To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death, we're taking a look back at every single book in the In Death series. Today, John Jacobson reviews #4, Rapture in Death.
As the 4th book in J.D. Robb’s In Death series, Rapture in Death is an encapsulated look at the series in its earliest moments. It’s one of the early moments in the Eve/Roarke romance, and it’s also a great example of how J.D. Robb used her near-future world to experiment with emerging technologies and the mystery/suspense elements of her novels. As a J.D. Robb fan—and a fan of her Nora Roberts counterpart—Rapture in Death is a time capsule for some of the In Death series’ hallmarks.
Rapture in Death begins with Roarke and Eve Dallas’s honeymoon. The couple is vacationing on an interstellar resort that Roarke’s company is constructing. They’re in relative isolation—the only people around being Roarke’s hired staff and construction crew. It’s a vulnerable time for Eve, who is still getting used to trusting someone enough to be in love. However, she also can’t turn away from her police work, even at a time meant exclusively for herself and her new marriage.