Born in Death – J.D. Robb

Born in Death – J.D. Robb

 

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(4/5)

Pros: Plenty of intrigue between the different cases

Cons: A bit bogged down by financial jargon
Like all books in the series, our action takes place in New York, in the future.  In this case, it’s 2060.  We follow Lieutenant Eve Dallas, head of the homicide division of the Police Department.  We also follow her personal life and those of her friends, which usually provides the humor to these murder mysteries.

In this case, we have a double-murder, and one missing person to deal with.  The double murder involves an engaged couple – both working for a high-powered accounting firm with extremely wealthy clientele.  It becomes clear that they’ve stumbled onto some wrong-doing – either in the firm, itself, or with one of the clients.  And that someone went to a lot of effort to make sure that secrets remain hidden.  Eve uses her husband, Roarke, and her partner, Peabody, to uncover the layers of secrets in order to find out “whodunit”.

At the same time, Eve’s friend, Mavis is pregnant.  Very pregnant – and Eve is in charge of the baby shower, as well as being on Mavis’s “birthing team”.  (Apparently, in the future, births require a whole team of on-lookers, helpers, and cheer-leaders).  But Eve is definitely not happy in this role.  As is established throughout the series, Eve is definitely not a “girly girl”.  She hates anything the least bit maternal or sentimental.  Thus her being forced into the role of nurturer for her pregnant friend leads to some of the funniest lines I’ve ever heard, in a murder mystery.

But the humor goes away when Mavis’s friend – another pregnant woman – suddenly vanishes.

The stories in this book are pretty good.  The murder mystery involves several different characters, and a few side plots, before the full truth finally comes out.  My only real complaint: There was some dependence on financial jargon that bogged down the story a bit.  I couldn’t really follow the financial shenanigans at the heart of the matter.

I thought the plot about the missing woman was the more interesting one, even though it gets less attention.  The woman’s background, her clear joy at the thought of being a Mom, all of that made her disappearance intriguing, and made me really hope she hasn’t stumbled into terrible peril for her or her baby.  That story had me on the edge of my seat, more so than the murder mystery/financial tangle.

This book works as a stand-alone novel, barely discussing anything from the previous books.  When references are made to both Eve’s and Roarke’s past, enough information is given so that you understand the implication, even if you don’t know all of the details.

These books always include romance – after all Eve and Roarke are happily married.  This book – thankfully – doesn’t give us too many details of their love-life.  Sometimes Robb goes over-the-top with the love scenes.  But the multiple cases in Born In Death keep Eve so busy, there’s not much time for anything else.  And this reader is happy about that.

Overall, this is a pretty good addition to the In Death series.  Murders, missing person, and pregnant ladies all combine into an enjoyable book.

 

Other books in the In Death series

Betrayal In Death
Celebrity In Death
Ceremony In Death
Concealed In Death
Devoted In Death
Divided In Death  
Festive In Death
Glory In Death
Haunted In Death
Immortal In Death
Indulgence In Death
Innocent In Death
Interlude In Death
Judgment In Death
Midnight In Death
Missing In Death
Naked In Death
Obsession In Death
Origin In Death
Rapture In Death
Reunion In Death
Salvation In Death
Strangers In Death
Survivor In Death
Treachery In Death
Vengeance In Death
Visions In Death

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