Eve Dallas deals with a homicide - and the holiday season - in the latest from the #1New York Times bestselling author.
Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who'd been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list - plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.
Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year's 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.
©2014 Nora Roberts (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
This book should not be missed by In Death fans. For a new In Death reader I would suggest starting somewhere else in the series, preferably Naked in Death Book 1. This book is a blend of the search for a murderer of a sleazy personal trainer and the vagaries of Eve and Roarke's Christmas which is more appreciated by those who follow the series.
I devour In Death books. I am always anxious for the next scene, the next chapter. This was no different.
Susan Ericksen is Eve Dallas. With the exception of 2 earlier books, every preformance (and there are over 40 stories and multiple recurring characters) imparts a distinct personality to every character. I could not imagine anyone else reading these books.
Feeney's Christmas present for both Eve and Roarke.
Love books, preferably romance and suspense. Typically read/listen to 3-5 a week.
I enjoyed this book. Oh it was not up to J.D. Robb standards, but I still enjoyed the book.
I am not sure I like the new doctor that is trying to date Morris. I guess it's good there are new characters involved. But it's such a tight knit group you hate to see anyone bother the balance.
I was glad most of the regulars were there. I thoroughly enjoyed that. I enjoy the banter between Sommerset and Eve. I know a lot of what takes place is redundant but it is what make the book an In Death Series book. If these things are not in the book the book suffers in my opinion. The interaction between Roarke and Eve is paramount. The private moments between them is awesome and special. I look forward to them. Even if they are arguing or angry with each other it makes the book worthwhile. This book was close to getting there but not quite there. It was still enjoyable.
The book had a lot of twist and turns to where you were not sure who the killer was. It made it a bit fun. It was nice to see the boy (teko) back and helping Eve shop.
I still want to know who the candy thief is, when will Eve make Captain, and of course when will Eve and Roarke have a family. Eve it Eve she can make it all work. I agree with some other writers it would be nice to have a book on Eve and Feeny when they were partners. There are so many ways to go with this series.
As always Susan Erickson was spot on. I would not listen to the book if she wasn't the narrator. Even on an off day she is better than most.
Totally addicted to Audible.
I am so happy to report that this is a really good book. Way above the last few In Death books it has a decent murder mystery and lots of interaction with all our favorite characters. Eve is putting her past behind her even more and learning more about what it means to be happy. Welcome back!!
Say something about yourself!
I look forward to all the In Death books. It's like visiting old friends.
The gift from Feeney
All are great. She has a different voice for the various characters and repeats the characters voices in book after book. Sounded like Ms. Ericksen had a cold when performing this book.
A film would destroy the images I have formed of the characters.
I would like a prequel that focuses on Feeney in homicide and Eve as his aide. Focus on Feeney's family and the growth of Eve's career.
Eve has a great murder mystery in this book and of course we know she solves the case in her inimitable style but this book really works on the characters and their growth together. Eve and Rourke have developed a deeper understanding of each other since their early days in their marriage and it shows in this story. My image of seeing Peabody in a special pink coat makes me laugh as I can just see her with the matching pink shoes.
It's a great story in the series and a great read. Sit back and enjoy the Christmas Spirit.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
J. D. Robb is a pen name of romance novel author Nora Roberts under which she writes suspense novels of her "In Death" series. Whether writing as Nora Roberts or J.D. Robb she is virtually guaranteed that her large and loyal audience will rate her books 5 stars. She has had over 260 books published during her 46 years writing career including over 50 as J.D. Robb. That is an average of one book every 2 months. She is prolific!
Since suspense/thrillers are my favorite genre, I decided to try two of her J. D. Robb books. The first was Book 1, Naked in Death, which was surprisingly good and I rated 4 stars. This is the second and it is Book 39 in the series. Festive in Death is so-so. I rated it 3 stars and with all of the really good suspense novels out there, it is not worth reading or listening to.
In the Top 10. It seems that the interaction between characters was more developed in this book, compared to the last few books. These interactions are what makes this series so special.
An interesting beginning, utilizing one of the more outrageous characters. Enough said : )
Susan does an Excellent job with all of their voices, some quite unique, which makes each distinctive. I am really very happy that the same narrator is used for all books in this series. Many good books have been ruined by poor narrators, or by using different narrators within a series!
Not applicable for me~ I Always prefer the book version.
I've read the entire "In Death" series. This is one of the better efforts. Most definitely worth the credit!
Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!
Christmas doesn't come around very often in the mid-21st century world of the In Death books--it takes at about 10 books to make a year in this long-running series--but when it arrives, it's always a treat. "Festive In Death" is no exception.
This is an interesting mystery and there are a lot of suspects to interview, so Eve and Peabody get some good grilling time in. But as longtime followers know, the real joy is hearing How Dallas Got Her Christmas Shopping Done, and the description of The Christmas Event at the Roarke mansion--a mere 250 guests, plus spa time with Terrifying Trina and the yummy Leonardo gown that Eve grudgingly slinks into (would that we all had the body to carry off a Leonardo!).
The icing on the cake is Christmas Eve with the family. Summerset and Galahad make appearances, but it's Eve and Roarke's scene. Their gift exchange had me both laughing and reaching for the tissue box. It's why this series just keeps going and going, and we fans keep reading and reading. Here's to lots more holidays to come!
Never read any of the print versions, only audio.
Since this is a series, I can only say each of the characters, especially Eve, has grown and matured in many ways since the start of this series. Since this is book number 39, a lot of situations and characters have had many things happen.
Susan Ericksen is the voice of the "In Death" series. I can't imagine any other narrator doing this series. I've enjoyed every one of her narrations in this series. This was one of the best stories in my opinion. Touched on many issues with Eve's past (as always) since she had such a horrid childhood, which made her the "Cop" she is now.
I hope that the characters continue to mature and grow as they have. Truly this book was one of my favorites in this series. Thank you Nora Roberts, aka J.D. Robb
J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts) is back in form. The interplay is back between the characters
Also, she corrected the mistake from the last book about the button Roarke carries.
I loved the Christmas season, the party, Eve buying presents, and Eve making a deal with Summerset to participate in creating the party.
I don't know if I could listen to the In Death books with out her. She is the voice of them and is as important as Nora Roberts.
No, I didn't but I kept coming back to it.
"Fantastic Festive in Death"
As I never bought the print version I could not say .
My favourite is peabody.
Peabody is just such a laugh with her muttered comments but she also has her serious side
Again I have to say peabody .
Susan nailed the character of peabody I felt that she was in the room with us .
I do not know as there is a lot you could come up with in this book.
I have all of J.D.ROBB IN DEATH SERIES and it is fascinating to see all the characters come together and to life
It is great that you have her books .
"Worth Reading Even if it's not Christmas!"
So well written, had me flummoxed right until the very last chapter! Brilliant!
I love the regular characters and their personalities. I admire the way that Ms Roberts weaves them seamlessly into the narrative without it seeming contrived.
I will always read the novels in this series. It appeals to me on so many levels!
"She has done it again"
Once again a very enjoyable and engaging book from J D Robb. I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to maintain such a high standard over a series of books now stretching to 39 but in this series she manages it magnificently.
I enjoyed the interaction between the main characters. Trina has become a particular favourite and of course the unforgettable Mavis and Somerset.
I think her voice particularly matches my opinion of what Eve should sound like and I am amazed by her ability to project so many different characters using only her voice. She is a joy to listen to.
These books always make me feel a variety of emotions happy, sad, vastly entertained and enthralled. Eve's interaction with her police colleagues, particularly Feeney, is both sad and funny. Her horrendous early childhood evokes sadness but her determination to overcome it evokes admiration. Her dread of social occasions is amusing and the scene in which she accomplishes her Christmas shopping made me smile.
I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series which is due out next year. I prefer to have these books as audiobooks as I find the combination of the excellent story an extremely talented reader, Susan Ericksen, particularly good and both add to my enjoyment.
"Smooth and nice"
Sandra Ericsson sundet like she hade a cold butiker as usually the narrating was good
"Christmas at Christmas"
just kept listening but not quite sure about the accents, but really enjoyed the book.
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