“Ironman sounds suspicious to me. What are the others?”
“There’s Thor, the Hulk,” he began.
“Sounds like porn.”
Ah, Eve. I might read these books simply to laugh at how Eve butchers the English language and anything else she might say. 44 books and Eve cannot just take phrases at face value, she has to mangle them and cast doubt on why we use them anyway.
As mentioned, Echoes in Death is book 44 in this beloved series, one I will never quit. This book was a slower one for me but that usually means Robb is going to follow it up with one that rip me apart. I tend to think my enjoyment of the individual book is based upon the level of involvement by Roarke. Here Roarke is involved but in a more subtle fashion. He isn’t as involved in the case but he is absolutely sweet as pie to Eve.
First off, Eve and Roarke are coming back from an expensive dinner thing when a naked woman walks in front of their car. After covering her up and calling for help, they enter the home to find her husband murdered. Much investigating happens and they find several similar cases. Each time, the woman describe the person who broke into the home and violated them, to be dressed up as a demon, or devil or vampire. All creepy costumes and sound effects and no way to identify the perp. The only common link Eve has is a charity event all the couples attended, a catering company and an equipment rental company.
Eve does her investigating and we all know she’s going to nab her bad guy. I have to say, the bad guy is fairly obvious in this one. Though Robb doesn’t tell the reader, if you are familiar with the series, you should spot him right away. Eve follows through with the evidence even though her (and my) gut feeling is correct.
The storyline is quite sickening, something Robb is fabulous with, and there are some triggers. All of them women have been raped and since we know Eve’s past, this case is especially difficult for her. In keeping with her growth throughout the series, Eve accepts help from Mira and Roarke in ways she never would before. She has really come to learn they are on her side and will always be there for her. She also is able to show a side of compassion with the victims. She recognizes their trauma and from personal experience is able to talk to them in a way others cannot.
Overall, I have no complaints. It wasn’t my favorite but is still a very enjoyable read. I miss these characters while waiting for the next book. I miss the button and all the other little things (no candy thief this time!). Honestly, I have to say I am waiting for the next Icove Agenda book. We should be getting something like that soon! Final grade- B
“Edison? Like Thomas?”
“Who’s Edison Thomas?”
“I mean Thomas Edison. The inventor?” Peabody explained. “The light bulb?”
“No, for Christ’s sake, this isn’t about light bulbs. Like the sicko guy who married his own mother, then whined about it.”
After a moment’s confusion, Peabody’s own light bulb went off. “That’s Oedipus. I’m pretty sure that’s Oedipus.” “Edison, Oedipus, platypus. Whatever.”