Naked in Death by JD Robb

As a fan of Nora Roberts’ mystery romance novels, this series was recommended to me (JD Robb is the nom de plume of Nora Roberts) so I thought I’d give them a try – starting with the first one, obviously. Naked in Death features detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas, a police officer in New York city.

What I hadn’t realised was that it was set in the year 2058; I kept coming across strange unfamiliar words, but eventually cottoned on to what was happening. Some things had changed, but so much remained the same. Space travel and flying cars are now the norm; guns are illegal but have been replaced with lasers; prostitution is legal and regulated; and real coffee is a scarce and luxurious treat. This is what the future looked like in 1995 when it was written.

Human nature, however, is the same as it always was. The grand-daughter of a prominent politician has been murdered. Sharon DeBlass was working as a high-class prostitute, and the way she is murdered makes it clear to the police that there will be more bodies. Eve is assigned the task of solving this case with only officer Ryan Feeney, from the Electronics Detection Division, to help her – a sign that the investigation is politically sensitive and she needs to tread carefully.

Suspicion falls on multi-millionaire Roarke. He is a personal friend of the dead girl’s family, and has the resources to make enquiries of his own. Although he is a suspect in the case, and she should steer well clear, Eve finds herself strangely drawn to him.

Roberts is a master storyteller, and the characters are well rounded and believable; Eve is tough and resourceful, but vulnerable underneath. A troubled childhood is hinted at, but she is not keen to explore it further and who can blame her.

The fiftieth book in this series, Golden in Death, has just been published. It may take me a few years to catch up, but I will definitely be reading more of the adventures of Eve Dallas. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.