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Seven Books I Love, part two–In Death series by JD Robb

There’s a Facebook meme going around where you list seven of your favorite books in seven days. I thought I’d do mine as a series of blog posts. I’m going to cheat and do a few series mixed in with single books. This is not an absolute list–this is my seven of many favorite books. I could do one of these for children’s books, YA, adult, romance, and I’d still never even approach naming all my favorite books.

That said, here is book (series) two… In Death by JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts)

 

Book 47–Leverage in Death, releasing Sept 4, 2018

For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter—but what was the motive of the masked men?

Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.

This makes the list because after forty-six books and a ton of novellas, Robb (acclaimed romance author Nora Roberts) manages to keep the series from being stagnant or bloated. I started reading the series fairly early on (book one was published in 1995), and have been reading it since around 2000/2001. I like it so much that I was willing to buy each book in hardcover, rather than wait for a library copy or for it to come out in paperback. Once I started reading consistently on kindle, around when we moved to Singapore in 2010, I started buying the books on kindle. When a new book in the series appears on my kindle (two are released a year) I drop everything to read it.

One of the things Robb does well is to develop our main character Eve’s story while continuing to develop and introduce a huge cast of secondary characters. Eve is the Lieutenant in the Homicide Department of the New York Police and Safety Department in 2161 (as of the last book), and we know her husband, her partner, her best friend and her family, most of the cops in her division, the chief psychologist, and other characters.

The characters grow and evolve–Eve’s partner starts off as a beat cop who becomes Eve’s trainee and her eventual partner, as an example. Eve meets her husband in book one and their relationship has grown and evolved.

Eve’s husband is a billionaire, so it does play into that trope. He’s also a tech genius who owns half of Manhattan. Because of that, Eve has access to an incredible arsenal of toys, which if you’re not into the trope might annoy you.

Each book plays out with a serial killer, and several murders occur over the course of the book. Fans of murder mystery/police procedurals will find it satisfying on that count. Romance fans will respond to the sex scenes between Roarke and Eve.

There is a phase where Eve is invincible and just magically figures things out that is somewhat frustrating if you’re reading them all back to back (a project I did last year), but for the most part she is fallible and can end up going in the wrong direction.

As long as the series stays this fresh, I’ll keep reading them.

Start with Naked in Death (book 1) 7.99 on kindle. I’m sure you could also jump in wherever you wanted and it would be okay, but I think it’s best to start at the beginning.

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