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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.)
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“A classic mystery developed with all the subtlety of Christie combined with the incomparable style and panache of todays most remarkable author, this mesmerizing play within a play is well nigh irresistible with its taut, crisp dialogue, intricate plot and memorable characters.”—RT Book Reviews
“Robb serves up a welcome mix of edgy, sexy lovers, newfangled gadgets, classic whodunit and noir.”—Publishers Weekly
More Praise for the In Death series
“Robb is a virtuoso.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.”—Entertainment Weekly
“J. D. Robb’s In Death novels are can’t-miss pleasures.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben
“Anchored by terrific characters, sudden twists that spin the whole narrative on a dime, and a thrills-to-chills ration that will raise the neck hairs of even the most jaded reader, the J. D. Robb books are the epitome of great popular fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
The reason for my four star rating is because of two things I found disturbing in this story. First of all, Robb's liberal use of Dame Agatha's work was interesting and intriguing. It incited me to check out more of Christie's work. However, I felt that the blatant revelation of the ending to Murder On The Orient Express to be a liberty taken that is unjustifiable. For readers who have not experienced Christie's mysteries before and attained an interest due to this book, Murder On The Orient Express, however interesting it seemed initially, dimmed considerably because Robb revealed the murderer of this particular story. This is not only disturbing to me because of my growing interest in Dame Agatha's work but also because it seems to be unfair to the author of Murder On The Orient Express whose hard work seems belittled by Robb's simplistic explanation of the truth behind its murder.
In addition to this, I found it slightly irritating that Roarke forged the signature of a judge, however high-tech his equipment, and revealed his shadier side to McNab much less enfolded him in it. For Peabody who has slowly been coming to this conclusion, it seems a little more justified that she would use deductive reasoning to see more deeply into Roarke's character.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I always enjoy this series from Nora Roberts/JD Robb - amazing characters and great stories.Published on Oct. 10 2014 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 on Sept. 12 2014 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
I have read all of the In Death series by Nora Roberts (J.D.Robb)
and have enjoyed the clever repartee between Lt. Read more
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
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