Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: Born in Death by J.D. Robb

Title: Born in Death
Series: In Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: November 7, 2006
Publisher: Berkley

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.

My rating:

Lieutenant Eve Dallas isn't having a good few days. Her best friend is about to give birth and Eve is supposed to be there, which to her is one of the worst nightmares (and she knows nightmares), she's dealing with a double homicide connected to one of the most prominent financial firms in the city, and now her best friend Mavis has asked her to find another friend, a heavily pregnant woman recently moved from England that went missing...

If I said this book was a disappointment, it would be an understatement. I just couldn't bring myself to care about what happened; either to the characters (Eve and Roarke included) or the plot.

There were too many things going on at once ending up connected; which struck me as too an easy out. Mavis and her bun-related antics grated, Eve's rather overblown (panicky) reaction to the process of birth quickly turned annoying, and the (too) many plot elements somehow failed to mix well together and/or grab my attention.


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