Friday 12 July 2013


Imitation In Death by JD Robb
Book 17 of the In Death series
Narrated by Susan Ericksen
Genre: SciFi murder mystery, police investigation, crime fiction
Format: hardback & (unabridged) audiobook

About Imitation In Death:
Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas encounters one of her most difficult cases in this latest offering from J. D. Robb, alter ego of bestselling author Nora Roberts. With the very first victim, Eve realizes that the killer stalking the streets of New York City isn't a run-of-the-mill serial murderer. The copycat executions are imitating the methods and victim choices of an ominous list of notorious serial killers, beginning with Jack the Ripper. And when the killer leaves a distinctive note at the crime scene, it's clear that he's targeting Eve personally--a fact that worries Roarke, Eve's shrewd husband.

Assisted by her aide, Peabody, Eve compiles a list of suspects that includes several high-profile possibilities. Their very prominence, however, complicates the investigation, for they have the power and influence to make the search difficult. All of the suspects are reluctant to cooperate but one of them is playing with Eve like a cat with a mouse by tempting her with crime scene notes and challenging her to find him. Can Eve stop him before he slaughters again? Or will his next victim be Eve herself?

Author Robb, a.k.a. Roberts, doesn't miss a beat in this police procedural thriller. The futuristic setting is rich with imaginative details; the cast of supporting characters offers an intriguing variety, while Eve and Roarke's relationship is layered with emotional intimacy and spiced with sex. Whether you're a faithful follower or new to the series, you won't be disappointed in the edge-of-the-seat suspense in Imitation In Death. Don't miss this one. --Lois Faye Dyer
Source: Info in the About Imitation In Death was taken from GoodReads at on 04/07/2012.

In this book, Susan Ericksen has reverted back to making Peabody sound pinched-nosed and McNab groovy. I wonder if she would continue to do so or revert back to normal voice as she had done in the last couple of books. Or whether Susan Ericksen would vacillate between the two styles in subsequent books. In which case it would really irritate me since I do not like change. I sincerely hope that she would pick a style and stick with it. I tend to avoid narrators who annoys me, never mind buy the audiobook.

As with the previous audiobook in this series, the manuscript that Susan Ericksen has been reading is different from the hardback copy. That manuscript she read was a whole lot longer than the hardback as there were sentences not in the hardback all through out the book. I'd say, the hardback edition is the abridged version compared to the the audiobook! Only this series have I found that publishing phenomenon!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 2
Pace = N/A (12 hrs and 44 mins audiobook)
Plot = 4.5
Narrator = 4

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

RCT Library
Thank you!Thank you to the RCT Library for letting me borrow this book!!

FTC Disclosure:
The hardback edition of this book was borrowed from the library. The audiobook was bought with personal funds. No money received for this review.


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