Devoted in Death synopsis: When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—and initials inside reading E and D . . .
Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo’s got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else’s. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone—an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again.
As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they’ve landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve . . . – Goodreads
Devoted in Death Review
When it comes to long series like that of the In Death world, there are a couple things you have to accept. The first is that not every book is going to be action-packed, brimming with tension, and keeping you up until 3 a.m. thinking “Just one more page.” The second is that at a certain point you’re no longer reading to see what adventure/crime/thrill-ride the characters are going on. Instead, you’re checking on some old friends, making sure they’re all doing okay.
This, unlike the last book (Obsession in Death) which was an edge-of-your-seat read, is a “check-in” book. Hey there Dallas, Roarke, Peabody, McNab. How ya doin’? Nothing major going on? Everyone still holding strong? That’s good.
Yeah, there’s spree-killers, and the couple getting off on the abduction, torture, and murder of innocents hasn’t been done too much, but…lets be honest here. This is a ‘cozy’ book. We know Dallas is going to catch the bad guys just in the nick of time. Just like we know there’s going to be steamy sex, Eve getting digusted at traffic, getting her phrases mixed up, rolling her eyes at Peabody, more steamy sex, Roarke getting called on as a expert civilian consult, etc.
Its a typical In Death book. You just gotta realize that that is not a bad thing.
So, hello old friends. Glad you’re doing well. Was nice checkin’ in. See you again soon.