This is the first in the series and one of the best. If at all possible, it should actually be read first or if you stumble on these books like I did...moreThis is the first in the series and one of the best. If at all possible, it should actually be read first or if you stumble on these books like I did and read a later one first, come back to this one as soon as you can. I lays the foundation for the main character, Eve Dallas, and her relationship with Roarke.
Roarke is from Ireland; a rich, powerful, good looking sexy man with blue eyes. You can find his physical description in the first book and his complete stats on Wikipedia, if you are interested. He comes from humble beginnings though, growing up in Ireland with an abusive criminal father.
When Roarke meets Eve Dallas, his business dealings are almost all legal, and you'll just have to read the book if you want to know if they stay that way. Regardless, his past provides some interesting additions to several plot lines. Eve comes from similar beginnings as she is found at the age of 8 wondering the streets of Dallas; the authorities have no idea who she is. At the time of this first novel, she is just beginning to have memories of what happened to her before they found her. It's one of the things that gives Eve Dallas some real depth. When you first meet Eve, she may seem hard and formidable, but if you look, you are given glimpses into her vulnerability and her compassion despite her surliness, at times colorful language, and almost total disregard for all things feminine. Yet she is described as having whiskey colored eyes, a sleek figure and an attracted well-defined face with a slight dip in her chin. She is constantly running her fingers through her hair, and does not care if it's styled or fashionable.
Mavis, her best and one of Eve's only friends is introduced in this first book, and is featured somewhat in all the books, and a lot in the third. She is always fun and has a flamboyant personality, which is a nice complement to Eve's more serious one. Other great and key characters are also introduced here, with others coming in later books. It's easy to keep them straight as they are all unique and well-defined.
The murder mystery plot is also excellent. Police procedures are used and explored. Eve finds Roarke extremely helpful in her investigation, but he is also on her suspect list. This makes for some interesting conflict.
Also, this story takes place in the year 2058. While being a part of each story, it is not a major detractor. This book also lays the groundwork between the differences between the present day and the books' time, which are not too far fetched, in my opinion. As you move along in the series, they become just a backdrop for the story and do not seem weird at all, often adding to the plot in a fun way. For example, in Eve's time, guns are banned and only available to licensed collectors. Police use a stun type weapon and instead of gloves on a crime scene, they use something called Seal-it which coats their feet and hands. Most of the major diseases have been cured, elongating the average life span to about 150 years. Prostitution has been legalized, regulated and licensed.
New York city is the backdrop for this series and is almost a character in itself. It is not a utopia by any means. It still has the hard edges, rich history and wealthy entrepreneurs.
This is a great series with terrific characters, plots, and romance. (less)
My absolute favorite of the "In Death" series, at least so far. Peabody becomes a main character, Mavis is highlighted and in a new romance with Leona...moreMy absolute favorite of the "In Death" series, at least so far. Peabody becomes a main character, Mavis is highlighted and in a new romance with Leonardo, who also becomes a continuing character. The end is the great bachelor party scene and Eve's wedding. (Although I wish she had written about the actual wedding.) The murder mystery keeps you guessing to the end; great scene with Trina the scary make-up consultant. There is so much depth to this novel - I thoroughly enjoyed it - especially while listening to the audio version - great job, Susan Erickson. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes great characters, a superb plot, humor, romance, and a great tough lady copy who kicks, well you know!!(less)
This is one of the novellas for this series. I'm not a vampire story lover, but this one is fun. It is actually one of my favorites of the shorter nov...moreThis is one of the novellas for this series. I'm not a vampire story lover, but this one is fun. It is actually one of my favorites of the shorter novels, mostly because it is suspenseful despite it's length, and I just love Peabody; she has some great lines in this one! The other one of the short ones that I like is Haunted in Death, another funny one for Peabody.
A socialite is found dead in her apt, killed with what looks like a vampire bite. Eve, Peabody, Roarke, and McNab proceed to a new underground vampire club where they are introduced to the Club's owner, Eve's #1 suspect. He's very charismatic and I originally thought he got the upper hand on Roarke in their initial meeting. But oh, how could I be so foolish? Roarke is ever the strategist.
There are some nice twists, and although I prefer the longer versions of this series, I definitely recommend this one, even if you are not into vampires. I also recommend the audio, as the suspense factor is escalated, and Susan Erickson, the reader, is top-notch.
If you want to read it, this book can be found in the anthology book Dead of Night, along with 3 other authors. (less)
I just recently acquired the audio version of this book, and decided to listen to it again; it has been a while. This is probably my least favorite of...moreI just recently acquired the audio version of this book, and decided to listen to it again; it has been a while. This is probably my least favorite of the shorter books, mainly because it can get pretty gruesome at times. The killer, who is identified at the very beginning of the book is overly fond of torturing his victims before he kills them.
The things I do like about the book is the references to the previous book, Holiday in Death bringing some continuation to the story as this one takes place in the wee hours of the morning on Christmas, while the last book ended Christmas Eve.
I also like the touching scenes with Mira, and enjoyed the end. To all those who want to read or listen but don't care for the torture details (they are mentioned by Eve, and you are not there with the killer, thank goodness,) most of the descriptions are easy enough to skip over. For the faint of heart, reading or listening to this book may not be such a hot idea. (less)
I have just finished the audio, and although I have read the story in paperback form, the audios of this series are excellent and have become my favor...moreI have just finished the audio, and although I have read the story in paperback form, the audios of this series are excellent and have become my favored media form, due to the talents of the reader, Susan Erickson.
Just a small disclaimer to this comment, however. This story and Reunion in Death were the first two ever recorded, even though they are in the middle of the series. To my disappointment, Susan was just beginning to develop the voices I have come to love, and so this one does not contain most of the great ones of the secondary characters. Roarke's voice is close to the right version, but the others are barely beginning to show their future characteristics. The most disappointing is the voice of Peabody, which sounds way too much like Eve's voice in these two books. I am happy to say, though, that the rest have that great Peabody voice and I am amazed at the transformations that Susan Erickson has managed to make during later recordings. Hopefully one day, they might re-record these two particular books. (less)
This is my third time listening to this book. I'm doing them in order this time as I increase my collection with the mp3 format. I thoroughly enjoyed...moreThis is my third time listening to this book. I'm doing them in order this time as I increase my collection with the mp3 format. I thoroughly enjoyed it as much as the other times, and probably will listen to it again. The characters are what really make this series, although this is one of my favorite looks into Eve Dallas as she struggles with her identity. I find a lot of the mystery plots unique in the way that they are handled. Not all of her books are based on the serial killer formula, but this one had a nice twist, as do other novels in this series. In my opinion, the futuristic aspect of the stories provides opportunities for more unique story lines.
Many people like the first book in the series the best, and I do admit it is one of the best and kind of set off from the rest. But as I have delved more into the series, having listened to every last one of them, I enjoy the addition and development of the characters. Also, the audios add quite a lot to the enjoyment of the series to me. The reader does an excellent job and the characters come alive. I don't think I could even go back to reading the series in book form, as the voices are so on the mark that I feel the characters are friends, and when I miss them, I have only to pop in the disc and copy to my mp3. I rarely get this attached to characters, especially so many, in one series.
I can't reveal much about the plot without providing spoilers, and so I just advise that for an idea, you read the synopsis. Often the murder story is supplemented with side story lines and this one is excellent. (less)