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on March 23, 2015
This tale takes is into the world of theatre and starts with one of those rare moments when Dallas, Lieutenant Eve, takes a bit of time off to enjoy an evening out with hubby Roarke. Naturally, where she goes, death is not far behind and this time she even witnesses the murder happening rigt in front of her eyes ... and still does not make it any easier for her to solve. In fact, have you ever considered the time and manpower necessary for the police to interview each and every attendee at an opening night at the theatre? And that, of course, includes the boss of the homicide department as well as the 'head shrink'.
All in all, J D Robb delves into the world of performing artists as well as supporting cast and crew as well as stand ins with vigour and appears to know exactly what is going on on stage as well as behind the curtains. Even the reaction of the audience is captured with the knowledge of someone who knows exactly what is happening. Once again, there are plenty of red herrings and secret lives to be discovered as well as insubordination among police which ups the antis some more as the story unfolds. And that is only the official and professional plotline!
As always in this series, Eve's somewhat underdeveloped social life as well as her early life are rearing their heads and introduce an amusing factor as well as one that almost tears your heart out. All the different plots, characters and overall descriptions come together beautifully, taking readers - whether new to the series or 'experienced' in what is going on - on a ride they will not quickly forget. There are lessons to be learnt, insights to be discovered as well as sheer, interesting and intriguing suspense and mysteries to be had - essentially, once you pick up one of this authors books in this series, you will no doubt be hooked from beginning to end.
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on August 5, 2003
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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on January 22, 2002
"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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on September 30, 2001
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 written. It is a fantastic combination of sci fi, mystery and romance. They get better, and better, and started out great with the first book. Each section really builds the characters, and this book I would say so far has the most emotion between Peabody and Eve. Eve reveals a little bit of a side you knew was there but she doesn't show very often!
This section in the series, "Witness in Death" starts with Eve and Roarke attending opening night at the New Globe Theater (which Roarke does own) and witnessing a real murder right on the stage. This one brings a bit of Eve's past back to her and she shows a sensitive side. Another one of Eve's friends is a suspect and Eve goes out of her way to spare her. You really get to know Peabody better and she carries her own and is such a fantastic character.
I love this series and it sure gets addicting. I can't put a book down and J D. Robb does a great job with the "Who done it " I never know who it is until the very end. If you haven't already, start with the first book in the series....Naked In Death! I recommend this book and the entire series...You'll love them!
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on November 17, 2000
This is my first J D Robb novel and I was not disappointed. The novel is about a theatrical execution. The murder of actor/sex pervert Richard Draco takes place on stage right before the eyes of New York detective Eve Dallas who is in the audience.
Eve is both witness and primary investigator. She is a feisty, sexy and tough New York cop. Her investigation gets personal and complicated first of all because her husband Roarke is the financial backer for the play and was instrumental in bringing members of the cast together in this particular production. Now all the members of the cast are suspects. Secondly, Eve's best friend appears to have a motive for murdering Draco.
This would make a good movie. It reminds me of the movie Mercy because of the elements of sex tapes, sex perverts, child abuse and murder.
Ther is not much to indicate that this setting is futuristic though. There are telelinks in the cars, serving androids and ignition codes to start the cars but everything else seems current. Vulnerable women like Nadine still have romantic dreams about the ideal husband, kids and the house in the country.
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on September 17, 2000
Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb gives us the "In Death" series of murder mysteries in a futuristic setting. New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dalls is tough, hard hitting, and a good cop. Beneath the hard exterior there is a woman with compassion for the victims of the crimes she investigates. The unlikely romance between Eve and Roarke, a multi-millionaire who made his millions by not so legal means, is hot, unpredictable and the stuff that romance novels are a about. The latest in the series, "Witness in Death" starts with Eve and Roarke attending opening night at the New Globe Theater and witnessing a real murder on the stage. It's fantastically entertaining, as all the J.D. Robb books are, and we get to see more of Peabody, Eve's assistant who is such a great character in her own right. I started this series a few years ago with book two and decided I had to read them all! I acquired all the books in the series up to that point and started with the first one. I loved it even though I had already read the second. A terrific series I grab each new book that comes out and devour it. Highly recommended!
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on July 22, 2000
Again, J. D. Robb gives us stories within stories. We have the murder investigation. But it is a play on the very play itself. We have the story of not only the growing relationship of Eve and Roarke, which we expect, but of McNabb and Peabody. Eve's growing family--now adding Truehart to that group. Like Agatha Christi, J. D. Robb is giving us stories with layers. That allow us looks at not just the surface of the character but glimpses of their depths.
Sometimes I go back and read the stories with the view of seeing how Even and Roarke's relationship has developed. Then other times I look at how Eve has expanded her friends from Feeney and Mavis to include other people. Eve's own growth of character from being isolated in her work to opening herself to a larger and fuller life has been like watching a friend grow and mature. Then there's the murder mystery. Have always loved a good mystery--from the days of Nick and Nora Charles to Diagnosis Murder. The twists and turns of the plots are great. I go back to see if I can follow the trail left by the killer.
I wish more writers would take a strong character that they create and continue to use that character in a story and allow them to grow.
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on July 11, 2000
I became a great fan of Nora Roberts when I read her "Born In" trilogy. When I found out that she also wrote under the alias of J.D. Robb, I just knew I had to read on of her "In Death" series of books. My first was Judgement in Death and I've been hooked every since. I had to get to my local library to start at the beginning. The character Eve Dallas is the most memorable character I have ever read about. Dallas' commitment to saving lives, protecting the innocent, and getting to the nitty-gritty of a murder case has made me her one of her biggest fans. Witness in Death is another wonderful book in the series of death, victims, the accused, the innocent and the murderer. Eve Dallas is once again on the case along with her aid Peabody, her most willing and handsome husband Roarke, along with other friends.
She is a true crime fighter, with enough guts to do battle until the very end and a heart of true gold. If you read this book, you'll understand what I mean, and you'll want to go out and start from the very beginning of the series. I suggest this book to anyone who loves mystery, suspense, romance and crime solving. J.D. Robb is the best. Thank you Mrs. Roberts for bringing such a wonderful character to my imagination and my heart.
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on July 3, 2000
After stumbling on this series by accident while picking out books for spring break, I have become hopelessly hooked! Dallas and Rourke are two of the smartest, sexiest protagonists available to mystery/romance/sci fi readers! The author has revealed Dallas's secrets, her desires, and her weaknesses carefully and slowly as the series has developed. Miss Roberts has also added new characters and developed them as carefully and as enticeingly as well. This book deals with a murder in plain sight...in Dallas's plain sight...onstage during the denouement of a play. The cast is the obvious suspect and each plays out his/her reasons, passions, and resolutions in the pages of the book. I don't want to give away the ending...but I do encourage you to read some or all of the prior books in this series. The character development is certainly worth it! You will love gritty, slow to love Dallas; handsome, richer than anyone Rourke; and all the rest of the characters that cross their paths and/or stay to become the "family" that Dallas never had. I loved it...and I have already preordered JUDGEMENT IN DEATH, the next in the series. I think you will, too! Happy reading!
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on April 3, 2000
If you're a newcomer to this series, welcome to Nick and Nora in the Third Millenium. JDR has slicked up the old Thin Man concept and brought it into the future, where the world is one of excess and hyperbole in all forms. Beef and coffee are delicacies, prostitution is legalized and rigidly controlled, new drugs - legitimate and otherwise - are readily available, but the seven deadly sins are unchanged. Cars travel in all spacial dimensions and planets are for sale, but cops still like donuts...Soft-boiled Eve Dallas and her handsome, mysterious, omnipresent husband Roarke, sleuth together in a plot that regulars to the series will recognize as more psychologically oriented than its predecessors. Eve and Roarke witness a real murder onstage during the opening night of a 20th century crime drama staged as a retro-performance - one of Roarke's weaknesses is for 20th century black and white / film noire, and of course, it's his playhouse...All the players are related to one another in some way through the victim, and Eve has to look closely at the nature of love and hate in personal relationships as she struggles to figure out whodunnit right under her nose. All of the books in this series develop subplots, the strongest of which is the evolving relationship between Eve and Roarke, two abused children who have grown up to excel at what they do, but who bear the scars of their youth in grim silence - until they find each other. This story brings us regulars along a little further in their lives. Eve finally starts to conquer her ambivalence about their bond, although she clearly has a way to go. Roarke remains somewhat maddeningly cool - it'd be interesting to see him lose control once in a awhile.
Reading these novels is like coming home every six months to the next installment of an ongoing saga, although we still know less about Roarke, and it would be nice to see more through his eyes. Their relationship still has a thorny side that can leave the reader just a little annoyed at both of them, which is a tribute to the empathy with which the characters are drawn. There's lots of room for other characters to shine, although fans will note that Mavis and Nadine took something of a back seat this time, to make way for Peabody, McNabb, and the up and coming Trueheart. I was waiting for this one, and now that I've finished it, I have to wait another six months for more! If this is your first book in the series, don't despair - you've got nine others to savor, and if you pace yourself, maybe you can make them last until JUDGMENT IN DEATH comes out later this year. You'll probably understand the nuances of Eve's and Roarke's relationship faster if you read them in chronological order, but I started out in the middle and then bactracked, so it's not lethal if you end up reading this book first - and it might be more fun!
One thing - I wonder who the candy thief will turn out to be?
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