Here we are back again in the world of Eve and Roarke. And Roarke….sigh Roarke.
All right, that part is over with. At least for a paragraph or so. Devoted in Death is book 41 in the In Death series. By now, there is not much new you can say about the characters. The reader will pick up each book wondering what crazy murder mystery J.D. Robb will provide this time.
The latest installment brings us Ella-Loo and Darryl. Two young lovers who accidentally kill someone and realize they have a taste for it. Starting in Oklahoma they work their way north to the big city of New York, killing 29 people along the way. Their mistake is thinking they can enter Eve’s home territory and get away will doing what they have been doing for many months now. Clearly they have never heard of Eve Dallas.
Devoted in Death is a pretty straight forward addition to this series. There are murders, a little less heinous than normal with a Bonnie and Clyde feel, and Eve has to figure out who they are. Eve and her team slowly chip away at clues and are able to learn who the pair is. What they don’t know is where there are. It is almost like two mysteries in one this time. We see a lot of Mira, Peabody, McNab, Baxter, Trueheart and even a new character, Banner. Banner is someone, who makes a cameo, up from the South, and is an interesting character. I wonder if we will see more of him. There are several mentions about the way the last case ended and how people are coping with the situation they faced.
The highlight of this series, for me, is Eve and Roarke. Naked in Death is a frequent reread of mine and each time I have the latest book, I marvel at home far Eve has come. She is so in sync with Roarke now. They are truly a couple, a matched pair. They know what the other is thinking and what they need. I am not sure what is left to discover between them but the reader is assured whatever it might be, they will do it together. Because they are the highlight, I have to say one of the reasons this one got a little bit lower grade from me, was that we didn’t see Roarke until Chapter 6. In a book that only has a little over 20 chapters, not seeing him for over a quarter of the way is disappointing.
Overall, there are some great memorable scenes. The button. The candy thief- it seemed like Baxter knew what was going on but maybe isn’t the thief? There is a touching scene between Eve and Feeney when she gives him one of the magic coats. A big plus is one of the better sex scenes, for this series, in the pool. Generally we get flowery words but this one was descriptive and sort of hot! Eve messes up every simile she attempts. Fans of this series will enjoy this latest installment. If offers everything we love and will keep us coming back for book 42 (and more Roarke). Final grade- B-
“Up from southeast Texas, hit Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas. Why is S-A-S pronounces S-A-W? It should be Ar-KANSAS. Did Kansas object?”
Oddly enough, he found the question perfectly just. “I can’t tell you.”