Monday 24 August 2020

✪ Shadows In Death (In Death #51) ✪ JD Robb ✪

Release date: 8th September 2020

As it often did since he'd married a cop, murder interrupted more pleasant activities. The again, Roarke supposed, the woman lying in a pool of her own blood a few steps inside the arch in Washington Square Park had a heftier complaint.

When a night out at the theatre is interrupted by the murder of a young woman in Washington Square Park, it seems like an ordinary case for Detective Eve Dallas and her team. But when her husband Roarke spots a shadow from his past in the crowd, Eve realises that this case is far from business as usual.
Eve has two complex cases on her hands - the shocking murder of this wealthy young mother and tracking down the shadow before he can strike again, this time much closer to home. Eve is well used to being the hunter, but how will she cope when the tables are turned? As Eve and the team follow leads to Roarke's hometown in Ireland, the race is on to stop the shadow making his next move . . .

Copy received via Hachette Australia for an honest review

If you had told me 25 years/50 books ago that I would be loving book 51 in a series as much as I loved book 1, I would have laughed at you.

So many series I have read have fallen away as the number of books in the series has risen, however to me that is definitely not the case with the In Death series.

I am as eager for book 51 as I was picking up book 1.

JD Robb/Nora Roberts had me at the first "Darling Eve".  Sigh... oh Roarke how I love you.

This installment went a little different to normal - the main murder is solved quite quickly, and we are left on the trail of someone from Roarke's past who has come to  the present day to cause trouble.

It was great delving more into events from the enigmatic Roarke's past.  I adore the way Roarke and his Eve work together, and this time I felt there was a lot more emotion between them, the worry they have for each other, the love they have for each other.

It was also great the way Eve and Roarke's worlds work together.  It was like we got to see a bit of everybody at the precinct working together.

And I love the way Eve and Summerset's relationship has grown to where it is now.

Gah, I just love everything about this book.

Now I need to go find a Roarke of my own, as I am sure Dallas won't give up hers.

I can't wait for book 52!


With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.

The series quickly gained attention, great reviews, and devoted readers. Since the debut of Loyalty in Death (the ninth In Death book) on Halloween 1999 on the New York Times bestseller list, every J. D. Robb title has been a New York Times bestseller. While fans had their suspicions, it wasn’t until the twelfth book in the series, Betrayal in Death (2001), that the publisher fully revealed that J. D. Robb was a pseudonym for bestselling powerhouse Nora Roberts. Unmasked, Nora Roberts fans who hadn’t yet picked up one of the Robb books were quickly playing catch-up.

Robb’s peers in the mystery world are fans as well, with accolades for the In Death series from such blockbuster authors as Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Linda Fairstein, and Andrew Gross.

The In Death books are perpetual bestsellers, and frequently share the bestseller list with other Nora Roberts novels. J. D. Robb publishes two hardcover In Death books per year, with the occasional stand-alone original In Death story featured in an anthology.

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