Devoted in Death
I can hardly believe that this is the 41st book in the "In Death" series by J.D. Robb (pen name for Nora Roberts). For those unfamiliar with the series, it is a sort of sci-fi murder mystery set in the near future. So it combines two of my favorite genres - mystery and sci-fi. You get all the cool gadgets and the thrill of watching Eve and Roarke, the main characters and all their supporting cast of colleagues and friends solve a murder mystery or sometimes two or three or in the case of this book, dozens of murder mysteries.
In Devoted in Death, there is one fun new character that I hope shows up again in some upcoming book, and while some of my more favorite characters hardly show up (maybe a mention here and there) we know they will be back in future stories.
There is an element of romance between Eve and Roarke in the books as well and it shows up here too, but not as much in other books in the series (which is fine with me because I tend to skip over those pages). It is, however, always interesting to see how the relationship between these two, once very broken, characters continutes to develop.
While some authors would be "phoning it in" by this point, this book is definitely worth a read and the characters are just as fresh as they were in the first book in the series. If you haven't dived in to the series, start with book 1 - Naked in Death. You won't be disappointed.