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Innocent in Death: In Death, Book 24 | [J. D. Robb]

Innocent in Death: In Death, Book 24

The death of history teacher Craig Foster devastated his young wife, who'd sent him off to work that morning with a lovingly packed lunch. It shocked his colleagues at the Upper West Side private school. And as for the 10-year-old girls who found him in his classroom in a pool of bodily fluids, they may have been traumatized for life. Lieutenant Eve Dallas, of course, is more hardened to murder cases. And this is clearly a murder case.
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The death of history teacher Craig Foster devastated his young wife, who'd sent him off to work that morning with a lovingly packed lunch. It shocked his colleagues at the Upper West Side private school. And as for the 10-year-old girls who found him in his classroom in a pool of bodily fluids, they may have been traumatized for life.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas, of course, is more hardened to murder cases. And this is clearly a murder case. That lovingly packed lunch was tainted with deadly ricin. And Mr. Foster's colleagues, shocked as they may be, have some shocking secrets of their own. It's Eve's job to get a feel for all the potential suspects, and find out why someone would have done this to a man who seemed so inoffensive, so pleasant...so innocent.

Now Magdelana Percell - there's someone Eve can picture as a murder victim. Possibly at Eve's own hands. The slinky blonde - an old flame of her billionaire husband, Roarke, from his days on the wrong side of the law - has turned up in New York, and she's anything but innocent.

Unfortunately, Roarke seems blind to Magdelana's manipulation, but not to her shapely figure and flirtatious ways. And he insists that the occasional lunch or business meeting with her is nothing to worry about...and none of Eve's business.

Eve's so unnerved by the situation that she finds it hard to focus on the Foster case. Still, she'll have to put aside her anger, jealousy, and heartbreak, for a while at least - because another man has just turned up dead, and the case is taking some strange turns and hitting some frustrating dead ends.

Eve knows all too well that innocence can be a fa├žade. Keeping that in mind may help her solve this case at last. But it may also tear apart her marriage.

Crack another case with Eve Dallas.

©2007 J. D. Robb; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

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"Once again Lt. Eve Dallas shows why she's 'New York City's top murder cop' in [Nora] Roberts's 24th thriller under her Robb pseudonym set half a century into the future." (Publishers Weekly)
"Susan Ericksen...delivers powerful secondary characters of both genders and varying ages." (AudioFile)

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    "I Love J D Robb"

    Another excellent book in this series. This narrator is the Perfect voice. I will always be first in line to purchase any of the Eve Dallas books, but always want this narrator used.

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    AKsmitty 12-07-08
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    "It was no accident"

    Wow! What an excellent read/listen. Rapid moving story with exciting characters. Complete with road rage traffic outbursts. A strong mix of who done it and privacy issues. Nice twist and turns with a unpredicted outcome. So sweet, so innocent in death.

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    Ria Reader Washington, DC 01-01-11
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    "Another Great One!"

    Susan Erikson you rock. The voices are what makes the stories for me. Topsy turvey twister with a dash of a man being a man. Koodles to Eve for her get back at the end. I love Roarke and Eve's relationship and soooo glad that J.D. Robb keeps their marriage real on all levels and shows us that no matter how much we love Roarke he is still a man and can get a case of "the blinders" just like the rest of them. No worries if you love them too.... it works out in the end.
    The story line was in a class of it self. I am glad that I never know what to expect and there is alwasy something new to think about with each story.
    Happy Reading/Listening I am on to book 25.

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    The mystery was tight and compelling, and the femme fatale from Roarke's past gave it just the right touch to make Roarke a little more human and less 'too good to be true' (although of course he is, lol). Eve and Roarke's relationship is the glue that holds this series together, in my opinion. The mysteries are almost always good, and Eve's focused determination to solve them makes her an engaging heroine. Thanks for a good listen. The narrator is excellent and brings the characters to life.

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    This book is one of my favorites in the series because it is so heartbreaking. The victims and the killer are so sad. The story of Eve and Roarke will tug at your heartstrings as well.

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    Rose San Antonio, TX, United States 03-08-13
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    "Murder that makes the grade"

    No body really liked being in school or that is what Dallas thinks. But when she must go back to school to see why someone would want to kill Craig Foster. Dallas finds that school can kill you. Mr. Foster is history teacher, that everyone seems to like.
    Dallas and her team are looking for a killer that seems to have studied Mr. Foster well. Before long, Dallas's best suspected is killed. Now she has two murders both at Upper West Side private school.
    At the same time Dallas has other things on her mind, Magdelana. A beautiful woman from Roarke's past, that wants a second chance. Dallas is trying to take care of her home life and find a killer at the same time. Neither is getting her full attention, so both problems are only getting bigger.
    This is one of the best novels that J.D. Robb has written yet. The story keeps you on your toes the whole time.

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    Innocent in Death has less blood and gore but Eve came to understand herself, Roark, and the butler better. There were some really funny lines. Also, the storyline is different in how slowly it unfolded the mind of a child sociopath. Very thought provoking. Introduction of Maggie was a great way to shine a little more light on Roark's life pre-Eve. Could not stop listening.

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    "Not terribly plausible!"

    This book is number 24 in the "in death" series, but it is the first one that I have read/listened to. The main protagonist is New York cop Eve Dallas and she sets about trying to solve the apparently motiveless killing of an elementary school teacher. What I hadn't realised from the blurb is that story is set about 50 years in the future - this only dawned on me some time into the story! The plot itself was OK, and there are some nice twists and turns in the story, but for me it was spoilt by the totally incredible (in the literal sense) identity of the sociopathic serial killer!

    The narrator for the most part does a great job, the only exception being her Irish accent. Unfortunately, one of the main characters is Irish! Obviously, this is my personal opinion, and this series (including this book) get 4*-plus reviews on the US site, so don't let this one review put you off - I'm tempted to give the series another go, but this one was just a little to implausible for me.

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