Not Your Traditional Holiday Gift! Festive in Death by J. D. Robb

Posted September 15, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review, Snagged @ The Library | | 6 Comments

Not Your Traditional Holiday Gift! Festive in Death by J. D. RobbFestive in Death by J. D. Robb
Series: In Death #39
Published by Penguin on September 9, 2014
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her Christmas shopping list—plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband’s upcoming holiday bash.

Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year’s 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.



It’s close to Christmas and Eve Dallas gets a surprise call from someone she knows who’s walked into a murder scene. She and Peabody have their work cut out for them as the victim was a creep.


I enjoyed this story a lot. It has all the things I love about the series…

  • Peabody
  • A strong procedural
  • Cast of interesting suspects
  • Clever dialogue
  • Eve’s mixed metaphors
  • Roarke time
  • Annual holiday party at Eve and Roarke’s mansion

An added bonus was a twist I didn’t foresee for a long time.


There are some laugh out loud moments along with the mystery. It’s a very well balanced story between the personal and the murder case. Nicely done.

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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6 responses to “Not Your Traditional Holiday Gift! Festive in Death by J. D. Robb

  1. One this days I’m going to give this series a second chance. I tried to listen to the first book a long time ago and I couldn’t stand Susan Ericksen’s interpretation of Eve..hahaha. Can you believe that? Of course now she’s one of fav. narrators, but at the time I thought she made Eve sound too sutck up..LOL
    I’m sure I will feel different if go back try.
    Thanks Jonneta, I can’t believe how strong this series continues to be after sooo many books. The audiobook ratings are always high.

    • I don’t listen to this series because I was 35 books in when I heard about Ericksen. So many followers of the series love her performance but I’m too solidly invested in the voices I created in my own head:) I highly recommend, though, you give her another shot!

  2. Yes, this story really got back to the basics of what has made this a popular series. One of my favorite things is spotting the secondary characters who make a comeback, like Teeko.