Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Possession in Death

Possession in Death
by J.D. Robb
part of The Other Side

In Death series, novella

“The devil killed my body. I cannot fight, I cannot find. I cannot free her. You must. You are the one. We speak to the dead.” Immediately after hearing these words, uttered to her by an old Romanian woman bleeding to death in the street, detective Eve Dallas begins to notice that her latest case has come with a number of interesting side-effects: visions of the deceased, instant familiarity with rooms she’s never seen before, and fluency in Russian. Likewise, there appears to be a force inside of her, a spirit other than her own, that won’t let her rest until she’s found Beata, the old woman’s great-granddaughter, whose disappearance two months prior remains a mystery. Desperate to be free of her new “gifts”, Eve pursues the facts until she discovers a link between Beata’s disappearance and the disappearance of eight other young women, all of whom attended the same dance classes, none of whom were ever heard from again. (description taken from

A great new novella in my favorite book series! It's funny how, if you follow this series, most of the full length novels are flat out realistic (though futuristic) murder mysteries, but the novellas explore the supernatural...

This particular novella was very interesting because it delved lightly into gypsy culture and superstition. I never get tired of learning little tidbits about this culture's heritage.

What I really loved about this particular story about Eve and Roarke, though, was the way that all of Eve's friends, the ones she is never really sure that she has, rally around her. They begin, as friends, at a barbeque, then without blinking an eye, shift into team mode and go to work when the murder is discovered, all still surrounding Eve and following her wherever she leads. It is truly a story about love, friendship, and family.

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