Here is my fan letter to kick things off. Going first is a mite intimidating and I had a few panic attacks, rough drafts, and author qualms. There are so many favorites, how to choose just one? Do I stick to ebooks or go into favorite print books? Decisions! I went with instinct on this one and here is my contribution:
Dear JD Robb,
A little over 2 months ago you released the 30th book in the IN DEATH series. I bought it and read it on the release day and unfortunately my love affair with the series is coming to an end. Through no real fault of your own, I’m slowly ready to move on. However I wanted to write to tell you that over the course of 15 years and 30 books, your series remains one of my all time favorites. I’d save this series in a fire before I saved my gaming console! (But don’t it I said that).
I started on the series when it came out with the first book in 1995 and have been hooked ever since. And by hooked I mean I almost always bought the books immediately and read them without pause. I also would re-read most of the older books before release, until the book count became too high (then all I’d be reading is In Death constantly .. hmm idea). Anyway, each book was a beloved revisit to Eve, Roarke, Peabody, and the cast of characters that never failed to delight, entertain, and move me. The books never failed to engage and it’s a series I cherish greatly.
One of the things I loved about the series as a whole is that it felt like it had no boundaries. Sure the characters probably weren’t going to die but there were almost no limits to what could happen. Maybe someone would lose a limb or be emotionally crushed. Maybe closing the case isn’t enough to save the day. The mysteries and issues brought up felt imaginative, creative, and just different from most mystery series. Each book rode that delicate balance of familiar and entirely fresh, keeping me coming back again and again for more. The romance mixed with a futuristic urban setting produced an unforgettable series, but no doubt you’ve heard that many times before.
While I may no longer be hooked like I once was, the series is one I continue to completely adore and love, always on the tip of my tongue when talking about beloved favorites. Even if I never pick up another book of yours again, you will forever remain in a place of honor on my bookshelf.
Please head over to Tam @ Tam reads for the next letter tomorrow!