Thursday, April 27, 2006

Naked in Death by J D Robb

I am only now getting into buying things off of eBay. So far I have bought a couple of books (both hard to find Jennifer Crusie books), and an MP3 player! Yes...I joined the 21st century. I don't think I am doing too badly really seeing as I only just got a CD Walkman six months ago! The first audiobook to get the MP3 treatment was Naked in Death, the first of the mega popular In Death books by Nora Roberts writing as J D Robb. And I have to say that it is an experience that I will be undertaking again! It was fantastic. I listened whilst I did the dishes, folded the clothes, put washing on! My house actually looked clean for.....oh, about two hours - something quite out of the ordinary given that if I am not on the net talking about reading, I am usually reading! Anyway, enough of that!

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 a 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.

It didn't take very much arm twisting to get me to pick up the first book in this series. I had been meaning to for a while but hadn't got around to it so when I was at the library a couple of weeks ago and saw this on audiobook I thought I would give it a go.

Set in New York in 2058, the author takes a lot of time in this books world building, establishing a world where technology has taken control, real coffee is as rare as gold and almost as expensive. When the granddaughter of a powerful senator is found dead, murdered using an antique handgun from the 1980's, Lieutenant Eve Dallas is assigned as the primary investigator despite the fact that she has just had a very shocking experience where she has had to kill a perpetrator. Because of her family, Eve is under a lot more pressure to get a result and at times it feels as though she is being manipulated by unknown sources either within the police force or externally. It seems as though there is a very obvious suspect - the extremely rich, successful and sexy Irish multimillionaire known just as Roarke, a man with a mysterious past!

There is a clue saying "one of six" left behind therefore when a second girl and then a third girl who was working as a licensed companion (ie prostitute) is found murdered, Eve knows that it is a race against the clock. The only link appears to be the professions of the girls, they didn't appear to know each other at all - very puzzling. However it then appears that the clues are pointing into the very highest level of power within the city and the country and it to Roarke that Eve turns to assistance.

Is it too early to say that I really liked Roarke and that I can't wait get to know him better. I loved the interaction between Eve and Roarke and the fact that even though Eve is a strong woman with very high emotional walls erected around her, Roarke is not afraid to show his own strength to give her what she needs, even if she doesn't know that she needs it!

Whilst I did really enjoy this book, there was one aspect of the storyline that disturbed me which I won't say anything about in case of spoiling. Now that I am aware that this is an issue that I will be prepared for and I won't be so affected by it going forward!

Overall a very enjoyable listen! Now, off to rip the next audiobook!

Rating 4/5


  1. Nope, not too early to say you really liked Roarke! :-D

    And wasn't the button thing romantic as hell? Ooo, lucky, lucky, Marg, to have all those books to look forward to!

  2. The button thing was indeed romantic, and the coffee, several other things!



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