On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.
A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.
Eve learns that on the day of her murder Marta was assigned to work on three audits, and begins to suspect that she was killed to cover up fraudulent activity. Eve is good at catching criminals, not crunching numbers, but luckily, she has her billionaire husband, Roarke, to figure out which companies in Marta’s files aren’t on the up-and-up.
When someone steals the files from Marta’s office, Eve must immerse herself in Roarke’s world of big business to figure out who’s cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer’s violent streak starts to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait....
©2013 J. D. Robb (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Confusing. Frustrating. Anticlimactic.
Yes, but please, please, please -- don't make this the first book you read of the In Death series. I'm afraid that if you read this one first, it could discourage you from taking the great ride of reading this series from start to finish.
I am a big fan of this series and I have rarely been disappointed. In this book, however, the story drags, the central murder just doesn't make much sense (I know, sometime it's just senseless, but it's hard to buy the motivations here), the trajectory of the murderer's storyline doesn't make much sense, and the motivations for many of the others involved are convoluted and incomplete and seem to be disconnected from their lives before this book.
It's a rare thing for Robb, but this murder case seems very contrived to me.
Also, I found it disappointing that potentially great scenes that could have existed around the vid premiere simply never happened. Oh, the embarrassment of Eve we could have witnessed, the groupies hanging on Roarke, Peabody and McNab charming the paparazzi. Mavis breaking into improptu music vid trilling and inciting a riot. Leonardo raptly murmuring, "Isn't she precious?" Sigh. The author has a habit of doing this (anyone wish we'd gotten more about Eve's and Roarke's wedding?!?) but it's infuriating. But, of course, I remain a loyal reader. Maybe I need abuse counseling . . .
Perhaps in print this book flows better, but I found it suprisingly confusing. So many new characters with so many new names questioned more than once, several accountants here, several real estate types there, here's three partners, there's two partners, here's a judge, there's a date, an ex, another ex, another . . . You get the point. Poor Susan, what a narrating challenge. Who can differentiate that many people in a coherent manner? By the time Roarke finally named the person he suspected, I swear I honestly had no idea who that was. I'd totally lost track. An accountant? An investor? Who? Which one? Why?
Let me emphasize. THIS IS AN EXCEPTION. Even with these issues, it's a good book. It's just not up to the normal high standard of this series.
Fantastic as always. For the recurring characters, it takes literally one word and you can identify who is speaking. She is tremendous!
A scene near the beginning involving notification of death and one near the end with Dallas and Roarke.
The recent books have been so good . . . maybe that's part of why this one seems disappointing in comparison.
I think it must be hard to keep things fresh after writing 36+ books, short stories and so on. Roberts has a good equation going in the In Death series- a crime happens, Eve and Peabody investigate, Roarke is drawn into the investigation, there are a few sex scenes, Roarke worries about Eve, Eve meets with Mira, they figure it out, wrap it up and there is an op to catch the bad guy. And Trina sometimes makes an appearance. The crime changes and the supporting characters (Mavis, Leonardo, Baxter and so on) have a big or small role depending on the crime and how much they can help. She writes a good story, the characters are old friends and well written. The story here is a solid one. I will continue to read this series because I can count on Eve and crew to entertain.
Totally addicted to Audible.
I was so blown away by New York to Dallas it almost spoiled me. I did not think Celebrity in Death was nearly as good. But Calculated in Death is better. I could have used a little more Sommerset as I love the interaction between them but all Eve and Roarke fans will enjoy this book.
Divorce attorney needing a break from reality!
Yes! I love this series. This book was great and in line with the series. Always something new and I did not expect the exact ending, although it is getting a little "similar" at times to older novels in the series - still love the characters.
Yes....as I did not know who did it and how intricate it was until the end.
She is PHENOMENAL! Her accents are great. She really has a defined voice for all of the main characters that allows me to see them in my head.
I am an avid hot rodder and enjoy restoring antique airplanes and automobiles.
Once again the story kept me interested from beginning to end. If you love any of the "in death" novels, you will fall in love with this book. Not as suspencefull as some of her novels; however, you get the thrill of the chase and get to catch up on the beloved characters.
Peabody as a sex symbol.
The nuances of her voices makes you believe several people are reading.
Even the wealthy are greedy for ...
Cannot wait for the next edition of this series.
I eagerly anticipate every new "In Death" book. First and foremost, the success of any audiobook rests on the narration, and Susan Ericksen gives a wonderful performance as usual.
Eve and Roarke are probably my favorite fictional couple, but fans will realize that they have overcome most of their past traumas and inner struggles that contribute the tension necessary for a truly great story. Robb will need to find other sources of inner turmoil and drama. However, this was an entertaining story with an interesting plot. Most of the characters are well known and long-time friends, and the story was true to their natures. There was a good blend of mystery, adventure, humor, and romance.
Robb is such a great author; this book was just average for her In Death series. Still, it was very entertaining and the series is one of my favorites. I consider this installment to be a stepping stone as I eagerly await the next book.
In My Opinion ....YES!! Susan Ericksen is a AWESOME Narrator I LOVE the fact that J.D.Robb or her Publisher has Used her For the Whole Series!!
Yes!! always Does J.D.Robb has a way of telling the story the keeps you on the edge...
the scenes between Eve & Roarke I always Enjoy....My Favorite scenes are when Eve kicks ass!!
Eve and Summerset bantering always makes me laugh
I like to See more of the other Characters back like Crack,
These books are written so that there is very little time that passes from one book to the next, so it was a relief that this story was a little less high profile and time sensitive. The last 10 books or so have had the girls going from one major case to the next and I was starting to feel like it was no longer believable (or as believable as a futuristic book can be). No real cop goes from one major case to the next, to the next and so on. So a back to reality book was much needed.
The last look was my favorite, and this one is a close second. It's worth the credit and the time!
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I started this series because I was curious about what Robb saw as the future in NYC police. It has turned out to be a nice series for a change of pace from more intense books. This story has the murder of a woman Marta Dickinson who is an accountant and sister in law of a criminal Judge. Eva finds the firm she works for are auditors and is soon on the trail of the killers. I enjoy the different types of characters Robb has created for the series. Some are far out such as Mavis, and Leonardo and some of the police are typical such as Baxter and Trueheart. My favorite is Dr Charlotte Mira. The final action takes place at the grand party for the movie about Eva and Peabody. Story has glamour, comic (I laughed about Peabody's pink cowboy boots) action and suspense. I enjoy the futuristic gadgets in the story.
I agree with most of the reviewer's assessment of this audio attempt. The story is not one of Nora Roberts finest. The biggest gripe that I have though is not with the story, but the quality of the recording by Brilliance Audio. They have always added a bit of reverb to the voice of Susan Ericksen, but in this recording they went too far. The audio quality is so thin that it hurts my ears at times. Frankly, I gave up on the Audio Book and finished the story in written format. The story wasn't half as bad as I thought it would be when I started the Audio Version. My recommendation is to read the book in written format. You may like it a lot better.
I love reading the series but I particularly find it easy to listen to it while I was doing my housework. It made the chores so much easier to get thro!
I am a great fan of Eve and I also love the chemistry between her and Roarke.
Eve of course.
I love Eve's sense of humour, be it intentional or not.
These books are very enjoyable, the characters are well thought out and pull you into the story, I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing how the character of Eve has developed throughout the books.
The narrator is exceptionally good.
"jd robb rock"
this is one of the best cop series
how all the murders were connect with one man
she does the best voices
greed is everything and it kill
"Love the book, the narration not so much"
I love the In Death series. Calculated in Death is as brilliant as the previous 35. I also have it on kindle
They are all my favourites! Roarke and Eve obviously as the main characters but I love Peabody and McNab and their relationship.
Her voice/tone is too hard, the voices are not how i imagine them (but i expect that's impossible to achieve and would be different for each reader).
"Lt Dallas and Rourke are a winning combination"
I eagerly await each new book in this series.
The characters are well developed and believable. As a reader you see the characters growing and filling out, becoming more interesting and their interaction is amusing but the books work well on a suspense level too.
The books are set in the future but the plots are very this world but with a subtle twist.
I would strongly recommend any book in this series as an enjoyable read for those who like their books to be entertaining.
The reader for this series is an excellent choice she projects just the right amount attitude for the characters.
"Calculated in Death"
brilliant. J D does it again, and Susan Ericson nails the voices in the audio version. Looking forward to the next book.
Well worth "a read" or "A listen"
The plot was engaging but after a few hours I just couldn't continue listening because of the appalling narration.
Not with the same narrator
Badly written, poor storyline and the narrator could only shout. Don't bother with this one!
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