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I was, working on my review of Fantasy in Death, thinking about Eve and Roarke's relationship. While Eve's cases are generally interesting. How well do you know these friends and co-workers of Lt Eve Dallas of the NYPSD? What does Roarke always keep in his pocket to remind himself of the first and general factotum, with whom she develops a mutual love/hate relationship. It's her relationship with the terrified youngster that is the soul of the book. Also, for titillation, there's a sex scene between Eve and Roarke.
McNab frequently refers to Peabody as "She-Body", but Peabody herself worries about her weight and, in particular, about the size of her ass. He is particularly good with computers though not as good as Roarke. Ian is also a very flashy dresser, wearing bright, spangly clothes and earrings who, in Eve's words, "prances" rather than walks. Feeney describes him as a known candy thief, and he has been caught at least once pilfering candy bars from Eve's office.
His relationship with Delia Peabody begins as a rocky one. At first he infuriates her, and they have exchanges much like bickering children. He repeatedly calls her "She-Body", which she finds annoying.
That said, their bickering masks a deep attraction which they finally act upon. They begin to date at the same time as Peabody is dating Charles Monroe. Unaware that Delia is not actually sleeping with Charles Monroe, Ian is incredibly jealous.
His jealousy peaks in Betrayal in Death, and he fights with Peabody and breaks off his relationship with her. The two are subsequently miserable for several books.
After having a fight with Charles Monroe, however, in Seduction in Death, he gets back together with her. Eventually, in Visions in Death, Peabody tells him the true nature of her relationship with Monroe. In Purity in DeathIan was temporarily paralyzed and tried to break up with Peabody to spare her being stuck with an invalid. She told him where he could put that idea and remained with him, his body waking up again shortly after.
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He then confessed that he loved her, not wanting to miss the chance to tell her again. Delia does eventually tell him that she never had a romance with Charles, but not until Visions in Death, in which she enjoys Ian's suffering. They are living together by then, in the same building as Mavis and Leonardoand have exchanged proclamations of love for each other.
Detective David Baxter First Appearance: Vengeance in Death Another detective from Eve's division, Homicide. A very able police officer, he begins making regular appearances in Conspiracy in Death. He was originally a member of the anti-crime division, but transferred over to Homicide well before his first appearance. He enjoys teasing Eve about anything he can, usually relating to her relationship with Roarke and associated changes; despite this teasing Roarke views Baxter as a solid cop and easygoing person.
This did not, however, prevent a short altercation between Roarke and Baxter in Conspiracy in Death: Whenever Eve has a fairly large team for a big investigation, she brings Baxter in. He is a bachelor and is described as being good looking; however, he has not been romantically tied to any particular person. Baxter enjoys playing the field.
He is nicknamed "Horny Dog" by Eve and the other members of her unit. He admits in rare moments that he's very fond of Trueheart, often referring to him as "the kid" or "the boy.
Baxter almost always referred to as such is badly stunned in the end of Survivor in Deathbut with no apparent lasting damage. Rapture in Death Chief Medical Examiner Morris is the medical examiner Eve requests on all of her high-priority cases.
He is probably of mixed race background, as he is mentioned as having 'oddly exotic almond-shaped eyes', and sports a small tattoo of the Grim Reaper on his left pectoral. He is a snazzy dresser much like a rock star; he has a long black ponytail which he often ties back with fasteners that match his clothes. He plays the saxophone and sometimes plays gigs at various clubs.
He listens to music while performing autopsies and calls Eve his prize pupil for her quick-witted deductions. He plays a major role in 's Promises in Deathas the victim of the central case is his girlfriend Detective Amaryllis Coltraine. Morris also reveals that he had an older brother named Jin, who died when he was a boy and whose death led to his choice of profession. Minor characters Consists of characters who typically play small roles and will go many books without occurring again; however, they may play larger roles on the rare occasion.
Listed in order of appearance. Charles Monroe First Appearance: Naked in Death Charles is a licensed companion LC who is good friends with the first victim of the series, another LC. Eve is friends with him, although she mostly disapproves of his profession - in turn, he doesn't approve of hers. He starts dating Delia Peabody in Holiday in Death, but after a very short time they quickly become good friends.
However, Delia doesn't tell anyone about their friendship and for several books, all other characters think they are in a sexual relationship. Louise Dimatto and immediately falls in love with her. She has no problem with his profession and the two eventually move in together. Charles served as an informal sort of consultant in the same book. In Strangers in Death, Charles decides to retire as an LC and instead decides to start a career as a sex therapist.
He also asks Louise to marry him and she accepts. They marry in Kindred in Death in the grounds of Eve and Roarke's house, with Eve and Roarke as a bridal attendant and best man, respectively.
Naked in Death Eve's third victim in "Naked in Death" is the owner of a cat. As her family does not want to keep the cat, Eve takes him into custody. She keeps him in her apartment, without knowing his name. When the murderer of the book has Eve at gunpoint in her apartment, the cat brushes past his leg, distracting him and giving Eve the leverage she needs to fight back. Eve thus names the cat "Galahad", after the Arthurian knightbecause he was her "knight in shining armor".
He does something similar in New York to Dallas. The cat is Eve's, Roarke's, and Summerset's pet: On occasion, Eve has had bad dreams from which she wakes up to find Galahad trying to wake and comfort her. On other occasions when Eve falls dead asleep, Galahad sits on her butt.
When Nixie, the title character from Survivor in Deathstays at their home, she stays mostly with Galahad, as he comforts her. Eve mentions later in Memory in Death that the cat has been neutered.
The cat makes minor appearances in almost every book. He is described as a fat, heavy and lazy gray cat with dual colored eyes, one green and one gold. Roarke gave Eve a stuffed toy which is a smaller replica of Galahad, because she had never had a doll. Galahad was initially unsure of it but now Eve has returned to the house to find that Galahad has been playing with the toy, a fact she finds slightly disturbing.
Anna Whitney First Appearance: Naked in Deathbut her first name is revealed in Glory in Death Anna Whitney is the commander's wife; unlike her husband, she is whitealthough their interracial marriage has never been explicitly pointed out. They have several children together. Anna mostly terrifies Eve because she is extremely put together, an extremely efficient hostess, and combined with her marriage to the commander, can highly intimidate Eve as well.
That said, she is to all appearances a devoted wife and mother. In Glory, Eve finds out that she has given large amounts of cash to the top suspect because he was in gambling debt. In Origin in DeathCommander Whitney specifically calls Eve because his wife has asked him to ask her to keep her plastic surgery details out of the case, a request with which Eve has no difficulty complying.
Anna Whitney however understands being a cop's wife and in several books, excels at supporting and comforting the spouses and families of cops who have been killed or have lost family members.
In Kindred in Death she fulfills this role and also states that, whilst she finds Eve difficult and abrasive at times, she respects her abilities and would have used every influence she had with Commander Whitney to have Eve assigned to the investigation had the father of the victim not already requested her. Caroline Ewing Caro First Appearance: Naked in Death Roarke's administrator, nicknamed Caro; she is his right hand at his company.
Caro is an extremely efficient and capable woman; the only time she asks Roarke for his help is in Divided in Death, when her daughter is framed for murder. Other than that, she serves as his assistant, appearing briefly in many of the books.
Richard and Elizabeth were unaware that Sharon had been molested regularly as a child by her grandfather, nor did they know that Richard's sister had suffered similarly.
In Vengeance in DeathEve is delivered a message from the killer via a very young boy with a cat, who is abused by his mother and spends his time out on the streets. Roarke finds this information out, and arranges with Child Protective Services for the boy to be placed with Richard and Elizabeth. They eventually adopt him. They are seen again in Survivor in Death when Nixie Swisher's guardians refuse to take her in, following the deaths of Nixie's family and their daughter As Nixie's only remaining relatives are unsuitable or do not want to accept custody of her, Roarke and Eve again contact the DeBlasses, who come to talk to Nixie and then take her into their custody.
They are accompanied by the little boy from Vengeance. In Kindred in Death, Roarke reports that Nixie is settling in well. They return in Thankless in Death as guests at Thanksgiving and at Eve and Roarke's award ceremony, where Nixie tells Eve that she is thankful for her, as she found justice for her family. Wilson Buckley Crack First Appearance: Glory in Death The owner and proprietor of a club known as the "Down and Dirty": His nickname comes from the sound that heads make when he rams them together.
He becomes friends with Eve after initially mistaking her for a potential stripper. He is described as being very dark-skinned and large in stature, with a face that a mother would have trouble loving. He tends to favor a loincloth type dress, and silver clothing. After some initial meetings where she would pay him for information in both Glory and Immortalhe occasionally helps her out by letting her have private meetings with other cops, informants, and Nadine Furst in his club's back rooms.
He typically refers to her affectionately as "skinny white girl. After this, Crack says that she will never pay him for another favor again Origin in Death.
Eve seems just as fond of him as he is of her, and invites him for Thanksgiving with her and Roarke. Eve's bachelorette party is at Crack's club in Immortal in Death. Chief Harrison Tibble First Appearance: Glory in Death The new Chief of Police in his first appearance, replacing Chief Simpson who he referred to as a "corrupt, pie-faced fucker"Tibble is a thirty-year veteran who rose through the ranks with Commander Whitney.
A huge man, standing around 6"6' and weighing around lbs, he is well respected both by his officers and also by politicians and journalists. He implicitly trusts his contemporaries like Whitney and Feeneyand shares their opinion of Dallas. Eve respects and admires him, and also secretly admits to being a little afraid of him. Immortal in Death Leonardo is a famous clothing designer and Mavis's husband, marrying her in Born in Death shortly before she delivers their daughter, Bella Eve.
He is an enormous man 6' 5" according to Immortal in Deathpossesses Native American heritage, detests violence and is very peaceful. In Conspiracy in Death he is described as having the spirit of a seven-year-old boy on the first day of school. They currently live together in Eve's old apartment. He designed Eve's wedding dress; Eve is very fond of him and approves of him as a good match for Mavis. Immortal in Death Trina is a beauty technician introduced as a friend of Mavis's and Leonardo to assist with Eve's wedding preparations.
She later promises Eve free consultations for the rest of her life when she clears Mavis of murder. The only consistent description of Trina is that she has impressive breasts, as much like Mavis she changes her appearance in almost every scene, never mind book. She appears to stand alongside Anna Whitney as one of the very few people Eve is scared of, as Trina considers Eve's hair to be "hers" once she's worked on it, and has more than once given Eve a temporary tattoo for cutting her own hair.
Mavis and Peabody also take great delight in forcing Eve into treatments. Eve does accept that Trina always makes her look like herself, and has at times used her as an expert consultant with suspects who use disguises or enhancements.
Trina's reputation is such that she works at high-profile fashion events, for Nadine Furst on her "Now" show and for Roarke at his high-end salon. He has an egg shaped head and thinning black hair as well as spider-like fingers. He is not above, and indeed often seems to expect, bribery in exchange for quick lab work.
This, and his somewhat oily personality contribute to his unaffectionate nickname. Nonetheless he is highly respected for the quality of his work, and is fiercely loyal to his staff, a trait he shares with Eve. He appears, albeit briefly, in most books after his first appearance. James Jamie Lingstrom First Appearance: Ceremony in Death Jamie shows up as the grandson and brother of one of the victims in the book; he's a teenager who attempts to break into Eve and Roarke's home in order to express to them his desire to find the truth about what happened to his family.
His computer skills are such that he surprisingly passed over the highly secure perimeter and into the yard, though Roarke quickly catches him. Much to Roarke's annoyance, he sneaked over the garden wall with the help of a modified portable gaming system, one that Roarke in fact manufactures.
He hero-worships both Eve and Roarke. In the end of Ceremony in Death, Jamie kills the murderer of his sister with an athame ; Eve takes the blame and pretends she did it in order to spare him from a murder trial. In Purity in DeathRoarke brings him in as a technical assistant due to his very good computer and programming skills. He makes another appearance in Kindred in Death: Brian Kelly First Appearance: Vengeance in Death Kelly is an old friend of Roarke's from his childhood and adolescence in Dublin.
He and Roarke reconnect when Roarke returns to Ireland for the wake of one of the murder victims, and is now the owner of The Penny Pig, a pub that Roarke used to frequent.
He still has connections with people that will no longer talk to Roarke now that he is married to a cop, and so is occasionally asked to unofficially assist with investigations. He is fond of embarrassing Roarke with stories from their past, and frequently tells Eve that he will be waiting for her when she comes to her senses and leaves Roarke. Conspiracy in Death The most naive character in the series; like his name, he is a young, honest, innocent, and enthusiastic young officer in Witness in Death he thanks Eve for giving him the mission of standing outside in the cold all night long.
He has a single mother whom he loves very much, and who makes a brief appearance in Witness in Death when he is badly injured by other police officers while chasing a suspect. It is also mentioned in this book that he is twenty-two. In this same book, Trueheart discharges his stunner, which turns out to be the final step in killing a victim under attack by the villains of the novel. Trueheart is kidnapped in Portrait in Death by the murderer: Trueheart is well liked by virtually everyone—except the officer with whom he was working when he was introduced Ellen Bowers, one of the murder victims in Conspiracy in Death.
Trueheart takes and passes the Detective's test in Devoted in Death. The ceremony for the promotion is held in Brotherhood in Death. Louise Dimatto First Appearance: Conspiracy in Death Louise is serving as a doctor in a clinic in the slums of Canal Street; she comes from a very rich family of important doctors, but rather than becoming an important doctor with a high salary, she works in the worst parts of NYC.
Louise does have a trust that she lives on, and occasionally supplemented the clinic with her own cash. She is a witness of sorts in Seduction in Death to a body being tossed off a balcony. In addition, she serves as an informal consultant and informer to Eve in this book, Reunion in Death, Origin in Deathand others; Eve also prefers her treatment to that of other doctors, so she treated Eve's wounds in Reunion.
Louise takes a large bribe from Eve for half a million to help her with the case. As Eve is not in possession of her badge at the time, the bribe is technically illegal. The half million is for Louise's clinic; Eve finds out in Seduction that Louise actually received three million, the other 2. Louise spends half her week there as of Portrait in Death. Lieutenant Donald Webster First Appearance: Although they only spent one night together, Webster never forgot about Eve, and retained a great deal of affection for her.
This leads to an argument and fistfight with Roarke in Judgment in Death. Eve is baffled by Webster's feelings for her, and infuriated by both his and Roarke's actions. Later on Webster is seriously wounded protecting Eve, nearly dies, but recovers from his injuries. In the following books he appears to have come to terms with his feelings and is friendly with both Eve and Roarke. It is insinuated they intend to continue a relationship even after she returns home.
Despite some antagonism towards Webster due to his leaving the streets for IAB Referred to by regular cops as the Rat SquadEve has great respect for Webster and his abilities, and she knows that he values the job and badge over results. Chief Darcia Angelo First Appearance: She and Eve butt heads several times over procedure and jurisdiction, but eventually come to an understanding. She visits New York in Treachery in Death where she meets Webster and begins a relationship with him.
She was previously a police officer in Colombia focusing primarily on narcotics. She is described as being extremely attractive, with Peabody being somehwat jealous of her figure, and she greatly enjoys shopping whilst in New York as a change from police work.
Dennis Mira First Appearance: Reunion in Death Dennis Mira is the husband of Dr. He seems to be a very absent-minded fellow, walking around with his shirt buttons mismatched. However, he is a very kind man; Eve is very fond of him and finds it easy to talk to him.
He is very nonthreatening to her; however, he is intelligent, and as Charlotte says, very good at separating what is good and evil. Mira occasionally teaches at Colombia University. Eve sees him in Memory in Deathand before she knows what's happening, she breaks down weeping. She is mostly sad because she wonders what a difference it would have made to her tragic early life if she had had just one person like Dennis Mira who would have loved her like a parent.
Eve likes him very much and in the same book, buys him a scarf. He believes Eve to be a very determined and good person with a necessary dark streak in her that he respects. Sinead Lanigan First Appearance: After receiving information from a social worker about his real mother he seeks out the truth and returns to Ireland to visit his mother's family. Roarke is shocked by the warmth of welcome he receives from Sinead. She is described as being small, with red hair and green eyes.
She is very proud of the man Roarke has become and of the life he has made with Eve. Sinead and the whole family make sporadic appearances, particularly at Thanksgiving where it has become something of a tradition for them to visit Roarke and Eve in New York. Detective Vince Yancy First Appearance: He is handsome and mild mannered, and is described by Dallas as the best imaging artist there is. He is adept at bonding with witnesses and drawing out all of the details that they can remember about a suspect, and will not allow Dallas or anyone else to rush his work when he knows a witness needs a break.
Ursa Harvo First Appearance: Visions in Death Harvo is a female tech at the crime lab, specialising in hair and fibre analysis, describing herself as the "Queen of Hair" and "Princess of Fibre" on meeting Dallas and Peabody.
She has very white skin with spiked red hair and green eyes the colour of spring grass. She shares the general opinion of Dickhead that the other characters have, although admits that he is a brilliant tech.
Her father works for the FBI in the same field of study as Harvo, and is considered one of the best in said field. Her combination of skill, efficiency and enthusiasm for her job, coupled with her smart mouth, make her one of Eve's go to people. She is described as a petite and pretty woman, with soft curly blonde hair and baby blue eyes.
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She is short in stature, often wearing mile-high heels according to Eve and has a soft Southern accent. All of this is in contrast to her demeanour in court, where she is described as a piranha. She becomes Eve's "go-to" APA when she needs a warrant, and also becomes a close friend, being present at social events such as Mavis's baby shower.
Detective Amaryllis Coltraine First Appearance:: A Southern belle with blue eyes and blonde hair and a curvy figure, she and Morris develop a mutual attraction and quickly begin dating.
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She is fond of baking to relax particularly chocolate brownies and although she is a smart and capable detective, she doesn't live the job the way Eve does. She is murdered in Promises in Deathdevastating Morris who was falling in love with her. Her death causes Eve to admit to herself that she never really gave Coltraine a chance, subconsciously seeing her as an interloper due to her relationship with Morris, and causing Eve to take her death all the harder thinking that they would have been friends in due time.
Detective Callendar First Appearance: Creation in Death Callendar is another of Feeney's "boys" all of Feeney's e-cops are his boys, regardless of gender and is a friend of Peabody and McNab. She is introduced as part of the large taskforce working on the "Groom" serial killer case. Described by McNab as almost as good as he is, she has dark hair, burnt honey skin with sloe eyes and impressive breasts. In Promises in Death she is excited to be sent to the Omega Colony, her first off-planet assignment, to gather evidence against Max Ricker.
Kyung Beaverton First Appearance: He is the only media liaison Eve can remotely stand, as he allows her to be herself and focus on the job, whereas other liaisons frequently focus on appearance and ask her to put on lip gloss before appearing on camera. Eve describes him to Roarke as 'not an asshole' which he recognises as a compliment by Eve's standards. Garnet DeWinter First Appearance: Highly respected in her field, she forms a quick friendship with Morris as they share an interest in the dead through their work and both experienced failed relationships.
DeWinter is divorced with a young daughter, and has a hot temper. She and Eve initially have a slightly frosty relationship, but have begun to respect each other's skills. Lieutenant Mitchell Lowenbaum First Appearance: He is attractive as noted by Peabodyand admits that he once thought that he and Eve might get together before she met Roarke. In Apprentice in Death he is brought in by Eve as a consultant on the sniper case, and is devastated when it turns out to be a former colleague.
Dallas views it alone. Dallas goes to see Senator DeBlass in East Washington and the suggestion is made that she back off the case. When she leaves the office, Dallas is aware that DeBlass's assistant, Derrick Rockman, is following her and her partner, Feeney. From Elizabeth, Dallas learns that Sharon had an aversion to sex and that she kept diaries. This seems important to Dallas.
The following day, Dallas is forced to attend the testing she missed when she began the case. Afterward, Dallas asks the psychiatrist a few questions about the killer she is investigating. That night, exhausted and depressed, Dallas goes to a bar where her friend sings. Instead of getting drunk alone, Dallas finds herself dragged unwillingly to Roarke's home. Roarke allows Dallas to shoot some of his guns. Afterward, they spend the night together. The following day, Dallas is called into a meeting with the Chief of the department.
It becomes clear immediately that someone has already tipped the chief off about her relationship with Roarke and he is now using it to force her to comply in a press conference intended to lie to the press about Sharon DeBlass's death. Dallas does as she is told, but afterward makes a deal with a reporter to expose the truth.
Another woman is murdered. This prostitute is named Georgie Castle, an older woman recently divorced who is only working as a prostitute to pay her bills until she can make money with her writing. From her home, Dallas takes a cat who eventually becomes her own when Mrs. Castle's daughter refuses to take him. Dallas begins searching for Sharon DeBlass's diaries, looking for bank accounts and safe deposit boxes.
Dallas finds one, but all she gets from the safe deposit box is a list of names and numbers. On this list is Chief Simpson's name. Dallas becomes convinced that he was being blackmailed by Sharon, but has little proof. Dallas goes to Roarke and uses his computers to search Simpson's financial records. When Dallas finds evidence against Simpson, she sends it to the reporter she made the deal with.
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With Simpson out of the way, Dallas begins closing in on the killer. Charles Monroe, Sharon's neighbor, recalls a safe deposit box he helped Sharon open. On her way out to check this box, Dallas gets a call from a woman claiming to have been raped by the same man who raped Sharon. Dallas establishes that this call was made from the home of Sharon's parents.
Dallas flies out there with Roarke and learns that Catherine DeBlass was sexually abused by her father and has knowledge that Sharon was also abused. Catherine believes this is motive for murder. At the same time, Feeney retrieves Sharon's diaries, which describe this ongoing relationship in detail. Dallas arrests DeBlass, but cannot get him to confess. DeBlass is released on bail. When Dallas returns home that day, she finds Rockman in her apartment.