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Quick Review: Apprentice in Death

Every time I think things are going to settle and I can get back to my normal routine, something else pops up. Life? I suppose so. Now, with all the rush and bustle of the holiday season being upon us, I figure that I might see something resembling normal in January. Time will tell.

In the meantime, I’m posting a quick review of the last book I finished reading. Quick because it’s the 43rd book in a series. If you haven’t read the In Death series yet, I’m not going to talk you into doing so using the 43rd book. Frankly, I wouldn’t even bother posting a review at all except that this is my 65th finished book of 2016, which means I have completed my Goodreads Challenge for this year!!! Yay!! Go me!


Title:  Apprentice in Death

Author:  J.D. Robb

Publisher:  Berkley

Pages:  375

Genre:  Futuristic mystery/crime, fiction

Setting:  2060 (I think that’s the year. I may be off by one or two and I’m too lazy to go get my book and verify.) New York City, NY, USA

Source:    I bought this lovely book for myself from B&N.

Publication Date:  Sept. 2016


The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil…

What I Say:

One of the better, more recent, installments of the In Death series. All of the feelings of suspense and urgency having to do with the crimes being committed were there. Also, being fearful right along with Eve when she’s dealing with her friends and loved ones was there too. I have felt like those two things have been lacking with latter books in the In Death series.

I liked the plot of this story and enjoyed the different aspects that Robb forces you to consider like domestic terrorism and what defines it, what makes a criminal, who is responsible for committing crimes, etc. I can’t say too much more without giving away some of the plot. Still, I though that these different things were addressed in a way that wasn’t too political, which I appreciate.

Also, we get to go to the party. There have been some In Death books where Eve is has to attend some event for whatever reason. She’s not much of a people person, preferring her husband’s company, a vid on the couch, and some wine at home. Then, the book ends without getting to see what happens at the party. With Eve and the ways in which she lacks certain social graces, parties are usually an opportunity for the reader to enjoy some comic relief and to get to see her as a person outside of the cop. Here in Apprentice in Death, we get to go to the party too and it doesn’t disappoint.

One last thing before I go, for anyone else who has read a significant amount of books from this series, do you feel that Roarke and all of his resources make solving the crime(s) almost too easy? Maybe even a tad unrealistic? I hate even bringing it up because this is my all-time favorite series, but this point has been niggling at my brain.



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