Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death #2
Published by Berkley, Brilliance Audio on December 1, 1995
Genres: Science Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 320 pages
Length: 9 hours 49 minutes
I read the first book in the In Death series a little less than a year ago and was pleasantly surprised. I’m not that into proceudrals, so I didn’t think these books would be for me. I was wrong. But then there’s that daunting fact that if you ever want to get current on the series you need to read… IDK 40 books?! Needless to say, this series wasn’t at the top of my catch-up list for 2015. Because it’s going to take me a few years to catch up most likely. But for one of my book clubs they’re reading Devoted in Death (#41) and it I decided I could pick up #2 and at least remember the characters. And while I’m really late, Glory in Death made me understand how this series has such a huge following and is still going strong after 20 years and 41 books. It took everything good about the first book and just got that much better.
In a time when technology can reveal the darkest of secrets, there's only one place to hide a crime of passion - in the heart.
The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of great power and wealth provided Eve with a long list of suspects - including her own lover, Roarke.
As a woman, Eve was compelled to trust the man who shared her bed. But as a cop, it was her job to follow every lead...to investigate every scandalous rumor...to explore every secret passion, no matter how dark. Or how dangerous.
First off, I may not be a huge procedural crime person, but if I’m going to read it – this is the way! The mystery and crime elements in In Death were so well done. There were great clues and I had lots of guesses to send me all over the place – but I didn’t figure out the killer until Eve did. I enjoyed watching Eve work – she’s smart and she puts together details well. Everything makes sense and is clever. Exactly like a good mystery should be.
Then you have the characters. Eve Dallas is the main character and I LOVE her. She’s strong and smart and a damn good cop. She’s loyal and stubborn and works way too hard (aka, damn good cop). Then there’s Rourke. He’s a billionare who’s fallen for Eve and is determined to make her realize she’s fallen for him… and if she weren’t o damn stubborn that would be an easy feat. Because he’s not just a gorgeous billionaire, but he’s also got that irresistable bad boy charm. He’s trouble in a great way 😉 All the side characters – from Eve’s best friend to the reporters and fellow officers are interesting and unique to boot.
I should say a little bit about the narration. It’s not bad. But it’s also not a series I’d recommend to someone who I’m trying to win over to audiobooks. Rourke’s voice is a bit too much IMO and some of the women sound masculine – which is kind of hilarious, considering that the narrator is a woman. Not a problem I’m used to having with female narrators. But I’m also listening at 2X speed – so I’m not doing the narration any favors. And it’s still enjoyable at 2x, so – like I said -it’s not BAD. I’d give the narration a C/C+.
I was going to just read the one, but why stop there? I have 39 more to read after all and I’m feeling a bit addicted at the moment. So we’ll see how long I go before I stop…