BOOK REVIEW: Naked In Death – by J.D. Robb

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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.”

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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.

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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…

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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.

WWW Wednesdays #29 – March 4th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thecoldwifeI’ve just started The Cold Wife by Ruth Ann Nordin yesterday, so I cannot say too much about the story yet. I didn’t realize this one is actually a sequel, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed it won’t be a problem. It’s supposed to be a historical fiction and romance novel, but I am afraid this one will end up being too much of a cheesy romance for me to handle… I guess I will find out soon enough when I have more free time to read.

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

nakedindeaththehitchhikersguidethroughgalaxyI’ve finished Naked In Death by J.D. Robb yesterday and I must say the plot is definitely interesting. It is a crime/mystery novel set in the future, and that makes it stand out from other novels in that genre. I liked the main characters Eve and Roarke, although I’m not a fan of the romance scenes… A full review will be posted later this week. I also finished The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams a few days ago, but unfortunately I didn’t like that one that much. I know a lot of people seem to love this classic, but I just couldn’t get into the story. Maybe a case of not-for-me?

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

gardensofthemoonirobotI’m going to keep repeating myself and keep Gardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson as my next read… Maybe I should just kick myself and finally read it, because this one has been on the top of my TBR pile for way too long now.  Although I might read I, Robot by Isaac Asimov first…

Teaser Tuesdays #32: March 3rd – Naked In Death

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I’m finally reading the first book of the In Death series by J.D. Robb.  It’s a mystery/crime series set in the future where the main character lieutenant Eve Dallas is hunting a serial killer who is after prostitutes. Naked In Death has quite a high dose of romance for my taste, but so far the story is interesting enough to make me forget my distaste for that genre. Fingers crossed it stays that way!

nakedindeath“They had reconstructed it almost too perfectly, using her own report, visuals of the site, and the mirror of her memory they’d lifted in the scan. Eve didn’t bother to curse them, but held back her hate, her grief, and sent herself racing up the stairs and back into her nightmare. ”

 

What are you reading right now?

WWW Wednesdays #14 – October 15th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

hopesrebellionamatterofhonourI have started Hope’s Rebellion and since it doesn’t have that many pages and it’s good, I will probably finish it soon. It’s an ARC written by Jade Varden. I’m also reading A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer, mostly because I have to finish it before next week…

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

divinefallblackrosesOf Divine Fall I have already uploaded my review. Like I said before, this novel by Kathryn Knight is surely an entertaining read and definitely worth it if you like paranormal/fantasy romance novels. I’ve also finished Black Roses by Jane Thynne yesterday, and it was a huge disappointment. A full rant/review will be posted tommorrow.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

11573479309Probably The Dead Zone by Stephen King or Naked In Death by J.D. Robb… I’m in need of a good horror/thriller/mystery story, and either of the two seem a good choice. I will probably go with The Dead Zone though, just because I know Stephen King mostly delivers with his stories.

Top Ten Tuesday #8 – September 23rd: Books On My Spring TBR

toptentuesday The Broke And The Bookish presents us every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday’s theme is the Top Ten Books On My Fall Spring TBR list. Since I live in Argentina and the seasons are different here, I made a little alteration so the list will fit in with the current season I will be enjoying. (Spring is my favorite season! 😀 ) I tried to put together a varied list with a lot of different genres and themes:

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