Sunday, May 30, 2010
Book 31 - Imitation in Death
Somebody get me a bucket of ice water - Nora Roberts (J.D. Robb) sure can write a love scene.
I'm pretty sure I've read Imitation in Death before but it's been a while, and after finding a treasure trove of In Death books at a recent used book sale, I'm giving up on trying to go in order - I can never remember where I left off in the series.
Not to worry, though. If you're familiar with this series (and I'll go on record to say you should be), you know exactly what I mean when I say that Roarke is an amazing male specimen. The chemistry between him and Eve is extraordinary - something I never fail to note with each of the books in this series. And of course, Eve is a brilliant character. Sigh.
But then, you'll notice I tend to gush over Nora a lot. She's such a smooth writer, and her grasp on human relationships is wonderful. Whether it's her J.D. Robb books or her straight up romances, Nora knows how to evoke intense emotion. No surprise several parts in this novel brought tears to my eyes.
The In Death series is set in the future where Pepsi comes in tubes and people commute in hovercrafts. Real food (and coffee) is reserved for the rich and planet hops are as common as taking a vacation to Hawaii. In Imitation in Death we're transported back in time - though not physically. The villain is imitating famous historical killers, starting with Jack the Ripper.
The thriller writer in me is fascinated with the methods of muderers (famous or not), and most of the killers imitated in this book are somewhat familiar to me. Still, I loved the modern twists. (And Karen, darling, if you have NOT read this one, you need to...)
There's a (small) piece of me that would love to try my hand at a police procedural, but I doubt I have the skill to weave together the parts of the puzzle with any kind of authenticity. Luckily, there's enough books in this series to quench my need.
The Book In My Bag Today: Dead Frog on a Porch, Jan Markley