Wednesday, November 5, 2014

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "Born in Death" by JD Robb

Born in Death (In Death, #23)
Born in Death by JD Robb; Narrated by Susan Ericksen
For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality, Violence)
Romantic Suspense -- Futuristic New York

Berkeley -- Published in April 2007
Audiobook, 11 hours and 50 minutes
Read in October 2014
Purchased from Audible

Kick-Ass Heroine, Tortured Hero, Tormented Heroine, Murder Mystery, Secondary Romances

Eve Dallas has a grisly double homicide to solve when two young lovers—both employees of the same prestigious accounting firm—are brutally killed on the same night. It doesn't leave Eve a lot of leftover time to put together a baby shower for her buddy Mavis, but that's supposedly what friends are for.

Now Mavis needs another favor. Tandy Willowby, one of the moms-to-be in Mavis's birthing class, didn't show up for the shower. A recent emigrant from London, Tandy has few friends in New York, and no family—and she was really looking forward to the party. And when Eve enters Tandy's apartment and finds a gift for Mavis's shower wrapped and ready on the table—and a packed bag for the hospital still on the floor next to it—tingling runs up and down her spine.

Normally, such a case would be turned over to Missing Persons. But Mavis wants no one else on the job but Eve—and Eve can't say no. She'll have to track Tandy down while simultaneously unearthing the deals and double-crosses hidden in the files of some of the city's richest and most secretive citizens, in a race against this particularly vicious killer. Luckily, her multimillionaire husband Roarke's expertise comes in handy with the number crunching. But as he mines the crucial data that will break the case wide open, Eve faces an all too real danger in the world of flesh and blood.

"The ways and means of friendship were murderous."

Born in Death provides fans of Eve and Roarke with two cases and a pretty big life change for the In Death cast.  Things get going when Natalie Copperfield and Bic Bison, an engaged couple, are found murdered in their individual apartments.  It quickly becomes obvious that their deaths relate to their work as accountants at one of New York's premier firms.

This was one of my least favorite cases in the series so far.  I think the main issue was the sheer amount of number crunching involved and all the business lingo that went over my head.  I just kept wanting things to move forward faster.  Then everything stalled when Eve was forced to deal with a missing person's case and she had to balance both cases.  I admired her ability to multi-task, but my attention was more into Tandy's disappearance than the double murder, unfortunately.

While homicide detective Eve Dallas tries to figure out the perpetrator and the motive for the Copperfield/Bison murder, she is also dealing with the fact that her best friend, Mavis, is only a few weeks away from giving birth to her first child.  Eve, who is not comfortable with anything to do with babies and childbirth, is struggling with her promise to act as Mavis's labor coach as well as her effort to provide her with a wonderful baby shower.

I absolutely loved this part of the book!  It is so entertaining to see Eve forced into situations like birthing class and shopping at a baby boutique since she is so composed around death and destruction.  It also doesn't hurt that her husband, Roarke, is just as freaked out by the whole spectacle of preparing for baby.  The childbirth scene was just perfect for this series: full of drama, humor, and crazy antics from Mavis, Leonardo, and Peabody.

While this wasn't my favorite of the series, I still enjoyed it.  The personal aspect really shone in Born in Death and I am excited to see the changes to Eve and Mavis's relationship now that the baby is finally here.  The case was a little boring, but it was still satisfying to see Eve kick ass like she always does.  And Susan Ericksen continues to be the queen of audio book narration.


Flush -- Detailed descriptions of lovemaking though nothing overly graphic.

"I can handle it.  But it stinks, if you ask me, really stinks, that you get to go out somewhere drinking beer while I'm stuck at Baby Central.  Just because you have a penis."
"We'll think fondly of you over beer, me and my penis."
She ate a little more, then smiled slowly. "You've still got to be in the birthing room when she pushes it out."
"Shut up, Eve."
"Your penis won't save you then, Pal."

There are too many to show here, but I'm providing a link to the Goodreads listing and the listing from JD Robb's website.

1 comment:

  1. I love the new blog look, Jennifer! Purple is such a pretty color! I'm glad you liked this, even though it wasn't your favorite in the series. I bet it would be fun to see Eve trying to help her pregnant friend.


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