Saturday, January 3, 2009

The First In Death

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.
Title: Naked in Death
Author: J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)
Series: In Death Series, Book 1
Start & Finished: 7/27/08- 7/30/08
Published: 1995
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 314
Genre: Mystery- Futuristic

One of the most popular ladies to ever write romance, Nora Roberts had always wanted to try her hand at romantic suspense and nearly 15 years after her first published book she did with Naked in Death, the first book in her longest running series to date. However, she published this new series under the name J. D. Robb and it wasn't until years later that it was acknowledged that Robb and Roberts was one person.

You know within the first couple of paragraphs that this isn't set in our present world and therefore will be an unusual story. There is some confusing lingo too but that's to be expected since its set in 2058! In many ways, I find this futuristic world appealing but only if I were rich since a lot of what I take for granted now is expensive and hard to get in the future! There are many differences between our present day and theirs but they are so used to the way things are there that you only get little glimpses into what it’s like there. For example: real coffee is hard to come by because of the rain forest depletion and the affordable version is a simulation made mostly of vegetable concentrate. Small things mostly but I kept finding them fascinating!

The main difference though is that guns are now illegal (oh and tobacco is illegal too except in free air space, international waters, or on private property) and only found in museums, personal collections, and on the black market and it is the murder weapon in all of the killings.

"Is that why you collect guns? As part of your personal lifestyle?"
"I find them fascinating. Your grandfather and mine considered owning one a constitutional right. We've toyed quite a bit with constitutional rights as we've civilized ourselves."
"And murder and injury by that particular type of weapon is now an aberration rath
er than the norm."

Before I had even made it, halfway through Naked in Death I knew that this was a series worth reading. Eve was an interesting heroine and I really liked Rourke too. He's cool, a gentleman, and very, very interesting so I’m looking forward to seeing how their relationships progress in the rest of the books. I’ve read some of Nora Robert’s books before (my first one in 2005) but this was the first time I had read something under one of her pen names. I though that this book was very Nora Roberts but has more of an edge that makes it hard to fit into her normal repertoire.

In Death Series: 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, Judgment 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, Origin in Death, Memory in Death, Born in Death, Innocent in Death, Creation in Death, Strangers in Death, Salvation In Death, Ritual in Death, Promises in Death, Kindred in Death

Links: Book Wikipedia, Author Wikipedia, In Death Fan Community

Barnes and Noble Meet the Writers:

Picture Explanations:
Gun: Murder weapon, see above.
Library: Rourke has a huge collection of real books because in the future most reading material is on discs.
Cat: One of the murder victims owned a fat, grey cat and Eve ends up adopting it.


  1. The great thing about this series is that it doesn't lose any steam at all! I am up to book number 18 and have enjoyed them all.

  2. I never was able to get into this series, no matter how much I wanted to. I am so glad you enjoy it though.

  3. Well, I am totally out of the loop - I didn't know that Nora Roberts is J. D. Robb.

  4. Marg: Ooh! Good to know! I'd like to get caught up with the series by the end of the year but I'm not going to hold my breath lol.

    Wendy: I read it with one of my online groups and most of them enjoyed it but there were a few who couldn't get into it. I sure hope Marg is right and that the rest are just as good!

    Bermudaonion: I'm not sure but I think it was revealed a couple of years ago.

  5. I love, love, love this series. I have Imitation in Death checked out from the library. This is a great series and the characters just grow on you :) Great review!

  6. This is one of the few series that I run out and buy the new releases. I LOVE them.

  7. Samantha: Ever since I read this one I've been picking up others in the series second handed. Thank you!

    MonieG: I think two are supposed to come out in 2009.

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  9. I've only read two books in this series so far!! :P I heard that not all NR fans love this series though...

  10. Very informative post. My grandmother loved Nora Roberts romances, but I never got around to reading them.

  11. I *love* this series! I have the best memories of gobbling the early ones up - one right after another - during a Hawaii trip. (Those long flights do come in handy.) Haven't looked back since! Roarke is one of my favs. Glad to see you enjoyed it!

  12. Lezlie: Thank you!

    Melody: I've heard that too but in my opinion, you get the best of both worlds: her romance with a mystery attached.

    Naida: I haven't read too many myself but I've only run into one dud so far.

    Lenore: Thanks! I'm not sure if my grandmother ever liked them or not. I know she used to read romances when I was a kid though.

    Chelle: I'll have to try some more of these one day. Still can't believe there are so many!

  13. Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed this first one! I'm looking forward to reading your reactions as you continue your way through the series. It sure is a lot of fun!

  14. I always forget she is Nora Roberts. Might give this a try if the library has a copy as it sounds quite fun. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Darla D: Yeah, I really should start picking up the others... you know what they say, "so many books, so little time!"

    Rhinoa: It was a bit of a surprise for me to learn that they were the same person but I did enjoy the book quite a lot!



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