Witness in Death
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From Publishers Weekly
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. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
"The romance between Roarke and Eve is so sizzling." --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most recent customer reviews
I always enjoy this series from Nora Roberts/JD Robb - amazing characters and great stories.Published 21 months ago by Lynda Stephens
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 22 months ago by Elaine S.
I have been slowly catching up to the books in this series and I love every single one of them!Published on July 20 2014 by Stephanie
As usual this story has a twist that is to be expected from Robb (aka Roberts). I really enjoy the Eve Dallas series. Read morePublished on June 19 2003 by TSchlaack
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 morePublished on Nov. 15 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... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2002 by Sophie
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 morePublished on Jan. 20 2002 by Beckey Tynan
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 morePublished on Nov. 1 2001 by Fairportfan
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 morePublished on Sept. 30 2001