Review: Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted April 11, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 7 Comments

Review: Calculated in Death by J.D. RobbCalculated in Death by J. D. Robb
Series: In Death #45
Published by Putnam Adult Genres: Mystery
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

On Manhattan's Upper East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.

A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone's hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the building, the lieutenant knows Marta's murder was the work of a killer who's trained, but not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

But when someone steals the files out of Marta's office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke's world of big business to figure out who's cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer's violent streak begins to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait. . . .

Fans of this series will be really happy with this latest installment in the series. It has all the elements that we’ve come to expect and love about Lt. Eve Dallas and those in her futuristic world. There’s the ongoing romance with her mega rich and gorgeous husband, the witty and hilarious rapport with her steady but delightful partner, Peabody, and a case with a slate of suspects that’s awfully fun to watch Dallas unravel. Many of the other characters we enjoy are part of the story in meaningful ways and this one ranks in my top ten in the series.

If you have any interest in starting this series, it’s best served up in order. One of the most compelling aspects of the stories is the incredible character development. Each book represents about one month of elapsed time in the series so don’t let the number of books to date stop you. I got so hooked (when there were about 35 books) I read them straight through in about three months. Warning…they are that addictive

It’s hard to niche these books into one genre. I read them for the mystery/suspense. Many consider them romantic suspense and some even Sci-Fi (that’s a weaker argument). Whatever the genre, the stories are great, the characters well drawn and developed, the romance steamy and Eve Dallas a force to be reckoned with. You can’t lose and this book is classic In Death.

About J. D. Robb

With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.

The series quickly gained attention, great reviews, and devoted readers. Since the debut of Loyalty in Death (the ninth In Death book) on Halloween 1999 on the New York Times bestseller list, every J. D. Robb title has been a New York Times bestseller. While fans had their suspicions, it wasn’t until the twelfth book in the series, Betrayal in Death (2001), that the publisher fully revealed that J. D. Robb was a pseudonym for bestselling powerhouse Nora Roberts. Unmasked, Nora Roberts fans who hadn’t yet picked up one of the Robb books were quickly playing catch-up.

Robb’s peers in the mystery world are fans as well, with accolades for the In Death series from such blockbuster authors as Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Linda Fairstein, and Andrew Gross.

The In Death books are perpetual bestsellers, and frequently share the bestseller list with other Nora Roberts novels. J. D. Robb publishes two hardcover In Death books per year, with the occasional stand-alone original In Death story featured in an anthology.

Over forty books and fifteen years later, there is no end in sight for the ever-popular In Death series.

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7 responses to “Review: Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb

  1. OOohhh I love this series so much. 45 books? I thought there were like 35. Are you counting the novellas? Omg having one of those what have I missed moments?! LOL

    Seriously can’t wait to read this one and so glad to hear it’s another good one. They’re my favorite couple. Just love Roarke. And how kick ass Eve is. Such a good pair. And totally agree it’s best in order. She has such amazing secondary characters and it’s so fun to watch them all grow and change over time.

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    • That’s exactly what I said about a year and a half ago when I started reading the series and the books were around 40…. But now I’m on book 41 with little breaks in between to read other authors too! Jonnetta is right; this series is highly addictive!!!!!