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Once again Lt. Eve Dallas shows why she's "New York City's top murder cop" in Roberts's 24th thriller under her Robb pseudonym set half a century into the future (after 2006's Born in Death). Dallas tries to close a case at the exclusive Sarah Child Academy, where two bright 10-year-old girls discover the body of Craig Foster, a popular history teacher who proves to have been poisoned by ricin-laced cocoa. Dallas wonders if another staff member or a parent might be involved, but after the prime suspect, a promiscuous teacher who's been harassing another employee, turns up dead, the investigation takes a shocking turn. Besides a provocative puzzler, Robb provides an intense relationship update on Dallas and Roarke, her Irish power broker hubby, whose dark past—in the form of a crooked ex-girlfriend—returns to cause trouble. This prolific author, a recent Quills romance winner, is still at the top of her game. (Feb.)
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'Nora Roberts is amazing!' Janet Evanovich 'This is sheer entertainment, a souped-up version of Agatha Christie for the new millenium.' THE GUARDIAN 'Much loved.' DAILY EXPRESS --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: In Death (Book 24)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042521754X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425217542
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 170 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 300 million copies of her books in print.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By J. Bergin on February 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Reader speculation about the marital discord between Eve and Roarke had me imagining all sorts of things about this book, but most of it was unfounded, and Eve and Roarke work through their troubles in the way we've come to expect them to: they talk it out, bare their souls, reassure one another, see the other's viewpoint, beat up a few droids, manhandle each other, and have wild monkey sex. Man, I love these guys.

But back to the story...

When grade-school teacher Craig Foster is found dead in his classroom from apparent poisoning, Eve is hard-pressed to determine a suspect. Fellow teachers, parents, caregivers, and students are all on her short-list, but no one is jumping out at her as a probable lead. The murder seems senseless and without a motive; the man seems as innocent as they come. Into the mix, on a personal front, arrives Magdelena Percell, an old flame of Roarke's. During their first meeting, Eve sees something on Roarke's face as he catches sight of Maggie that unnerves her, for it's a look that Eve's only ever seen directed at her. Maggie comes on strong, calling Roarke "lover" and making loaded references to their long-ago liaison. When they talk about it later that night, Roarke assures Eve that she's no reason to be jealous or concerned. The next morning, however, she overhears him making lunch plans with Maggie. Meanwhile, the case is progressing slowly until another teacher is found dead on school grounds, and the suspect list narrows. Putting the pieces together, Eve focuses on an unlikely suspect and her alarming suspicions are not well received by her commander or Dr. Mira.

This is a more personal story than some that have come before, so the secondary characters don't play as big a role as in past books.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Cherise Everhard VINE VOICE on February 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is book # 28 in the In Death Series.

Right from page one J.D.Robb has the reader captivated as she spins her newest tale. She walks us through the victims last moments of life and then sets the graphic stage of his death. Each time I read an In Death book I am impressed at how well her words can create such vivid images in my head. It is so easy to get wrapped up and all consumed by one of her books. I don't know how she does it.

Eve Dallas, Lt. of the NYPSD, and her partner, Det. Delia Peabody are investigating the murder of a young teacher at a pricey private school. The staff and students are in shock and Eve can not find one motive for killing this man.

This book flowed a little differently to me than the previous books. Usually you have the homicide investigation as the center of the story and then the personal storylines either run side by side with the investigation or they play second fiddle. In Innocent In Death the personal issues between Eve and Roarke took center stage for me. For the first time in their relationship a woman from Roarke's past is really causing problems between the two of them. J.D. Robb takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions, both Eve and Roarke's; you suffer with both of them.

It's hard to say anything about this book without giving away vital information. The homicide investigation takes some interesting twists and turns and it shocks and surprises. Summerset and Eve form one of their rare alliances in this book, and Eve shows a softer side of herself.

This would definitely rate as one of the top In Death books, so far. I can't remember feeling so much while reading one book. Between the gripping mystery and the front row seat to Roarke and Eve's marriage, it is impossible to be bored.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By I. Daco on February 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As always with any Nora Robert or JD Robb book, I finished this in one sitting! I just couldn't let go. I even went to the bathroom with it! (sorry for sharing)

I think out of all the books in the series this is my favorite. The emotional turmoil Eve went through because of that blonde tarts reappearance in Roarke's life really had me going! I just wanted to reach in and strangle her and smack some sense into Roarke. What I love about their relationship is that it's very well developed. Like what the other reviewers say there's none of the petty fights and stupid misunderstanding that are blown way out of proportion! Every motion in the relationship is well-developed and believable (a choreography that is executed beautifully). Even though, I wish Eve would have drop kicked the bimbo a lot sooner--she did what we all were begging for in the end! I just loved it!

As for the mystery, the turmoil between Eve and Roarke almost took precedence but I just love the twist and turns the book took me through! The end was not shocking, if you catch it quickly you already know who the killer is--but your in so much denial that you keep fighting the truth! It was in itself a very shocking ending!

A must read! Bravo!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kara J. Jorges VINE VOICE on February 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
After Robb's last book fell a little flat, this was a welcome foray back into the world of New York Police & Security Department's Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Eve tags the murder of Craig Foster, a private school history teacher with no enemies. Even Foster's students loved him. Foster was poisoned with ricin in his hot chocolate, and his body discovered by two of his 10-year-old students. Eve's investigation into the faculty and staff of Sarah Child Academy is turning up a hotbed of tawdry sex, but no murder suspects.

Meanwhile, things at home have taken an unexpected turn. One evening while Eve and Roarke are entertaining clients of his at dinner, one of Roarke's old flames shows up, and she's not like the others. Magdalena Percell is a blonde bombshell who once held a piece of Roarke's heart, and Roarke is not only oblivious to her attempts to lure him buck; he's also clueless as to the effect Magdalena's sudden appearance is having on his wife. Magdalena has shaken Eve to her core, but Roarke takes her reaction as petty jealousy and a lack of trust in him.

What JD Robb, nee Nora Roberts, has spent years crafting is the ability to understand and convey facets of human emotion, and she does an excellent job of taking Eve through her crisis. Eve doesn't just get what's bothering her off the bat, it has to eat away at her and wear itself so plainly on the outside that her friends can see it and ask her about it. Only through some discussion with her pals and several hours of private contemplation is she able to lay it out in her mind, and then have it out with Roarke. Things from his angle are also handled expertly, from his reminiscing about what was with Maggie, to being sure that he had changed and knowing that Eve is the only woman for him.
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