I acknowledge that I am likely the last person on this planet to have started the In Death series by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) but now that I have started, I cannot stop. I have been listening to them on audio and I think that is one of the things I have liked the most about the books. Susan Eriksen is simply fantastic. I would love to be able to find another series like it but it doesn’t have to be on audio. So I will tell you what I love and maybe you can help me with some suggestions on similar series?
Eve and Roarke- Ok, yes this one is obvious. I love their relationship. It is real. They fight, they argue, they pick at the each other even knowing they are picking at the one they love the most. They understand each other. Roarke can see when Eve has worn herself down on a case and he knows just when to step in and make her take a break. He loves to buy her things and I love her reaction when he gives them to her. They are solid even when the very dark pasts that both of them carry steps into the here and now.
The secondary characters- Peabody, Mcnab, Feeny, Dr. Mira, Commander Whitney, Mavis, Leonardo, Nadine, Summerset, Trina, Crank, Jamie, Trueheart, Charles, Baxter, Dr. Dimatto, Webster….see how I could go on and on? All of these are recurring characters that seem to play a part in each book. It is masterful that Robb works so many people into the story and does it so seamlessly. Each of them has had their own little story also. I would love to have another continuous series like this one that also features all of the secondary characters. While they might be secondary they are pivotal to each and every story.
The plots- Robb has to do some seriously plotting for each book. I am on book 18 right now and I have yet to see read a murder that was even similar to the one I read last time. 18 books and no overlap? Better yet, the series is at 33 books…will there still be no overlap. I know there are a lot of crimes out there but man that is creativity at its finest. The story is also set in 2058 and forward. The imagination Robb has used to create a world we have yet to experience is pretty cool. I don’t think we will be quite close to her vision in 2058 but it would be nice! The technology part would be great!
Roarke- I mentioned Eve and Roarke as a couple but Roarke deserves his own section. He is simply fabulous. I want to read about someone else as perfect as he is. And that is all I have on Roarke.
So based upon what I listed above are there any similar series that you have read? I would love to give them a try! Please help me if you can!
Fill in the blank: If you like J.D. Robb’s In Death series, then you should read ___________.
And after 18 books, I will leave you with my favorite quote:
For once, he slept first. She lay in the dark, listening to him breathe, stealing a little of his warmth as her own body cooled. Since he was asleep, she stroked his hair.
“I love you,” she murmured. “I love you so much, I’m stupid about it.”
With a sigh, she settled down, closed her eyes, and willed her mind to empty.
Beside her, Roarke smiled into the dark.
He never slept first.