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Friday, October 21, 2011

Born in Death (In Death, Book 23) by JD Robb


Born in Death brings us back to an standard murder investigation. At first. Then it gets complicated. Then it gets even more complicated. I think that there may have been too many characters in this one, though I understand why it was done that way. Still, I found myself having to refresh my memory on who someone was more than a few times.

And some of the coincidences in this one made me have to stretch the believability thing a bit farther than I would have liked.

Still, it was a good book, and the ending almost made up for the rest. Here's the blurb:

Eve Dallas has a grisly double homicide to solve when two young lovers—both employees of the same prestigious accounting firm—are brutally killed on the same night.

There was some drama around Roarke and his involvement. Again. But it was different this time. I liked the stand Eve took, and I think it ended up touching Roarke as well.

And the scenes around Eve and Roarke having to deal with birthing classes and then a delivery room were just too funny.

Eve and Summerset have some words in this one, but both of them are adults and they deal with it okay. I wish the two of them could admit at some point that their original reasons for battling each other are behind them, but I don't think that's going to happen.

As for the writing elements:
  • The murder plot could have easily been better than it was.
  • Pacing had some issues .
  • Prose and dialogue were excellent.
  • Character development was fine.
  • World-building was consistent with previous books.
  • Book Rating: Born in Death: 10 of 10
  • Series Rating: 9 of 10

1. Naked in Death
2. Glory in Death
3. Immortal in Death
4. Rapture in Death
5. Ceremony in Death
6. Vengeance in Death
7. Holiday in Death
7.5  Midnight in Death
8. Conspiracy in Death
9. Loyalty in Death
10.Witness in Death
11. Judgment in Death
12. Betrayal in Death
12.5 Interlude In Death
13. Seduction in Death
14. Reunion in Death
15. Purity in Death
16. Portrait in Death
17. Imitation In Death
17.5 Remember When
18. Divided in Death
19. Visions in Death
20. Survivor In Death
21. Origin In Death
21.5 Haunted in Death

22. Memory in Death
23. Born in Death
24. Innocent In Death
24.5 Eternity in Death
25. Creation in Death
26. Strangers in Death
27. Salvation in Death
28. Promises in Death
29. Kindred in Death
30. Fantasy in Death
31. Indulgence in Death
32. Treachery in Death
33. New York to Dallas

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