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Product Details

  • Series: In Death (Book 39)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1st Printing edition (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399164448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399164446
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,793 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the In Death series

“Robb is a virtuoso.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Gritty thrillers highlighted by humor and heart . . . The ‘In Death’ novels offer something for every fan of genre fiction.” —This Week (Columbus, Ohio)

“The series [is] groundbreaking in its unique combination of futuristic setting, suspense and romance.” —The Romance Reader

About the Author

J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number-one New York Times–bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Customer Reviews

It held my interest and kept me turning the pages.
Ann de Vries
I've read all of the "in death" series of books by Nora Roberts (aka J. D. Robb).
C. Bogus
I love the relationship between Eve Dallas and Roark.
Charlene Madsen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

116 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Ann de Vries on September 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved this latest J.D. Robb offering. The amount of background information given and the brief inclusion of many of the secondary characters seemed just right. In some of the previous books, Eve's backstory was repeated so often and in such repeated detail, that it became boring for someone who has followed the series from the beginning. This time, there was enough background given to inform a new reader, but not so much that it seemed like a long rehash.

Similarly, the secondary characters played enough of a part to let us know how they are doing, but not so much that they detracted from the main focus of the plot. Nora Roberts has created a rich cast of supporting characters, which adds texture and helps the character development of Eve and Roark. They can't all play a large role in every book, however, and Roberts uses them wisely; when they can support the plot, they have a larger role, and when they aren't needed for that, they get less page time.

I particularly liked the way Eve's and Roark's relationship is growing and changing. The sex scenes are more gentle and Eve is a bit softer and less aggressive with Roark. She still has her hard edge with work, but her personal relationships are evolving as she gains a wider circle of good friends and as she becomes comfortable in her marriage. If Eve's character remained static, with the hard edges perfectly intact, she would seem to be more of a caricature and less human-like. The softening is just right; it reflects the positive changes she has undergone since her marriage, but leaves enough of the kick-ass Eve present to maintain the integrity of Eve's personality.

I liked the plot in this book. It held my interest and kept me turning the pages.
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62 of 73 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Christmas theme is played for lovely sentiment, with plenty of gift-giving, reminiscing, and partying. It's used as an excuse to parade many of Eve's friends through the pages for a moment or two, reminding us of her acquaintances and loved ones. It works and suits the milieu of the book.

There are plenty of suspects to truly dislike, which can be fun in its own way in this sort of book. Consider the presence of characters we can hate without guilt to be a Christmas present from Robb to her readership. Don't worry, however; she doesn't give short shrift to the more ambiguous characters-the people we like and feel sorry for, enjoy the presence of, dislike without hating, or can't entirely pin down with ease. This aids in throwing some curve balls into the plot, nicely keeping villain options open until late in the game. Speaking of which, there are some great hints that don't telegraph too much. I like the way the view of what happened wibbled and wobbled up until the very end.

My only negative with the book was that there was something of a lack of tension and suspense. There wasn't much in the way of physical action, and while that almost works with the slower Christmas feel to the book, I would have liked a little more kick and immediate danger to the plot.

All in all, Festive in Death is an enjoyable winter holiday edition of the Eve Dallas "In Death" series!

NOTE: review book provided free by publisher
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54 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Cjay on September 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love the “In Death” series and have followed it from the beginning. After all these years, the characters don’t seem like characters any more but people who we get to check in with twice a year.

So it pains me to say that I was a bit disappointed with Festival In Death. I really had a hard time staying interested while reading this book.

The murder story line was just blah – been there done that – and everything else felt like a recycled formula with very little advancement in our main character’s lives.

The fall release formula seems to be:

Christmas party with friends & business associates mingling and dancing weirding Eve out – check

Christmas party with Eve being pulled into prep – check

Unlikeable victim but Eve will do her duty – check

Brief mention of all characters(Crack, Nadine, etc but no major interaction – check

Naïve bimbo type character(Felicity) – check

I realize that if you follow the series like me - you are compelled to read the book. But I would recommend checking it out of a library instead of buying.
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114 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 9, 2014
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I'm a longtime fan of Eve Dallas. I've read every book and every short novella. I fell in love with Roarke right along with her. I learned to trust her friends right along with her. I'm invested in Eve's story, and I want to see Eve and Roarke get everything they want (and then some). I think it's time to end this series, though.
There has been a disconnect in the last few books. It might be the fact that Eve has managed to move past a lot of her issues. She'll never be truly free of them, but she is a stronger and more complete person to the damaged individual we were introduced to. The writing in these more recent books (the last six of them or so) is flat and just ... off. The characters are still there. They're still people we feel like we know. They don't exactly match the characters we were introduced to years ago, but there are flashes of recognition. They're the same -- and yet they don't feel "right."
I think it's time for Eve to get pregnant and take her captaincy, thus moving to the next level. There's really nothing left for Eve and Roarke to do -- but live happily ever after. The longer this series is dragged out the more I, as a reader, realize there might not be anything left to say.
The mystery in this is fine -- they're all fine. The character relationships are still entertaining -- but it's more like they're entertaining because we remember how great they used to be, not how great they are now.
I'm always going to love Roarke and Eve. I think I'm just ready to reread all the superior early books and let these later books go.
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