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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.


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Posted September 13, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

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Posted September 9, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 5 Comments

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Posted September 4, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

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Posted August 20, 2017 by Anne in Book Review, Giveaway | 52 Comments

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Posted August 8, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

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White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Posted July 15, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

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Posted June 26, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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