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Book Review: Connections in Death

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Connections in Death by J.D. Robb– 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.

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Published: February 5, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: #48 in the In Death series

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: The In Death series is another of my all-time favorites. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, what are you waiting for? This is book #48, which seems amazing to me, and I have enjoyed every single one of them. The plots are always tight, the characters fully developed, the mystery well thought out, and the relationships between characters solid. I personally enjoy that all the story lines are different. It keeps the series fresh and interesting. 

Eve Dallas is one of my favorite characters from any book. Ever. She’s totally bad-ass with a bad attitude and fast fists. She’s snarly and short tempered. And underneath the crusty exterior she is completely devoted to her family and friends. She also 100% devoted to her job as a cop. I love the relationships between the main characters that has developed throughout the series. I think of these characters almost as family now and it’s so exciting to catch up with them in each new book. From Roarke, Eve’s hot ex-criminal billionaire husband, to Peabody, Eve’s partner at work, to all the other characters that appear throughout the series. They are all an intricate part of these books and what make this series so unique. This book takes on a gang and adds a new character to the Eve/Roarke family- Rochelle Pickering. I look forward to seeing her in more books!

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