I’ve stopped buying the In Death books by JD Robb, and have transitioned to library borrowing. But after trying to read the most recent iteration, Dark in Death, I think I might be finished with the series. There was some really poor type-setting or copy-editing, which is sloppy but basically commonplace at this point in all levels of publishing. The plots were getting repetitive, but I could forgive that in a comfort read. But in this book Peabody slut-shames potential victims; Dallas initially reprimands her and then does the same thing. And then Roarke joins the judgment parade. For a series and character that is generally sex-positive, that was really disappointing. When you add the victim-blaming on top of that? Nope, done.
I’m kind of sad, since it feels like the end of an era for me. I can remember when the In Death books first appears in WaldenBooks on the little cardboard display stands. This was back before it was common knowledge that JD Robb was a pseudonym for Nora Roberts. I started reading the first book at about the time the third one was published, after being hand-sold the series by a bookseller who said I would like them if I liked Roberts (*wink wink*). I read the first one and then the next two immediately after, and then all new ones as they were published. It has only been the last couple of years that I stopped pre-ordering to have the books on release day, corresponding to my reading slump.