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HOLIDAY IN DEATH (LIBR. ED.) (4 CASS.) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

J. D. Robb , Susan Ericksen
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Oct. 1 2001 In Death Series (Book 7)
No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York's most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lt. Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours. Eve soon enters an elite world of people searching for their one true love - and one killer searching for his next victim.

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In the seventh of J.D. Robb's futuristic romance thrillers, NYPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is on the trail of a serial killer terrorizing the city during the holidays. The only link between the victims--all are patrons of an exclusive dating service, Personally Yours. Working with her aide Officer Peabody, Peabody's nemesis Ian McNab, and her own intriguing husband, Roarke, Eve uncovers secrets that link the victims: secrets that involve both the owners and the clients of Personally Yours and which might be worth killing for. Whether she's writing as Nora Roberts or as J.D. Robb, Roberts weaves a taut and powerful story with lush sensuality and masterful characterization. This murder mystery combines elements of romance, science fiction, and police procedural genres in an entertaining mix that will keep readers turning the pages. --Lisa Wanttaja --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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The year is 2058. Guns are banned and medical science has learned how to prolong life to well beyond the century mark. And man has yet to stop killing man. At Cop Central, it's Lieutenant Eve Dallas's job to stand up for the dead. So begins the seventh riveting installment in Robb's (aka Nora Roberts) futuristic romantic suspense series (following Vengeance in Death). With Christmas only weeks away, Eve is stressing out trying to find the right gift for her new husband, Rourke, who "not only had everything, but owned most of the plants and factories that made it." More to her concern is the latest serial killer who is using "The Twelve Days of Christmas" as a theme for his heinous rape and murder spree. The case touches Eve on a personal level, and while flash-backs from her abusive childhood are flinchingly repetitious, it defines Eve's gritty, hard-boiled character and validates her obsessive determination to bring down the killer any way she can.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Winner Sept. 12 2014
By Lady Sam TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
It took me quite a while to actually find a copy in the first place and, boy, was the effort worth the time spent! I love the 'In Death' series overall, however, this is definitely one of those books that stand out.
It's one of the early tales in the series, with the main characters still being established. Dallas, Lieutenant Eve herself is still finding her 'married feet' as well as relationships in general which is somewhat difficult and new territory for her as she never really had friends before bar one or two outside her precinct. On top of that - it's Christmas time which brings additional pressure and novelty of having to buy Christmas presents for everyone, again something very alien to this level-headed homicide cop.
Whatever it is, I found this tale very encompassing and intriguing, and simply could not put the book down until I read it cover to cover. It includes all - from mystery and suspense to comical to heartfelt, it is all right there, together with the awkwardness of trying to find a way from 'social outcast' to 'socialite' for lack of a better word.
The case itself is also rather heart-wrenching and full of the usual 'red herrings' where J D Robb aka Nora Roberts is concerned. The storyline includes a number of interesting sub-plots with the actual culprit remaining a mystery right to the end. Nonetheless, it all makes sense and comes full circle in the end.
The main subject - lonely hearts - perfect for our 'anti-social' heroine. While she may have found her 'dream guy', others that are seeking love in order not to spend Christmas on their own are being targeted - a theme that touches so many on different levels which also prevails throughout this novel. Essentially, the author has outdone herself writing this particular adventure. Yes, it really is that good!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely NOT perfect ... Jan. 10 2007
By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Holiday in Death" is the seventh book in J.D. Robb's "In Death" series, and not one I would recommend for someone who just wants to give the series a try. If that is your case, please make yourself a favour, and read the first book in the series, "Naked in death". That book is excellent, and will give you such a good introduction to the main characters that you will enjoy the rest of the books in the series much more :)

Now, if you are still reading this review I must suppose that you already have read that book, and so you know what the "In death" series is about: a very good cop (Eve), her unlikely husband (Roarke), and the crimes they somehow end up solving together. Of course, by summing up the series in such succinct manner I leave aside a lot of the details that make the series so good but then, if I want to be concise I have to sacrifice something: nothing is perfect :)

"Holiday in death" definitely isn't perfect either. The plot is pretty simple: it is almost Christmas time, and Lieutenant Eve Dallas not only has to buy presents for her loved ones (she hates shopping!!!), but also to deal with a killer who dresses up as Santa Claus, rings the doorbell of his victims and kills them. The only link between the victims is a dating service, and so Eve decides some undercover work is in order to catch the killer, before he continues with his "special" way of celebrating Christmas. Officers Peabody and Mc Nabb will be the undercover agents, and also the protagonists of a secondary storyline that the fans of the series have been waiting for some time :)

I certainly cannot say that this is my favourite book in the series. Despite that, and strangely enough, I DO RECOMMEND IT. Why?.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner. March 23 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The 7th book in Jd Robb's "Death" series is Holiday in Death. Like her previous novels, it focuses on Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke and takes place in the future.
The series is part sci fi, part romantic suspense, part police procedural drama, part murder mystery. Eve is investigating a serial killer who dresses as Santa claus and chooses his victims via a dating service.
The book also re-introduces secondary characters that have appeared in the earlier books- like Eve's partner, Peabody, fellow officers McNab and Feeney, police profiler Mira and reporter Nadine. As each book progresses, we learn more and more about them as well as Eve and Roarke and the world that they inhabit.
Eve and Roarke's relationship continues to evolve and he plays more and more of a role in her cases as the series progresses. Its nice to see their relationship develop, despite Eve's abused past and her job.
The book blends nicely the relationship part of the series and the murder mystery. Its hard to guess who the ultimate killer is, at least until the very ending. Holiday In Death is a great addition to a great series..can't wait to read the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ho Ho Ho! May 10 2003
By JBogue
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is Christmas in Manhattan, and someone is celebrating the season by killing. The only link between the victims, is a dating service named Personally Yours. To help solve the murders, Eve puts Peabody and her arch nemisis, McNab undercover as clients of the exclusive dating service. As Eve uncovers secrets about the clients and owners of Personally Yours - secrets that might be worth killing over - she struggles with her past and the the cruel rape-murders. When the attacker goes after one of her own, Eve must fight the darkness with in her and obey her training as a law officer.
HOLIDAY IN DEATH is a great addition to the "IN DEATH" series. This is Eve's first Christmas where she actually has a family and is surrounded by people she cares about. It is very touching and amusing to watch her struggle with buying gifts and Roarke's tree trimming. In contrast to this beautiful season for Eve, is the cruel reality of her past. Eve and Roarke struggle to find the balance between past and present, so that they can go on with there future, and start new traditions together.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding story as usual!
As good as any other J.D.Robb novel I have ever read.
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth McPherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another decadent read.
Death doesn't stop around the holidays and this book is no exception!
I love her writing style for this series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephanie Keobel
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday in Death by J. D. Robb
This is one of the best writers in the world. I have never been disappointed by any of her books as J. D. Robb or Nora Roberts. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Linda J. Leclair
4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday in death
Saved this for the Christmas break and was a very appropriate book for that time. However, details of the homicides were a bit disturbing and it took me longer than usual to read... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Carole A Cosgrove
5.0 out of 5 stars Santa's packing....
This book was very well written and kept me on the tip of my toes from beginning to end. It was the first of the series I read and it left me craving for more. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Positively Garbage!
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this one stinks!
It is set in the future: what a great opportunity for adding an interesting element and yet nothing is made of it! Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2003 by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy, hot, and addictive
I do not read romance novels, not that there is anything wrong with that, I don't. I picked this up because I needed something to read after going through the last Grisham novel. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2002 by Trish Mink
4.0 out of 5 stars J.D.Robb hits a satisfying triple as always.
Count on Nora Roberts to deliver as J.D. Robb. They're all good ... when is the next due? Sign me up....
Published on Feb. 4 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. A Fabulous Read!
"Holiday in Death" is the seventh book in J.D. Robb's futuristic "In Death" series, and it is wonderful! Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2002 by Sophie
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