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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Innocent in Death (In Death, Book 24) by JD Robb


Innocent In Death gives us something I hadn't expected to see -- serious issues between Roarke and Eve. Not the little bumps they are used to, but a serious hurdle. And one where they are on different pages and not really listening to each other at all. It makes Eve understand just how much her life has come to depend on Roarke, and I think it does the same for Roarke, eventually.

The murder mystery is a good one, but once again I had a very good idea of who the killer was fairly early on in the book. If it had been the first book I'd read from this author I wouldn't have had a clue, but I believe that my understanding of how she crafts her plots is giving me too many hints at this point in the series. I'm not solving the murder as Eve would, I'm catching clues in the actual prose, the way it's written. And that's not as much fun.

Here's the blurb:

Lieutenant Eve Dallas hunts for the killer of a seemingly ordinary history teacher—and uncovers some extraordinary surprises.

Eve has a tough time with this one - it's a difficult case, and she's got personal issues going on while she tries to solve it.

As for the writing elements:
  • The plot was a good one. I wish I had been in suspense for this one, though.
  • Pacing was better than it has been for a while, but still not great.
  • Prose and dialogue were excellent.
  • Character development was once again developed farther - not an easy thing to do in a series of this length.
  • World-building was consistent with previous books.
If this one were the murder mystery alone it would likely be an 8 of 9, but add in the personal stuff and we're back up to a 10 of 10.
    • Book Rating: Innocent 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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