I just finished listening to Naked In Death, the first book in J.D.Robb’s Death Series. I was anxious to “start at the beginning” after I had randomly chosen and read the 15th book in the series. I was intrigued with the character of Eve Dallas and wanted to learn more about her and what made her into the tough cop that she was. I was also curious as to how she got involved with Roarke, the sexy Irish billionaire as they seemed to be such an unlikely couple.
Many of my questions were answered in Naked in Death. As I suspected, Eve had been sexually abused as a child. At the age of 8, Eve was found in an alley covered in blood, with a broken arm and no memory. Eve did not even know her name and was put in foster care. It is understandable that Eve has the trust issues that she has and does not open up to people easily.
Roarke was actually a suspect in the crime she was investigating in Naked in Death. How lucky is that! Why he was attracted to the tough, rough Eve was a little hard to imagine, although they do say that opposites attract and these two could not be any more different.
In Naked in Death, Eve is investigating the murder of a licensed companion who just happens to be the grand-daughter of a senator. To make matters worse, also found at the gruesome murder scene is a note saying: 1 of 6. The victim was shot three times with an antique weapon and not only does Roarke own an impressive collection of antique weapons, but he also owns the apartment building where the murder took place making him a prime suspect.
After reading Naked in death and Purity in Death, I can’t help but wonder if all of the books in Robb’s Death Series follow the same formula or is it just a coincidence that the first two I read are so much a like. In Naked in Death Eve was investigating a string of murders of prostitutes. In Purity in Death it was a string of murders of child molesters and rapists. The murders in both books involve prominent political figures. I guess I am going to have to read another one of these page turner romantic mysteries to find out.
Next: Glory in Death!