Monday, September 14, 2015

Devoted in Death
by J.D. Robb

Eve Dallas tracks a couple whose passion is fueled by cold brutality in the newest crime thriller from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Obsession in Death and Festive in Death.

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 . . .

Starting a new J.D. Robb book is like coming home.  Every single year my two most anticipated novels are the In Death books.  After reading over 40 novels and anthologies I can’t help but feel a deep connection with Eve, Roarke, Peabody and the whole NYPSD department.

DEVOTED IN DEATH starts off with the killers.  Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, want to go to New York City.  On the trip there they accidently kill someone, learning that the high from killing is the most amazing feeling they’ve ever felt.  Now on the way to New York they make stops to recreate that high.

When they end up at Eve and her team’s jurisdiction, Eve will stop at nothing to make sure these two spend the rest of their lives behind bars. 


Devoted In Death had everything I love about this series:  intense suspense, emotional growth (which is huge if you’ve started from the first book, Naked In Death), character reunion, flat humor, and Roarke.

Obviously with this book being about a homicide cop, there will be a lot of suspense and crime. Eve Dallas knows exactly how to run her detectives and reading about her cases gives me a glimpse of what homicide detectives see daily.  The meaningless crimes that tear through families and friends is fictional in this story, but happens daily in our every day world.  Eve Dallas gives her heart and soul to her victims and doesn’t stop until she gets the bad guy.

“Dog gets the bone,” he murmured as he did as she asked.


“You don’t give up.  Just keep on digging until you have the bone.”

One of my other favorite things about J.D. Robb’s In Death series is being able to visit with the characters.  From the first book we meet all of these amazing people that have grown so much in the past 40 books.  We know their characteristics, habits, and likes and dislikes.  Devoted In Death had all of the characters we know and love and even added a new one that was instantly welcomed into the group.



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