Holiday in Death (In Death Series #7)

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No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York's most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours. As the murders continue, Eve enters into an elite world of people searching for their one true love—and a killer searching for his next victim. A world where the power of love leads men and women into ...

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Overview

No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York's most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours. As the murders continue, Eve enters into an elite world of people searching for their one true love—and a killer searching for his next victim. A world where the power of love leads men and women into the ultimate act of betrayal...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The year is 2058. Guns are banned and medical science has learned how to prolong life to well beyond the century mark. And man has yet to stop killing man. At Cop Central, it's Lieutenant Eve Dallas's job to stand up for the dead. So begins the seventh riveting installment in Robb's (aka Nora Roberts) futuristic romantic suspense series (following Vengeance in Death). With Christmas only weeks away, Eve is stressing out trying to find the right gift for her new husband, Rourke, who "not only had everything, but owned most of the plants and factories that made it." More to her concern is the latest serial killer who is using "The Twelve Days of Christmas" as a theme for his heinous rape and murder spree. The case touches Eve on a personal level, and while flash-backs from her abusive childhood are flinchingly repetitious, it defines Eve's gritty, hard-boiled character and validates her obsessive determination to bring down the killer any way she can. (June)
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On the trail of a sadistic "Santa Claus" serial killer who is gradually working his way through "The Twelve Days of Christmas," homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas is led to Personally Yours, an elite matchmaking agency, and the upscale clientele it serves. Colorful charactersand a few red herringsabound, and the patina of the holiday season adds a macabre dimension to the real horror of these murders in a fast-paced, superbly crafted story that is an amazingand possibly uniquecombination of topnotch suspense, futuristic detection, and intensely romantic sensuality. Readers will be waiting for this one. Robb (Immortal in Death, LJ 8/96) is a pseudonym for best-selling, award-winning romance writer Nora Roberts; she lives in Keedysville, MD.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425163719
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: In Death Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 80,884
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts
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.

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 October 4, 2011

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    Why on earth would someone use the 'Twelve Days of Christmas' song as the theme for a killing spree?

    You really just have to wonder about people. The victims are all clients of the prestigious matchmaking firm 'Personally Yours.' The owners of 'Personally Yours' are just a bit, well, let's say, perfectly odd. The victims are all wrapped up with pretty garland, jewelry noting the day of Christmas they were killed on, and a cute little 'my true love' tattoo. It's beyond strange and Eve has a lot of trouble because it just brings back too many memories.
    This was actually a very good book. A bit mid-stream though. It wasn't extremely scary like some in this series are, a bit more cursing than usual, and a bit more sex - probably due to Christmas magic. Even with that it was extremely good. The plot is good, characters well developed. I love that you can read any book in the series without a problem but that even when you read them straight through there isn't all of that 'catch-up' dialog that bores me to tears.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    The book was a very well written book.  I enjoyed it immensely.

    The book was a very well written book.  I enjoyed it immensely.  I enjoy reading J. D. Robb's books, especially the "In Death Series"!  I
    have read quite a few of them and look forward to reading more.  I would like to read all of her In Death Series books.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    "Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas to all. Spending the holid

    "Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas to all. Spending the holidays along, again? What has happened
    to good cheer, and spending time with a loved one? Can't find him patroling around the bars?
    Then have a look at our site Personally Yours. Find the perfect fit for the holidays or your money back!"


    Or dead. Dallas is confronted of the holidays and what they mean deep down to her, while facing
    a murderer that is somehow linked to the dating site Personally Yours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Still good series

    Can't get enough

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    On the story...A killer who targets participates of a dating ser

    On the story...A killer who targets participates of a dating service is an interesting thriller set during the Holiday season.  With lots of secrets, Eve has tons on her plate ,but this killer gets too personal.
    Reaction...It took me too long to figure out the killer.  The ending is the most memorable part of this one and had me sitting on the edge of my seat.  I'm loving the evolving relationship between Peabody and Eve and the hints of McNab and Peabody.
    Roarke Check-in...Roarke had his moments as always but this one didn't have any that were especially memorable.  Though, I did feel for Eve in trying to figure out a Christmas gift for a man who buys planets.  Eek!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Awesome

    The beginning was a bit slow, but oh goodness, the las chapters had me feeling almost all the emotions going through Eve!!!
    I love it, but I will nit say any spoilers JUST READ IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Lily

    She ads in and sighs, knowing sl never get to have a mate again. After almost killing the three she had with that stupid cat, Freeze.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

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    Continued character development

    More insight into Eve and her thoughts. Relationships building and developing. Roarke and Eve's first Christmas together.

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  • Posted October 13, 2012

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    A nice read for the holiday season

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

    It’s 2058 in New York and it’s the Christmas season. But there’s no time for Lieutenant Eve Dallas to take a break. There is a new killer on the loose and this one is focusing on lonely hearts. All his victims are clients of a dating service. And, to really get into the holiday spirit, he shows up on his victims’ doorsteps dressed as old St. Nick himself. But the presents he leaves are anything, but merry. He leaves jewelry with his victims that go with the 12 days of Christmas and Eve and her team needs to work fast to keep him from getting his intended number of victims.

    McNab, who was introduced in the last installment of the series, joins the team on the case, much to Peabody’s dismay. Both McNab and Peabody go undercover signing up with the dating service. And when Santa corners Peabody at her apartment it sends the rest of the team in a frantic race against time to stop this crazed killer.

    It was a little strange reading a book about Christmas when it’s 90 degrees outside, but I couldn’t put off the series for a couple of months to read the book in its correct season, so I revisited the holiday now. And being a person who doesn’t really like Christmas carols or crowded Christmas shopping, I can really appreciate Eve’s bah humbug view of things in this book.

    “Eve engaged her On Duty sign and stepped out of the car. Immediately her ears were assaulted with a blast of music. Christmas carols pumped, full blast, into the air. She decided that people ran inside, ready to buy anything, just to escape the noise.”

    With each of the victims in this book being bound, raped, and murdered, it brought Eve’s past screeching to the forefront of her mind and wrenched Roarke’s heart watching her in so much pain. But he was as loving and supportive of her as he always is and helps where he can.

    I really wasn’t much of a McNab fan and was kind of hoping that he’d go away now that Feeney is back from vacation. But I see the purpose of keeping him around now. There is definitely something brewing in the future for him and Peabody. I just hope it doesn’t cost us her quirky lines about men!

    “Okay, but if you ever do hire twelve LCs to fuck you blind, I want details.”

    Peabody sniffed, and managed a watery grin, “It’s just a little fantasy of mine. I don’t actually make enough to afford twelve at once. But I did have another little fantasy come true tonight. Roarke saw me naked.”

    I found most of the things in this book to be pretty predictable…like Peabody being enlisted in the dating service and the killer coming after her at the end of the book. But this novel wasn’t boring by any means and I enjoyed watching it all unfold. I was wrong about who the killer was so that’s something I couldn’t predict. There were also the usual steamy sex scenes between Eve and Roarke that were pretty hot. Including a very romantic one in their holoroom, which by far was my favorite.

    This is a good book and any lover of mystery and whodunit type books will be right at home with it. The futuristic aspects are very minuscule in this book so for those of you that are scared by it you shouldn’t fear. Just snuggle up with this book by a nice fire and enjoy!

    This review and more at openbooksociety dot com

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Great Book!

    This is one of my favorite In Death books! Of course all of her books are amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Very good read.

    Thourghly enjoyed this tale, characters & plot.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Keeps you reading no matter how late it is.

    She sees the future as we see tomorrow and makes it as believable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    The Awesome book

    It will be an awesome book if u love murder mysteries so read this book and i think iu would love it

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    Recommended

    You need to read all the books in the 'In Death' Series. They keep your interest.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    I highly recomend these books

    All of this series is grest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2010

    I loved it!

    I have read pretty much all of Nora Roberts/J D Robb books. I just got to say this is one of my favorites

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Dating is Deadly

    The holidays can be stressful as it is, add in a homicidal date, and they can be deadly. Holiday in Death is as entertaining as it gets. As usual, the action is non-stop. The relationships between Eve and her friends and husband are as crucial to the story as the mystery. I dare you not to fall in love with this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Holiday in Death

    J D Robb is my favorite. Romance, mystery/police procedural, and a bit of science fiction. The series this book is a part of has is all for me.This particular book is a replacement for the on that fell apart. Whenever I need a lift, I pick up one of the In Death books. The characters are like a second family. I hope there are more coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2005

    'Mag' Books!

    I have now read seventeen of the written 'in death' series. I am a new immigrant to this country and just joined the public library a few months ago. I read 'Divided in Death' for the first time last October and was hooked. I have been ordering the other ones on-line ever since. I just fell in love with the Eve and Roarke characters. I enjoy the way Roarke expresses his love for Eve - that couple is really every woman's fantasy of how things could possibly be. The story lines are pretty good also. 'Judgement' is still my best so far. Keep churning them out J.D. Robb!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2003

    JD ROBB does it again and again!!!

    It was a complete surprise when I found out that the author JD Robb was really Nora Roberts. Ms. Roberts romance stories are the best ever printed and yet she surpasses herself when she writes as JD Robb. The suspensful and thrilling mysteries that bring the character of Lt. Eve Dallas to life keep the reader captured until the very end. Whether you have read the first in this series or the very latest, you will not be disappointed. Lt. Dallas was the product of a miserable childhood and because of this she becomes a police officer in the futuristic city of New York in the year 2050. Each book finds Lt. Dallas, Rourke (her husband), her police team and some friends winding their way through yet another heart stopping murder mystery. In each book Eve continues to fight for those who 'can no longer stand for themselves' and stand she does!! Each book is complete unto itself and yet, as I did, I believe that you will find yourself seeking to read them all. To help you know the order they have been released, I have included them: Naked In Death, Glory In Death, Immortal In Death, Rapture In Death, Ceremony In Death, Vengeance In Death, Holiday In Death, Conspiracy In Death, Loyalty In Death, Witness In Death, Judgment In Death, Betrayal In Death, Seduction In Death, Reunion in Death, Purity in Death and Immitation In Death released in August, 2003. Enjoy them all -- you'll never be sorry.

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