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Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb – 3rd One’s Pretty Good

Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb


 

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(3.5/5)

Pros: nice background on Eve’s childhood, interesting investigation

Cons: other characters not too deep at this point in the series


Immortal In Death is the 3rd book in J.D. Robb’s In Death series. Like all of the books, it follows the life the Eve Dallas, in the Homicide division of the New York Police Department. Taking place in the mid-2000’s, the series brings a bit of a futuristic spin to homicide cases that Eve and her trusty coworkers fall into in each book.

In this case, the dead body belongs to a super model. Gorgeous, popular, she was seen fighting with another woman over a man. And that other woman just happens to be Eve’s bff Mavis. So when Pandora is found dead, naturally Mavis is the primary suspect. And as Eve follows the clues, more and more of which point in Mavis’s direction, Eve’s caught in a terrible position. Believing her friend to be innocent and proving it are two different things.

It’s only the third book in the series (of which there are currently close to 40) so it’s fair to say that there’s not the depth and breadth of the characters that appear in later novels. However, Roarke and Eve’s wedding takes place in this book, so it’s good to see how that all went, since Roarke and Eve are married throughout the rest of the books. Also, in this book, Eve first starts working with Peabody who ends up being her constant partner and companion. Mavis, Feeny, Dr. Mira and even Nadine appear. Although they are mere cutouts of characters compared to how well-defined they will end up being over the next 2 decades and 40 novels.


As far as the main murder investigation goes, this one is pretty interesting. It examines just how far a model will go in her quest for beauty and agelessness. In this case, Pandora went about as far as you can imagine it’s possible to go to secure her looks, her livelihood, and her vitality.

By the time all is said and done, there’s a pile of bodies and quite a complex story for Eve to work out, all while leading up to her and Roarke’s wedding.

And, Eve has started to remember her troubled childhood, a theme throughout the entire series.


Overall, Immortal In Death is an interesting addition to the series, although it’s not the strongest in the set. I’m reading the books in random order, but you should try to read them in order, if you can. While Robb does a good job of making them enjoyable in a stand-alone manner, of course, the arcs flow better in order.

Other books in the In Death series

Born In Death
Betrayal In Death
Celebrity In Death
Ceremony In Death
Concealed In Death
Devoted In Death
Divided In Death
Festive In Death
Glory In Death
Haunted In Death
Indulgence In Death
Innocent In Death
Interlude In Death
Judgment In Death
Midnight In Death
Missing In Death
Naked In Death
Obsession In Death
Origin In Death
Rapture In Death
Reunion In Death
Salvation In Death
Strangers In Death
Survivor In Death
Treachery In Death
Vengeance In Death
Visions In Death

Salvation In Death – J.D. Robb – not the best in the series

Salvation In Death by J.D. Robb


 

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(3/5)

Pros: Decent story

Cons: Not the best investigation

I enjoy J.D. Robb’s In Death series. The stories follow NY Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas as she solves various homicide cases. The setting is usually in New York, although her cases frequently take her far and wide, even, sometimes off-planet. Oh, did I forget to mention that these stories take place in the future – late in the 2050’s.

There’s a small group of characters who appear in most of the stories. Eve’s partner, co-workers, husband, and a few friends are usually around. The books contain quite a bit of humor as Eve is definitely set in her ways, and a bit hard-nosed. Her partner is quite the opposite, a real girly-girl, and the witty dialog between the two always makes me laugh.

As for the “futuristic” aspect of the stories, there are some interesting gadgets and some amazing computer power. There are some new words, and some very interesting fashion descriptions. However, I’m glad Robb doesn’t take the easy way out – she doesn’t resort to letting technology actually solve the cases. Eve still has to do some good old-fashioned detective work.

As for the cases, themselves, some are definitely more intriguing than others. The case in Salvation In Death is actually pretty interesting. A priest is poisoned. Right there on the altar as he sips the ceremonial wine. Who could possibly want to kill the kindly priest?

Well, as it turns out, the priest isn’t who everyone thought he was. Not by a long shot. Eve quickly figures out that he’s an imposter, opening the door to a hundred new questions. Like, where’s the real priest – the one this guy was impersonating? And what was this guy’s endgame. And, of course, how does his fraud factor into his death?

I was intrigued, definitely wanted to know the full story.

However, I was disappointed in the way Eve solved the case. Normally she does a good job, working with her partner, and following one clue to the next until the pieces fall into place. In this case, each time Eve made one discovery, ten new questions opened up. The case got weirder and more complex with each chapter, instead of coming together nicely. In the end, it gets solved. Not through good, smart detective work, but through guesses, luck, and contrivances.

Salvation In Death wouldn’t be my first choice, if you’re going to jump into the series. While it’s not necessary to read them in order, it’s helpful. However, even if you’re going to jump around, as I do, don’t start with this one.   It’s simply not a good representative of the series.

 

Other books in the In Death series

Betrayal In Death
Born In Death
Celebrity In Death
Ceremony In Death
Concealed In Death
Devoted In Death
Divided In Death  
Festive In Death
Glory In Death
Haunted In Death
Immortal In Death
Indulgence In Death
Innocent In Death
Interlude In Death
Judgment In Death
Midnight In Death
Missing In Death
Naked In Death
Obsession In Death
Origin In Death
Rapture In Death
Reunion In Death
Strangers In Death
Survivor In Death
Treachery In Death
Vengeance In Death
Visions In Death