Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.
As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.
What I liked: I loved everything about Brotherhood in Death and I’m not sucking up. The last full length book in this series, Devoted in Death, was one of my least favorites and I was wondering had Ms Robb hit the wall with what she could do with the In Death series. Not to worry fans, this book has all the gut wrenching components, the snarky dialogue, the character relationships we’ve all fallen in love with and of course, there is Roarke.
How can a book featuring Dennis Mira be bad? The answer, it can’t. All of Eve’s feelings for the gentle, caring, wonderful man are front and center in this novel. In addition, Ms Robb provides more of Mr. Mira’s backstory and I devoured every little word and emotion.
The story deals with some pretty gruesome murders of well to do gentlemen who are all known to Mr. Mira. The first death, in fact, is his cousin. Believe me, that’s not a spoiler. Who should Dr. and Mr. Mira trust to solve the case, why, of course they turn to their pseudo daughter, Eve or Lt Dallas, if you will. Watching Eve interact with the Miras and most especially Dennis just clenches your heart. She’s always felt just a bit in love with him and it shows in every scene they are together.
The murders do push all of Eve’s buttons and Roarke and Peabody have her back. Some of the best scenes in Brotherhood in Death are between Eve and Peabody. As a matter of fact, they were laugh out loud funny and my reader’s heart just soared with delight reading Ms Robb’s words. There are conversations about dollhouses, crazy scary dolls and penises. Yup, blame it on the penis. You’ll have to read the book to further explain that reference but it is downright hilarious.
Then there’s the tugs on your heartstrings, but justice must prevail, even if the murdered were sick SOBs and basically deserve everything they get and then some. Eve’s point of view is eye opening in so many ways as she had lived through even worse in her young life.
Ms Robb’s writing is tight, exciting, and the plots and characters are so well developed at this point, it’s poetry. I continually look back at how the characters have grown over the years and am just in awe of her talent.
What I didn’t like: Absolutely nothing, ha!
Reading Brotherhood in Death and discussing it with my best friend more than confirmed our fandom of Ms Robb. It feels like she’s just getting started all over again with this unique, fantasy series. We spent one afternoon just hitting on the snarky, hilarious scenes spread throughout the book.
I have this complete series in hardcover and also some on my Kindle and in audio. For Brotherhood in Death, I bought the hardcover, the Kindle edition, and also used an audible credit for narration. If you are a fan of this series, you definitely need to try at least one or two on audible. Ms Susan Ericksen does a bang up job and her voice for Roarke, mmmm. I listened and read along. It was fantastic.
There are two very exciting highlights to my reading year; February and September, when Ms Robb releases her In Death books! I have many favorites but none that I’ve re-read so many times. Think of it, this series in on book 42 full length novels and many shorts/novellas and I have re-read it 7 times. SEVEN TIMES! That says it all for me.
Highest of Recommendations (You absolutely will not enjoy this series unless you start with book one, Naked in Death).