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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Title:Dark in Death
Author:J.D. Robb
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Dark in Death Reviews

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    review to come

  • Lucy Dosch

    One of the more interesting In Death books in quite a while. This investigation kept you on your toes.

    Eve is all about the sexy times in this latest In Death novel.  The bane of her existance is on vacation and Eve is taking full advantage of the Summerset-free house, going as far as to suggest to Roarke that they need to have sex in as many rooms as possible before his return.  Roarke is alway ready to do what he must to make his wife happy so he takes one for the team to make the Lieutenant ha

    One of the more interesting In Death books in quite a while. This investigation kept you on your toes.

    Eve is all about the sexy times in this latest In Death novel.  The bane of her existance is on vacation and Eve is taking full advantage of the Summerset-free house, going as far as to suggest to Roarke that they need to have sex in as many rooms as possible before his return.  Roarke is alway ready to do what he must to make his wife happy so he takes one for the team to make the Lieutenant happy.

    But not everything is lighthearted for our favorite murder cop.  The most recent murder to grace her board is quite unusual when a young woman is murdered during a recent vid release.  And gets more bizarre when a famous novelist steps forward to point out that her murder mirrored one of her earlier releases. 

    Eve understands that a fan has taken their obsession too far and is recreating the murders out of a series featuring P.I. Deanna Dark.   Now Eve knows what the murdering is planning, all she has to do is read the next book, but the problem is where the murderer will strike next or how they choose the victims.  In a city of several million people, that shouldn't be too hard, right?

    I love this series.  I absolutely love all the characters and how even the secondary characters are fleshed out.  I love crime dramas, romance and scifi so this series was just perfect to me.    But I felt that the last few books relied on Eve lucking out and either stumbling one that one person who puts her on the killer's path or someone her tracks her down to give her that tiny piece of information that cracks the case. It was all a little too lucky.  And yes, while in this story the novelist shows up to declare that the murders were similar to her stories, knowing how the next murder is going to happen doesn't necessary give you the name of the next victim.  

    For the first time in a while, Eve and Peabody are working very hard to investigate this killer, and the killer isn't even important enough to warrant too much time either. We don't spend much time at all in the killer's head. Who the killer is is almost unimportant because this person is unimportant and that is why this person is recreating murders from a popular crime series.

    The murders are what is important and they are quite random since the killer isn't getting revenge on anyone but the writer of the novels. The killer is recreating deaths from the stories so only setting the scene is important, not the person being murdered except to the the extent that they fit the part in the killer's mind.  With eight books in the series, Eve and Peabody know what the killer plans for the next several deaths, but trying to figure out who and where and when in a City as big as New York requires all their skills as detectives and bring in most of the homicide division and EDD as well, and of course, Roarke pops in here and there to help out a bit.

    Overall, this was a well investigated case by Eve and Peabody with lost of sexy Roarke time and just about everything that makes the In Death series so popular.

  • Allison Brennan

    Review to come.

  • Lynnette

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Picking up where the previous book ended, Eve Dallas finds herself and her squad investigating the seemingly random death of an aspiring Broadway actress. Soon they realize that there is a serial killer acting out the plots of mystery books. Will Eve and her crew stop the killer before the next victim runs out of time?

  • BrocheAroe

    Does not disappoint! Another solid read in the In Death series by JD Robb. I've been reading this series since 2003, since before it was well known she was Nora Roberts, and I keep expecting the next book and then the next book and then the next book to dip in terms of quality of style and content and originality, but it just doesn't (thank goodness!).

    In #46, Dark in Death, JD ROBB almost makes a play on her own life in ways, as Eve is after a murderer who finds inspiration in a specific author'

    Does not disappoint! Another solid read in the In Death series by JD Robb. I've been reading this series since 2003, since before it was well known she was Nora Roberts, and I keep expecting the next book and then the next book and then the next book to dip in terms of quality of style and content and originality, but it just doesn't (thank goodness!).

    In #46, Dark in Death, JD ROBB almost makes a play on her own life in ways, as Eve is after a murderer who finds inspiration in a specific author's murder mysteries. Robb literally pays homage to the master of the meta, Hitchcock, with mentions of Psycho and Dial M for Murder, and I'm pretty sure the author she describes is modeled after Robb herself (physically).

    The plot is pretty tight and focused, but we still get glimpses of Peabody & McNab; Leonardo, Mavis, & Bella; Somerset is still off on holiday; and there is just a peek at the growing romantic interest in Nadine's life, as well as a preview of Nadine's next best-seller based on Eve's police work. I'm looking forward to a future book of Robb's that I'm sure will go into further detail either about Nadine's upcoming Oscar nomination for the first book/movie or the publication and what I'm sure will be subsequent movie of the second book. Enjoy!

  • GONZA

    REVIEW TO COME!

  • Samantha

    Thank you Netgalley & Little Brown Book Club UK for the advance copy.

    I have never read a J.D. Robb before and was shocked to find it was the 46th book in the series. For those who also have either not discovered Robb before or have read them out of sync, I can confirm you don’t need to have read the previous novels to follow this. It’s an independent storyline and the characters are described beautifully, causing no questions such as ‘who is this?’ to arise. So you can quite happily ‘pick u

    Thank you Netgalley & Little Brown Book Club UK for the advance copy.

    I have never read a J.D. Robb before and was shocked to find it was the 46th book in the series. For those who also have either not discovered Robb before or have read them out of sync, I can confirm you don’t need to have read the previous novels to follow this. It’s an independent storyline and the characters are described beautifully, causing no questions such as ‘who is this?’ to arise. So you can quite happily ‘pick up and go’.

    The story follows a crime solving Lieutenant in the year 2061 (although no evidence of anything sci-fi related, it really is just about the crime solving) with her companions Peabody and Roarke. The characters are well rounded, full of depth and interesting quirks.

    The storyline follows a gruesome murder in a cinema with an ice pick and is a race against time before the killer strikes again. It’s fast paced and keeps you looking for answers from motive to who.

    I had a couple of contention points, I found it a little slow to get going but that could just be my unfamiliarity with the characters. There’s a strong female centric theme throughout full of feminism and girl power, yet a group of women get referred to as ‘skanks’ repeatedly (by other women). I found that particular phrase disappointing and especially as it came from our strong female leads who should have known better.

    Overall, I’d recommend, a good read with some interesting quirks.

  • Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of Dark in Death, the 46th novel in the futuristic Lieutenant Eve Dallas series, set in New York 2061.

    An actress is murdered by an ice pick in her neck while watching a film. With no witnesses, no apparent motive and no clues Eve is stumped until an author turns up and claims that this murder and another one three months before are scenes from her Dark series of thrillers. Now she not only has to find the killer

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of Dark in Death, the 46th novel in the futuristic Lieutenant Eve Dallas series, set in New York 2061.

    An actress is murdered by an ice pick in her neck while watching a film. With no witnesses, no apparent motive and no clues Eve is stumped until an author turns up and claims that this murder and another one three months before are scenes from her Dark series of thrillers. Now she not only has to find the killer but identify the next potential victim.

    I enjoyed Dark in Death as not only does it have a twisty plot it has a fair amount of good humoured banter to leaven the load. I found both searches absorbing, intricately plotted and plausible. I was less enthusiastic about the sex scenes and some of the passages on the art of writing so I skimmed them. This is a series I've dipped in and out of over the years rather than having read them all but I think Dark in Death is one of the better ones.

    The futuristic setting is cursory, a few mentions of strange gadgets and off planet prisons, otherwise it could be set in the present day. I like this approach which distances the reader from some of the more graphic elements and allows the characters more leeway in how they operate but at the same time gives the reader an environment and characters they can easily relate to. I particularly like the reaction of the "skanks" when told their lives may be in danger as it seems so now.

    I mentioned earlier the humourous banter between the characters. I exclude Eve Dallas from this as she appears to have no sense of humour and is rather emotionless in her approach to life except when her husband Roarke is concerned. I notice a softening of her hardline attitude towards him and she actually admits to some feelings! Having said that I enjoy her business like approach to investigation.

    Dark in Death is a good addition to the series which I have no hesitation in recommending.

  • Tina Christopher

    Another great book in the series, not one of the action-packed ones, but methodical and twisty, lovely insights into Eve and Roarke's life, 3.5

    Thank you to St. Martin's for the ARC

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