Dark in Death

Dark in Death

It was a stab in the dark.On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and...

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Dark in Death Reviews

  • Allison Brennan

    I’m a reader first and foremost. I love books; I’ve loved books since I was a toddler and would bring my grandpa a stack of my “favorites” to read every night before bed. According to my mother, my grandpa would try and skip pages or hide a couple books under the couch cushion, but I would always catch him and demand (I’m sure in a very cute way) that he read every page in every book I brought.

    My love for stories has grown with me. I read every Trixie Belden and every Nancy Drew, and as I migrat

    I’m a reader first and foremost. I love books; I’ve loved books since I was a toddler and would bring my grandpa a stack of my “favorites” to read every night before bed. According to my mother, my grandpa would try and skip pages or hide a couple books under the couch cushion, but I would always catch him and demand (I’m sure in a very cute way) that he read every page in every book I brought.

    My love for stories has grown with me. I read every Trixie Belden and every Nancy Drew, and as I migrated to “grown-up” books, I loved to find a series to glom onto. While a good standalone is always fun, finding a new world to immerse myself in where I can return from time to time is always a special treat.

    Sometimes, I find a series and read a bunch and lose interest. Other times, I find a series and can’t wait until the next book comes out. I might tell myself, “Okay, that book was fabulous—she (or he) can’t possibly do it again.” And then the author writes another great book. And another. And another.

    Such is the In Death series by J. D. Robb. I keep expecting—after nearly 50 books—that there’s going to be a gradual decline. How can anyone, even a serious, professional author, keep writing stories with punch to keep me turning pages—to make me want to read every single page? It’s like I’m waiting for a dud … and while there have been a couple that I didn’t like as well as others, there has been no dud. No crash and burn. No steady decline. And mostly? I get a book like Dark in Death, which goes near the top of my favorites in the series.

    Read full review (and a chance to win a copy of DARK IN DEATH) over at Criminal Element:

  • Ira

    5 super stars!!

    Gosh, I totally love this one:)) 😍❤😍

    Summerset is not around, he still on his winter vacation, so Eve and Roarke happily do the deed in those fantastic rooms in their castle! LOL

    Galahad had plenty tantrums, he probably missed Summerset 🙄😂🐈🤣

    And...and... Nadine get herself a serious date! Yay!!! ❤❤❤

    If you read my previous reviews from this series, you will know him.

    He called Nadine Lois, remember?

    Yep! It’s him, another yay! Haha 😂

    Oh well, if you a fan of this series, this should be

    5 super stars!!

    Gosh, I totally love this one:)) 😍❤️😍

    Summerset is not around, he still on his winter vacation, so Eve and Roarke happily do the deed in those fantastic rooms in their castle! LOL

    Galahad had plenty tantrums, he probably missed Summerset 🙄😂🐈🤣

    And...and... Nadine get herself a serious date! Yay!!! ❤️❤️❤️

    If you read my previous reviews from this series, you will know him.

    He called Nadine Lois, remember?

    Yep! It’s him, another yay! Haha 😂

    Oh well, if you a fan of this series, this should be enough for you, if you just found out about this series, do yourself a favour, please at least read the first three books before you pick your next read in the series.

    Really love this one!:)

    😍😘

  • Jilly

    This

    in the series was even better than many of the more recent ones. It was like some of the mojo that was lost in the middle somewhere came roaring back in for this book.

    Eve was edgier, snarkier, more cop-like.

    ...Well, damn. I was going to give you quotes, but my e-reader decided that I was running on empty for too long and shut me out. You just have to take my word for it. She uses the f-word both liberally and expeditiously - you know, like a real cop might be inclined to do. We al

    This

    in the series was even better than many of the more recent ones. It was like some of the mojo that was lost in the middle somewhere came roaring back in for this book.

    Eve was edgier, snarkier, more cop-like.

    ...Well, damn. I was going to give you quotes, but my e-reader decided that I was running on empty for too long and shut me out. You just have to take my word for it. She uses the f-word both liberally and expeditiously - you know, like a real cop might be inclined to do. We also get the crazy shenanigans of the NYPD, such as Eve and Peabody being assaulted by a flying dwarf, a skank-parade, and detectives who are wearing loud ties, crazy socks and a cowboy hat. It's all part of the job.

    She didn't even bat an eye at that.

    The killer in this case is a frustrated writer. People don't like her book so she goes ape-shit. Happens all the time, you know. Most of those mass shootings are just writers who are trying to get their name out there. It's tough to get people to read your book these days.

    See? This is a good way to promote your book. Lunchbox inserts and changing your name to Marx. It's gold!... or, maybe the more common and available to the masses - silver!

    Aside from the case, we get Eve and Roarke really killing it in the marriage department. They started as opposites and now are seriously the perfect couple. I have a bit of a marriage-crush on them. I mean, sure, I've been with the hubs for over 20 years and we're happy and all, but just think how much better that would be if we were billionaires with flying cars and butlers and shit. Instead, if the flying cars show up in our lifetime, we'll be getting this one for sure:

    Ron would be our butler.... Fucking Ron! That's what we get for picking up our butler from in front of the Home Depot. I bet he doesn't even know how to grout our tile like he promised either!

    We get small peeks at the rest of the usual side-characters, and enough of Peabody to make fans happy. It is also fun to have some focus on writers because you just know that Nora did a little venting here and there, in covert ways. She almost made me regret my angry message to Veronica Roth for her ending of the Divergent series.

    Almost.

    But, no. Still angry.

    Plus, I can't get a refund on the sky-writing - which is how I send all of my angry messages, so there is no point in regret.

    To be honest, this is my happy message to people too. I find that it is appropriate to most occasions.

    Speaking of which: a giant sky-dick to Nora for the amazing writing in this book! Great job!

  • Celeste

    Hell hath no fury like a writer who feels their work has been belittled and ignored.

    The adventures of Eve Dallas are always a delight to read. Dark in Death is the 46th full-length installment in Nora Roberts’ In Death series, penned under her J.D. Robb pseudonym. While they’re not always amazingly original or anything, they’re always fun to read. By this point, there are about a dozen characters who have been involved in the story for more than 30 books, and our main char

    Hell hath no fury like a writer who feels their work has been belittled and ignored.

    The adventures of Eve Dallas are always a delight to read. Dark in Death is the 46th full-length installment in Nora Roberts’ In Death series, penned under her J.D. Robb pseudonym. While they’re not always amazingly original or anything, they’re always fun to read. By this point, there are about a dozen characters who have been involved in the story for more than 30 books, and our main character and her main man Roarke have been around since the first book. I feel like these characters are real people, because I’ve witnessed so much of their lives. They’re my friends, even if they’re fictional.

    But some people just don’t understand how to separate fact from fiction. When a disgruntled writer starts reenacting the murder scenes from a police procedural series, one written by an author the writer first considered a mentor and later viewed as a betrayer, Eve and the gang have to submerse themselves in the series, scrambling to predict the next target before someone else loses their life for the sake of a story. When the killer loses all grasp on their true identity, seeing themselves as the fictional villains they imitate instead, it’s incredibly difficult for Dallas to find and stop them. How do you stop a fictional murder from springing to life?

    I love losing myself in a fictional world, but I never have any problem remembering what is fiction and what is reality. I can’t imagine literally losing myself to a story as happens to both the villain and the victims in this tale. I also can’t imagine anything more horrifying for an author than seeing their work brought to life in such a macabre way. Writers want people to connect with their work, but not at the cost of human lives.

    As always, this was an entertaining read. I love this series so much, because each installment feels like a chance to revisit old friends and catch up with everything that’s happened in their lives since we last had a chance to chat. If you like police procedurals with a touch of science fiction, if you like romance and friendships, and if you like character developments that spans literally dozens of books, I can’t recommend this series highly enough.

  • Phrynne

    As usual Robb starts her book with a killer of an opening scene (pun intended). I am going to the cinema this afternoon myself and if anyone is sitting behind me I think I might feel a teeny bit uncomfortable.

    is another totally enjoyable book in this great series. After the gripping start it turned into one of the quieter books. There was a heap of police procedure, Roarke and Eve were in a good place, Eve didn't get attacked or shot and we all knew who the murderer was in plenty

    As usual Robb starts her book with a killer of an opening scene (pun intended). I am going to the cinema this afternoon myself and if anyone is sitting behind me I think I might feel a teeny bit uncomfortable.

    is another totally enjoyable book in this great series. After the gripping start it turned into one of the quieter books. There was a heap of police procedure, Roarke and Eve were in a good place, Eve didn't get attacked or shot and we all knew who the murderer was in plenty of time. It was a relaxed read but always intriguing and with plenty going on.

    Best of all was the humour. There were several very funny scenes and of course the ever present one-liners between Eve and Peabody and Eve and Roarke. My favourite, Galahad, popped up more than usual and had a great part to play in the entertainment.

    Forty six books in and reading them now is like visiting family and friends. Long may they keep coming.

  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    There is no doubt about it! JD ROBB is a master storyteller. After 46 novels, she still amazes, stuns, captivates, and spellbinds each and every time. As the alter ego of Nora Roberts, she is known for her prolific writing, and gripping plots.

    I personally look forward to each new book in this series. So far, even after reading 46 books, almost the entire catalogue written by JD Robb, I have not come to the point yet where I feel her stories have become repetitive. Every single In Death installme

    There is no doubt about it! JD ROBB is a master storyteller. After 46 novels, she still amazes, stuns, captivates, and spellbinds each and every time. As the alter ego of Nora Roberts, she is known for her prolific writing, and gripping plots.

    I personally look forward to each new book in this series. So far, even after reading 46 books, almost the entire catalogue written by JD Robb, I have not come to the point yet where I feel her stories have become repetitive. Every single In Death installment, has been pure genius!

    In Dark in Death, Lieutenant Dallas, of the New York PD, is hunting a killer that uses someone else’s imagination, stories, books for their own personal playing field. As always the mystery is on point, vibrant, and meticulously executed. The suspense and race against time left me on the edge of my seat. And the premise of murdering individuals by virtue of a book series made this case even more exhilarating.

    This series is beyond amazing and deserves an award.

    Not only for its outstanding plots, which are always incredibly well researched, unputdownable, and utterly engrossing, but also for the cast of characters. In all honesty, this cast is the BEST cast of all books I’ve ever read.

    From the two main characters to each and every one of the supporting cast. After 46 books, every single member of her family, friends and colleagues are near and dear to my heart. I couldn’t imagine an In Death book without them.

    Eve, is one of the most layered and skillful characters I have ever read about. Her character development throughout this series has left me amazed. She is one tough woman, incredibly hard working, no nonsense with a heart made of gold. The way she takes care of her department, friends and family is what makes these novels so excellent and extraordinary. She is the glue that holds it all together. She is the sun that everyone revolves around.

    Roarke, a former irish thief, now billionaire, is used to toeing the grey areas without remorse, now he is happily working with Eve side by side solving murder cases. He has become a crucial part of her team. Roarke is respected by her colleagues, admired and revered by New York high society, and the only person that Eve opens up entirely. On the outside, he is the exact opposite of Eve, smooth, polished, rich, cultured, but deep down they found an equal and a missing part in each other.

    I can say with absolute conviction that Eve and Roarke have the most incredible romance of all romances.

    No other book series allows the couple to grow, change, and fall deeper in love over more than 40 books. The depth of feeling, understanding, and communication between Roarke and Eve is beyond comparison. They truly have the ultimate relationship. Far from perfect, but perfect nevertheless.

    But it’s not just about the Lieutenant and her Billionaire. It’s also about the recurring characters that give life, color, and laughter to each book. The supporting cast is a delight because every single cast member has a unique personality and distinctive voice. The various relationships, ongoing inside jokes as well as side stories, feel real. Like friends that are missed and visited twice a year. The reader is part of an ongoing story arc. I’m invested in each and every person from this cast. I know them by name, their likes and dislikes, backstories and bits and pieces of their personal life’s. Their individual personalities enrich each book, and allow for the ultimate reading experience.

    If you love fantastic character development, romantic suspense and are a fan of serials, this series is a MUST READ!!!

    For more of my reviews:

  • Jonetta

    A young woman is murdered in a Times Square video palace during the infamous shower scene in Hitchcock’s classic,

    . Lieutenant Eve Dallas catches the case and is stymied after her preliminary investigation turns up empty. That is until she discovers the dispassionate connection to an earlier murder case and a fictional detective book series.

    There were many modern themes in this story that made it clever and interesting. It was hard to miss the parallels between the fictional writer and th

    A young woman is murdered in a Times Square video palace during the infamous shower scene in Hitchcock’s classic,

    . Lieutenant Eve Dallas catches the case and is stymied after her preliminary investigation turns up empty. That is until she discovers the dispassionate connection to an earlier murder case and a fictional detective book series.

    There were many modern themes in this story that made it clever and interesting. It was hard to miss the parallels between the fictional writer and the illustrious author of this series. Many of the assertions made about Nora Roberts/J. D. Robb (secret ghostwriters, crazy story suggestions from fans, etc.) plague Blaine DeLano, the writer of the Deanne Dark books in this story. With a nod to our current moment in time, it’s a large assembly of empowered women that dominate the story.

    I really enjoyed the elements of the procedurals and the substance of the case. I couldn’t reason the outcome and had to follow Eve’s path to solving the case. Nadine’s new status was a delight and I’m looking forward to more of that. But mostly, I’m pleased with how the characters are evolving, most notably Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her relationship with Roarke and her team. This was a good one.

  • Ms. Smartarse

    After more than 50

    stories, my reviews are starting sound the same. In my defense, the last few of books sound very similar by now, as well. Still, knowing that there are 2 new novels to expect every year, can be counted a sort of a treat... to the regular fan/reader.

    That is to say, the book I read before this one bored me to tears, so "

    " made for a welcome change of pace. And it had several funny sequences too.

    There's a crazy serial killer on the loose, that puts Dallas i

    After more than 50

    stories, my reviews are starting sound the same. In my defense, the last few of books sound very similar by now, as well. Still, knowing that there are 2 new novels to expect every year, can be counted a sort of a treat... to the regular fan/reader.

    That is to say, the book I read before this one bored me to tears, so "

    " made for a welcome change of pace. And it had several funny sequences too.

    There's a crazy serial killer on the loose, that puts Dallas in a foul mood... as every murder is wont to do. Cue Peabody making some culturally sensible remarks about the victim, while Eve mispronounces/misquotes other cultural reference. Back at her kickass mansion, Roarke is ready to lend a helping hacking hand, and supposedly-hot-but-actually-luke-warm sex ensues.

    Cue more back and forth between on-scene investigation and home office banter. Insert a dream with slight premonitory feels, and one bombshell of a reporter that bribes her way to the Lieutenant's office with cakes.

    .. and I'm already getting bored of things. So fast forward 200 pages: The killer's apprehended, and there's a showdown in the "box", where Dallas wrangles a confession.

    “You ever see it? Psycho?”

    “Yeah. It’s in Roarke’s collection. He’s a fan of the Hitchdick.”

    “The what?”

    “The director guy.”

    “Is that really his name?”

    “Something like that.”

    “You didn’t feed [the cat] before, right?”

    “I didn’t,” Roarke confirmed, “as he was both sprawled out and snoring, and I knew I wouldn’t be more than forty minutes or so.”

    “He woke me up, sitting his tonnage on my chest and staring holes through my brain.”

    “If we put a micro AutoChef on his level, he might learn to operate it.”

    “He doesn’t have to,” Eve pointed out. “He operates us.”

    “Entirely too true.

    “Hey, Dallas, Nadine’s here.”

    “I don’t have anything for Nadine.”

    “It’s more like she’s got something for you.”

    Eve’s eyes narrowed because Peabody’s totally sparkled. “Am I going to smell double fudge brownie on your breath?”

    “No, and I’d be sad about that, except for what she did bring.”

    “Did you get the fangirl out of your system?”

    “Born a fangirl, die a fangirl.”

    Eve smiled, very, very pleasantly. “You might just, and sooner than you expect.”

    “I wasn’t just fangirling.” Peabody kept herself beyond boot-kicking distance when she joined them. “I escorted [...]”

    “You’ve avoided unexpected death.”

    “Always a good day.”

    “The day’s not over,” Eve commented, and walked out.

    “Your ass is smaller.”

    Peabody stopped dead, jaw dropping. “What did you say?”

    “I’ve got eyes.” Eve kept walking, forcing Peabody to jog to catch up. “They don’t latch themselves onto your ass, but I’ve got eyes.”

    “I want to kiss you on the mouth. With tongue.”

    “Try it and your marginally smaller ass will have my boot marks imprinted thereon.”

    “It could be worth it.”

    “And DeLano’s not a suspect?”

    “She came to me with it this morning. Nadine brought her in—they’re friendly. DeLano’s clean.”

    “So you’re pursuing a case of lethal plagiarism.”

  • Mo

    Maybe it was the fact that I was feeling under the weather this weekend, spent yesterday in bed, trying to ward off a bad cold. It dragged for me. Nearly started skimming towards the end. It just did not seem to have the same dynamics that her other books usually do. I have never given her books less than 4 and 5 stars. I cannot give it more than 3. Quite disappointed actually.

    As I say, maybe it was my mood. I read a few reviews after fini

    Maybe it was the fact that I was feeling under the weather this weekend, spent yesterday in bed, trying to ward off a bad cold. It dragged for me. Nearly started skimming towards the end. It just did not seem to have the same dynamics that her other books usually do. I have never given her books less than 4 and 5 stars. I cannot give it more than 3. Quite disappointed actually.

    As I say, maybe it was my mood. I read a few reviews after finishing this one and there have been a lot of suggestions that JD is using a "ghostwriter". Not sure about that but I do sometimes wonder how she can spin out 2 IN DEATH books per year PLUS her contemporary books, written as Nora Roberts.

    Of course I will continue with the next in the series. I just hope that it has a little bit more "oomph" than this one had!

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