Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Salon: Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb

French-Press-Coffee-Makers-Will-Make-Wonderful-Gifts-For-Coffee-Lovers-2486We’re almost half way through the first month of 2013 and it’s time for the second Sunday Salon of the year. 

Sunday Salon is the time we share our book finds from the previous week and discover new ones to read. 

Make sure your cup is filled with your favorite beverage, settle back, relax, and get ready to talk books. With the holidays behind us, I’d like to share my thoughts on a thriller from one of my favorite authors.


Just when you think there can’t be anything new, author J.D. Robb presents Lt. Eve Dallas with a twist on a case that will leave you wondering - could it happen?

coverBrought to life my narrator Susan Ericksen, the world of Eve and the NYSPD seems realistic despite its  futuristic setting. Ericksen’s excellent vocalization gives such distinct voices to each character you forget there is only one narrator. She relays the emotions and spirit of the characters with great detail.

It’s a normal after-work happy hour at a downtown bar. One minute everyone is talking, laughing, drinking and eating - the next hostility breaks out everywhere. The mood escalates, madness takes over and within minutes 80 people are dead. The few survivors aren’t sure what happened.

Eve and her partner Peabody, along with other members of the police department, try to unravel the mystery. The bar is owned by Eve’s husband, Roarke, but he doesn’t seem to be the target. They soon learn the bar patrons were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that caused them to go temporarily insane.

A second business is the target of the mysterious cocktail and more people die. Eve and her team scramble to find the mad man behind the killings and stop him before the cocktail spreads throughout the city and beyond.

Robb brings all the beloved characters of this series back with a special look at Sommerset, Roarke’s gentleman butler. A bit more is learned about his background during the Urban Wars and its lasting effect on him.

The story moves at a fast pace with numerous twists and turns for a full-blown adrenaline rush. Robb keeps the suspense riveting and the tension high, but blends in a few romantic moments for Eve and Roarke. The interaction between Eve and Peabody shows a strong friendship and loyalty highlighted by humor.

DELUSION IN DEATH, the 35th installment in the series, makes some references to a prior story but can be read/listened to as a stand alone without losing new readers/listeners. Returning fans will enjoy the new developments as the tough and sexy protagonist continues to grow emotionally learning there are people she can rely on.

This series just keeps getting better and better. DELUSION IN DEATH, a must read/listen for Eve Dallas fans.

Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb, Eve Dallas Series, Performed by Susan Ericksen, Brilliance Audio, @2012, ISBN: 978-1455818310, Unabridged, 11 Discs, Listening Time: 13 Hours 15 Minutes

FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Thanks everyone for stopping by today. Hope the New Year is treating you well. Are you a fan of futuristic thrillers?


  1. Mason - I know you're J.D. Robb fan, and I'm glad this one didn't disappoint you. I'll have to be careful where I go for drinks after work, I think... ;-)

  2. I love JD Robb stories!!! I haven't read this one, so I only read the first part of your review :) Can't wait though!!

  3. I haven't read anything in this series. It seems it's about time I started. What prolific writer she is.


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