Beneath the façade of glamour, Eve found that the world of high fashion thrived on an all-consuming obsession for youth and fame. One that led from the runway to the dark underworld of New York City where drugs could be found to fulfill any desire - for a price.
Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2004 J. D. Robb; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
It's been years since I read/listened to the earliest "in death' books, & I'd forgotten that Eve started out as a realistic, reasonable character, as opposed to the one-note, cast-iron, bad-mannered, short-tempered bee-yatch she turned into. I suppose it's hard not to get lazy when you're expected to turn out two books a year, but Robb (Roberts*) went downhill fast. Eve became a caricature of herself later, but in the first few books she's actually an interesting character and a fairly complicated one, considering the genre. She's tough without being unreasonable, whereas later on, "strong" merely means she has a hair-trigger temper and no manners whatsoever.
Peabody starts to make a bigger showing in this one, which is a good thing as (at least IMO), she's a more interesting character than Eve is, and she stays that way over the dozens of books to follow, growing & changing far more than any other character. She gets her first love interest & it plays a big part here, & sets the tone for her being such a sympathetic & likeable character.
Roarke isn't such a doormat this time around, either; when Eve is a witch, he makes it clear he's not happy about it, unlike later when, practically no matter how viciously she abuses him, he just strokes the dent in her chin & says how adorable she is when she's mad. And even more astonishingly, early Eve actually apologizes when she's been a jerk!!! This is unthinkable in the later books.
"Immortal" has all the elements that made folks like me get involved in the series to start with; the developing relationship between Eve & Roarke, between Eve & Peabody, Eve galloping to the rescue in some murderous intrigue, sprinklings of humor.
I really don't know if I'll be able to read/listen to the later books again, after being re-introduced to the reason I got hooked on them in the first place. Eve didn't start out a nasty, bad-mannered witch, she just turned into one. I think Robb just got lazy.
*actually, I can't even imagine how many books she cranks out a year between her various pen names, or if they're written by committee or underlings, like some other 'romance' novelists.
I love the mixture of murder mystery and romance. Rourke is the perfect man for Eve. I will say that these books are not meant for youngsters, the love scenes get pretty steamy!
The narrator is spot on with all the voices, she is amazing! On to book four!!
Am a book reader who have to many books and to little time to do it.
There was more Mavis and she has fallen in love with the prefect guy for her. Also surprisingly I couldn't figure out who killed the models. When that it is shown then am like what. Then I feel really bad for one of the side characters who feel for him.
Any that involve set up and models being needing to be skinner so they take a non safe drug to do so.
the fight scene in the beginning when Eve knocks Pandora on her ass with one punch. And any moment when Eve and Roake are together. Or when Eve was made up by Trina the hairstyle. Eve cuts her own hair and so getting full body treatment was funny for me while terrible for her.
When Eve opens up about her past after she remembers. She has such a conflict going on about what to do about what she learned.
Yes. The story was a good mystery. I didn't guess the end which is always worth a star. Even the side characters and potential suspects are well done. The two main characters envelop you into the story.
It didn't keep me on the edge of my seat. The story has enough build up, subtle twists and side stories.
She does the characters, inflection, and pace so well.
Dallas, her man, friends and murder
I'm really enjoying this series....on to book 4 :-) it's interesting to see Eve's personal side develop as she starts to let Roarke in and take care of her as a woman and not be a cop a the time. Susan Ericksen is Awesome!! I luv her as a narrator.
I love JD Robb and this book following the 1st 2 books. I love the characters. The settings, wealth, mystery, and fun make a great read.
This book was amazing! I absolutely adored it. I AGAIN guessed the murderer very early on in the book BUT there was so much going on, that I kept second guessing myself! The murder investigation, the illegal drug investigation, Eve and Roarkes upcoming wedding preparations, and so much more! I definitely did not know how they were going to tie the "Immortal" part into the book, but it was not anything that I had expected at all.
Bravo J.D. Robb!
I've listened to te first 3 books. they all are really good! I can't get enough. I find myself wanting to just listen to this book than go out with people ahaha so addicting.
don't want here any books that's not read by Susan she is the best she sounds like I think Dallas sound love the series will purchase all books in series as time goes on
I hope the narrator for Eve never changes. She does such a great job with all of the characters very talented. I love how the author mixes just the right amount of romance danger an problem solving. Keep up the great work!
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