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Celebrity in Death (In Death Series #34)

Celebrity in Death (In Death Series #34)

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by J. D. Robb, Susan Ericksen (Read by)

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Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. It’s a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks almost like her long-lost twin. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays


Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. It’s a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks almost like her long-lost twin. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays Peabody—drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director’s luxury building.

Talented but rude, and widely disliked, K. T. Harris had made an embarrassing scene during dinner. Now she’s at the center of a crime scene—and Eve is more than ready to get out of her high heels and strap on her holster, to step into the role she was born to play: cop.

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Publishers Weekly
Murder, sex, and blackmail all figure in bestseller Robb’s smart, well-crafted 35th Eve Dallas novel set in mid-21st-century New York City (after 2011’s Dallas to New York). Lt. Eve Dallas feels a little uneasy attending a party at Hollywood mogul Mason Roundtree’s Park Avenue townhouse to celebrate The Icove Agenda, the movie adaptation of a high-profile murder case solved by Eve and her police cohorts. Eve has even more cause for concern after 28-year-old actress K.T. Harris, who makes a drunken scene at dinner, later turns up dead in the lap pool on the townhouse roof. Could K.T. have fallen into the pool by accident? Or was it foul play? K.T. had plenty of enemies, including Marlo Durn, who plays Eve in the film and could pass for Eve’s sister: “I hated her. She was a sick, bitter bully.” Eve’s wealthy and charming husband, Rourke, lends support while Eve and Detective Peabody pursue yet another gripping case. Agent: Amy Berkower. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
“Superstar Robb takes Eve and co. on a through-the-looking-glass ride as they meet their actor counterparts in the movie based on one of Eve’s most famous cases. The juxtaposition is amusing and deadly, as murder strikes at a swanky party. One of this series’ best elements is the gradual development of characters punctuated with unexpected payoffs. Great good fun as always!.”—RT Book Reviews

“Murder, sex, and blackmail all figure in bestseller Robb’s smart, well-crafted 35th Eve Dallas novel set in mid-21st-century New York City.”—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

Kirkus Reviews
A Hollywood party at which Lt. Eve Dallas and Det. Delia Peabody get to spend quality time with the actresses playing them in a new movie is interrupted by what turns out to be only the latest in a long string of murders. Now that potty-mouthed journalist Nadine Furst has sold her book about still another of Eve's innumerable triumphs (Treachery in Death, 2011, etc.) to Joel Steinburger's Big Bang Productions, the cameras are rolling on Marlo Durn, playing Eve; K.T. Harris, playing Peabody; and Julian Cross, playing Eve's husband Roarke, the world's sexiest millionaire. But the onscreen mayhem is topped by the news that K.T. has stepped out of a dinner party bringing the lead actresses together with the two detectives they're playing, gone upstairs for a smoke and ended up dead in a rooftop swimming pool. K.T. is soon unmasked as a conniving blackmailer who'll be missed mainly by her bewildered parents back home. With so many potential victims of her craft--director Mason Roundtree, his wife Connie Burkette, publicist Valerie Xaviar, Marlo's lover, actor Matthew Zank--literally in the same room, how can Eve and Peabody possibly spot a killer who's already moved on by eliminating a potential witness? Only by getting a hunch to dig deeper into one suspect's background and find a trail of homicide leading back from the future to the early 2020s. Their discovery leads to a long, long wrap-up--leaning on possible accomplices, inducing one of them to wear a wire, trapping the killer into another attempted murder, parading the array of evidence after a high-profile arrest--all of it eminently routine. Robb does all too little with the promising notion of doubling the cops with the actresses who play them, or indeed with any other elements of this futuristic, but surprisingly retro, closed-circle game of Hollywood squares.

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Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 150 novels, including High Noon, Angels Fall, Blue Smoke, and Northern Lights. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 280 million copies of her books in print.

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Celebrity in Death 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 337 reviews.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
Celebrity in Death is the latest book in the Eve Dallas series and it is almost contemplative compared to some of the earlier books. Eve is the subject of a vid that is being made based on Nadine Furst’s book about the Icove case. A dinner has been planned with the cast members and their real life counterparts to celebrate the near completion of the movie. As usual, Eve is grumpy about getting dressed up and having to attend a fancy social function. All of that changes when one of the actors ends up dead and Eve and Peabody have to solve the murder. The victim, K.T. Harris, was disliked by everyone who worked with her and even had a tussle with Eve during the dinner. She was playing Peabody in the vid and her resemblance causes Eve and the rest of the NYPSD staff some moments of unease. AS they dig deeper into her life and death, they discover that K.T. had lots of secrets and was doing her best to disrupt the lives of her co-workers by various methods such as blackmail and coercion. It seems to Eve and Peabody that everyone has a motive and with the majority of the suspects being actors it is going to be difficult to really find out what happened. This book has less of the action that earlier books had but more introspection into Eve and Roarke’s lives. Peabody and McNab have their special moments as well. Eve is moving on from the events that happened in Texas and coming to some measure of peace. Roarke still worries about Eve but looks back on his life and realizes how much balance Eve brought to him. Their relationship just keeps getting stronger and more loving. There are thirty four books in this series and they only cover a little over two years which adds to the continuity of Eve’s relationships both personal and work related. The overlying theme of this book is about choices and how making a certain choice at a particular time has caused events to happen in each of the lives of the characters in the book. This is also the means that Eve uses to finally solve the murder-looking at choices made and how that person’s life was affected by them. It all ties together and makes this a satisfying addition to the series.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Celebrity in Death is the 34th story in the “In Death” series by J.D. Robb. These stories are consistently first rate. In this latest offering Eve and Peabody must find the murderer of the actress that was playing the part of Peabody in the movie adaptation of Nadines book on the Icove case. You either love or hate these stories. Count me among those that love them and will continue to buy them as long as Ms. Roberts keeps writing them.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Reporter Nadine Furst and friend of Eve wrote a book about the Icove case and now has caught the attention of the big screen movie moguls who’ve made it into a major motion picture production, near the end of filming it’s decided that a grand party is due and of course the people who inspired the real life case have to be there too, which means that Eve and Peabody are in attendance when a death occurs. It at first appears perhaps accidental but soon becomes a murder investigation which turns into more than one murder investigation and soon Eve is up to her armpits in suspects but low on evidence. With the help of her crack team of cops and her “civilian contractor” she puts together a cause and effect that may just become a movie of it’s own by the time all the facts are collected and the crime is solved. When you’ve read 33 previous novels in a series there are bound to be a disappointment or two and this series is no different, but then you think of the accomplishment of it and you enter the realm of unbelievability. Number 34 is not a disappointment, in fact it’s astonishingly good. In her futuristic thriller series Ms. Robb takes us where Eve Duncan hates to tread into the glitter and sparkle of Celebrity as Nadine’s book about the Icove case comes to the big screen with big stars and big egos to match and of course in the course of the first few pages there’s a murder and it’s not the murder that stands out but the attention to detail this fabulous author goes into to catch this killer. We also get to as always catch up with the minor stars of the series who’s lives we’ve been invited into numerous times we also meet some new characters some you’ll like and some you won’t. The killer, you’ll meet him/her but you won’t know who he/she is until the author let’s you in. The love between Roarke and Eve is as always an integral part of the story because of it’s implausibility but perfection all the same. The narrative is flawless, the dialogue is all classic Robb with it’s hard edged and adult matter. This fiery thriller will keep you on your toes and keep you entertained as you desperately try to solve the crime before the author let’s you in on her secret. It will appeal to both men and women and young and older adult audiences as well,
Tonya30 More than 1 year ago
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE me this series. It never gets old. I've read every book written so far and will continue to read them as long as Nora keeps 'em coming!
doggis More than 1 year ago
Gripping and well written. finished it in half a day. Very enjoyable
sharonka322 More than 1 year ago
I know after 34 books, it has to be hard to come up with original stories...but remember the story where there was a cop that had a grudge against Eve? There was a lot of that book in this story. Someone has a grudge against the world and there are lots of people who would want her dead. I really really like the JD Robb series, i like them better than most books written under Nora Roberts, however, these books are starting to be repetitive, and predicable. Now, there was one difference here, the ending didn't include Eve having a huge fight. Usually i read her books in 2 days, this book, i kept putting it down, i couldn't get in to it. I was very sad about that. I am seriously debating about her next book. Perhaps 33 was enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written!
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
J. D. Robb has done it again, she pulled me right into the Eve's world and I didn't not want to let go. When an actress falls prey to her evil machinations, Eve must stand for her and sift out the one person who had the balls to shut this woman down. When Eve works a case, her dedicated pursuit of the killer will end when they are locked up in a cage and the irony is they don't think they belong there. Everything is in place for a great story, the murder, the apprehension of the killer, the romance, and the friendship. This was another great read in this wonderfully awesome series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another wonderful book about Lt Eve Dallas and her gorgeous, sexy, very wealthy husband Roarke. I love the way all of the characters interact with one another and even the supporting characters are able to grow in each book. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Dallas/Roarke read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series however this is not the most exciting. It felt flat to me, kind of boring compared to the other books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tottally worth the money. Wouldnt miss a entry into this world for any amount. She shows such heart even while trying ti hide it. Icove merders where a while back but you neednt read it to get the story here. JD Robb workes all her books as stand alones so no dropping in the middle and playing catch up. She makes NY sing with life and being a murder cop a calling not a JOB makes you hope that if you should ever happen to need her assistance, youd die knowing you were not only avenged but that the unsub got a swift kick in his arse for his troubles.... Love love love it Buy it rent it pass it around add it to your library it is a MUST have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the JD Robb series. And this book was as good as the rest of her books. Can not wait till her next book. Hope it will be soon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it, but it wasn't as much of a page turner as some others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read from J D Robb/Nora Roberts! Can't wait for the next one! I've read this entire series and have fallen in love with all the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, JD Robb puts out another fantastic book!
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portiat More than 1 year ago
I love these Eve Dallas novels!
Altia More than 1 year ago
Love all the J D Robb in Death series. I have read most of them twice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the entire series 4 times. Cant wait for the next one. Eve and Roarke are great characters. Keep them coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not her best, but well worth reading
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous Eve Dallas installment! One of the things that I noticed strongly with this book are how different Eve and Peabody are. They are like night and day but get along together and complement one another perfectly. For that matter, Eve and Roark are the same as well. Eve is not easily influenced, swayed or impressed by much of anything. She plays her cards close to the chest at all times, shows emotion, but keeps her inner spirit locked down so tightly that most people, even those closest to her, don't know where they stand with Eve or what she is thinking or feeling. CELEBRITY IN DEATH has Eve and Peabody rubbing elbows and hobnobbing with the glitzy and glamorous Hollywood types while filming The Icove Agenda. Where Peabody is gushing over meeting all the stars, Eve is strongly detached. Eve would much rather put on her favorite boots and coat instead of fancy party dresses and shoes designed to torture one's feet. I really enjoy seeing Eve outside of her element and comfort zone. Thanks in great part to Roark's presence in her life, Eve holds her own quite well at social gatherings and functions but it's such a joy to see Eve switch gears from high society wife to murder cop. Still not enough Somerset in this one, but I got my Mavis, Leonardo and Bella fix, so I'm satisfied for now. I always enjoy Eve's interactions with Bella, especially Bella's insistence that Eve give her a smooch.  This case hits a little too close to home for many of the characters. The actress portraying Peabody in the movie has been murdered. Her striking resemblance to Peabody is so acute that seeing her corpse causes many characters to display a strong emotional response. Unfortunately, the victim is not very well liked by anyone at the party. K. T. Harris has plenty of enemies for Eve to focus on as potential suspects. After a drunken tirade at the dinner party, even Eve is not one of the victim's fans. Once again, Eve does a fantastic job of ferreting out the most obscure clues that eventually lead her down the path to finding the killer. The speed with which she accomplishes this amazes me even more. It's almost as if the crime scene speaks to Eve, tells her its secrets. Being a cop is all Eve has ever known. It's definitely in her blood, but it's also in her soul. I'm glad Peabody is so different and that she doesn't try to mirror Dallas. She can hold her own just the way she is, but I never get tired of seeing these two wonderful characters in action, two halves of a whole. I think fans of this series will be very pleased with what CELEBRITY IN DEATH has to offer. A lot of fast-paced action, snappy dialogue, several laugh out loud moments and an intriguing plot makes this one of the best Eve Dallas books out there.
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PattieLou More than 1 year ago
I like this series of books and this was also a good one. I specially liked the the story line/plot was somewhat different and the murderer not so easily figured out ahead of the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all of the J. D. Robb series and Celebrity in Death didn't disappoint at all. It was a great read and for anyone who likes a good mystery/crime book I would definitely recommend it. I can't wait for her next one.