Review: Brotherhood In Death

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Sometimes brotherhood can be another word for conspiracy…

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze.

As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.

Warning! Mild spoilers below.

Boy, the blurb was not kidding that Brotherhood In Death was a case no one saw coming.

It’s been awhile since we have gotten a novel like Brotherhood In Death which contains some difficult topics we’ve seen in past In Death novels. So be warned.

Nonetheless, I have to applaud J.D. Robb for this engaging and suspenseful piece of work that pulled me in and did not let me put it down until the last page.

The story starts off when Dennis Mira, Dr. Mira’s husband is going to confront Edward Mira, his cousin, who wants to sell their grandfather’s house behind his back. However, upon entering the house, Dennis hears voices and discovers Edward tied to a chair and beaten up. Before he can do anything, Dennis is knocked out by someone and when he wakes up, Edward is gone. Dennis contacts his wife who asks Eve for help. Of course, Eve agrees to investigate and with the help of Peabody, begin the search for the kidnapped former senator. A  day or two later Edward appears but not in the way they were hoping for. Eve and Peabody discover his body back at the house but hanging from a chandelier. Not only that but his body shows evidence of being beaten and sodomized. However, the most important piece of detail is the sign around his neck with the words “JUSTICE IS SERVED.” Now investigating a murder, Eve soon discovers that Edward and some of his old friends were killed because they were once a brotherhood that committed horrible acts against women. Now knowing this is a crime of revenge against those who were in the brotherhood, Eve now has to find the killer before the next victim is found and killed.

Overall, I loved this book! I won’t lie but there scenes in Brotherhood In Death that made it hard to read. All I’m going to say is fans, Eve’s past will once again haunt her in a couple of scenes. So be prepared. Nevertheless, it was still a well written book and J.D. Robb has once again proven to us that despite Brotherhood In Death being her 42th book of the In Death series (along with a couple of novellas)  there is no sign of the series ending or slowing down! Now, I can’t wait to see what  J.D. Robb has in store for us in her next novel, Apprentice in Death, coming September 6, 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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