Review – Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted April 14, 2021 by Carole in Audiobook, Book Reviews / 12 Comments

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
Narrated by Susan Ericksen

Series: In Death #1
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: May 20, 2008
Date Read: March 31, 2021
Length:  10 hours 17 minutes
Source: Purchased

Here is the novel that started it all- the first book in J.D. Robb’s number-one New York Times-bestselling In Death series, featuring New York homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.

It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing: passion.

When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washington politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation.

My Review

Whew, I finally started this series after years of saying that I would someday.  Of course, I have a whole lot of catching up to do since the series has 50 some odd books at this point.  If all of the books in the series are as good as this one was, I have some wonderful reading ahead of me.  I really had a great time with this book from beginning to end and found it to be a very quick listen.

I spend a lot of time reading reviews and talking about books so I have seen a lot of love for this series.  I have seen a ton of reviewers talking about how much they love Roarke so I was pretty eager to get to know this character that inspired so much praise.  After finishing the book, I have to admit that Roarke is pretty awesome and I am betting that he is only going to better as I get to know him over the course of the series.  Eve is pretty awesome as well 🙂
I was pretty impressed by the mystery in this book.  It was a lot more intense than I expected it to be which was a nice surprise.  When a prostitute with important connections is murdered, Eve gets the case.  The murder is brutal but Eve dives in and works to find who is responsible.  Before she can get any traction in her investigation, things get even more complicated.
Susan Ericksen did a fantastic job with the narration of this book.  I loved the voices that she used for the various characters and especially appreciated the accent that she used for Roarke.  I thought that she was able to add a lot of emotion and excitement to the story.  I wanted to listen to this book for hours at a time and believe that her narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story.
I would recommend this series to others.  I liked the futuristic setting of this story and thought that the mystery was quite complex.  Throw in some fantastic characters and you have a great start to the series.  I cannot wait to listen to the next installment!
About the Author

J.D. ROBB is the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. She is the author of over 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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12 responses to “Review – Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

  1. I like Nora Roberts' books, but I still have to try any of her works as J.D. Robb. Having said that, I love when a mystery is complex and the characters are fantastic, so I feel like this could be a great start 🙂

  2. I'm so glad you got to listen to this one. I read it too a little while ago and loved it. I had already read several J.D. Robb's books, but it was fun to read where it all started. I also can't wait to start the next one. 😉

  3. Oh boy. Welcome to this madness we call, In Death series. I hope you're willing to read through the entirety of the series. Lol.

  4. I actually did not like this one when I first read it. And then for some reason, I decided one day to listen to the audio–and I found I actually liked it that time around! Whether it was the format or the timing–probably both, I went on to listen to the second book and like that too. That's as far as I've gotten in the series so far.

  5. Ivy

    I have yet to read the last two books in the series but have been reading this series from the beginning. They get better and better as you go along. I am sure that you will fall even more in love with the series as the characters get more fleshed out and come to life for you.