Concealed in Death

 There is nothing unusual about billionaire Roarke supervising work on his new property – but when he takes a ceremonial swing at the first wall, he uncovers the body of a girl. And then another – in fact twelve dead girls in all. Luckily for Roarke, he is married to the best police Lieutenant in town, Eve Dallas…

Another good story from J.D. Robb,  I am amazed at how she continues to think up different stories 38 books in.  While I don’t think this was as good as some of the other ones in the series, it is still up there. The story was much slower paced than usual and it was clear who the murderer was well before the end of the book – even I guessed it! There were the inevitable parallels with Eve’s childhood when it turns out the building was a centre for delinquent teens, but fortunately this is glossed over rather than made into a mountain.

I love Eve and Roarke, they are one of my favourite fictional couples, they are very settled in their relationship now and this is evidenced by the interactions between them in this book. One thing I did miss though, was the inclusion of the larger cast that we’ve grown to love – very little even with Peabody. On the plus side there were some new characters introduced (both shady and not so shady!) who I think will be featured in later books.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and J.D. Robb remains one of my must read authors, anyone new to the series could easily pick up here with no problems and enjoy it. I would definitely advise making time to read the earlier books in the series however, to truly appreciate the individuals that are Eve and Roarke.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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  • Author: J.D. Robb
  • Series: In Death (38)
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In Death Series, Books 11-20

 So I finally managed to drag my head out of this series to write a bit more about it!

It really does get better and better, and I am so caught up in it I have been unable to read anything else. One of the main reasons I am enjoying it so much is the relationship threads that run and develop throughout the series. Eve and Roarke in particular continue to develop emotionally and their relationship is very believable.

Despite being 20+ books in, the “whodunnit” aspect of the books continue to be different each time and it still surprises me when the killer is revealed.

The author writes such believable characters, both main and supporting, and I am emotionally invested in all of them.  The stories drag you in and when Roarke and Eve have their fights – some major ones at times – I feel as sick as Eve does!

In this set of books we have Eve investigating other cops, hunting for a well known assassin, a deadly computer virus and having to face up to her past head on, to name but a few.

Roarke also has a bombshell about his past dropped on him in Portrait in Death. I did not see that coming and there were more than a few tears from me as both he and Eve worked through it.

Divided in Death produced some shocking revelations about Eve’s past and again they have to resolve the issues they bring together, but not without some heartache along the way. Very emotionally intense.

Overall, even though I am reading these books straight after each other, I do not get the feeling that it is a recycled plot-line as sometimes happens with other authors. Yes there is a murder, yes Eve will solve it eventually, but I continue to be impressed with how J.D. Robb varies it up.

This continues to be a five star series for me and I must confess to being nearly at book 30 now, I just cannot get my head out of it – the housework has gone to pot, and work is an irritating distraction into my reading time!

Books 11 to 20 are as follows :

  • Judgement in Death
  • Betrayal in Death
  • Seduction in Death
  • Reunion in Death
  • Purity in Death
  • Portrait in Death
  • Imitation in Death
  • Divided in Death
  • Visions in Death
  • Survivor in Death

Note from Grete : Help! I can’t put these books down, they are so engaging and easy to read, I just can’t help reaching for the next one!!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: J.D. Robb
  • Series: In Death (11-20)

In Death Series, Books 1-10

 The In death series by Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb follows homicide detective Eve Dallas as she solves cases in New York in the second half of the 21st century. I reviewed the first book here and since then have raced though the next nine. Rather than do a review for each book I thought I would do them in sections!

I am totally in love with this series, I think it is one of the best crime series I have read and definitely my favourite. The books seem to be getting better and better and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

The characters Eve and her love interest, Roarke (really hot love interest) have really progressed during the series, their relationship has evolved and both have had to learn compromise and sacrifice. Their strong relationship is one of the things I really like about this series but it in no way detracts from the stories which are excellent – I don’t think I have guessed the killer right once! I only hope Ms. Robb does not go down the route of so many series and kill off Roarke, but with over twenty books to go I am fearing the worst.

As the books have progressed we learn more about Eve’s childhood and I know it will all come to a head in future books. I can’t wait to find the full story.

I love how Roarke seems to own everything both on and off planet, and I love how Eve struggles to cope with yet another of his buildings hosting a murder, I can almost see her expression when she realises.

My emotions have been pulled all over the place with this series and particularly in book 8 – Conspiracy in Death, I was sobbing my heart out. The writing is very emotive but the main reason is I am drawn to the characters; as there are so many books they can develop gradually, I feel like I know them personally and feel everything they feel.

There are a number of other characters in the books who are becoming much more involved and I look forward to finding out more about them as it progresses.

As mentioned above, the murder stories are very good with lots of twists, turns and red herrings. It is interesting how far away we still are from the vision of the future presented here, considering it is only 40 years hence. Although, as this series was started in 1999, I guess it seemed much further away then.

Overall I cannot recommend this series enough – the stories are all stand alone but the relationships between the various characters progress book by book and if you read the first then jumped say to the tenth, you would not be able to appreciate  how the characters ended up where they are. You could probably get away with skipping one or two though.

If you enjoy Karen Rose or Tess Gerritsen and haven’t started this series yet – why not!

The first ten books are as follows :

  • Naked in Death
  • Glory in Death
  • Immortal in Death
  • Rapture in Death
  • Ceremony in Death
  • Vengeance in Death
  • Holiday in Death
  • Conspiracy in Death
  • Loyalty in Death
  • Witness in Death

Note from Grete : As Tracey has been raving about these books so much, I picked up the first one to see what they were like and I’m now completely hooked and on book six!  I can only agree with everything she says in this review – it really is that good!

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  • Author: J.D. Robb
  • Series: In Death (1-10)

Rating: ★★★★★ 

 

Naked in Death

 It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion. 

When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washington politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation

Having read and enjoyed a number of books by Nora Roberts, I felt it was time to try her In Death series written as J.D.Robb. I was not disappointed and cannot believe I’ve waited this long to start reading it!

As you can see from the blurb above it is set in the future – not something I initially realised until they started talking about antique bullets and guns from the 1990’s! It was really interesting how the police were envisaged to work in the future and what technologies are available. I found most of what was being used quite believable for the not too distant future (it was written nearly 20 years ago and probably seemed much more sci-fi then). I would have liked a bit more information about mundane things such as the Auto-Chef, but that is just for my interest and wouldn’t add anything to the story.

On to the characters – I was drawn to them from the start. Eve Dallas is a very strong protagonist but with enough of a mystery about her to allow her character to grow in future books. She does come across as a bit unlikeable to start with, but once she meets Roarke she opens up a bit and proves she is human after all.

Roarke – Oh My God, he is gorgeous! I am in lust/love/anything else I can be. He seems too perfect but he definitely has an air of mystery about him with hidden depths yet to be discovered.

I really enjoyed the mystery and the romance/sex was hot. I was pleasantly surprised at how much romance there was, I thought this series was more of a police procedural. It may be that the later books become more like that once Eve and Roarke get past their first flush of romance, but in this one it works for me! I thought the mystery plot was very well fleshed out with plenty of airtime and was not overshadowed by the romance.

Overall this is a good book, I will definitely be reading the rest of the series – not all at once though! With well over 30 books in the series I need to start saving my money to buy them all!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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  • Author: J.D. Robb
  • Series: In Death (Eve Dallas) (1)
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