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Devoted in Death by J. D. Robb
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Devoted in Death (edition 2016)

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Title:Devoted in Death
Authors:J. D. Robb (Author)
Info:Berkley (2016), 352 pages
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Dallas is back from a warm, sunny vacation, in the frigid, wet cold after the New Year. And very early on her first morning back, she's called to the scene of a dumped body.

Dorian Cooper was a cellist with the symphony orchestra, popular, respected, and well-liked. There's no apparent reason for anyone to kill him--but someone has. And not just killed; Cooper was tortured over the course of two days before he died. It's not long before Dallas and Peabody realize they're on the trail of a potential serial killer--or a pair of them.

It's a race against time to find them before they kill their newest victim, and a frustrating puzzle tracking them backward through their travel across the country to find their identities.

At over forty books in, the regulars are all familiar, but they continue to grow, learn, and change. Trueheart is taking his detective exam; Peabody is growing in confidence as well as skill as a detective, and Dallas continues to learn to handle the kinds of personal stresses and interactions that just crippled her as a person before she met Roarke. Watching Dallas grow and heal has been one of the appealing features of the In Death books, and this one is no disappointment there.

Devoted did seem to me to be a bit toned down in some respects. Roarke is still a super-rich businessman from a questionable background, but neither his wealth, nor his connections, nor his criminal past dominate as they have in some previous books. The partnership between Dallas and Peabody feels more and more like a solid, professional relationship between partners who have also become friends.

As with any long-running series, this book isn't the place to start. For those who have read previous volumes, though, this is an enjoyable addition, and I heartily recommend it.

I bought this book. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
4.5 stars ( )
  mitabird | Jun 10, 2018 |
Awesome! Loved this! ( )
  TiffanyCutshall | Dec 28, 2017 |
As always, Robb has written another good addition to the In Death series. Although not her best, Robb has created an interesting scenario involving a pair of serial killers who use killing as an aphrodisiac and believe that their love is fated. Add in a devoted detective from a small town where one of the couple's first killings took place and you have enough to make this another unique In Death story. As always, the read was fast-paced and full of the characters we've grown to love. ( )
  Mrslabraden | Jun 28, 2017 |
I honestly didn't think I would like this book. LT Eve Dallas and her partner Det. Peabody are on the trail of a pair of serial murderers. These are not just any run of the mill murderers, they are are a pair of sexual sadist love birds, who carve a heart in their tortured victims. Further, Eve has only a matter of a few days to stop these two from killing again. Her searches into possible earlier victims lead to the help from a small town Arkansas deputy, who is desperately trying to solve some related murders which had been written off as accidental deaths. This book took more time with police procedure and less time with the personal lives of Eve, her husband Roarke and the rest of Eve's extended group of friends and co-workers. I don't like gory gratuitous violence in books, and this skated a fine line. I found it a satisfying read. ( )
  Raspberrymocha | Mar 2, 2017 |
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As prime as goats, as hot as monkeys

As salt as wolves in pride,
—William Shakespeare

Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!
Robert Burns
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The first kill was an accident. Mostly.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 039917088X, Hardcover)

Eve Dallas tracks a couple whose passion is fueled by cold brutalityin the newest crime thriller from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Obsession in Death and Festive in Death.
 
When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—and initials inside reading E and D . . .

Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone—an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again.

As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve . . .

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"When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim's injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart--and initials inside reading E and D . . . Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don't ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo's got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else's. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone--an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again. As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they've landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve" --… (more)

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