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After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey Street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn't a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered. Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who's a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim's every move. And he has a mission: to own every beautiful young woman's innocence, to capture her youth and vitality - in one fateful shot....

©2003 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Precious Peabody Perfection

I love the newly reissued books in this series! Our beloved Peabody speaks in her wonderful, distinctive voice and all the other characters (especially the NYPSD crew) go through the wringer solving this case. It was always one of my favorite books with regard to bringing forth background info on secondary characters and now it is simply perfect.

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Great Book in the In Death Saga!

This book was one of my favorites in the series.

Roarke finally learns the entire back story with his mother and father, and it was written so beautifully that you wanted to reach into the book and give him a hug. I loved how Eve reacted as well, it was all so natural.

You can tell that Eve and Roarke are both growing in their marriage.

As for the murder, I thought the perpetrator came out of nowhere, though it was interesting to see a killer who really, truly thought he was doing something okay. He wasn't mean about it, just crazy. The action at the end really had me holding my breath, but of course everything turns out alright.

P.S. :Love the narrator! Susan IS the voice of Eve to me.

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  • ADixey
  • Clearwater, FL USA
  • 11-17-16

Fabulous book

Enjoyed this book immensely. I love the interaction of the characters. I realize that this was an earlier book from a number of the others I've read but an outstanding book on its own. Delving into Roarke's history was enlightening. I look forward to reading many more Nora Roberts/JD Robb books in the future.

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Favorite book in the series

I love the series in general, but my favorite moment in the whole series is in this book. The narrator is amazing as always and the development of the characters is wonderful. My husband and I listen together and we love having debates over who the killer is, not to mention Eve and Roarke's relationship. This book had us laughing, crying, and screaming together throughout.

The highlights, without being too specific: Roarke learns something unexpected about his past, Eve learns new marriage rules, and the killer manages to be both insane and pitiable.

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  • Linda
  • FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States
  • 11-02-16

Way to go team

eve and Roark continue to grow into a power couple. She reigns as the avenger of murder victims bringing justice to the victims and loved ones. Roark shows a rare dark side to his personality when unwelcome info is brought to his attention. Mavis, Somerset, Peabody, McNabb, Louise ....Love this series!

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Good steady listen

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Her books are good mysteries. What makes them really good is that she develops the main characters. The side characters in the story are made interesting too.

Would you recommend Portrait in Death to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes

What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does a great job with these characters.

Any additional comments?

Her books alway make you feel good in the end. They are a good way to listen your way through a drive or housework.

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loved it

at first the characters voices sounded a bit off, but as the story moved on they started to sound more like they had in the earlier books. I love this series, every time I think I have a favorite, I read one even better than the last! I can't wait till read the next one!

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 06-14-18

Excellent book in the series

In this book a person is killing beautiful talented young people and taking their light. The killer photographs the victims while stalking them, and then photographs them again after they are dead. The photos are sent to a reporter, Nadine Furse, a friend of Eve's. Eve goes to find the bodies. There are several suspects and Eve works tirelessly to track down clues that will reveal the killer. The ending is a heart pounding race to try to save a person that is a beloved character from past books in the series. The killer's identity was a surprise to me. Eve was much more subdued in the book and was not as mean and snarky as she usually is in previous books.

In this book Roark finds out that the horrible person he thought was his mother was not in fact his mother. His mother was a sweet young Irish woman who loved him dearly. He goes to Ireland to meet her family, now his family. It is a sweet story and it is heartwarming to see Roark find a family when he thought he had no one.

Also, in this book, Sommerset is tripped on the stairs by Galahad the cat and breaks his leg - just as he was leaving to go on vacation.

All in all, lot of activity and great story telling narrated by the great Susan Ericksen.

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Susan Erickson performance ruins this for me

The reader over acts, over dramatized. Her reading is so unnatural it interrupts the story and ruins the story line. I found it so irritating I had to stop after a few hours listening. Really too bad. The author’s story line is good. FYI: first time I’ve posted a negative review-that bad.

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Fun

Nora Roberts does Eve Dallas so well!. She makes these books fun to read!!! I want to read the whole series.

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  • J. E. Higginson
  • 09-20-16

great

another great edition of the in death series, great to get a little more of Rourke's background

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  • M. Graydon
  • 04-30-15

Absolutely beautiful

If you could sum up Portrait in Death in three words, what would they be?

Moving, Tender, Beautiful

What was one of the most memorable moments of Portrait in Death?

When Eve went to Roarke. I've listened to that chapter many times since I finished the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Two parts. When Roarke finally tells Eve about his Mother and when she goes to him in Ireland.

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This book focuses on Roarke and his family. It's beautiful. Definitely one of the books I will relisten to and one of my favourites so far.

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  • Michael
  • 07-13-14

Shock revelation - I am not alone

What made the experience of listening to Portrait in Death the most enjoyable?

Suffice to say - this book fills in many of the gaps the readers have wanted to know. As ever there is a murder to solve and Eve does her cop thing well in her usual style but for once the spotlight is on Roarke - a welcome change. We are given time to be with him on his own in Ireland, to glimpse into his early life and evetually to meet his family.

What did you like best about this story?

We see more of the enigmatic Roarke who finally is revealed as all too human. Although still strong, reliable, rich and clever we now see that he is not totally in control espcially of his feelings. We find out more about his life in Ireland, the reasons behind his loneliness and eventually he discovers he is not alone.

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

I enjoy the characters she creates with her voice - especially the delightfully naive Peabody. She even manages to create Roarke's Irish accent in the deep sexy way J D Robb has written it

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Discover the secrets that make the enigma that is Roarke

Any additional comments?

Although there are a great many books in the In Death series by J D Robb this is probably one of the most insightful

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  • Parrotfan
  • 12-17-16

Portrait in Death

Brilliant, funny, has reader on edge of the seat in places. Has that familiar twist at the end, just what readers have come to expect from the J. D Robb books.