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Witness in Death Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2000
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It is 2059, and New York City homicide lieutenant Eve Dallas's husband, Roarke, is producing a revival of Agatha Christie's thriller Witness for the Prosecution. On opening night, when the villainous character Leonard Vole gets his just deserts, someone substitutes a kitchen knife for the prop knife, and the actor, Richard Draco, is stabbed through the heart. Trouble is, in time-tested British mystery fashion, everyone in the cast had good reason to despise Richard, a misogynist who seduced and discarded beautiful young women, including one whom he knew to be his daughter. It's up to Eve to solve the case, an emotionally difficult task as she is no stranger to incest herself: she was beaten and raped by her father before she managed to escape him. As Eve fights to keep her head above water, she tries to bond at a deeper level with Roarke, so that her future will heal the pain of her past. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) serves up a welcome mix of edgy, sexy lovers,newfangled gadgets, classic whodunit and noir. (Mar.)
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“A classic mystery developed with all the subtlety of Christie combined with the incomparable style and panache of todays most remarkable author, this mesmerizing play within a play is well nigh irresistible with its taut, crisp dialogue, intricate plot and memorable characters.”—RT Book Reviews
“Robb serves up a welcome mix of edgy, sexy lovers, newfangled gadgets, classic whodunit and noir.”—Publishers Weekly
More Praise for the In Death series
“Robb is a virtuoso.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.”—Entertainment Weekly
“J. D. Robb’s In Death novels are can’t-miss pleasures.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben
“Anchored by terrific characters, sudden twists that spin the whole narrative on a dime, and a thrills-to-chills ration that will raise the neck hairs of even the most jaded reader, the J. D. Robb books are the epitome of great popular fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane
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Eve and Roarke are attending the premier of a revival of a famous Agatha Christie play, ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ when, during the final act, one of the stars of the play is stabbed through the heart by another actor. (Just like in the original Christie work). Hundreds and hundreds of people, Including Eve and Roarke witness this and it is found that someone has switched the stage knife with a real knife.
There are many, many suspects involved with this one and Eve soon finds that the victim was universally disliked and that many to most of the actors involved are glad he is dead and indeed, many wish they had been the ones to do the killing. (I feel most readers will agree to this assessment of the victims character as the story progresses). While it is not necessary to enjoy this book, it is more fun if you have read the original Christie work, or watched one of several remakes of this one on film, because you can see how well Robb has paid tribute to Dame Christie...a rather remarkable job!
This work has a touch of noir involved and Robb has done a wonderful job of capturing the essence of the Christie play although some (myself included) had some trouble form time to time following the many characters (suspects) in this one due to the number involved.
Also of note is the fact that of all the books in this series, and I think that number is quickly approaching 50 or more, Eve’s personality is at its worse in this one. She spends a great amount of time making physical threats directed toward her faithful Peabody and to be quite frank, comes across as a bit of a bully throughout this work. It should also be noted that the subject of rape in incest plays a major part is this one and that some readers may be put off by this although the author handles it well and it is most certainly not done in a gratuitous manner.
This is one of my most favorite series and Agatha Christie is one of my favorite detection authors so for me I had a double dose of what I enjoy.
It should be noted that it is nice if you can read these books in order of publication but it is most certainly not absolutely necessary due to the fact that each of these novels is a good stand-alone.
I also must note that unlike some of the books in this series I failed to figure out whodunit right up until the end.
All in all a great read and good addition to the series it also moves the series along quite well.
THE STORY: An actor is murdered on stage in full view of all the audience, including Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Now Eve has to figure out who the killer is. Since her husband Roarke owns the theater and other people she knows have connections to the crime, Eve has to work in the spotlight to solve the crime.
OPINION: This is a book where, appropriately, the murder is committed during a performance of Witness for the Prosecution and then the mystery itself feels like an Agatha Christie mystery including the gathering of suspects for the big reveal at the end.
The emphasis in this one is definitely on the mystery although there are some nice scenes between Eve and Roarke. I also enjoyed the continuing character development of Eve's friends. Both Peabody and Nadine have important roles in this book.
I think the books where Eve has a personal connection to the murders works best and her friends having connections work almost as well. The story also is teasing out Eve's continuing struggles with her past. Much as been resolved and Eve is happier, but things are still lurking that she struggles with. This book only teases those issues gently, but I like that her past has not been easily resolved and set aside.
WORTH MENTIONING: My favorite part of this book is Eve setting up a romantic dinner for her and Roarke. This is a turning point in their relationship as she begins to do those regular romantic gestures which make a good relationship.
CONNECTED BOOKS: WITNESS IN DEATH is the tenth book in the In Death series. This series has standalone mysteries with continuing character storylines. This book can be read as a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
J D Robb, as you probably know, also writes romance as Norah Roberts. Writing as J D Robb, however, her style is darker and grittier.
This is a series of mysteries set in the not too far distant future when the earth has colonized a lot of planets, societal norms have changed in some ways, yet law and order remains law and order and the police are there to protect and serve.
This series chronicles the cases of Eve Dallas as she investigates murders and believes it is her vocation to stand for the dead, to see that they get justice.
In my opinion, a person is going to love these books or hate them, I happen to love them.
Well written, strongly developed characters, detailed plots. Someone is doing research and I appreciate that. Of course, there are some love stories woven in because that is part of life, after all, it can't be all grim.
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