Eve’s Number One Fan! Obsession in Death by J. D. Robb

Posted February 17, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 13 Comments

Eve’s Number One Fan! Obsession in Death by J. D. RobbObsession in Death by J. D. Robb
Series: In Death #40
Published by Putnam Adult on February 10, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Lieutenant Eve Dallas walks the thin line between love and hate in this fabulous 40th thriller from #1 New York Times–bestseller J. D. Robb…

Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She—and her billionaire husband—are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation.

But now Eve has become the object of one person’s obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her—again and again…

With a murderer reading meanings into her every move, handling this case will be a delicate—and dangerous—psychological dance. And Eve knows that underneath the worship and admiration, a terrible threat lies in wait. Because the beautiful lieutenant is not at all grateful for these bloody offerings from her “true and loyal friend.” And in time, idols always fall…


It’s the week after Christmas but before the new year and Eve Dallas has a serious fan and self-appointed avenger. There’s a special message just for her at the murder scene of a prominent defense attorney. After a second murder with another message to Eve, it’s clear she’s the object of someone’s obsession.


In this story, we not only work to deduce the identity of the killer but the next victim as they’re all related to past cases. I enjoyed testing my memory of earlier books and characters. It was also inevitable that those close to Eve would eventually become targets and that was another guessing challenge. A unique aspect, though, was the amount of page time devoted to the routine workings of Eve’s Homicide squad. That’s new and fresh.


I liked this story and it’s one of a few in the series where I couldn’t identify the killer before the person was revealed. The procedural was spot on, the dialogue pithy and the case just plain interesting. This one goes in my favorites pile.

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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13 responses to “Eve’s Number One Fan! Obsession in Death by J. D. Robb

  1. I have a confession to make, I picked up the first book a loooong time ago, and I hated Eve, I didn’t like the narrator’s tone for Eve…LOL Can you believe that?..LOL Now she’s one of my favorite narrators, but every time I think of jumping back into it I keep looking at the amount of books in the series and I just can’t do it…. Maybe one day, I’m sure I’ll be glad I picked it up.

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      Since it’s confession time…I wasn’t crazy about Eve after the first book either. The ending had me intrigued, though, so I immediately started the next book. By then, her backstory started to emerge and it turned around. Of course, I’ve never listened to the series, either.

      Do not pay attention to the large number in the series! Once you start, you’ll love that you’ve got so many to read:)

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      Are you looking for print or eBook? Either way, your library should have the book. Run! Check it out!:)

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      It really is still good! There are, of course, a couple of misses but never anything less than a 3-star rating. If you decide to start it, you should read the books in order. It makes a difference.

      Hope you’ll give it a shot, Lenore!

  2. I’ve read every book in this series. This one is at the library for me to pick up after work today. I’ve loved them all. SO much. Because the characters are old friends and matter to me. And it’s not like Stephanie Plum, where I just got tired of the same old and stopped reading. In these books, there is growth, in both the personal and professional relationships.

    • The real beauty of the series is just as you said, the ever evolving character development. The Eve Dallas of the first book is radically different in the best of ways now but the essence of the character is the same. I never made it past the first Stephanie Plum book because I’d started this series first:)

  3. I’ve actually never read a J.D. Robb book (or Nora Roberts for that matter). I’ve looked at this series a few times, but the sheer number of books is overwhelming. I’m glad you’re still enjoying 40 books into the series. Have you read all of them?

    • Yes, I’ve read all of them and have read the series three times! It’s that good (I’ve never reread a book before). There are actually 10 novellas, too, that cannot be skipped. I wouldn’t let the series number stop me from starting as there’s no need to rush to catch up.

    • I have been told by a few bloggers that this series is great. Then a couple of years ago I was in a local used bookstore looking for a hard copy of a Fever book. I found it and this OLD lady (seriously she had to be pushing 80) told me that if I liked Barrons I would LOVE Roake in the J.D. Robb series. She said he as super sexy. LOL So I put this series on my TBR. I have books 1-5 on audio. I plan on listening to them this year.

      • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

        And you’ll see me do the happy dance when you do:)

        I’d love to see your reviews for the start of the series and the narrator, Susan Erickson, is one of the best in the business. I can’t listen, though, as I was 35 books in and the characters’ voices were set in cement in my brain by the time I discovered the audiobooks.