Sunday, January 16, 2011

Creation in Death

There's not much to say about this futuristic police-procedural series that I haven't said in previous reviews of other books.  They are solid, page-turning mysteries with complex, memorable characters and plots that pack plenty of twists and surprises.  My favorite aspect of the series is the way in which characters change and grow from one book to the next, and how their relationships change, as well.

In this series NY cop Eve Dallas is called to a murder scene, and she immediately recognizes the method as one used by a serial killer from ten years earlier, one who had gone to ground after torturing and killing many woman.  She had been on the case back then, and has worked the cold case periodically over the years with others who were on her team, with no luck. The stakes are higher this time, as the killer has his sights on Eve as the final, ultimate "partner" in his twisted scheme. 

There was a lot to like about this one - seeing Eve and Roarke and our favorite usual suspects working together, using the combination of their skills and strengths to track down the murderer.  Eve never loses sight of what's at stake - she is consumed by her need to save the young women who are abducted, and they are always people to her, never numbers or faceless beings. Her refusal to get sleep in all of these cases does get a little on my nerves - surely she could think more clearly if she took an hour nap?  I loved the fact that, instead of being oblivious to the fact that the killer is after her, they figure it out fairly quickly, which they probably would.  Otherwise it would have seemed like the typical ratchet-up-the-tension device.  And I loved the way things turn out at the climax - not just Eve being the strong but flawed heroine that she is, but the way in which one of the "victims" is portrayed - she is captive, but she is strong and resourceful, refusing to be a victim.

Fans of police procedurals, strong women protagonists, snappy dialogue and memorable characters will love this series.  Each book is a standalone mystery, and any book works as far as jumping into the series.  However, Eve is a completely different person in so many ways in the early books, and she has come so far since then, so reading the books in order would be a much more rewarding way to go.  I am so pleased that I'm still not at the waiting stage of this one - I space them out as much as I can, because I just love to know that there's one out there, waiting and ready for me, whenever I'm in the mood for another fix of Eve and Roarke. 

Books in the Eve Dallas series:
1. Naked in Death
2. Glory in Death
3. Immortal in Death
4. Rapture in Death
5. Ceremony In Death
6. Vengeance in Death
7. Holiday in Death
"Midnight in Death" (in Silent Night)
8. Conspiracy in Death
9. Loyalty in Death
10. Witness in Death
11. Judgment in Death
12. Betrayal in Death
"Interlude in Death" (in Out of This World)
13. Seduction in Death
14. Reunion In Death
15. Purity in Death
16. Portrait in Death
17. Imitation in Death
Remember When (spin-off book with section featuring Eve)
18. Divided in Death
19. Visions in Death
20. Survivor
in Death
21.
Origin in Death

22. Memory in Death "Haunted in Death" (in Bump in the Night)

23. Born in Death
24. Innocent in Death
"Eternity in Death" (in Dead of Night)
25. Creation in Death
26. Strangers in Death
"Ritual in Death" (in Suite 606)
27. Salvation In Death
28. Promises in Death
29. Kindred in Death
"Missing in Death" (in The Lost)
30. Fantasy in Death (2010)

Creation in Death (#25 in the Eve Dallas series) by J.D. Robb (Brilliance Audio, 2007)

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Blogcritics"Even though this is the 25th book in the series, there's no sign that things are stopping anytime soon. As long as she can continue to pump out great stories and richly developed characters, there's no reason that there won't be 25 more." 
Dear Author" While I liked the climactic ending to the serial killer plotline, much of it dragged for me. I am not sure whether I am suffering from serial killer malaise or what."  
A Nod from Nancy"Mostly it’s the main characters and the supporting cast that are such a pleasure, like visiting with old, extremely interesting friends.  The story is always gripping which is why I am very careful about starting a J.D. Robb novel: I find it almost impossible to put it down until I’ve finished." 

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