Book Review - Born In Death by J. D. Robb
I'm always happy when Nora Roberts cranks out another J. D. Robb novel for the In Death series. I finally got to the top of the library list for Born In Death, and as usual, I enjoyed it. Maybe not quite as compelling as prior installments, but still well worth the time.
Eve Dallas and Roarke are more than a little freaked out. They've been tagged to be birth coaches for Mavis and her nearly-here baby. Neither of them want anything to do with it, but such are obligations to friends. The main crime in this novel is the brutal murder of two accountants who appear to have some dirt on a client. Roarke gets pulled in to do a little financial forensic work, given his way with numbers (especially when they involve money). Clues are few and far between, and there's not many obvious leads as to what had been uncovered, as well as who would be threatened by something of that nature. Eve's life becomes a bit more complicated when a pregnant friend of Mavis, Tandy, goes missing two days before Mavis' baby shower (which Eve was coerced into hosting). Mavis applies major pressure on Eve to find her before Tandy delivers. Eve's commitment to the job and to her friend means the candle is burning at both ends. The pressure gets even more intense when there's a hint that both of her cases may be related...
This installment is a bit more "relationship"-based than action-based. Watching Eve deal with her discomfort over childbirth and parties is amusing, and it's also one of the few times you see Roarke at a loss for what to do. There's not a "race against time" element as a killer escalates their behavior, and Eve has to stop them. The crimes are somewhat singular events, and the focus is more on trying to solve them. Granted, finding Tandy before she has the baby is a race against time, but it didn't have the same Eve vs. killer feel.
Even though the book was a bit different than prior stories, I still found myself enjoying it a lot. Unlike other major authors who have seemingly burned out over time, Nora Roberts as J. D. Robb still holds my interest... Can't wait for the next one.