Review of “Born in Death” (In Death #23) by J.D. Robb

Robb, J.D. Born in Death. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2006.

Hardcover | $24.95 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0399153471 | 342 pages | Romantic Suspense

4.5 stars

I was somewhat skeptical when I read the premise of Born in Death, but still hopeful, as I wasn’t sure if the two seemingly unconnected plotlines would come together, especially with an extended amount of time put into setting up the murder while simultaneously getting us acquainted with Mavis’s friend, who is the kidnapping victim in question in the blurb. But surprisingly, it pulls it together in a satisfying way, and once the plot kicks into high gear, it had some satisfying twists and turns.

And because of the central focus for birth, with Mavis’ due date coming up, I felt the camaraderie was one of the high points with this one, with many fun, laugh-out-loud moments. And I love how Eve is so in her element around a dead body, but can’t stand the idea of pregnancy classes, as well as how this again hints at the issues both she and Roarke have with the idea of children of their own, due to their respective dysfunctional families.

In general, this was one of the more fun installments, although balanced out with an intricate and compelling double case that took its time to come to fruition, but was incredibly satisfying once it did.

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