Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

March 4, 2015 Reviews 13

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Naked in Death by J.D. RobbNaked in Death by J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death #1
Published by Berkley, Brilliance Audio on May 20, 2008
Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction
Pages: 316
Length: 9 hours 46 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 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 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.

This series has been one I planned to start for a while, but at the same time I’ve been really intimidated by it. I mean, 41 books?!?! How do you even start a series 41 books behind?

Well, with book 1 apparently. That’s what I did and I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Naked in Death. Especially since it’s straight procedural and as a general rule, that’s not my thing.

The reasons I think it worked for me really well, despite the procedural element are:

  1. The futuristic setting. I love future worlds – and Naked in Death is a really good blend of our world and a future one.
  2. Eve, the main character. I love her dedication to her job and that she’s an intelligent, kick ass female detective. I love her big heart and her vulnerability. I love worrying for her and can’t wait to see her grow over the series.

I didn’t expect to enjoy the audio as well as I did, because I’d heard some negative reviews – AFTER I bought it, of course. I’m glad I gave it a try on audio though, because while Susan Ericksen wasn’t the best, she wasn’t bad. Her male voices were a bit more feminine than I’d prefer and her accents weren’t amazing. But I liked her voice for Eve a lot and the rest I could work with just fine. And they had voice affects for the computer, which was neat.

The mystery was compelling, even if I was able to solve it fairly early. It was still satisfying to watch the pieces fall together and see that I was right. I’m really looking forward to continuing this series and getting to know the characters better.

4 stars Pretty Great

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About J.D. Robb

Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A. She was the youngest of the five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her sophomore year in high school, she transferred to a local public school, where she met Ronald Aufdem-Brinke, her future first husband.

In August 17, 1968, as soon as she had graduated from High School, Eleanor married, against her parents’ wishes. The marriage settled in Keedysville, Maryland. After their sons, Dan and Jason, were born she stayed home. Calling this her “Earth Mother” years, she spent much of her time doing crafts, including ceramics and sewing her children’s clothes. The marriage ended separating, and they obtained the divorce in January 1985.

In February 1979, a blizzard in forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate. During the now famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981 as Nora Roberts, a shortened form of her birth name Eleanor Marie Robertson, because she assumed that all authors had pen names.

Eleanor wrote under the pseudonym Jill March a story for a magazine titled “Melodies of Love”.

Eleanor met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985.

In 1992, she decided adopted other pseudonym so to publish a futuristic-suspense novels, she first decided to use the pseudonym D.J. MacGregor, but she discovered that this pseudonym was used by another author. In 1995, her first “In Death” serial novel was published under the pseudonym J.D. Robb, the initials “J.D.” were taken from her sons, Jason and Dan, while “Robb” is a shortened form of Roberts.

Eleanor has also been known as Sara Hardesty, because when the “Born In” series was released in U.K. it carried that name instead of Nora Roberts. She has since changed publishers.

A founding member of the Romance Writers of America (R.W.A.), she was the first inductee in the organization’s Hall of Fame. She also is a member of several writers groups and has won countless award.


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13 Responses to “Naked in Death by J.D. Robb”

  1. Lola

    This series has been on my to-read list for a while, as Anna keeps recommending it and a few other bloggers as well. It sounds like a great series, although the lenght of the series makes me a bit hesistant to start. The setting and world building sounds well done and I am happy to hear you enjoyed the main character. Great review!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Lola! I definitely understand, I’ve felt the same way about it for a while. I also didn’t expect to enjoy it nearly as much. I’m now thinking that I’ll keep reading it, but slowly, without worrying about ever catching up. I figure I know I won’t for a VERY long time, so why even think about it? I do recommend it as well though 🙂
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  2. Lorna

    This a favorite series of mine and I have read probably the first 36 of them and have all the rest except the newest ready to go-someday. I am not sure-is Peabody in the first one? Once you get to Peabody, it turns into an even more fun read. I love Eve and Roark, but Peabody just rounds it out and takes it to even greater!
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  3. Ramona

    Jeez, 41 books ?!? You ARE brave… I mean, I don’t think I could do it. Imagine getting hooked … you’re going to be the hostage of the series for another FORTY books! That’s plain scary 🙂 Lovely review, Berls.
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    • Berls

      LOL I know! It took me a while to go for it, but I’ve heard such positive things and for the series to have made it this long it probably is pretty good… So I went for it and will be hostage for a while (though we’ll see if I’m in for all 41 books!)

    • Berls

      I think you’ll enjoy it Stormi – its a good mystery. But yeah, the sheer quantity is daunting!

  4. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    Oh yay!! This is my favorite series. Eve really is amazing and Roarke as it goes. Whew boy! I tried the audio but just did not mesh well with the narrator at all. They’re reads for me instead. Good luck with the rest of the series 🙂 There are some really amazing reads in there and the secondary characters that get added in are fantastic 🙂
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    • Berls

      I’m looking forward to reading the rest (which will take a LONG while LOL). Well that seems to be the majority opinion about the narration – maybe because I went in with no expectations?

    • Berls

      That’s good to hear – though she didn’t bother me really. I have book 2 on audio already as well, so I’ll definitely be listening to that one. I’m glad to be on board, even if way behind!

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