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on 8 November 2008
Warning - spoiler
"Salvation in Death" number 27 in the In Death - series is one of the best so far. There are two cases (one especially seizing), Eve and Roarke at their top and a lot of Peabody, McNabb and co. - so there's all a good "In Death"- book needs.
"Salvation in Death" starts with the murder (through poison) of a catholic priest during mass. The priest, a highly appraised member of the community, seems to have no enemies and besides the church no real family. He cared especially about the youths in his community and every member of the church looked up to him. But when the autopsy of his body brings some old scars and a covered tatoo to light, Eve starts to realize that the priest may have some dark secrets in his past. And when the tatoo points to a ruthless gang of youths that terrorized the people in the community years ago Eve is no longer convinced that the priest really was the one who he posed to be.
When another religious leader is killed in a similar way Eve and her team have to investigate if there is a serieal killer on the hunt or if this cases have nothing to do with each other.
Especially the first murder case is gripping and up until the end you don't really know the reasons for the murder. Case two is interesting as well and both show the reader that under the cover all can be different and that humans are experts in being pretenders. The combination of the church and Eve is really interesting and Eve is at her best although she is unsure about how to handle the catholic rituals and all that is going on in a church. But with her approach to respect people for what they do and not for what they are Eve handles the situation without too many complications.
In this In Death Eve really seems to get a better grip about how to handle her past and I felt really happy when reading this. Roarke and she are hot as always and Roarke has some funny moments for which I adore him even more. He is there for her when certain aspects of the case trouble her but she is also there for him when he has to fight with some bad memories of his past. They just are a perfect team and I can't wait to read more of them and how they try to handle themselves and the relationships with their friends (especially Louise's and Charle's upcoming wedding) .
All in all this is a "classic" In Death - book that enthrals the reader from the first moment right to the end.
So enjoy your copy of this fabulous book.
S.M.
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on 17 November 2008
The In Death series are fantastic books. I pray they never end. Each one takes you through the rollercoaster ride with Eve and Roarke. Salvation in Death is the 27th book in the series.The book starts with the death of a priest and Eve the brilliant homicide cop needs to find the killer. There are twists and turns like you wouldn't believe. For the ladies Roarke is the ultimate reason why you should read this book with his good looks and Irish charm you cant go wrong. It still had me guessing at the end! I could not put this book down and read it in a day. I am now excitedly waiting for the new book to come out.

For those of you who have not read any J.D Robb books yet you need to buy Naked in Death. This will hook you from the start.
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First Sentence: At the mass of the dead, the priest placed the wafer of unleavened bread and the cheap red wine on the linen corporal draping the alter.

Performing communion can be deadly. At least it was to the priest officiating at a funeral service. One sip of from the chalice and he is dead.

One other small problem; as Eve investigates, she discovers he's not really a priest either. Instead he is someone who appeared five years prior claiming to be, and having had facial surgery, a priest who now can't be found. Eve has to determine whether the missing priest or the impersonator was the target and who is the killer.

Robb/Roberts has not lost her touch all these books later. She still knows how to grab the reader from the very beginning and keep you going until the very end. She creates great characters and sharp, crisp, often funny dialogue that you can hear in your head and sometimes even want to read out loud.

Eve is one of my favorite female characters. She is tough, smart, somewhat socially awkward and, I'm happy to say, starting to recover from the abuse of her childhood. There are some rather graphic intimate scenes, which can be skimmed over, but also show the less tough, more vulnerable side of Eve. Her husband, Roark, Is involved in this story, but less actively than in the past.

Sense of time and place is very well done. The story is set just far enough in the future to allow for imaginative technology in electronic devices and transportation. Still, it doesn't ignore that some things continue on in time such as a woman baking bread from scratch as her grandmother once did.

The story is very well plotted. Dealing with the Catholic Church and religion could be uncomfortable or preachy, but Robb doesn't go down either of those paths. Instead it is used to demonstrate the questions of good and faith sometimes conflicting with the law, but also the desire for some to do what is right.

Lest you mistake a book written by Robb/Roberts as being light, be assured it is not. White there are moments of humor, the story is a solid police procedural with the objective always being to obtain justice for the dead.

For me, this is a great series. As long as Robb continues to write them, I'll continue to read them.
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on 1 December 2008
Eve is back ! If a fan of the in death series there is a certain expectation of what's to come. This book does not disappoint, had to finish it in one sitting!! Just when you think it's all sorted; wham a cracking twist to the tale starts the pulses going again.There's religon,trust ,family, lust,love and obsession all mixed in to make this an absorbing read.
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on 6 May 2009
I've read pretty much all of the in death series and I found this one quite lack lusture. It almost reads as though it was written by someone else - perhaps Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb as got a ghost writer in! I cant even put my finger on what exactly was off in the writing, it just felt like a totally different author, certain phrases or things the characters said just didnt ring true with what you would expect them to do or say. I also felt that the secondary characters were all mising from this one! Its all Eve and Roarke wih a little Peabody thrown in - maybe thats what some of the fans were askng for but I missed Mavis, Leonardo, Louise, Charles and the rest. Dr Mira hardly gets a peep either. Maybe if I hadn't read all the other books I would have enjoyed this more. It is a good solid murder story and could make an easy introduction to the series if you didn't want to go all the way back to the beginning!
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on 1 July 2009
J D Robb fans will not be disappointed by this installment.

What I enjoy most is how Roberts is able to make her bad guys thoroughly unlikeable and this story is no exception. The victim's past keeps developing the more the case is investigated, spurring the reader on to the end.

This is not the best story but certainly holds its own in the series.
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on 28 June 2009
Another great story about Eve Dallas and the NYPD together with her relationship with her husband Roarke. I think that you wouldhae nneded to have read the res of the series to gtet the full benefit of the characters in this book, but it does still stand alone.
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on 3 September 2012
I found I couldn't finish this book. I Know that this is no 27 in the series, so the're popular, but I don't think i'll ever buy any more. First off, there is nothing in the product info on the cover or at the beggining of chapter 1 to let the reader know that the story is set in the future. To a first time reader of the 'in death' series what could be a current day novel is suddenly thrown into confusion, when Eve finds the medal dated 2031 I immediately looked back to the beginning to find what I'd missed, nothing as it turns out! What is a link I asked myself as this wasn't explained, I found out using a review for book 1. What is a PPC, What is a 'hink'? Last dissapointment is the terminology used eg 'Bitch slap' , too much of what appears to be street talk.
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on 14 April 2009
This was the most disappointing of the 'in death' series. Roarke - that we have grown to know and love - is rarely in the book. This means that Eve needs to sort out the priest deaths virtually herself - and seems to take an unnecessary time about it. The plot ends up extremely more involved than the previous books and somewhat messy and a little confusing. The book didnt seem to contain the lustre of the others. Far too much emphasis was put on (yet again) Eve's childhood and the horrors it contained - we heard about them already.... let it go!
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on 20 February 2009
Once again Eve takes us on a ride we don't want to end, the In Death series is a mix of murder, love, lust, friendships and human frailties that are a treat to read.
I look forward to each book and have not been disappointed, from Naked in Death to Promises In Death (the most recent offering) each book is a keeper.
So climb aboard, you will love it.
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