Author: J. D. Robb

Secrets in Death by J. D. Robb

Posted September 19, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

Secrets in Death by J. D. RobbSecrets in Death by J. D. Robb
Series: In Death #45
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 5, 2017
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 381
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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A new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series: Lt. Eve Dallas must separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people’s secrets is silenced.

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.

The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery.

Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know…

 

 
Lieutenant Eve Dallas agrees to meet forensic anthropologist Dr. Garnet DeWinter for a drink after hours to work on their relationship (sort of). She spies gossip columnist Larinda Mars (last seen in Glory in Death) when she arrives, giving her a wide berth but keeps her in her sights. When she sees her tottering from the restroom, Eve knows something is wrong, rushes to catch her and watches her die in that moment. It’s definitely murder and she’s further incensed that it happened right in front of her. Mars may not be a nice victim but in Eve’s eyes she deserves justice.

 
What a thoroughly intriguing case! Mars’ trade was in secrets, specifically those of the famous and influential and she apparently was ruthless in her research and blackmail tactics. Talk about a robust list of suspects. Dallas had her hands full in not only separating likely ones from the innocent but penetrating the solid steel walls Larinda Mars erected figuratively and literally around herself. What also makes this a standout is that the blackmail victims were good, decent people who were preyed upon by Mars and you almost didn’t want to find the murderer.

 
I enjoyed this story primarily for the case as it was tough and tested my sense of justice. It has all the other elements we like to see…lots of Peabody time, interaction with many of the beloved secondary characters, and Roarke. Their moments weren’t gratuitous either, deftly integrated into the plot. This series still does it for me and rises to the top of my reading pile upon release.

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.


Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb

Echoes in Death by J. D. Robb

Posted March 10, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Eve and Roarke are on their way home from a fancy gala when they almost run into a young woman wandering dazed, naked and bloodied in the street. Sound familiar? It echoes of 8-year old Eve, nameless at the time in Dallas. As Eve begins her investigation, she uncovers a series of like assaults that are vicious and cruel, especially this last one that continues to remind her of what was done to her prior to liberation.   What I really liked about this story is seeing how much Eve is evolving, even in how she responds to crimes that evoke memories of her awful origins. She confronts the issues differently and more responsibly. The case is chilling and gnarly but it was […]


Outstanding! Apprentice in Death by J. D. Robb

Outstanding! Apprentice in Death by J. D. Robb

Posted September 19, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 8 Comments

    In the space of a few seconds, three people at an ice skating rink in Central Park are mowed down by a sniper. Lieutenant Eve Dallas gets the case and it’s a race against time as they quickly discover they are dealing with a deadly and potential serial killer.   I loved that the story begins with the killer’s point of view. It really helped to keep up with a complex but brilliant procedural. Eve really has a gifted brain and fits into a leadership role so effortlessly. She’s very different these days as she leverages her team efficiently and effectively, reflecting the growth of a compelling character.   It’s not all about the case as there are some interesting developments on the […]


Gotta Love Dennis Mira! Brotherhood in Death by J. D. Robb

Gotta Love Dennis Mira! Brotherhood in Death by J. D. Robb

Posted February 16, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

    This case becomes personal to Eve Dallas when she’s asked by Charlotte Mira to look into husband Dennis’ assault and search for his missing cousin. What begins as an unofficial missing persons case for Eve, explodes into something much more sinister.   I loved how this case evolved, with classic Eve Dallas investigating where she’s relying on those extraordinary instincts and procedurals. It makes a huge difference in my enjoyment to be able to follow the clues as she’s hunting them down and get the big reveals as she discovers them. The teams’ all there and we continue to get more about the unit’s dynamics as a group.   But what really makes this story is the deepening relationship between Dennis Mira and […]


Sicko Soulmates! Devoted in Death by J. D. Robb

Sicko Soulmates! Devoted in Death by J. D. Robb

Posted September 22, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 5 Comments

    A modern-day version of Bonnie and Clyde swath a murderous track across the country, going undetected until they land in New York City, getting the attention of the NYPSD’s top murder cop, Lieutenant Eve Dallas.   This one’s mostly about the procedural, trying to figure out the identity of two serial killers who haven’t seemed to have left a trail. I really enjoyed the whole process of assembling the clues, especially as we’re given the killers’ points of view early on. It helps build the anticipation as we know where Eve needs to go in the investigation. It was breathtaking tension when the case finally breaks, almost more exciting than the ultimate resolution.   There’s a secondary storyline involving someone on Eve’s team […]


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

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

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

  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 […]


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

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

  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.


Review: Concealed in Death by J. D. Robb

Review: Concealed in Death by J. D. Robb

Posted March 11, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 1 Comment

The story starts off with a bang when Roarke swings the hammer at the wall of a building at the onset of a major rehab. When the dust clears, the remains of two bodies lay before them. By the time it’s all settled, 12 bodies are unearthed. This story started off interesting and I nestled in for what I thought would be an intriguing case. It didn’t take long for me to deduce the circumstances and who was probably behind the murders and why. Unfortunately, the procedurals from that point forward weren’t that interesting or compelling. I struggled to get through to the end of the case. The highlights of the book, however, came from the personal aspects of the story. Mavis plays an extraordinary […]