal battlegrounds – the unexplainable need of humans to be social. To Eve, putting on face gunk, an expensive, yet slinky dress with the torture of sky-high killer heels was something she avoided whenever possible. Adding insult to the injury of having to put on that outfit was the coming need to actually talk with people – small talk while juggling a drink in one hand and unidentifiable food in the other. Why would she do this to herself? Oh, yeah – for a friend, for one of her people, for a woman she considered family. This dreaded event was Nadine’s celebration party for winning that strange gold little statue all because of murder and mayhem and a bestselling book and screen version of the case that will forever be in Eve’s mind. It was what you did for friends – even if you hated the need to be social that could have been more fun with a few brews and some ball on the screen.I think it was the opening to CONNECTIONS IN DEATH that gave this story a very different feel for me. At Nadine’s party we will run into just about every recurring character that makes up the Eve and Roarke universe — and if we didn’t see them at the party, then they will be mentioned at some point in the story. The beginning reminds us that life goes on as usual in between the madness of murder that makes up much of Eve’s daily life.And I absolutely loved seeing all the people that have been a part of my enjoyment of the In Death series for years now. For me, that opening was a special treat, one that did give a different feel to the story but also solidified the relationships, unique as they are, with Eve and Roarke — these are their people, their family. And a stark contrast to the gangs we will encounter in this story, who are in another fashion a violent, tightly regulated, vicious family.Once the murder happens we are swiftly taken into the intense, fast-paced, intriguing case solving that I’ve become more accustomed to from this series in recent years. Yet, it is that contrast between two worlds, two sets of unique family members that stick in my mind the most from CONNECTIONS IN DEATH – and one that will stick in my mind for a while to come.If you haven’t followed this series then everything you really need to know about to make the decision to pick up this book is in the cover description. To go into details about the murders, the suspects or any of that would ruin your enjoyment of figuring out the underlying puzzle of this book. I was easily drawn into the Eve and Roarke world once again with a story that hits close to the heart, brings me a lot of old book friends encounters once again and shows Eve and Roarke at their best just being themselves in a crazy world. I loved CONNECTIONS IN DEATH and would highly recommend it to any reader who enjoys a good mystery, engaging characters, some villains to loathe and another trip into the near future with a cop and a billionaire that are as unique as their friends, their family.I own a Kindle edition of CONNECTIONS IN DEATH
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