These novels, the first of which is titled Naked In Death and I would recommend anyone even vagulely interested to read because it really explains things, are set in the distant future which has been through another war and everything has changed. Eve Dallas is a homicide cop in New York. She's tough and bad-ass, keeping everyone at a distance. You find out that there is a very personal reason for this.
This particular one I was nervous about because of the change in the title sequence. I was afraid it was going to be very different and strange and I wouldn't like it.
Of course, it is slightly different, but in a good way. You get to learn a lot about Eve's past as you see her connected to a case from years ago. A case that now has someone very close to Eve directly attached to it.
That is what I love the most about the way J.D. Robb books are written--she doesn't ever assume you know everything and always give a quick description in case you pick up book 27--you can still follow along and understand everything. And those of us who have been reading them for a while don't feel like we're being hand-held to follow through.
All-in-all, a fantastic novel and it really helped the 8 1/2 hour flight...fly by!