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Witness in Death [Mass Market Paperback]

J. D. Robb , Nora Roberts
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Feb. 3 2004 In Death (Book 10)
Writing as J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts presents the tenth book in the New York Times bestselling series. When a celebrity is killed right before her eyes, New York detective Eve Dallas takes a new place in crime--as both officer and witness to murder....

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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.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"The romance between Roarke and Eve is so sizzling."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice plot angle Aug. 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read all of the In Death series by Nora Roberts (J.D.Robb)
and have enjoyed the clever repartee between Lt. Eve Dallas and
her partner Peabody probably better than Eve's somewhat tortured dialog with her husband Roarke. This book's plot is interesting in that Eve and Roarke are witnesses to a death on stage at Roarke's new drama dome. The murderer is known but the "why" of it is not. Eve's pursuit of the "why" makes for a convoluted discovery and involves a cast of colorful characters so typical of the author's fertile imagination.
At this point in the series, I am a bit tired of Roarke's greed and the author's constant reminder about Eve's nightmares of her hideous childhood. Enough whining already! Also tiresome is the too precious relationship that is developing between Dr. Mira and Eve, as she is being patronized into a sort of "daughter" for the psychologist with huggies and kisses. That bird won't fly.
I like Eve just fine as a rough as a corncob character. I like her toughness, her grit, her insecurities and her brilliance as crime solver. It is, in my opinion, time for her to be promoted to Captain and have Peabody and a new female character enter into the picture as a crime solver and give Eve her just dues for her role as mastermind. This could add some fascinating color and new trails of intrigue to the series. Also overdone is the rattling of candied nuts in a bag perpetually being munched by Captain Feeney. His limited dialogs replete with curses is tiresome and boring after awhile. This guy is supposed to be her mentor and he comes off increasingly as a buffoon. Lastly, even though this book is not the latest in the series Lt. McNab's too cute smart mouth ramblings make him seem unbelievably stupid at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series!!! Aug. 5 2003
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I've never written a review of anything before. This series is sooo good I just had to write something! I read the first 10 books in the series in 11 days!! I love the characters, especially Eve Dallas. It's very interesting - and sometimes painful - to read how she wrestles with her past (molestation and murder) and her present (married to the richest most handsome man in the world) and tries to reconcile it all with her job of "standing for the dead". In this book, Eve learns that "standing for the dead" means sometimes you have to stand for someone who may have deserved what he got - the victim was a scumbag who used everyone he could, and one person in a particularly disgusting way. Eve even goes out of her way to assist the murderer in getting the lightest sentence possible, something she would have never done before because of dedication to her job.
There are other great characters. Officer Peabody is another favorite. And once again there is growth in her. Peabody started out as a straight arrow, serious police officer who seldom laughed or cracked wise, and just wanted to learn at Eve's feet. Now she's loosening up and manages to even make Eve lighten up - occasionally.
The murder mystery parts of the stories are sometimes grusome and a lot of peole die before the end - in this book there were only two, a relatively low body count. But it's interesting following Eve through her paces - here the "crime of passion" type motive is one she's not particularly "keyed into" because of her past as a loner. But as she goes through solving the crime, her feeling towards her friends and mostly her husband change also. I think this is a very entertaining series of books in general and Witness in Death is definitely one of my favorites!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner! Jan. 22 2002
By Sophie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Witness in Death" is another fabulous addition to J.D. Robb's irresistible "In Death" series. Lieutenant Eve Dallas, the hard-boiled NY cop, is back for another adventure with her wonderful cast of family, friends and co-workers.
In this instalment, Eve and her ultra-sexy billionaire husband Roarke are out for a night on the town, attending the opening of a new play at Roarke's New Globe theatre. Eve's night off is interrupted, however, when one of the players is murdered on stage in front of thousands of witnesses.
Eve is quickly on the case, and finds herself in the unfamiliar position of being her own best witness to a murder. Unfortunately for Eve, many of the suspects are talented actors, and she must dig down beneath their facades to find their true feelings and the true killer!
This mystery is suspenseful and thrilling, and will keep you turning pages all through the day and night. Robb has crafted a wonderfully original and intriguing tale. Eve and Roarke continue to develop as a couple, and their ups and downs, their tenderness and their passion, are brilliantly conveyed to the reader. We celebrate along with Eve for her triumphs, and feel her pain as she deals with her haunting past. This intense connection with the characters is something I don't find often, and I credit Robb's immense skill as a writer.
The entire "In Death" series is sure to please readers. "Witness in Death" is a fantastic addition to this fun, exciting, and utterly addictive series. Don't miss out - buy this book today and ENJOY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I always enjoy this series from Nora Roberts/JD Robb - amazing characters and great stories.
Published 1 month ago by Lynda Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read by Robb
This was one of Robb's best works yet at keeping the suspect unclear right to the end and I loved seeing more of the relationship build between Dallas and Roarke.
Published 2 months ago by Elaine S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I have been slowly catching up to the books in this series and I love every single one of them!
Published 4 months ago by Stephanie Keobel
5.0 out of 5 stars Thousands witness murder but who did it?
As usual this story has a twist that is to be expected from Robb (aka Roberts). I really enjoy the Eve Dallas series. Read more
Published on June 19 2003 by Tanya L. Schaub
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's number 9
I absolutely love J.D. Robb's "In Death Series". I've read all 14 books thats in the series. I have also Collected the "In Death Series" in auto cassette. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Lights, Camera, Action, ... MURDER
In this the 10th book of the In Death Series, Lt. Eve Dallas is out on a date with her husband, Roarke, at his new theatre. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2002 by Beckey Tynan
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun as Usual, But That Spoiler...!
At some point, i'll probably get around to writing a longer and more comprehensive review of this book -- i hope top review the whole series eventually -- but i have got to say one... Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2001 by Fairportfan
5.0 out of 5 stars They Keep Getting Better!!!
I'm just blown away by this entire series. It's amazing the way J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) puts out a new novel in the series every six months and they remain consistently well... Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2001 by "intentaccess"
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but characters don't always ring true
I hadn't read one of the J.D. Robb novels in a while and picked this one up since it was available at the local library and it sounded promising. Read more
Published on May 25 2001 by J. Hitchin
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm intrigued!
Witness in Death is my introduction to Eve Dallas. What a great character, so complex and well developed. The relationship between Eve and Roarke is enviable. Read more
Published on March 14 2001
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