HOLIDAY IN DEATH (LIBR. ED.) (4 CASS.) Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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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!
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?.Read more ›
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.
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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I had to read this to the end in one session. Good suspense.
Enjoy any Lt. Dallas books and always loved Peabody
Am never disappointed in any of the "in Death" series of books. Good read.Published 13 months ago by Marguerite
I have always like JD Robb books....each on I read it better than the read before.Published 19 months ago by Linda Champion
As good as any other J.D.Robb novel I have ever read.Published 23 months ago by Elizabeth McPherson
Death doesn't stop around the holidays and this book is no exception!
I love her writing style for this series. Read more
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 morePublished on Jan. 26 2013 by Linda J. Leclair
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 morePublished on Jan. 12 2013 by Carole A Cosgrove