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Born in Death (In Death #23)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  15,678 ratings  ·  458 reviews
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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 anot
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published (first published 2006)
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I laughed out loud and I cried. One of my faves in the series for sure.

5 Stars! By far the most amusing read in the series.

This ragtag crew has endured the worst human nature can dish out, murders, kidnapping, mutilation...horrific things, and it barely even fazes them, but a baby coming into the world turns them inside out. Just the mere thought or mention of what the body has to endure during a pregnancy and birth has them cringing in fear and disgust.

I was in stitches for a good part of the book, but the last hour I was howling with laughter. I thought Roarke
This book deserves five stars for just the scene where Eve is dashing back and forth between two hospital rooms and two women giving birth. The baby shower is a close second. And Roarke and Eve's reactions when two women go into labor in their home is a definite third. All of them are wonderfully funny. I love the way Eve is working two cases at once, going without much needed sleep along with Roarke, while she juggles the two and barely beats out the babies' arrivals with a solution to both cas ...more
What can I say - I love this book. The experience that Mavis, Eve, and Roarke (and of course Leonardo) go through is quite hilarious and right on the mark. This book really humanizes the cast of characters - the "crime" is despicable as are the criminals, which makes this police procedural a great book.

Two thumbs up and 5 stars - highly recommend this book!

On to Innocent in Death (another favourite).

My favorite so far and the more funny in my opinion.
Is the In Death series really up to 23 books? Wow. No wonder it's getting harder for it to have installments that stand out from the crowd. The last few have been more or less "meh", and this one didn't particularly grab me either. It wasn't bad reading--just didn't have any particular substance. The mystery was simple and unsurprising, and I was tired of the subplot of "Eve and Roarke are panicky about Mavis having her baby" a few books ago. (At least the good news is, now they can actually sto ...more
BORN IN DEATH (Police Proc-NYC-Future) – VG
Robb, J.D. (aka Nora Roberts) – 25th in series
Putnam, 2006- Amer Hardcover
*** Eve Dallas is investigating the murder of a young professional woman. One murder quickly turns into two as her fiancée is found murdered in his apartment; two murders, one killer. To Eve, the motive clearly ties back to their work. But in the midst of the investigation, Eve’s extremely pregnant friend, Maise, begs Eve to find a fellow mother-to-be, Tandy, who has suddenly disa
Woo-Hoo!!! That was a good one. Plenty of love, emotions, tense, finger-gripping, good amounts of humor that has you snickering and laughing, aggravation, steaminess, some good doses of weirdness, some panic (still smiling about those bouts), some happy and touching moments, and everything in between. A great read that gets you started and keeps pulling you along. Love the interactions in this one. The ending was page-flipping and left you with a smile that's both fun and a sweet happy at the sa ...more
This was a lovely addition to Robb's series and the continuing tale of Eve and Roarke. We've been counting down to the birth of Mavis' baby for a while now and in this book, the big day finally arrives.

Robb manages some lovely humour as Eve and Roarke, neither of which has an experience of functional and happy families, try to come to terms with what it will mean to be Mavis and Leonardo's support people at the birth. Eve finds herself doomed to throw a baby shower, and manages only with Peabody
Aww, what an ending! Mavis brought tears to my eyes :) so funny and sweet.
Steph Ann
Hopping back into this series is like visiting with a friend you haven't seen in awhile: no matter how long it's been, you're easily able to catch up as if no time had passed. This book was great from page 1, with Eve having to attend childbirth classes with Mavis. All the scenes involving Eve dealing with Mavis' pregnancy were priceless. The two cases Eve's working on are both very interesting, and it kept me guessing until the end. I'll have to read the next one as soon as I can!

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After reading this book, I have to admit that I am very glad for the fact that this series has so many books! Simply amazing! Mystery, drama, humor, romance… everything combined perfectly!

This time, Eve has to solve the mystery of the murder of two lovers and to help the very pregnant Mavis find one of her friends who is also pregnant and missing. Of course, she has the help of her sexy husband but this time ther
One of the best (and certainly most comic)in the series. This is Eve's outing as it display's just about every side of her character and personality from best to worst. All the characters have their roles to play, but this one is about Eve and ultimately shows how her character is softening as a person -- although certainly not as a cop.

Scanning some of the other reviews, I feel sorry for the folks who pick up a book well into a series and then criticize and pan the entire series because they do
Lou Douglas
There is a lot going on in this book, and while I generally enjoy reading it (I've read through the series a few times), the enjoyment is not necessarily derived from an excellent murder mystery. However, there are some good elements here:

The murders of the young couple at the beginning are just sad - such brutal ends to promising lives.

The parallel story of Mavis getting ready to deliver, Eve and Roarke's complete terror at the thought of being involved in the delivery.

A promising cast of chara
Aly is so frigging bored
Awwwww. Births usually make me laugh or creep me out[in books I mean] but it was great in this book, I even cried!
Natalie Copperfield, a conscientious, young accountant, is found beaten and strangled in her apartment, apparently as a result of discovering suspicious financial activity within the high profile firm with which she's employed. Her boyfriend who works for the same accounting firm, is found murdered by the same method in his apartment, having been killed shortly after his girlfriend. Lt. Eve Dallas begins investigating into the two murders while also preparing for and anticipating the birth of Ma ...more
I am going to recommend this book as THE "...In Death " book to start the series with to all my friends. Yes, I know it's #27 but it's great. Eve Dallas, the person, really shows through in this book. Not just Lt.Eve Dallas as is the case in many of the books in this series. I know there were many times in the earlier books when I'd wonder, "What does he see in her"?, "She's so stiff. So socially incompetent.Why is he still with her" or " Why do people like her?". This book lets us see more of E ...more
I sort of agree with some of the reviews I've read elsewhere. Sure, the book wasn't as exciting, the plot not as thick as previous books, but I think Eve and Roarke needed to work some things out more personally than the usual norm that we've read. I really liked the ending, how Eve's past still manages to catch up with her - and how she can push it back, push it away. She was there for the best friend that needed her there, wanted her there, and I think with both, Eve and Roarke in that room wi ...more
I was looking at other reviews and found this one right on the nose, so I'm copying it: This is my first "In Death" series by J.D. Robb...and it will be my last. Maybe I made a mistake starting with #23 of the series!? I really enjoy a good murder mystery, and the plot was OK, the only reason I forged on and read the entire book. However, I did not find the characters likeable, and I saw no purpose in setting it in 2060 other than giving the author a chance to use imaginary, futuristic vocabular ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
The "...IN DEATH" series, without a doubt, is one of the best. The perfect mix of mystery, psychological thriller, and romance, each book in this series always offers up a reading delight.

Once again, Eve Dallas is faced with solving a horrific crime. This time, as often happens with Dallas, the death of a young account executive and her financial manager fiance brings her own strong emotions into the mix. Since she's already dealing with the imminent arrival of Mavis's baby, the fact that she a
Caz Malpas

I loved this one, the storyline wasn't the reason why though, oh no what took it to one of my favourites in the series was it was hilarious, Eve and Roarke crapping themselves about being a birthing partner to Mavis cracked me up, there was a lot of banter and funny comments between them both as well as Peabody's sarcastic jibes to Eve just made the book for me!

A funny great read, and I have to confess I may well of had a tear in my eye at the end.

Kathy Schwartz
This is my first "In Death" series by J.D. Robb . . . and it will be my last. Maybe I made a mistake starting with #23 of the series!? I really enjoy a good murder mystery, and the plot was OK, the only reason I forged on and read the entire book. However, I did not find the characters likeable, and I saw no purpose in setting it in 2060 other than giving the author a chance to use imaginary, futuristic vocabulary that was either confusing or silly. Pregnant women were intricate to the story, bu ...more
Nora Roberts isn't my favorite author, but these JD Robb books are recommended by a lot of people I know. I didn't hate this, but it took me a long while to get into it. I didn't feel that the futuristic elements of the book added to the appeal. I think that Roberts (Robb) sets her character up with a filthy rich husband to make the story easier to write. Of course she can solve all these crimes when she has a husband with all the resources and time in the world to help her. And even though ther ...more
This time Eve Dallas has a very busy time. Two young lovers have been found murdered from the same accounting firm. That same accounting firm is making doubly sure that no information regarding their accounts will ever land in the police's hands.

At the same time Eve and Roarke attend the dreaded birthing coach's class and Eve is preparing for the baby shower that she is to give Mavis. Eve doesn't have a clue and Peabody helps her out. But Tandy Willowby, a friend from Mavis' birthing classes has
My favorite in the series. I literally laughed out loud toward the end. And there were even some tears. I am completely cognizant of the fact that these are the literary equivalent of Cheetos. And Cheetos rock.
A little bit slow at the start, but it wasn't long before I was hooked.
Lovely ending as well, not the normal for these books. I got a bit emotional with Mavis having her baby.
Katy M
This one is about doing the right thing.

I never put spoilers in my reviews.
J D Robb (Nora Roberts) is one of the few author's I reread. Everything about the "in death" novels is quality writing and defies genre labeling.
From the relationship between Dallas and Rourke, the mystery/thriller storyline, an extremely strong female role model, the secondary characters, the setting, well, everything you just can't wait for the next one. Robb shows that a woman can be strong and capable despite soul cri
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Heather Street
Outstanding Series

Nora Robets, writing as JD Robb, has somehow produced this miracle of storytelling through her innate talent as a best-selling writer. I'm in awe of her imagination in coming up with such complex murder mysteries. The main characters, especially Homicide Lieutenant Eve and her billionaire husband, are so well developed and vivid, you feel like they are real people you know deeply and hope to meet. They have faults, integrity, fight, love deeply, and hurt just like the rest of u
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A. She was the youngest of the five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline.
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“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.”
“The worst, the very worst requirement of friendship, in Eve Dallas's opinion, was sitting through an entire evening of childbirth classes.

What went on there--the sights, the sounds, the assault on all the senses--turned the blood cold.”
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