|Book Series Rec
||[Feb. 14th, 2005|03:26 pm]
104 Books in 2005
I started reading the "In Death" books, by J.D. Robb, because I wanted to expand my reading range to include the mystery/crime genre and thought that starting with a series written by one of my favorite romance authors would get the ball rolling.|
Little did I know; the first book captured my interest so thoroughly that I ran to every used book store in a 30 miles radius with a list of the titles and then bought the remaining 10 titles new. Note: these books are very difficult to find in used book stores down here.
I devoured all 21 books in less than 3 weeks and instead of moving on to the next book or series I was compelled to read them again. Yes, I am reading this series twice in rapid succession, which is something I've only done with Anne McCaffrey before. More, I'm enjoying them just as much, if not more, the second time through.
Moral: If you enjoy crime novels, if you enjoy romance novels, or if you enjoy Nora Roberts' books, this series makes it easy to add 21 books to your annual total.
Now, I am awful at writing reviews, so I'm just going to copy some from Amazon.com instead, customer reviews only. ::smile::
"Naked In Death" is the first book in J. D. Robb's Eve Dallas mystery series. I have been hearing positive things about these books for a long time, and now, after reading this terrific novel, I understand why.
New York City, 2058 CE, are the time and setting of "Naked in Death." Robot drones and voice activated machines do menial work, i.e., clean house, serve meals; there is a total ban on guns, (the police use lasers); major improvements have been made in medicine and technology, with advancements in genetics (and strong genetic control); airbuses for public transportation have replaced subways; tele-links replace telephones - it's not a "brave new world," yet...but there are definite pluses midway into the 21st century. Minor armed skirmishes have taken place between China and the US, and France had another revolution which lasted for a few years. The overpopulated world has more limited resources - real coffee is rare and way too expensive, as is beef and other fresh meat. Robb has not written a sci-fi series, however. Far enough into the future to make the storyline more interesting, 2058's world is still easily recognizable.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD is called to a murder scene where a young licensed companion, (a legalized prostitute ), has been brutally murdered with an antique handgun from the 20th century. The victim, Sharon DeBlass, is from a very prominent family - her grandfather is a US senator. An angry man who preaches morality and leads an ultra conservative branch of his party, the senator would like to totally suppress the case, and perhaps even run the investigation himself. According to friends and relatives, Ms. DeBlass apparently chose her career not only because she liked sex, she did not need the money, but because she was rebelling against her family and strict upbringing. A note was found under her body with the printed words, "ONE OF SIX." So, was the perpetrator a serial killer warning that there were to be five more murders? One of the prime suspects is a sexy Irish billionaire named Roarke. We never learn whether this is his first or last name. Perhaps if one is a billionaire, especially a tall, dark and handsome, with an Irish brogue, billionaire, it doesn't matter. He is quickly cleared of suspicion, and he and Eve embark on a stormy, intense romance - but not before murder #2 occurs.
Eve, although a tough cop who made Lieutenant before the age of 30, is also very vulnerable. She doesn't remember the early years of her life, but knows that she was sexually, physically and emotionally abused by her father, then abandoned at age eight and left to the mercies of Children's Services. She has made her work her life, and letting Roarke get close to her is a first.
Happiness is discovering another excellent series - and from what I have read, this looks like a winner! The writing is tight, as is the plot - an excellent and complex mystery. I really like the characters, Eve, definitely, Roarke - who lives up to his description, Feeney, Eve's partner, and Eve's chanteuse friend Mavis. I can't wait to pick-up book two, "Glory In Death."
I've already started on #3. I haven't gotten tired of reading Eve Dallas's stories. This series is excellent. When it is a series as long as this one, I usually switch to another author. But with this one, I can't wait to get my hands on the next one. I don't have #4 yet, but I will call tomorrow about getting it. Only ONE bit of advice. Start this from #1 and work yourself to #8. You need to know the character when you read the books. And the only way to do that is to start with #1 and work your way up. VERY GOOD READING. I can't understand how anyone could have given this book a 1 star or 2 star rating. It's way TOO GOOD for that.
A rich, well loved older man is poisoned on his birthday. The family is devastated and Eve Dallas gets the call. Eve quickly realizes who did the deed. The perpetrator is someone who has a personal vendetta against Eve herself and taunts Eve with every body that falls at her feet. Now Eve must find the murderer before they can target Roarke. Also, Eve finally confronts her tragic past. Oh, yeah the final confrontation between Eve and the murderer is worth a couple of re-reads.
There are a lot of familiar things about this book. First there is Eve. She is still the tough as nails cop with a deep heart and a bruised soul that we were first introduced to in "Naked in Death." I like the progression I've seen in the books. That first book had a very isolated Eve haunted by suppressed memories of her horrific childhood. This 14th book has an Eve is completely surrounded by friends and people who love her and she (and we) finally get the whole story behind her childhood. Usually Peabody gets the best lines, but in this one Eve gets few. There are some real smile-out-loud moments when Eve is confronted with the wide-open spaces of Texas and cows and horses.
And then there is everyone else. The usual suspects makes their appearance. Peabody is still at Eve's side and gets to take on a case of her own; McNab is still flashy; Charles the LC and his new girlfriend Dr. Louise are minor supporting characters and of course Roarke is still the sexiest fictional character around.
I really enjoy this series and look forward to the next one in six months. These books are truly Nora Roberts at her best!
I have followed all of JD Robb's books and this is one of her best. You ended up laughing, cheering and crying all on the same page.
Eve reflects on the similarities between herself and a 9 year old, the sole survivor of a military style execution of the little girl's entire family. All of the principal players are there from the series, but this one draws you in like none of the previous books have done.
The mystery is definitely better written, as it keeps you guessing and asking why, through almost the entire book. Roarke is enough to make my husband jealous, and me sighing with wishful dreams.
This is one for the devote fans, as JD Robb (Nora Roberts) brings up other characters and other book plots into the story line. Enjoy!!!
Naked in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Glory in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Immortal in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Rapture in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Ceremony in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Vengeance in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Holiday in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Conspiracy in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Loyalty in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Witness in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Judgment in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Betrayal in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Seduction in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Reunion in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Purity in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Portrait in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Imitation in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Remember When by Nora Roberts and J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Divided in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Visions in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)
Survivor in Death by J. D. Robbs (In Death series) (Mystery/Romance)