KINDRED IN DEATH by J. D. Robb [Review]

Kindred in Death

Kindred in Death is the 29th entry in J. D. Robb’s (aka Nora Roberts) In Death series. After 29 books, it seems almost impossible for a series to still be fresh and interesting, but Robb manages to do it. I haven’t read all of the books in the In Death series, but I’ve read quite a few and I’m still as interested in them as I ever was.

For those that aren’t familiar with the series, the books are police procedurals that follow Lieutenant Eve Dallas as she solves crimes in futuristic New York City. They’re also pretty heavy on the romance between Eve and her sexy, mega-rich husband, Roarke. Eve is a tough, sarcastic cop who rubs people the wrong way and Roarke is a charming, Irish ex-criminal, and together they make a fascinating couple. Besides them, there’s also a whole cast of well-developed supporting characters that readers, including me, have grown to love. I’m a fan of the series because I like the futuristic aspects of the story and that there’s usually a good balance between the murder mystery and the romance.

In Kindred in Death, Eve has to investigate the murder of 16-year-old Deena McMasters, the daughter of a fellow officer. She was murdered in her own bedroom and the brutal nature of the crime seemed more graphic than in previous books. The girl’s father knows of Eve’s reputation for closing cases and requests that she lead the investigation. Peabody, McNab, and Feeney are also on the case, and, as usual, Roarke finds a way to assist the investigation. Kindred in Death is more somber than previous books (due to the nature of the crime, I think) and it also doesn’t have much of Eve’s trademark witty banter. Otherwise, it’s pretty much what you would expect from a Robb book and fans of the series should be satisfied.

If you are new to the In Death series, 29 books probably seems a little intimidating. I started last year by reading a recent book to see if I liked it and then I went back and began reading them in order. Each book is a self-contained murder mystery, though certain things, like relationships, carryover from book to book. I’m not a huge spoiler-phobe so this method worked for me. Robb provides some character background in each book, which is good for new readers, though, I have to say, it’s repetitive for her loyal fans. For me, the In Death series is like candy – I’ll binge on 3 or 4 of them and then take a break until the next craving hits.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Putnam Adult | Pages: 384 | Source:Library | Buy on Amazon

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