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If you have 'read' the previous book in the series this is on parr. If not it might be worth checking out the earlier ones as the main characters - Lt. Eve Dallas, Roarke and Peabody - story lines continue and refer back. Otherwise the story is a stand alone with twists and turns enough to keep you interested to the end.
On October 16, 2016 I purchased six books of this 46 book "In Death" series while on sale in case I ever ran out of good novels to listen to. They have sat in my Audible library since. It's time to delve into them beginning with Rapture in Death. My first observation is that this novel is an excellent suspense mystery with superb narration. Protagonist NYC Detective Eve Dallas and her new husband and rogue Irish billionaire Roarke are on the honeymoon strolling in the evening on a French beach as the novel opens when a romantic mood strikes. So the book with sex on the beach, the act not the alcoholic cocktail by that name. During the sex scene a murder with a gun is committed near them. So less than 10 minutes into the novel there is a sex scene and a murder, so the novel starts with two bangs. The sex scene was the first of more than a dozen as the newlyweds act like...newlyweds and the author dutifully reported each in varying degrees emotional and anatomical detail.
The In Death series is by Nora Roberts using her J. D. Robb nom de plume. The series books are police procedurals set possibly 50 to 100 years in the future. This allows Eve, Roarke, and others to utilize technologies that do not currently exist.
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STORY (Detective) - This is the fourth book in this series, and I'm rating it the same as the others. Five stars all around! It is set in the future, something like year 2050ish, so there are futuristic gadgets and situations, but the characters and crimes are very realistic. I love the characters and their development throughout the series. Eve and Roarke meet in Book 1, marry in Book 3, and are newlyweds in this Book 4. Eve is a tough-as-nails cop and her crime-solving is top notch, but she also has tender, sexy moments with Roarke. Roarke is a sexy multibillionaire who usually gets drawn into her investigations in one way or another. The book will keep you guessing and is good from beginning to end , as are the rest. I suppose I'm going to have to listen to all of them (there's like 50 books!!)
PERFORMANCE - Susan Ericksen is amazing. Different voices and accents for characters as appropriate. Love her!
OVERALL - Eve is tough and so is her mouth, so be prepared for a healthy dose of cussing. There are several short sex scenes in the book, but they're more passionate than they are explicit. The story stands alone, though if you start with this book you will be picking up in the middle of the character development. You definitely don't have to start with Book 1, but I'd recommend it. I think males and females both would enjoy this series, but it might be a bit more oriented towards women because of the romantic thread. Go for it, you won't regret it.
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