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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
This is the eagerly awaited 14th full length novel by J D Robb set in the near future about a New York cop, Eve Dallas, and this book does not disappoint! Murder, suspense, action, steamy romance and family drama are dealt with in this book. The first murder victim is Walter Pettibone, a well liked gentleman, dead after sipping champagne at his suprise birthday party. The killer is known to Eve. She helped put her in prison years before, but now the killer is out and wants to meet Eve again, making sure that Eve takes notice of her by leaving more bodies for her to find. But she is breaking the pattern she followed the last time she went on a killing spree but Eve knows by instinct that the final target will be someone very dear to her. All the cast of familiar characters are in this book and a few more are added to. Of course there is the deepening relationship between Eve and her gorgeous and charismatic mega rich hubby, Roarke. Their first wedding anniversary is coming up, but will they survive to see the day... Ms Robb has managed to develop her characters over the series and for a reader of the whole series it is almost like meeting up with old friends and catching up with what has happened recently with them. For new readers, meeting Eve and her friends and family for the first time, there is plenty of suspense and drama to sustain the story, but they might like to read some of the previous novels to make sense of some of the references. However, this is another highly enjoyable story and I can't wait for the next book out, Purity In Death.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2005
There is one thing that is true about J. D. Robb... she has a very special ability to engage the reader's attention. In this case, the novel starts with a bang, when we find out that Walter Pettibone has only a few hours left to live; after that we are hooked. Walter has a perfect life: he is celebrating his sixtieth birthday, is in good shape, and has a young wife, a great family and a successful business. He knows his wife is planning a surprise party, but he is not aware that he will be poisoned when making the toast.
Eve Dallas is back in town after a "forced" two-week holiday involving Mexico and a private island. She was taking some time off after a tough and personally draining case. She is ready for some action, but things are very quiet upon her return. That is of course until she becomes the primary in the murder of Walter Pettibone. Before this happens Eve and her aide Peabody start investigating a cold case concerning the murder of a woman who was believed to be killed by her mysterious lover. Eve is ready to push Peabody in her career, so she decides to put her in charge of the cold case. Peabody is one of the most fascinating characters in this series, and in this installment she is very close to center stage, since not only she has to deal with her first case, but also with her evolving relationship with McNabb and with a surprise visit by her parents.
One of the high points of this series is how the author keeps developing the personal stories of the main characters. Eve soon finds out that the killer is an antagonist from her past, Julianna Dunne, who Eve put in jail eight years ago. Julianna was a black widow and now she is coming after Eve and her husband Roarke. The investigation will take the Lieutenant to Dallas where we will witness some shocking scenes related to Eve's past when she visits the hotel in which she ended her relationship with her abusive father.
I cannot praise this series high enough, so I just have to say that you should read it and judge for yourself. One word of advice: even though each book stands on its own, the fact that the personal stories play such an important role in the attractiveness of the series, leads me to recommend you to read the books in order.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2003
I enjoyed this book as I do all those in the "... in Death" series, and like all of them, it leads you through the puzzle, guessing the clues, and enjoying the storyline. But, and this is a big but, these books are formulaic to the Nth degree. Same dynamic, same mix of rather gushing romantic interludes, same puzzles, same psychodrama from Eve's past, same danger to either one or both of Eve and Roarke in the climax (no pun intended). It's always well done, but it's a tad overdone. Like many writers with a winning formula, Robb gives you the same book over again. That said, this is still one of the more well plotted of the series.
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on 28 September 2014
Some comments in here may be SPOILERS - read with caution

I am still thoroughly enjoying this series. The dialogue and interplay between the characters has, in my opinion, improved a great deal since the first book. The character that is Peabody has become one of my favourites and the comments and asides are highly amusing.

The endings have all been quite thrilling but this one in particular had me holding my breath until the final moments (trying to avoid a spoiler here) and then I was on the edge of my seat. The fact that the end cannot really be in doubt as there are other books to come does not detract from the thrills and spills of the conclusion.

Another very enjoyable read.
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on 17 March 2013
I am absolutely loving this series. Getting to know the characters and reading how their relationships are developing.
I started at book 1, never expecting to get so totally hooked. Its set only about 45 years in the future, but the imagined changes by J D Robb are fascinating, who am I to say that it won't be true.
Dallas and Roarke, what complicated and damaged people, to have found each other and still be together despite coming at the murders from different sides of the fence, can't wait to see if she gets pregnant...think Roarke will have his work cut out then!!!
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on 20 March 2012
This book came very promptly and well packaged. I absolutely love J D Robb's (in Death) books. This is just another fabulous story about Dallas, Roarke and the various other characters that anyone whpo has read the in death books will know and love. If you havn't yet read ant of the very long series I would advise you to do so. You can pick up any of the books and be thrilled i have read many out of order but I am now re reading them in order.
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on 12 December 2014
Boy I am addicted will have to read all the books luv the characters Eve Roarke and my snide butler Summerset luv the fact that the characters are flawed and that they love to kick against the tide and that Eve Dallas has refused to sit back and be pampered and cosseted staying true to herself desperate to stand for the voiceless dead because of her own and risked pasts it works
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The series continues to be entertaining, and the villain is an intriguing character. The politics is an intriguing mixture of liberal social values and more cynical views expressed by the police.
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on 18 March 2014
Another good story, although it was all about the chase rather than the mystery of whodunit that's the only reason I've taken one star off But exciting nonetheless.
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on 29 August 2011
I am a great fan of J D Robb and thoroughly enjoy everything she writes, whether as JD Robb or NoraRoberts. At present I m collectingthe 'In Death' series.
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