Calculated in Death (In Death Series #36)

Calculated in Death (In Death Series #36)

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by J. D. Robb

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On Manhattan's Upper East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.

A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone's hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find

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On Manhattan's Upper East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.

A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone's hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the building, the lieutenant knows Marta's murder was the work of a killer who's trained, but not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

But when someone steals the files out of Marta's office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke's world of big business to figure out who's cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer's violent streak begins to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait. . . .

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Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Robb’s engaging 37th Eve Dallas thriller (after 2012’s Delusion in Death), Dallas and her partner, Delia Peabody, look into the death of Marta Dickenson. Found with a broken neck at the bottom of a stairway in an Upper East Side Manhattan building, which is under renovation by a financial consultant group, Dickenson was employed as an accountant by a firm nearby. And her briefcase, containing files she had been auditing, was stolen. Confident it’s a case of murder, Dallas and her smoothly running team conduct an ever-widening probe of accountants, financial advisers, their spouses, and their lovers. Her husband, Roarke, a former hacker and now owner of his own electronics company, lends his special skills. Robb (the pen name of Nora Roberts) supplies her usual winning blend of keen investigative work, striking characterizations, and enthusiastic sex, all leavened with a fine sense of humor. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (Feb.)
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Beautiful people meet unlovely numbers in Lt. Eve Dallas' 36th case. Even in 2060, upscale citizens still need accountants, but Marta Dickenson was evidently one accountant too many. Someone hoping to make her death look like a mugging gone bad broke her neck, stripped off her coat and earrings, and left her at the bottom of a stairwell in an apartment building Bradley Whitestone and his two partners are rehabbing. But since the killer didn't think to take Marta's expensive footwear, Eve Dallas and her partner, Detective Delia Peabody, know from the first that this was no random robbery. The evidence points to one of the well-heeled clients Marta handled for the firm of Brewer, Kyle, and Martini. Maybe it was trust-fund dependent Candida Mobsley, who treated Marta's audit the way most people would treat a pesky mosquito. Maybe it was Latisha Vance or Angie Carabelli of the decorating firm Your Space. Or Carter Young-Sachs or Ty Biden, salt-and-pepper business partners. Or Sterling Alexander and the similarly mismatched Thomas Pope. And since whoever it was wouldn't have wanted to take on the job personally, Dallas and Peabody must also search for the killer who was hired to do the dastardly deed and who doesn't seem to be finished. The setup screams danger and suspense, but in between Dallas' lightning inferences at the initial crime scene and the confrontation with an overconfident accomplice, the case is strictly routine, with no surprises likely for anyone familiar with Dallas' best-selling series. On the plus side, Dallas and her zillionaire husband, Roarke, continue to enjoy a great sex life, including one interlude only moments before the denouement. It's enough to make you nostalgic for the 2060s.

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Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
In Death Series, #36
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Calculated in Death 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 286 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a loyal reader of the In Death series since they first came out, but with the exception of New York to Dallas I have found all recent additions to be lackluster and completely yawn-worthy. This one was the worst offender. The subject matter was boring, once again she introduced WAY too many characters and by the end I really couldn't care less who the villian was. I used to find that with a less than stellar plot Robb would make up for it with great dialogue/romance with Eve and Roarke. Yeah...not so much. As much as I used to look forward to two installments a year, I would suggest Robb (if she is even really doing the writing any more) cut back to just one and concentrate on recapturing the writing quality found in earlier books like Portrait and Kindred In Death. I can't imagine that I am the only one who's loyalty is being tested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the in death books and loved them for the most part. I did not find this book up to par. I can't point out any one thing, but it did not keep my interest. The other books I read in a day or 2 but this one I am muddling through very slowly. It does not keep my interest and I keep going to other books. Do not expect this book to be the same calibar as the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books were always about the characters, their growth and interactions. Take that away and you're left with a rather boring, implausibly solved mystery. I think this author and series have run out of gas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was big fan disapointed after long wait for this book. Found some repetitive dialogue from previous books. Also eve should get over the fear of salon treatments, not believable anymore. Boring story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last several books have been a great dissapointment and this was definitely the last one for me. Lately the plot seems forced, and the way Eve seems to figure out all the details of the crimes seems unreal. Its my opinion that this series needs a major overhaul, there is nothing exciting about Eve or Rourke anymore and then not enough about the characters I love, Somerset Mavis etc This is one book/series that I wish WOULD end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After waiting, such a disappointment when compared to previous "Death"s...plot so simple it was easy-peasy to solve before reaching middle of book...what has happened to Robb's writing, plots, suspense...maybe she's spreading herself too thin or something but last several "Death"s do NOT measure up to first dozen or so...I am quickly losing interest in Dallas, Roarke, and friends when before, I couldn't wait for next installment and reread previous books just to rediscover the characters, plots, etc...this last was such a disappointment, I will seriously hesitate before buying the next...come on, JD, you can do better than this...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love JD Robb and have read all her books, loved some more than others but this one was boring. I won't not read her books because I do like the characters however she does need to rethink them. The ending (which I won't give away) should've been extended with the other things that were going on and not the way it did. That being said I did enjoy some of it, it's just not a book I will be rereading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the married love aspect in this one. Eve has finally learned to letRoarke give her the nurturing he needs to give. Yes it's a bit formulaic but I still enjoy the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ti the kids here...this is not a chat room. This is a book review site. Go somewhere else to play.
JsNannie More than 1 year ago
I agree with what everyone is saying. I am a big fan of Nora Roberts, but the last few JD Robb books have really left me disappointed. After New York to Dallas it seems she just gave up. There is just no interest anymore between characters. What's going on? Is she even writing these books? After this one I wonder if i really want to call it quits and move on. They are just missing so much from what they used to be like. Maybe its time to end the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Been reading this series for years and will continue to read for as long as she writes. Keep'em coming, Nora!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun to read book,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs something???? Dragged through it. More of Roarks past and his family needs to be included.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good fast reaf
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent read from Robb. Enough romance,action,violence and intrigue to make anyone happy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes this one was slow to started, but the ending was worth it. For those that wish the series would stop, will speak for your self. If you want the series to stop, don't buy the next one...... You can't do that because you love the series and Nora Roberts/Robb. Me too and i'm wailing for the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with most of the reviews for this book. Have read all the In Death Series. The last book I didn't finish. This one seems to be dragging as well. Either retire the series or return to writing novels we couldn't wait to read and what we ejoyed from the beginning. Still giving three stars as I am a big fan of Nora Roberts.
Loretta1012 More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Another winner for J.D. Robb.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
already available on iBook and reading... Nook is not meeting promised availability dates!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's easy to say end it. Try giving constructive criticism! Maybe two books a year is too much. Really I want to know more about her roots. Yes her mother and father would put me off about having children, but we know Rourke wants children with Eve. Work something from that angle. Ending the series is not the solution. Robb has written over thirty plus books with these characters, but only two plus years have passed. I love this series! So don't even think of quitting. The withdrawls would be unbearable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great as always. I loved the romance between Roarke and Eve. They have really evolved.
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
I should have known something would happen that would interfere with the movie premiere. Silly me for thinking that Eve and the gang could have a night out on the town enjoying the excitement and hype of the premiere dressed in their glitterati with the flashbulbs blasting away. Wait a minute, what was I thinking? It’s Eve so OF COURSE, it would happen and I really think Eve prefers it that way. With Calculated In Death, Eve and her team are investigating the death of an accountant who also happens to be the sister-in-law of a judge. At first glance, it appears the murder is due to a random mugging, but Eve quickly picks up on clues left at the crime scene that lead her to believe the murder was actually a professional hit. Once again, Eve quickly pieces together clues that lead her and Peabody to the killer. Not enough Roark or Summerset in this story, unfortunately, but one of my favorite parts of the book involves a scene with Eve and Summerset after she comes home pretty banged up after a foot pursuit with the killer gets ugly. Summerset actually convinces Eve to take a blocker and she actually listens to him! I was so shocked that there wasn’t more of a fight. Is Eve getting soft where Summerset is concerned? Is she starting to care about him? Nah, probably not, but as much as I enjoy their snarky poke and jab sessions, I love love love the scenes where they actually have a civil conversation and where there’s a hint of some compassion, empathy or other human emotion. Just a hint, however. Anything more wouldn’t be believable. Then again, anything is possible. They certainly have come a long way since the early books, where their animosity was mutual and vibrated off the pages with a such a resounding energy, that it was impossible to misinterpret the depth of their dislike of one another as anything else. I also enjoyed that Eve didn’t seem to be as haunted by the demons of her past as she usually is. I won’t go so far as to say she has finally turned a corner, but I think she has a much better handle on it than she realizes.  My Final Verdict: Overall, a very good and entertaining installment that delivers the usual blend of mystery, thriller, romance and humor. I am looking forward to the next offering as Roark’s family from Ireland is coming for a visit and I so enjoy seeing Eve try to navigate her way around what having a family means.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eve needs to find out her and Roake are pregnant and are going to have with twins..l want to see them work thru that..having to balance home and her job. I know Summerset would be thrilled to have something to do. It's been 21/2 years of marriage now throw a wrench in the plan they think they wanted. GIVE THEM A FAMILY!!
CKS57 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the "In Death" books, some several times, and enjoy the stories and the characters. I enjoy these books because of the main characters. Who can resist the interaction and witty dialogue between Lt. Eve Dallas and Det. Peabody during the course of their investigations. And of course, there is the great love story between Eve and her sexy billionaire husband Roarke. In this the 36th book in the series, the story starts with the discovery of a woman's body in the stairwell of an empty apartment. What appears to be a mugging gone wrong, leads Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Detective Peabody into the dark world of corruption and murder amongst the rich and powerful. Eve utilizes her relationship with her billionaire husband Roarke to go deep into the world of big business in order to catch the person or persons responsible. My only complaint, not enough Roarke. He is very definitely a key ingredient in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JD Robb never fails to deliver! Enjoyed the interactions between Eve and Roark very much. Their marriage is maturing in a positive way. I admit I do not read the sexscenes but I notice from what I have seen as I am skipping through that they seem very much more love than sex. The storyline was interesting as usual. Looking forward to the next episode!