Monday, May 11, 2015

Innocent In Death by J. D. Robb

Unabridged Audio Version
I recently listened to the unabridged audio version of Innocent In Death by J. D. Robb and read by Susan Ericksen. Total playing time for Innocent In Death is approximately 12 hours, 30 minutes. Innocent In Death is also the 24th novel in the 'In Death' series by J. D. Robb.

I thought that Susan Ericksen did a good job of narrating Innocent In Death. A good narrator and good audio production makes all the difference in the world when it comes to listening to audiobooks.

As far as the novel goes, I enjoyed Innocent In Death by J. D. Robb overall. I like the leading character of Lieutenant Eve Dallas and that of her sexy, Irish billionaire husband, Roarke, in the In Death series... They are such opposites when it comes to couples, but they make it work. 

Anyway, in addition to the well developed characters of Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, I thought all the characters in Innocent In Death were well developed and interesting characters to read about in this novel. The killer was not who I expected it to be and that made this novel all the more interesting to me.

I also liked the storyline... That it's set in the not so distant future is a plus. I like that the Innocent In Death is a mystery/thriller novel with romance elements added in as well. J. D. Robb does a fantastic job of creating a novel with two storylines in one. Not only do we have a mystery/thriller, but there is also a side drama on the side between Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke, that is well played out for the most part... Although, so of the side drama is a bit over the top in a couple of areas... Had the side drama not been over the top in a couple of parts, I would have given this novel a perfect 10 star rating. I am also surprised that Roarke, is able to help out his wife on her cases at times... As a successful billionaire with his own enterprises to oversee, I'd think he's be too busy to help Eve out on occasion.

The following is the publisher's summary of Innocent In Death by J. D. Robb from Audible:
The death of history teacher Craig Foster devastated his young wife, who'd sent him off to work that morning with a lovingly packed lunch. It shocked his colleagues at the Upper West Side private school. And as for the 10-year-old girls who found him in his classroom in a pool of bodily fluids, they may have been traumatized for life.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas, of course, is more hardened to murder cases. And this is clearly a murder case. That lovingly packed lunch was tainted with deadly ricin. And Mr. Foster's colleagues, shocked as they may be, have some shocking secrets of their own. It's Eve's job to get a feel for all the potential suspects, and find out why someone would have done this to a man who seemed so inoffensive, so innocent.
Now Magdelana Percell - there's someone Eve can picture as a murder victim. Possibly at Eve's own hands. The slinky blonde - an old flame of her billionaire husband, Roarke, from his days on the wrong side of the law - has turned up in New York, and she's anything but innocent.
Unfortunately, Roarke seems blind to Magdelana's manipulation, but not to her shapely figure and flirtatious ways. And he insists that the occasional lunch or business meeting with her is nothing to worry about...and none of Eve's business.
Eve's so unnerved by the situation that she finds it hard to focus on the Foster case. Still, she'll have to put aside her anger, jealousy, and heartbreak, for a while at least - because another man has just turned up dead, and the case is taking some strange turns and hitting some frustrating dead ends.
Eve knows all too well that innocence can be a fa├žade. Keeping that in mind may help her solve this case at last. But it may also tear apart her marriage.
I really enjoyed reading Innocent In Death by J. D. Robb, so I am giving it rating of 9 stars out of 10 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. Great review. I’ve listened to all the books, Susan Ericksen does a really good job. While I could do without some of the storylines what keeps me listening is the development of the characters, especially Dallas and Roarke.

    1. Wow, I am impressed that you've listened to the entire series. That's a lot of books!!! I've only read two or three of the books in the 'In Death Series' by J. D. Robb and look forward to reading more of the books.