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The evolution of Eve Dallas has been amazing throughout the In Death series. The first book's reluctant friendship with Mavis started Eve down the road to relationships that she never could have imagined. This 40th installment puts people close to her at risk, forcing Eve to recognize the surprising number of people she cares about and who care about her. The villain is interesting but not central to this story -- the relationships are the focus.
J.D. Robb's stories standing alone make great books, but Susan Ericksen brings out the true excellence with her character voices and dramatic reading. I really enjoy what her voices add to the series. With only a couple of exceptions, I can listen to every book in this series over and over.
The entire series is built around a strong woman who has spent her life not just recognizing the difference between good and evil, but consciously battling evil and adopting the good that she finds in others. Her ability to adopt the good she finds can be painful and difficult for Eve, but it is just as often funny and endearing. This characteristic is the foundation for an excellent and long-lived series, and the murder, mystery and suspense only spice it up. Robb's vision of the future and the quirky humor really make this series stand out. And since the birth of Bella Eve, I can't help but see a hilarious pregnancy and baby in the future for Eve and Roarke, but likely no cows.
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A fantastic #40. I listen to books whenever I am not working or sitting down - probably more than is healthy, but my greatest addiction is to this series. From time to time I wander back through the volumes and they never disappoint - even on a second or third listen. They are smart and funny and touching. Okay, so they are about homicides - but the misdirected puns and fear of cows and sheep never fail to make me laugh out loud.
I am not otherwise a big fan of Nora Roberts, but this series never fails. Major credit goes to Susan Ericksen for her phenomenal development of each character's unique voice.
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