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September 24, 2011


Filed under: Book Recomendations,J.D.Robb — susanbright @ 10:50 am
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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!


September 16, 2011

J.D. Robb AKA Nora Roberts

Filed under: Book Recomendations,J.D.Robb — susanbright @ 9:45 am
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My friend Lisa loves reading J.D. Robb’s books. As soon as a new book is published she races to the store to buy it. The other day, while perusing the audio books in the library, I saw Purity in Death by J.D. Robb. I had no ides that J.D. Robb was actually Nora Roberts. Apparently, when Roberts was “ready for a new challenge” she started writing these exciting mysteries under a different name.  Although the first book in the Death Series, which takes place in the year 2058 was published in 1995, it was not until 2001 when the 12th book in the series, Betrayal in Death was published that her real identity was revealed.

 Purity in Death is the 15th book in the series. The protagonist in the series is Detective Eve Dallas. Eve is a tough cop and is married to the sexy, charming  Roarke. When Louie Cogburn, a low life drug dealer goes crazy and begins beating up one of his neighbors with a baseball bat, attempts to kill a police officer and ends up dead himself, Detective Dallas is called to the scene.  On the computer screen in Cogburn’s apartment are the words. ABSOLUTE PURITY ACHIEVED. When a second man goes crazy and dies under the same circumstances and the words ABSOLUTE PURITY ACHIEVED appear on his computer screen Detective Dallas suspects that someone has developed a computer virus that is spread from computer to man and is targeting drug dealers, child molesters and others that they believe the world would be better without. Unfortunately innocent bystanders are also getting  killed and Eve, along with the help of Rourke and several others must solve this case before more people are killed.

To date there are 36 novels in the Death Series and each one has been a New York Times Bestseller.   After reading just one, I understand why! I absolutely loved listening to Purity in Death. Throughout the book, there are references to Eve’s troubled past and I can’t wait to learn more about her. I have already reserved Purity in Death, the first of the series and  hope to read the other 35, this time in order as Lisa had recommended.

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