I tend to end up getting all the books in a series after I read a few and really enjoy them. I got hooked on J.D. Robb's In Death series several years ago when I picked up Naked in Death and have been reading the books ever since. I just finished reading Salvation in Death, the twenty-seventh book in the series.
I want to share a little bit of information on the In Death series in general before I talk specifically about Salvation in Death.
The In Death series is a romantic suspense series set just over fifty years in the future in New York City. Eve Dallas, a homicide detective, is the main character of the books. Just over two years have passed since the series began with Naked in Death. Every book has featured a different murder investigation for Eve to solve. The investigations have always been concluded by the end of the books, though some of them have been mentioned again later in the series. Some time in each book is also devoted to exploring Eve's personal life, mostly through her marriage to the very wealthy Roarke. The books also have a large cast of returning characters, some of which are around more than others. There have been some subplots continuing throughout the series that tend to deal with personal issues connected to Eve or the other characters. Different futuristic things are mentioned throughout the books without them being that important to what was going on.
While performing a funeral mass, Father Miguel Flores dropped dead after drinking the consecrated wine. Tests confirmed that he had been poisoned like Eve suspected after seeing the body. It wasn't long before Eve and her partner Delia Peabody uncovered some things about the priest that raised more questions. Eve started to believe that the victim had secrets and may have not even been Father Flores. Things got more complicated for the investigation when another religious leader fell over dead in front of a large crowd.
Salvation in Death was focused on the investigation into Father Flores's murder. He was briefly shown alive while performing the funeral. Some of what he was thinking while performing the funeral was shared. Basically all that was learned about him was discovered after his death. During the autopsy, things were discovered that raised more questions than were answered. Things were complicated by the second death for a while. Eve and Delia also dealt with that investigation, though it didn't receive as much attention as the first one. I thought that the mystery worked well and kept things interesting. There was some suspense to what was going on, though the book wasn't overly suspenseful. This book wasn't as violent as many of the others in the series have been. There was some foul language at times, including the word that rhymes with luck, so anyone bothered by that type of language may be bothered by the book.
The relationship between Eve and Roarke has been important to the books since they met during Naked in Death without being the main focus or distracting from the different investigations. Since they met during that book, anyone who has read the books in order has been able to follow the progression of their relationship. I've enjoyed that aspect of the books and how they both have had to do some adjusting. By the time Salvation in Death took place, they had been married almost two years. There were a few sex scenes between them that were descriptive without being overly graphic. People that have read any of the previous books would know what to expect in that regard.
Eve and Roarke continue to be the main characters of the series and both have been very developed over the course of the series. They each have some issues they still have to deal with at times. Roarke hasn't been in as much of the books, so he is a bit less developed than Eve. Several of the supporting characters have returned for almost every book. Summerset basically ran the house for Roarke. The two men had known each other for years and were loyal to each other. Eve and Summerset acted like they didn't like each other, but every so often, they would say or do things to indicate differently.
Feeney was in charge of the Electronic Detective Division and was the cop that had trained Eve. He was sort of like a father to her and he usually became involved in her investigations since she needed someone to deal with computer issues. Ian McNab was a detective in the EDD who frequently worked on Eve's cases. He was also living with Delia, Eve's partner. Not much connected to their relationship has been shared other than to establish that they were committed to each other. I do like both of them and would like it if they turned up a bit more often.
Mavis, Eve's best friend, only turned up briefly during a phone call. She was nothing like Eve, but the two were very loyal to each other and had a strong friendship. Mavis is a fun character, so it would be nice if she was around more. Some other police officers who have been involved in Eve's investigations turned up briefly again. Dr. Mira was the psychiatrist who worked for the police department. She would create profiles of suspects for Eve or have sessions with suspects. Nadine, a reporter and friend of Eve's, only turned up once to ask a few things instead of popping up a few times like she use to do.
When popular author Nora Roberts decided to start a futuristic series, she used the name J.D. Robb instead of her own name. I've read all of the In Death books as well as many of the books written under her own name and I've enjoyed them all. Both groups of books have well developed, likable characters and are well written. The In Death books tend to have stronger mysteries and more violence while the other books give more attention to the romance. People that have liked one of the groups of books may also like the other one since Robb and Roberts are the same person. One of her books, Remember When, has both listed as the author and had two parts. The first part was set in current times and the second part was set in Eve's time, with a mystery connecting them. Eve's part of Remember When took place between Imitation in Death and Divided in Death.
Salvation in Death was another great addition to the In Death series. People that have read and enjoyed the earlier books in the series will probably like this one as well.
In Death Series
Naked in Death ~ Glory in Death ~ Immortal in Death ~ Rapture in Death ~ Ceremony in Death ~ Vengeance in Death ~ Holiday in Death ~ Midnight in Death (Short Story) ~ Conspiracy in Death ~ Loyalty in Death ~ Witness in Death ~ Judgment in Death ~ Betrayal in Death ~ Interlude in Death (Short Story) ~ Seduction in Death ~ Reunion in Death ~ Purity in Death ~ Portrait in Death ~ Imitation in Death ~ Divided in Death ~ Visions in Death ~ Survivor in Death ~ Origin in Death ~ Memory in Death ~ Haunted in Death (Short Story) ~ Born in Death ~ Innocent in Death ~ Creation in Death ~ Eternity in Death (Short Story) ~ Strangers in Death ~ Salvation in Death ~ Ritual in Death (Short Story) ~ Promises in Death ~ Kindred in Death ~ Missing in Death (Short Story) ~ Fantasy in Death ~ Indulgence in Death ~ Treachery in Death ~ New York to Dallas ~ Celebrity in Death ~
J.D. Robb and Nora Roberts
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