Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb

Although I'm going to include the publisher's information at the end of the review, I do disagree about one comment. The blurb says it's the perfect book for any women's fiction fan. I think J.D. Robb's Brotherhood in Death is an excellent book for police procedural fans. My favorite procedurals are ones that do just what the publisher says. They focus on good conquering evil, a strong team of police who work well together, and also relationships, families and friends.

Dennis Mira had a rough day. He accidentally discovered his cousin, Edward, was meeting with a realtor to discuss selling their grandfather's brownstone. But, Dennis had promised it would remain in the family, and he has joint ownership. Then, when he arrives at the house, he walks into the den just in time to see Edward in a chair with a blackened eye and blood dripping from his face. It's the last thing Dennis saw before someone hit him from behind.

Fortunately, Dennis wasn't an actual target. And, his wife, Charlotte Mira, is the NYPSD's top profiler, and a friend of homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When Dennis and Charlotte call Eve, the brownstone isn't yet a murder scene. Edward had disappeared. But, Edward, a former senator, had friends who were much closer than his cousin. And, he had a history that will lead to terrible discoveries, bringing back memories of Eve's own tragic past.

Brotherhood in Death is not a suspense novel for readers who love women's fiction. It's too gritty, too violent, and too graphic. However, for those of us who love police procedurals, it's just what we're looking to read. It follows Lieutenant Eve Dallas, her team, and other police as they look for a methodical killer with a plan. The emphasis is on the case. However, Robb gives readers a little extra with the love and strong relationship between Dallas and her husband, Roarke. But, then, the best police procedurals do let readers know the feelings of the police, letting us into their lives.

Looking for an excellent police procedural? Brotherhood in Death, set a little over forty years in the future, offers a fascinating investigation into a number of cruel, violent crimes.

J.D. Robb's website is

Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb. Berkley Books. 2016. ISBN 9780399170898 (hardcover), 388p.

FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.


2016 Marks 35 Years Since Nora Roberts’ First Published Novel in 1981

Roberts has more than 500 million copies of her books in print
Over the last 30 years, an average of 27 Nora Roberts books were sold every minute

J. D. Robb’s In Death series is one of the longest-running suspense series currently being published, and February 2016 marks the publication of the forty-second installment, BROTHERHOOD IN DEATH (Berkley Hardcover; February 2, 2016; $27.95).  While writing one series for twenty-plus years is impressive enough, Robb’s alter-ego is Nora Roberts, and 2016 marks thirty-five years since Roberts’ first published novel, Irish Thoroughbred (1981).  
How did this beloved bestselling series come to be?  Roberts writes quickly, and a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new group of readers, but she wanted to write something different than she had been.  She’d toyed with the idea of setting something in the near-future, and the In Death series was born.  
The tough Lieutenant Eve Dallas was at the heart of the series – a strong heroine with a dark past.  The gripping and suspenseful In Death series explores the relationships that Eve shares with her husband Roarke, her colleagues, and her close friends, as well as her quick wit, snappy dialogue, and inside jokes.  The In Death books, at the root, are stories about good conquering evil, family, and love, the hallmarks of a Roberts or Robb novel, and part of the reason that her storytelling has garnered her one of the largest and most dedicated fan bases in the world.  
You can find J.D. Robb at and at

About the Author:
J. D. Robb/Nora Roberts is the bestselling author of more than 200 novels with more than 500 million copies of her books in print worldwide.  Every Nora Roberts and J. D. Robb title released in 2015 hit the New York Times bestseller list, keeping up a streak started in 1999. You can find Robb on the web or join the discussion on Facebook (jdrobbauthor) with her 133,000+ fan


Mason Canyon said...

The In Death series is probably my all time favorite series. The first time I read a synopsis of one of the books, I didn't think I'd be that interested in it. Boy was I wrong. To me the author has a way of sharing the heart of the investigator, while dealing with the cruel and violent ways of criminals. Lesa, enjoyed your thoughts on this latest installment and I look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing.

Kay said...

I love this series and have read almost all of it. I'm 3 books behind now, I think. I need to catch up because I'm very interested in a book that featured Dennis Mira a little more prominently. I don't know how J.D.Robb/Nora Roberts does it, but I've enjoyed so many of her books. And I totally agree, this is not a book or series for the average 'woman's fiction' reader (who even is that anyway?). It definitely falls in the mystery/suspense category.

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Mason. This one is very good, and the case gets under Eve's skin.

Lesa said...

Kay, You will love Dennis Mira's role in this. He's just so kind and caring. Yep, mystery/suspense, definitely.

Cyranetta said...

I wish the next person who creates a police procedural on TV featuring charismatic leads would read the entire "In Death" series to find out how to keep it interesting. Continuing to both create and develop subsidiary characters, like Dennis Mira, certainly must be one way that works

Lesa said...

I'm with you on that, Cyranetta.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Jackie has read all of these (including the novellas) since the beginning, as well as over 100 other Nora Roberts books. She says that some of Roberts's other heroes have some of Roarke in them.

Lesa said...

I believe Jackie because she's certainly an expert, Jeff.

Carol M said...

I started this series and I love it! I've read quite a few of the books but I still have a lot to go. I never get tired of reading about Dallas and Roarke and, of course, the cases they solve.