After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk.
After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband—and walks into a brutal nightmare.
Their paths are about to collide…
When the young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—wanders in front of their car, Roarke slams on the brakes just in time, and Eve, still in glittering gown and heels, springs into action. It’s been a long night for the tired homicide cop, and it’s far from over.
Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil” . . .
While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked—and that he treated Daphne like a trophy wife—this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse as the first suspect. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:
What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?
What I liked: The characters and dialogue make this series one my top favorites of all times. I don’t think I’ve ever read a series where the characters have been developed so well over such an expanse of work. I go back to the beginning to re-read this series about every two years. Yep, I start at number one and go until the most current work is read. Why you ask, because the books, characters, plots and development are just that good.
Echoes in Death is not my very favorite but again, I love the characters. I’ll never figure out how Roarke gets by on so little sleep or how Summerset anticipates just what Eve needs, when she needs it. The back and forth between Summerset and Eve just makes me smile. The relationship between Eve and Peabody continues to grow. Peabody is maturing into the perfect partner for Lt Eve Dallas.
In Echoes in Death, Eve and Roarke stumble or almost hit the victim. They, of course, get the victim, Daphne Strazza, to the hospital and find she’s the wife of the hospital’s top orthopedic surgeon. Eve and Roarke backtrack to the doctor’s residence to find him dead amidst a horrible crime scene. Thus, the investigation begins and soon becomes 3 cases instead of just one. The perpetrator is escalating with each crime. He/she is a wily one but Eve and crew are more than up to the case.
There is some nice misdirection provided by Ms Robb to keep the reader guessing about the culprit. While some of Eve’s previous cases have brushed up against her haunting past, Echoes in Death has Eve remembering just how she was “controlled” and the memories can’t get in the way of her solving the case. Roarke and Dr. Mira are there to help Eve deal with the similarities and push forward.
The interactions between all the regular characters is so well done. It’s grown slowly over the course of the books and now, I guess I just kind of expect how well the conversations are written, even the ones between the cops and the suspects. Eve has an inner sense for “seeing” the crime scene and not giving anything away to the suspects. Her gut never leads her astray in her quest to stand for the victim or victims.
What I didn’t like: This time I actually figured out the killer. Yep, that doesn’t happen very often (unless the killer is divulged on purpose) but Ms Robb didn’t give me an easy win. There are several twists in the crime part of the story to keep you guessing and second guessing yourself.
I have all the In Death series in hardcover, e-book, and a good portion on audio. Yep, I don’t put that kind of money into any of my other books. I’m that obsessed (wait, there’s an Obsession In Death book too) with this series. I had a friend comment that she tried to read this series but found the constant referral to Eve’s past to be too prominent in the books she had read. My response was, that’s what makes Eve, Eve. Her past, her time before Roarke, her time before Mavis and her time before friends. Yes, her past plays a part in some of the storylines and yes, her past is horrific but she survived; no, she more than survived, she’s lived and is living more and more each and every book. That’s why I love the series. Well, then there’s Roarke. I mean, ROARKE, for goodness sake. Everyone who reads this series is in love with Roarke. A close second for me is Denis Mira. Sigh.
So, I guess I’ve gushed long enough. If you try to read this series out of order, you won’t like it, period. The development of the characters and their relationships is the highlight of this series.