Devoted in Death (In Death, #41) by J.D. Robb

Devoted in Death (In Death, #41)When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—and initials inside reading E and D . . .

Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone—an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again.

As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve . . .

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★★

Cover: Yay

Review: Hmm, I never know what to shelve the “In Death …” books under: crime or romantic suspense? I figure since they’re heavily procedural crime-based then it has to be crime, especially since Roarke/Eve starting doing it in Book #1 (granted, they’re still doing it 41 books later – that must be love!) but then they keep appearing under ‘romance’ when it comes to Goodreads Choice Awards. Hmm, a conundrum.

A bit like this gem of a conundrum that confuses Eve in this book (and one that I find myself asking of every unfortunate American which crosses my path):

“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.”

Anyway, here we are 41 books down the line and still going strong. Whilst I have read a few of the earlier books, I can’t claim to have read even close to half of them and I usually loathe to read a series out of order but when I got an ARC of Robb’s latest masterpiece, I had to dig straight in.

And good news, not much prior knowledge required! There are mentions of an event, which I can only assume happened in the previous book, but this book hardly dwells on it which is convenient for the casual reader.

For those who need the basic 411 then here goes: Eve Dallas is a crime-fighting cop in NYC. In the future. She works mostly with her sidekick called Peabody. Eve also has a gazillionnaire, incredibly good-looking hubbie in the form of Roarke. There are a multitude of secondary characters who drift in and out of the books and who you will grow to like. Especially Gallahad the cat.

The crime in this book is something which I am 99% sure I’ve seen in an episode of Criminal Minds or some other crime drama I’ve been known to gorge on: a madly-in-love couple takes a roadtrip across America, killing people because the excitement enhances their lovemaking. Nothing too original. What makes this story original is the fact that it is Eve and her lovable crimefighting team that are intent on taking them down: the cops make this book interesting, not the crime itself.

No doubt hardcore fans will enjoy this book but if you’re a first-timer looking to get into the series, then this book is as good a place to start as any.

“Take Banner,” she told Roarke, then walked over to poke Peabody’s shoulder.
“Not now,” Peabody rolled over. “We can do it in the morning.”
“Ick,” was Eve’s opinion, and gave her partner a firmer poke.
“Uh-uh, in the morning.” But her eyes blinked open, stared blindly at Eve. Then cleared. “What? You? Where?”
“Get McNab up, go to bed, and I don’t want to hear about the morning.”


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