If you don't care for Nora Roberts BUT love Mystery/Dark Thrillers with a side of romance and a dash of comedy - then I think you'll love J.D. Robb's ... In Death series written by Nora Roberts alter ego.
I won't go into the details of the books but will tell you this: Superb character development, continuity of the story line (which means you really need to read the books in order although they can stand alone) is top notch, the relationships that are webbed and weaved together throughout each page are phenomenal and let's the reader 'really' get to know the characters.
Here's a list of all the books in order (I'm leaving off the 'In Death' part):
7.5 Midnight in Death (Silent Night Anthology)
12.5 Interlude in Death (Out of this World Anthology)
17.5 Remember When (1st part by Nora, 2nd by JD Robb - stories are connected)
22.5 Haunted in Death (Bump in the Night Anthology)
24.5 Eternity in Death (Dead in the Night Anthology)
26.5 Ritual in Death (Suite 606 Anthology)
29.5 Missing in Death (The Lost Anthology)
I love powerful Lt. Eve Dallas and how the complex New York City crimes are solved. If you don't wanna bite her husband, don't read these books! Nora Robert's best writing is as JD Robb in this "In Death" series of some 30+ stories to date. I collect all of the JD Robb books, but skip the Roberts, whose stories are not as tight as those about Lt. Eve Dallas - ass kicker! If the future of New York City is like this, I fear these futuristic killers who are sneaky and complex.
This is absolutely one of her best of the shorter In Death series books. I exclusively listen to the audio books since the reader Susan Erickson makes the characters come alive. The only complaint I have about this book, that due to it's shorter length, the side characters weren't included as much as I would have liked, but again, shorter story, so...
The story is a real mystery since, there is no body, a woman goes missing but it is not the aforesaid dead person. The murder is committed on the ferry while it is enroute with over 3,000 crew and passengers. And yet somehow, the killer gets out the body and him/herself out of a public restroom, leaves no blood trail, and disappears off the ferry before it docks. Who's the victim, what's the motive, how did the body get off the ferry, what really happened to that missing woman, and why did the killer take the body in the first place? A lot of interesting questions and answers that do not disappoint.
Again, Eve must grapple with that grey line between justice and the law. I find the circumstances of the questions always interesting, no matter how many times it's used. Where is the line; it can sometimes be a perplexing puzzle.
I received this audio book from Paperback Swap and am really happy that I am able to find audio books on this site for such a low cost. The only downside regarding this purchase was the quality of the audio book itself. There was some static throughout because the discs were pretty scratched up. It was just on the line of playing properly. I would suggest to anyone considering purchasing an audio book on this site that if it is possible, contact the poster and try to ascertain the condition. I have bought two other audio books, though, and they were in great shape, so 2 out of 3 isn't bad.
Any In Death book should be at the top of any reading list. Eve, Roarke, and the rest of the cast will enchant you, and the murder plots will enthrall you.- Grand Forks Herald
The number-one New York Times best-selling In Death series explodes with intrigue, passion, and suspense. Now, Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, propels you into the darkest night of Lieutenant Eve Dallas's life-when a killer comes to call...
Eve's name has made a Christmas list, but not for being naughty or nice. It's for putting a serial killer behind bars. Now the escaped madman has her in his sights. With her husband, Roarke, at her side. Eve must stop the man from exacting his bloody vengeance-or die trying...
Gritty and steamy-booklist
Very suspenseful.-The Library Times
Eve's name has made a Christmas list, but it's not for being naughty or nice. It's for putting a serial killer behind bars. Now the escaped madman has her in his sights. With her husband, Roarke, at her side, Eve must stop the man from exacting his bloody vengeance--or die trying.
A novella just 90 pages long, this story captures all the Eve Dallas/Roarke chemistry without much of the by-play between tangential characters. Though published in 2005, the book takes place during the first year of Dallas' & Roarke's marriage. On Christmas Eve, it is discovered that someone Eve put away 3 years before has escaped and is killing everyone connected to his conviction, ending with Eve. A fast and satisfying read.
My rating is more on the audiobook, than the story its self. The story was fine, but there was something off about the reader's voice this time. It was very distracting, and made it hard to get into the story.