Book Title: Concealed in Death
In Death 38
Author: JD Robb
It’s been almost ten years since Rosie first introduced me to the writings of JD Robb, yet at book 37 in the series, I’m still enjoying every word.
The “In Death” series is not romance, but still has one of the most ‘romantic’ couples in Eve and Rourke, the cop and the (mostly) reformed badboy, the pauper and the billionaire. One of the reasons they remain a fantastic couple is the ways in which they balance each other. It is this aspect of the In Death series that really keeps me hooked, for all that it usually only plays a side role within each story, Eve and Rourke are intricately linked within the plot. There is no contrivance to fit the plot to their relationship.
In Concealed in Death that link comes in the form of bodies being found in a property (one of many) that Rourke has bought. Rourke being Rourke, and being there when the bodies were found, takes this personally. Eve, being a homicide detective, and being Eve, is also going to take young girls murdered personally. Neither will rest until the killer is found.
As with any of the books in the series, if you’re a serious crime buff, the who-did-it aspect of the story is going to be far too simplistic. Although there are enough twists and turns to keep interest high, and enough emotional depth to keep tissue companies in business, for me the enjoyment in reading Concealed in Death comes from the engagement with the characters, it is their passion that leads the story. Although I will say I, for all that I was pretty sure I knew who did it, the way Eve brings everything to a conclusion still caught me.
Concealed in Death was very dark in places, the bodies of teenage girls have been found sealed up inside the walls of a disused halfway house for runaways. Although murder is never pleasant, the parallels that get drawn between these girls lives and Eves horrific ‘childhood’ take the emotional involvement of the reader to a new depth.
My only minor issue was the lack of Peabody’s main squeeze, McNab. I adore their interaction, and the public display of affection that annoys Eve in the most wonderful way. He makes an appearance, but only a minor one.
It’s hard to judge how someone who was picking this book up as their first introduction to the series would go, as part of my enjoyment is having watched the characters grow and develop over time, so some of the ‘in-jokes’ might be missed by a new reader, but I think the story itself stands up well as an introduction to the series. Or at least will most likely send a new reader back to the beginning to see where it all started. Think of it as a potential gateway drug to the wonderful In Death series. If you’re an old hand, no hard sell is required. You’ll love it.
There is nothing unusual about billionaire Roarke supervising work on his new property – but when he takes a ceremonial swing at the first wall to be knocked down, he uncovers the body of a girl. And then another – in fact, twelve dead girls concealed behind a false wall. Luckily for Roarke, he is married to the best police lieutenant in town. Eve Dallas is determined to find the killer – especially when she discovers that the building used to be a sanctuary for deliquent teenagers and the parallel with her past as a young runaway hits hard. As the girls’ identities are slowly unravelled by the department’s crack forensic team, Eve and her staunch sidekick Peabody get closer to the shocking truth. . .