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

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 were loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her ...

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Overview

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

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 were 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: 7,850
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for the number one New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. Recent titles include Concealed in Death, Thankless in Death, Calculated in Death, and Delusion in Death. There are more than 400 million copies of the author’s 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 12, 2014

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    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

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2014

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    4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book

    4.5 Stars
    ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    Sima is seeking revenge. Her boyfriend has dumped her even after she has paid rent and been nothing but good to him. With the help of her friend, Trina and a little alcohol in their systems, they break into his apartment to pull some pranks on him when they find Trey Ziegler dead, bashed over the head with one of his fitness trophies, propped up in bed with a knife through his chest and a holiday themed note that turns this book from cheery to gruesome fast.

    J.D. Robb once again breathes life into my favorite characters, but this time, it’s a little more fun when the holidays are involved. If you know Eve, you already know her constant resistance to parties and getting dressed up. But when Summerset and Roarke through a massive Christmas party, readers wont be surprised to find a grumpy Eve in the corners. The best part though is when Eve goes Christmas shopping for all her friends. As much as she hates it, it shows just how far she has come in this series and how much she has changed and grown. It’s lovely to see Eve with her close family and friend, as much as she tries to deny that she likes it.

    Meanwhile, Robb doesn’t mess around with the murder mystery. While she sets Trey up as the victim, as more of the story gets told, it becomes more and more complex and twisted. Trey is no longer a victim, but the predator, preying on women merely because he can. What I love about Robb’s writing is the intricacy in which each mystery unravels. When she first presents the case, it seems quite simple, but Eve unconvers more and more leads that change how you read mystery, which is why I think this series remains so fresh after so many books in the series.

    Another thing I enjoy is the fact that Eve runs the details by Roarke. It does more than just keep Roarke involved; it’s also much more interesting to have her talking to her sexy husband rather than sorting through the evidence herself in her mind. In addition, Robb employs another trick. She has Eve dream encounters with the victims. In this case, it’s a nasty conversation that ends with her feeling disoriented when waking. But it nonetheless gets the details across, adding more drama to what can be an otherwise boring monologue.

    I don’t know how Robb does it again and again but there’s no question that Eve Dallas rules mystery and crime.

    *ARC provided by publisher

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Not written by J.D.

    I was disappointed in this book. It is a good copy of J.D.'s style but it is not hers. The characters, conversations, descriptions all lack certain details, and "sparkle" the separate her writing from any copy cats. This was certainly better than number 38, but I have come to the conclusion that either the author or the publisher is looking for someone to continue the franchise. After spending money on 2 "near misses", I have to admit that this was my last purchase. Sorry, J.D. I will go back to reading the old ones rather than spend money on new ones.

    2 out of 2 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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  • 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.

    2 out of 3 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    Loved it!

    Please, please never stop writing this series!...i have yet to read a book in this series that i haven't sat and read straight through..the mysteries are always well written and i love the continuaton of all the characters!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2014

    Festive in Death by J.D. Robb, is the 39th book (does not count

    Festive in Death by J.D. Robb, is the 39th book (does not count all the novellas, as she does at least one novella a year) in her fantastic In Death series. Of course, we all know (if you don’t, you are behind the times :) ) that J.D. is really Nora Roberts. This my all-time favorite series that I anxiously await each book. The In-Death series is about crime, murder and mystery, which at times can be very violent, but the best part of this series are the leading characters that we get to spend time with book after book. My favorite couple, Eve & Roarke, and the best group of secondary characters ever – Peabody, Summerset, Mira, Nadine, Mavis, Baxter, McNab, Feeney, and Galahad, just to name a few.

    Festive in Death was a bit different then the norm, as it was not terribly violent or a race against time to find the killer. There is a murder that starts off the story, as Eve is called to the scene in the middle of the night. But as she investigates, the victim is very disliked by all, with no one, including Eve and her team sympathetic. But Eve always stands for the dead, and even if the victim may have deserved his fate, the search for the killer is necessary. This is a story is a complicated mystery, with so many suspects, and as Eve, Peabody, Roarke delve deeper, the victim turns out to be even more despicable. Throughout the story, there are many twists and turns that you have no idea who the killer is.

    While the investigation is ongoing, Eve must do her favorite thing. Christmas is close and she needs to shop for gifts. More so now, since she has built a group of friends over the years. Our beloved Roarke is throwing his annual Christmas party, which is so much fun to watch, as Roark and Eve’s co-workers, and friends mingle. I loves watching Eve give out the gifts to her special friends, and the whole holiday spirit. Once again, I have to mention how spectacular Eve and Roarke are as a couple. J.D. Robb does a super job showing us the love they feel for each other, as well as their love scenes, which are done so well, without being erotic, but feeling the chemistry and leaving so much to the imagination.

    Festive in Death was an excellent and fun addition to this series. It was a welcome break from some of the squeamish violence in some of the past novels, and because of this, the action was a bit slower, with the focus more toward the mystery. I love this series, and look forward to the next book to spend more time with Eve, Roarke and friends.

    1 out of 1 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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  • 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 December 12, 2014

    I highly recommend you read this book.

    I love all the J.D. Robb books, they are a wonderful read. I think I have read just about everyone of them. I have never been disappointed.

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  • Posted November 30, 2014

    Another Great Addition to a Wonderful Series

    If you have enjoyed any of the other books in this series, then you will enjoy this one as well. It continues nicely with the characters we've fallen in love with. There is a nice balance of life--the ugly and the beautiful. My only complaint is that the book is never long enough. :)

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  • Posted November 28, 2014

    Love this series

    I have every book in the Death series, always intertaining.

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  • Posted November 22, 2014

    This was one of my favorite stories in this series.  We keep get

    This was one of my favorite stories in this series.  We keep getting to know a little more about all the characters and this one just moved so smoothly.  Keep up more like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2014

    Evanescence

    Her heart beat slowly returns and she stands. She glances around confused and leaves the crypt. She takes on a new name.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2014

    Fast read !

    Can't wait for the next one ........

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  • Posted November 14, 2014

    Great read

    I can hardly put the book down. I've been falling asleep reading lately for it is so good. I can't stop

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2014

    A raven

    Caks on top of the gravestaone. It turns into a girl wearing a black cloak and a black dress. The hoods shadow is covering her face so you cat see her. She holds a rose. A dead one. "Oh poor him."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Madi

    Bye damin

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