Title: Naked In Death
(In Death Series #1)
Author: J.D. Robb
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Romance
First published: July 1st 1995
Finished reading: March 3rd 2015
Pages: 320
Rating 3,5

“Roarke, what’s going on here?’
‘Lieutenant.’ He leaned forward, touched his lips to hers. ‘Indications are we’re having a romance.”


The first book in the In Death series has been collecting dust on my TBR shelf for a while now even though I always enjoy reading crime/mystery novels. The other day I thought it was about time to start this series, especially since people seem to enjoy the In Death novels. Plus, there are so many of them that they apparently sell a lot, so there should be something good about them right? Naked In Death left me with mixed thoughts though. I really enjoyed the plot in general and the fact that it’s a mystery/crime novel set in the future, but I’m not a fan of the romance scenes. Eve and Roarke make an interesting couple though, and I will be checking out a few of the sequels at least to see how the characters evolve. J.D. Robb is actually a pseudonym for Eleanor Marie Robertson, and she also writes a lot of books under Nora Roberts…Funny that a writer makes the choice of having various pseudonyms, but I since she is using J.D. Robb exclusively for the In Death series it doesn’t get too confusing.


Eve Dallas is an experienced police lieutenant in the New York of 2058 with a terrible past. The night before she had to kill a suspect that had just butchered a child… But instead of the obligatory Testing the next day to see how she is cooping with the fact she killed someone, she is sent straight to a very messy crime scene. The daughter of a senator was brutally killed and the case has to be kept secret to the press… Leaving Eve in charge of the murder investigation. The victim was working as a prostitute, and the killer left a message: one of six. If Eve doesn’t stop him, soon enough there will be a serial killer on the loose.

In 2058 guns are something of the past and too expensive to use freely, but the killer doesn’t seem to mind. He murders his victims with three shots and afterwards leaves the weapon at the scene… And he sends a video recording to the cops. When he starts killing again Eve is desperate to find him, but it seems that not everybody is cooperating. An Irish billionaire named Roarke is one of the suspects in the murder investigation, but Eve finds out there is more to him than his lack of alibi…


The plot is definitely interesting and the fact that Naked In Death is set in the future makes it stand out from other novels in that genre. I liked the main characters Eve and Roarke and they make an interesting couple, although I’m not a fan of the romance scenes…The rest of the story is interesting enough though to make me forget the few scenes I didn’t like. There is a lot of action involved, the pace is fast and the prose easy to read. All in all the perfect read for those who enjoy crime/mystery novels and don’t mind having an adult scene or two thrown in.