Festive in Death (In Death Series #39)

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Eve Dallas deals with a homicide—and the holiday season—in the latest from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.
                      Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who’d been loved and ...

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Overview

Eve Dallas deals with a homicide—and the holiday season—in the latest from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.
                      Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her Christmas shopping list—plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband’s upcoming holiday bash.
                      Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year’s 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.

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Lieutenant Eve Dallas has good reason to be overstressed. She's staggering under the weight of her Christmas shopping, plus wrangling with holiday bash guest list possibilities—and, oh yes, there is that pestiferous homicide case of Trey Ziegler, the sexy exercise conditioner whose bulging roster of castoff lovers made him a prime target for many enemies. The latest In Death mystery features its signature blend of suspense, sleuthing, romance, served with a twist of humor.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399164446
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/9/2014
  • Series: In Death Series , #39
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 108
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number-one New York Times–bestselling author of more than two hundred novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than four hundred million copies of her books in print.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Posted September 9, 2014

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    I LOVE this series.  It never gets old.  Eve may be worried that

    I LOVE this series.  It never gets old.  Eve may be worried that love has mellowed her but the holidays are guaranteed to bring out the cynic that we know and love.  I love that Eve and Roarke are still slap silly in love with each other even as the real world intrudes on their bliss.  Eve and the gang deal with the murder of a disgusting human being and still they fight for him with all the energy and commitment they would give any of their cases. Another case that will keep you guessing and turning page after page.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    This is book 39 in the series, not counting the 10 novellas. For

    This is book 39 in the series, not counting the 10 novellas. For anyone who's maybe not read, you know, books, in the past two decades, J.D. Robb is a pseudonym for Nora Roberts, under which she writes futuristic police procedural romantic suspense feature Lieutenant Eve Dallas, her husband Roarke, and their friends and colleagues. While each book has a completed mystery, the series as a whole follows the lives, loves, tragedies, and mysteries of the main and recurring characters. The series is as much, if not more, a character study, as it is whodunit. So, while each story presents a discrete mystery, and could likely be read as a stand-alone, I really wouldn't, because otherwise you probably won't have any incentive to care about these characters.




    That being said, Festive in Death is somewhat lighter and less fraught than previous books. Eve is heading into the Christmas holidays, and she still isn't a terribly festive person. But, she's definitely more relaxed about the holidays than she has been in years past. That actually seems to be the tone of the book, how Eve and Roarke have settled into this life they have made which is so different than either of them ever expected to make. It is sweet and a bit sappy, but seeing as I have followed this series for quite some time, it was nice to see some of my favorite imaginary people without the life and death struggles. The mystery was kind of interesting, and it is nice when the "victim" is someone you can despise, though there was a bit of a twist in the end that was kind of sad all the way around.




    As an aside, I still don't particularly care for DeWinters. I can tell she is going to become an increasingly visible character in the series, but really, she rather rubs me the wrong way.




    Altogether, this isn't the strongest book in the series, but it is a solid entry that long time readers will likely enjoy and it isn't anything that is likely to throw those readers out of the series. Eve has grown and changed into a more complete person, she has moved through most of her issues, and as I have said, it is nice to see her happy. That being said, we have kind of reached the point where it may be time to for Eve, and this series, to take those final steps to the end. I don't think adding new characters is going to be enough to freshen the series for much longer of a run.




    3.5 stars

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    My secret vice

    These robb novels are my secret vice (along with the Outlander series) as I don't do bodice rippers but these alternate universe/ mystery/ romance stories are special and Nora Roberts shows a real respect for her chsracters, allowing them to grow and thrive through their experiences. Eve may never learn to enjoy gala dressing, Deliah may never outgrow her love of pink but they don't outgrow old friends, either, and their relstiondhips grow in depth and respect while Eve's understanding of human nature, strengths and weaknesses make her The Murder Cop. Quick, lively, humorous, loving and tough. What more could a girl ask? V

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

    JD Robb is the best

    I'm giving her new book five stars just on principle; haven't read it yet. She has been one of my favorite authors for years. Some of the In Death series books have been not so up to par, but it's still Eve Dallas, Roarke, and friends. Thank you Ms. Roberts for giving me a few free hours of escapism with the coolest cop in the universe.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    Having read all of the series, I was a little disappointed with

    Having read all of the series, I was a little disappointed with the last two books. That being said, Nora Roberts/JD Robb is an amazing writer who paints a beautiful literary scene in my head. The reason for the 3 stars versus 4, was that the murderer was easy to figure out in this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2014

    This book may not be as action packed as some of the others, but

    This book may not be as action packed as some of the others, but it didn’t need to be. It’s Christmas again, and Eve has to deal with purchasing gifts, actually helping with the party, and catching a murderer. It’s such fun watching Eve learn to be social.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

    Great book

    I wish she had a new book come out every week! Was a great read and now the wait until February!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2014

    Back in the saddle! Fun read!!!

    A must read series, this one brings the series back in line for me, I stsrted reading Festive in Death last night (mistake because once you start reading a JD Robb book there is no putting it down until the last page is read) and finished it about 6 am this morning. (I was not crazy about her last book-- concealed in death -- it took me two days to read that one. ) Festive in Death was a great come back to her series --in my opinion-- I hope she continues to write this series for years to come it is one my favorie series and is on my automatic buy list! I say keep them coming JD Robb! Please, Please, Please!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Love the Series

    Love this series but especially love the holiday themed stories... it's such fun to watch Eve, Roark and their friends evolve... Nice to see the characters from past books continue to be seen in stories instead of dropping off the face of the earth!

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  • Posted September 14, 2014

    Another good one, it never gets old to me always interesting, lo

    Another good one, it never gets old to me always interesting, love it !

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    Really can there ever be enough of Eve and Roarke Eve is mellowi

    Really can there ever be enough of Eve and Roarke Eve is mellowing more all the time . Loved the story and the hunt for the bad guy, but loved the on going group of secondary characters and their antics more. Can't get enough. Keep them coming . Eve finally got to stay at one full party she didn't have to leave from. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    Death man

    Go back to dubliner

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    Solid

    Solid but not spectacular. 3.5 stars. Hopefully, the next book will revolve more around some of the other characters, ie: Baxter, Trueheart, and Morris. Something big, spread over two or more books, needs to happen. Doing so would freshen the series.

    Dallas and Roarke are strong enough characters that they can afford to, occasionally, have more of a support or background role so that others may step into the spotlight for a bit. It feels like the DeWinter character, supposedly good, has the potential to develop into a protagonist rather than a White Knight. If allowed to develop, this could prove an interesting plot twist.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2014

    Wonderful and unexpected. Love this series and love that she has

    Wonderful and unexpected. Love this series and love that she has gone back to the older feel.  I do miss the time with the other detectives, especially Baxter and Trueheart, but I appreciate that she brings them all in a bit.  The mystery is as solid as always.  Her interaction with Roark and Peabody is superb.  I always love the books when they have parties and watching her react to having to buy gifts for Christmas is delightful!  

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  • Posted September 10, 2014

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    Loved this book! Check out what Eve' detectives do in the bull

    Loved this book! Check out what Eve' detectives do in the bull pen for Christmas. It grows a little every day! Eve has more fun in this book then she has in the past.

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