Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Promises in Death

Promises in Death is the latest book by JD Robb in her In Death series. From the back cover.~

Number-one New York Times-bestselling author J.D. Robb takes us to the New York City of 2060, where Lieutenant Eve Dallas faces down a cop killer.

Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us."

Dallas's friend Chief Medical Examiner Morris had started a serious relationship with Coltraine, and from all accounts the two were headed for a happy future together. But someone has put an end to all that. After breaking the news to Morris, Eve starts questioning everyone, including Coltraine's squad, informants, and neighbors, while Eve's husband, Roarke, digs into computer data on the dead woman's life back in Atlanta. To their shock, they discover a connection between this case and their own painful, shadowy pasts.

The truth will need to be uncovered one layer at a time, starting with the box that arrives at Cop Central addressed to Eve, containing Coltraine's guns, badge, and a note from her killer: "You can have them back. Maybe someday soon, I'll be sending yours to somebody else." But Eve Dallas doesn't take too kindly to personal threats, and she is going to break this case, whatever it takes. And that's a promise.

I loved Promises in Death! I think that Robb got back to her old style of story-telling with this book in the In Death series. I loved that it wasn't just about the mystery with Promises in Death. Robb wrote about the relationships between Eve and Roarke, as well as their relationships with co-workers and friends. As much as I enjoy trying to keep up with Eve and solve the crimes before the end of the book, I enjoy seeing she and Roarke interact with friends and family, or at least those friends who have become family just as much. It makes the perfect cop and the perfect man seem more human.

I highly recommend Promise in Death to all fans of JD Robb, as well as anyone looking to read a fabulous romantic mystery that takes place in the future. Of course, since I read Promises in Death as fast as possible, I now have to wait eight months for the next book in the series, Kindred in Death.


Alyssa Goodnight said...

I've only read one book in the series, and while it was very good, it was a little dark for me.

(But I too hate waiting for the next book) ;)

Liza said...

I was hooked from the very first book in the series. Probably the darkest book I had read to that point(not counting a Stephen King book). When I read the first book, I didn't even know that JD Robb was actually Nora Roberts, very funny since I've read almost every Nora Roberts book ever published.

Kristie (J) said...

It took me 3 tries to get into this series - a number of years back now - but now that I have, I am loving them! I really enjoyed Promises and now it does seem like such a long wait until Kindred doesn't it?