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Vengeance in Death by J. D. Robb

This entry is part 6 of 26 in the series In Death Series

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
In Death Series, Book 6
Publisher: The Penguin Publishing Group (Electronic Edition: October 2003), EBook: 560 KB, Language: English, ISBN-978-0-425-16039-8

Lieutenant Eve Dallas is a tough, smart, likable homicide detective, featuring in a good futuristic suspense novel. In each book she solves a crime and finds the killer. The book also encompasses her entire life including her personal relationships. The murders in this book stem from Roake’s past and give us the opporturnity to learn more about Roake.

Vengeance in Death is the sixth book in the In Death series by J.D. Robb, to date she has written 38 books in the series with book # 39 to be released  November 30, 2010.  I have read most of these books and found them all to be enjoyable and well written.  This book falls into both the suspense and romance categories as the book focuses on the case Eve is currently working on as well as Eve and Roake’s relationship.  This is a futuristic suspense that takes place in 2058 in New York City. The books are told in a third person narrative that focuses primarily on Lieutenant Eve Dallas, a dedicated and talented homicide detective. At times, the author also gives us insight into some of the other characters including the murderer. The books are written by Nora Roberts under the pseudonym of J. D. Robb.

When Roake was young, he lived with Summerset and Summerset’s daughter.  However, for revenge Roake’s enemies brutually raped and murdered Summerset’s daughter when she was 14.  Over time Roake avenged this death, but now it is coming back to haunt him.  Someone is systematically murdering everyone who supplied information to Roake which allowed him to obtain his revenge. It is up to Leutenant Eve Dallas to find the murderer before he gets to Roake.

This is a fascinating story which gives us a lot more insight into both Roake and Summerset. There are not many clues as to who the culprit is except someone from Roake’s past. Robb keeps any information as to who the murderer is until the end of the book and then all is revealed in a final exciting climax.  Eve is fearless in her defence of Summerset and it shows a bond growing between the two of them, but the bond is still very nebulous. As usual there were a few sex scenese between Eve and Roake and they were steamy as ever.

This is a stand alone book, and I am sure that if you read it you would be quickly reading the previous books in the series. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about a strong female lead and enjoys a suspense story.  The story is well written and  enjoyable. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading romance since there is a fair bit of this as well as some hot sex scenes between Eve and Roake.

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Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes

A Sooke Stackhouse Novel (The Southern Vampire Mysteries), Book 4
Publisher: The Penguin Publishing Group (Electronic Edition:July 2004), EBook: 484 KB, Language: English, ISBN-0-7865-4848-7
Sooke Stackhouse is a cute, sweet, down–to-earth barmaid who just happens to be telepathic and she has become involved in the world of Vampires, Werewolves and other supernatural beings. In this book she babysits the gorgeous and dangerous vampire Eric who has lost his memory so he is kinda lost and a lot sweeter. Also her brother Jason is missing and there is a contingent of powerful and dangerous witches causing trouble.

This is the fourth book in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series (also known as A Sooke Stackhouse Novel ), there are currently a total of eleven books. All the books are contemporary fantasy books also known as urban fantasy. They also fall into the romance genre. The story is told in the first person narrative with Sooke’s voice and thoughts as we follow her around.

Sooke is once again a single girl. Alcide is back and he is gorgeous although he is not a love interest for Sooke since he is still hung up on his ex-girlfriend the crazy Debbie Pelt.  Jason is missing and it is a real mystery as to what happened to him.  There are new witches in Shreveport and they are causing problems and not only are they evil but they are also deadly.  They are responsible for placing a curse on Eric which has removed his memory.  He is now an insecure, caring person, nothing like the real Eric. Sooke found him running half naked, not knowing who he was and in typical Sooke style felt responsible to take care of him. With a financial  compensation of more than $25,000, Sooke agrees to keep Eric’s where abouts secret and to keep him safe from the witches. During all this Sooke is also trying to find out where Jason is and she suspects the witches. There is a rather interesting battle scene towards the end of the book.

This book captured my attention from the first page and the story kept building throughout the whole book until the final battle scene at the end. It was interesting reading, always wondering what was going to happen next. Sooke is an endearing character and I enjoy reading about her adventures.  There were a number of hot sex scenes between the “new” Eric and Sooke. It is a mystery right up to the end as to what happened to Jason.  The book is a stand alone book in that everything is resolved by the end of the book.  However, the story builds from book to book and it is best to read the books in order.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading contemporary, urban fantasy books that focus on life with vampires and werewolves.  I think it is one of the better series in the genre.  The book has some sex scenes in it, although not the main focus of the book but enough to put the book into the romance genre.  So if you enjoy reading about sex, romance and vampires then you will enjoy this book.

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Ceremony in Death by J. D. Robb

This entry is part 5 of 26 in the series In Death Series

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
In Death Series, Book 5
Publisher: The Penguin Publishing Group (Electronic Edition), EBook: 446 KB, Language: English, eISBN-978-0-786-59087-2

Lieutenant Eve Dallas gets pulled into investigating the death of a well loved police officer who appears to have died by natural causes and yet internal investigations is looking into his life and death. Next thing we know more people are dying including the dead police officer’s niece.  Dead bodies are also appearing outside of the Roake estate.

Ceremony in Death is the fifth book in the In Death series by J.D. Robb, to date she has written 38 books in the series with book # 39 to be released  November 30, 2010.   I have read most of these books and found them all to be enjoyable and well written.  This book falls into both the suspense and romance categories as the book focuses equally on the case Eve is currently working on as well as Eve and Roake’s relationship.  The books are told in a third person narrative that focuses primarily on Lieutenant Eve Dallas, a dedicated and talented homicide detective. At times, the author also gives us insight into some of the other characters including the murderer. The books are written by Nora Roberts under the pseudonym of J. D. Robb.

This book deals with the Satanic and Wicca religions. It was interesting to read about the unusual rites used by these in the book. The story follows Eve as she looks into the death of a revered police officer.  She is asked to do this on the QT and to keep her investigation from her friend and mentor Fenney as the officer was Fenney’s best friend. A number of deaths then ensue, all of them suspicious.  A few of the deaths involve sacrificial knives used in both the Satanic and Wiccan’s ceremonies. There are a number of suspects that Eve is following and the story gets more interesting as it unfolds.

Robb keeps us guessing as to who the culpit is and how they are committing the crimes, she also throws in a few red herring clues.  There were a few touching scenes between Fenney and Eve, since Eve was put into a difficult situation with her good friend. It brought tears to my eyes. The book is well written with a good climax at the end that was quite suspenseful and exciting. The story has a very satisfying final scene and conclusion.  Eve and Roake are now married and it is fun to read their interactions.  The sex scenes were well written and quite hot.

This is a stand alone book, and I am sure that if you read it you would be quickly reading the previous books in the series. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about strong female lead characters and enjoys a suspense story. I was able to follow the clues and guess who the suspect really was, although I have not been able to do so in most of these books. The story is well written and  enjoyable. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading romance since there is a fair bit of this as well as some hot sex scenes between Eve and Roake.

Rapture in Death by J. D. Robb

This entry is part 4 of 26 in the series In Death Series

Book Review: 2 Treasure Boxes
In Death Series, Book 4
Publisher: The Penguin Publishing Group (Electronic Edition: July 2001), EBook: 451 KB, Language: English, ISBN-0-7865-0165-0

Lieutenant Eve Dallas has a number of suspicious suicides which she is sure are murder.  She must convince her commander to let her investigate and then with the help of her aid she is following a trail of dead bodies.

Rapture in Death is the fourth book in the In Death series by J.D. Robb, to date she has written 38 books in the series with book # 39 to be released  November 30, 2010.   I have read most of these books and found them all to be enjoyable and well written.  This book falls into both the suspense and romance categories as the book focuses equally on the case Eve is currently working on as well as Eve and Roake’s relationship.  The books are told in a third person narrative that focuses primarily on Lieutenant Eve Dallas, a dedicated and talented homicide Lieutenant. At times, the author also gives us insight into some of the other characters including the murderer. The books are written by Nora Roberts under the pseudonym of J. D. Robb.

Eve follows the clues and the murders to find out who is committing them and why. Eve and Roake are also targeted. There is plenty of action with a very intense scene where Eve tries to save a woman from jumping off of a building. The story has a good build up with plenty of excitement including a bit of a twist at the end.  Throughout the story there are plenty of hot sex scenes between Eve and Roake including a pretty dark one.  The book continues to develop the characters of Eve, Roake and Peabody but the story centers more around solving the mystery than developing the characters.

The book is well written with a good climax at the end that was quite suspenseful. Robb keeps us guessing as to who the culpit is and how they are committing the crimes.  Eve and Roake are now married and it is fun to read their interactions.  The sex scenes were well written but a bit darker as required from this plot.

This is a standalone book, and I am sure that if you read it you would be quickly reading the previous books in the series. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about strong female lead characters and enjoys a suspense story. But if you are looking to solve a mystery along with Eve then you will be disappointed since you cannot solve this book on your own. J. D. Robb keeps too much information out which makes this is impossible, but the story is well written and certainly enjoyable. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading romance since there is a fair bit of this as well as some hot sex scenes between Eve and Roake.

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series

 Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
A Sooke Stackhouse Novel (The Southern Vampire Mysteries), Book 3
Publisher: The Penguin Publishing Group (Electronic Edition: 2003), EBook: 442 KB, Language: English, ISBN-0-7865-4101-6


Sooke Stackhouse is a cute, sweet, down–to-earth barmaid who just happens to be a telepath and she has become involved in the world of Vampires, Werewolves and other supernatural beings. In this book she goes on a quest to solve a mystery involving her vampire boyfriend and she has a romantic crises.

This is the third book in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series (also known as A Sooke Stackhouse Novel ), there are currently a total of eleven books. All the books are contemporary fantasy books also known as urban fantasy.  They also fall into the romance genre. The story is told in the first person narrative with Sooke’s voice and thoughts as we follow her around.

This book is non-stop action from the beginning to the end. First Sooke comes to realize that things are cooling down with her boyfriend, Bill the vampire.  Then Bill disappears and even though they are no longer dating, Sooke feels responsible to find and save him. There is the introduction of a new character, Alcide Herveaux the hunky and sweet werewolf.  He and Sooke take off to Mississippi to try to find Bill. Eric, the sexy, gorgeous vampire and Bubba, who is Elvis Presley turned vampire help her along the way.  A lot goes down including finding and disposing of dead bodies, being attacked numerous times and a couple of stakings.  There are some pretty tense moments as Sooke goes through her adventure.

As with the previous 2 books, I enjoyed Club Dead. The story was well written and Charlaine Harris has a talent for creating clear visual pictures of what the people look like and what is going on. The action scenes, and there were plenty of them, were exciting and frightening.  Sooke handled herself well and we got to know her character a bit better.  The book follows a good steady pace as it builds up to the final conclusion, but then a few more things happen, each with their own ending.  The story is a complete story unto itself, but it is also clearly part of a larger story.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading contemporary, urban fantasy books that focus on life with vampires and werewolves.  I think it is one of the better series in the genre.  The book has some sex scenes in it, but it is not the main focus of the book but enough to put the book into the romance genre.  So if you enjoy reading about sex, romance and vampires then you will enjoy this book.

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Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series

Book Review: 2 Treasure Boxes
A Sooke Stackhouse Novel (The Southern Vampire Mysteries), Book 2
Publisher:The Penguin Publishing Group electronic edition August 2003, Ebook:449 KB, ISBN: 0-7865-4098-2

Sooke Stackhouse is a cute, sweet, down–to-earth barmaid who just happens to be telepathic and she has become involved in the world of Vampires, Werewolves and other supernatural beings. This book starts out with a mystery.  How did a dead body end up in Andy Bellefleur’s car?

This is the second book in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series (also known as A Sooke Stackhouse Novel ), with the introduction of many different interesting characters and premises. There are currently a total of eleven books. All the books are contemporary fantasy books also known as urban fantasy.  They also fall into the romance genre. The story is told in the first person narrative with Sooke’s voice and thoughts as we follow her around.

Since the dead body was the short order cook from Sooke’s bar, she feels personally responsible to solve the murder and avenge the death and so the book unfolds.  However, first Sooke is attacked by a supernatural being and almost dies. In between solving this little mystery and recovering from the attack Sooke also gets involved with vampire problems in Dallas. The book introduces the anti-vampire group known as the The Fellowship of the Sun. There is a fair bit in the book concerning this group around the problems in Dallas. 

There is lots of action in this book.  The story seems to jump around a fair bit but it is never boring. I enjoyed the book. It was a complete story which I always find enjoyable to read.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading contemporary, urban fantasy books that focus on life with vampires and werewolves.  I think it is one of the better series in the genre and I definitely prefer the books to the TV series.  The book has some sex scenes in it, but it is not the main focus of the book but enough to put the book into the romance genre.  So if you enjoy reading about sex, romance and vampires then you will enjoy this book.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series The Southern Vampire Mysteries Series

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
A Sooke Stackhouse Novel (The Southern Vampire Mysteries), Book 1
Publisher:The Penguin Publishing Group first edition, (electronic) August 2001, Ebook:437 KB, ISBN: 0-7865-9150-1

Sooke Stackhouse is a cute, sweet, down–to-earth barmaid who just happens to be a telepath and she has become involved in the world of Vampires, Werewolves and other supernatural beings. I liked the premise and characters in this book.  With the introduction of synthetic blood, the vampires have come out to the general population and the book examines the numerous problems that this causes.

This is the first book in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series (also known as A Sooke Stackhouse Novel ), with the introduction of many different interesting characters and premises. There are currently a total of eleven books. All the books are contemporary fantasy books also known as urban fantasy.  They also fall into the romance genre. The story is told in the first person narrative with Sooke’s voice and thoughts as we follow her around.

The book starts out with the introduction of Sooke Stackhouse who can read peoples minds.  This may sound like a good thing, but in fact it is a big problem for Sooke. The overload of information from other people’s minds is very overwhelming so she has to work very hard not to hear what everyone around her thinks.  She is thrilled to meet a vampire for the first time (Bill, the vampire.) She is even more thrilled and excited to realize that with Bill she hears silence. She has no idea what Bill is thinking and for the first time in her life she can be around another person and not spend half her brain trying to shut out their thoughts.  

Sooke is a kind and caring person. She is treated like an outcast in the town she lives because she is telepathic and everyone calls her crazy Sooke.  She lives in the small town Bon Temps and works at the only pub in the town. It is owned by Sam Merlot, a cute and kind man with strawberry blond hair and blue eyes.  He also has his own secrets. We also meet a couple of other characters. Jason Stackhouse, Sooke’s younger, really hot brother who plays the field and is extremely selfish but still likable in his own way. Eric is the sexy vampire who is the sheriff of Area Five and the owner of the Vampire Club in Shreveport (the closest large town next to Bon Temps) called Fantasia.

I found Sooke’s character to be very likable. The book has lots of action surrounding Sooke, starting with Sooke saving Bill from being drained by the Rattrays (a white trash, trailer park couple.) The Rattrays attacking Sooke, where she is almost killed.  The Rattrays suspicious death as well as numerous murders being committed around town. The story is a mystery as to who has been committing the murders right up to the final chapter where everything comes to a final surprising and exciting conclusion. It is fun to read about Sooke and Bill’s developing relationship. It is also fun to read about Bill, since he was turned during the civil war and is still in many ways very chivalrous. The ending was very scary with lots of action. The story is a complete story unto itself, but it is also clearly part of a larger story.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading contemporary, urban fantasy books that focus on life with vampires and werewolves.  I think it is one of the better series in the genre.  The book has some sex scenes in it, but it is not the main focus of the book but enough to put the book into the romance genre.  So if you enjoy reading about sex, romance and vampires then you will enjoy this book.

Glory in Death by J.D. Robb

This entry is part 2 of 26 in the series In Death Series

Book review: 2 Treasure Boxes
In Death Series, Book 2

A good futuristic suspense novel featuring Eve Dallas. This is the second book in the series and it is in the same vein as the first book.  It is about Lieutenant Eve Dallas, a tough, smart, likable homicide detective.  In each book she solves a crime and finds the killer.  The book also encompasses her entire life including her personal relationships. 

 She has had a very tough childhood.  She was terribly abused, physically, mentally and sexually until she was 8 years old.  She has no memory of her life prior to that when she was found on the street with her arm broken, she was also naked, terrified, and beaten.  She is however plagued with recurring flash-back nightmares.

She did not even remember her name. A name was given to her at that time and she was put into the foster care system. Once she grew up she decided to go into law enforcement.  Being a homicide detective really defines who she is and helps her to find her place in the world. She is the best of the best and gives her all to each case she solves.  She really cares for the victims and it is really important for her to find the killer.

There was a fair bit concerning the relationship between Eve and her hot boyfriend Roake, which is always fun to read about.  We also get to know more about her best friend Mavis in this book. Eve is working closely with Captain Ryan Feeney (Head of the Electronics Detection Division (EDD)) on this case. He is another person who is very important to Eve.  She thinks of him as a father figure.  He trained and partnered with her for years.  He helped her to become the detective she is today. We also watch Eve starting to form the beginnings of new friendships with Nadine Furst (a TV reporter) and Dr. Charlotte Mira (the police psychiatrist.)

This book had a bit of suspense as well as some nail biting at the end of the book. The twist in the story helped to keep things interesting. It was a complete stand alone story.  The series is really about Eve’s changing life with a complete murder mystery solved in each book. I liked this book, it was an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison

Book Review: 1 Treasure Box
The Hollows, Book 5
Publisher: HarperCollins (Mobi-Pocket February 2007,) 420 KB (560 Pages,) ISBN 978-0-06-128921-7

Rachel has a lot on her plate and with the help of her friends is kept busy fighting off werewolves and demons while at the same time trying to solve a murder.  This is the continuing story of Rachel-the witch, Ivy-the living vampire and Jenks-the pixie as they work together fighting against evil and helping their friends.

For a Few Demons More is the fifth book in The Rachel Morgan/The Hollows Series. Currently there are nine books in the series, with another three or four expected to be released in the future. This series is a modern day story that centers around inderlanders: witches, weres, vampires and others including the occasional demon, so it falls into the Contemporary Fantasy or Urban Fantasy genre. It is told in the first person narrative from Rachel Morgan’s point of view, she is the main protagonist.

I liked how this book began but I felt that as the book progressed the quality of the story declined. I thought the writing in the opening sequence was exciting, even though it did not make a lot of sense that Newt would know that Rachel had the Focus. I thought the story first fell apart when Rachel made arrangements to meet with both werewolf groups at the same time. I thought it was very unprofessional and rather stupid, considering she thought they were behind the murders currently taking place.  The fact that doing so resolved several issues and brought much to light seemed just a bit too convenient. And it was very unrealistic that no one died in the process.

I get a little tired of Rachel berating herself. How could I be so stupid bla, bla, bla. The book goes on too long about Ivy leaving for some unknown reason.  Also what kind of friend is Jenks to blab to Cheri that Rachel bit Kisten.  No wonder Rachel didn’t trust Jenks in the previous book with the knowledge of what Trent is which was also painful reading.

The story seems to jump around a lot, from weres being killed, the Focus, Trent’s wedding, and Ivy disappearing without really solving anything. But the story does slowly progress and eventually Rachel is able to resolve all of the outstanding issues.  There are a few sad spots in the story as well.

I always enjoy reading the parts concerning the demons, I find these parts are the most interesting and exciting. I am also curious to see where this series is going so I will probably read the next book in the series, although I felt this was not as good as the other books in the series.