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Witness in Death (In Death Series #10)

Witness in Death (In Death Series #10)

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by J. D. Robb, Nora Roberts

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When a famous thespian is killed right before her eyes, New York detective Eve Dallas takes a new place in crime as both officer and witness to murder in this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series.

The opening night of the revival of Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution" at New York’s New Globe


When a famous thespian is killed right before her eyes, New York detective Eve Dallas takes a new place in crime as both officer and witness to murder in this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series.

The opening night of the revival of Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution" at New York’s New Globe Theater turns from stage scene to crime scene when the leading man is stabbed to death right on center stage. Now Eve Dallas has a high-profile celebrity homicide on her hands. Not only is she lead detective, she’s also a witness—and when the press discovers that her husband owns the theater, there’s more media spotlight than either can handle. The only way out is to move fast. Question everyone and everything…and in the meantime, try to tell the difference between the truth—and really good acting…

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A classic mystery developed with all the subtlety of Christie combined with the incomparable style and panache of todays most remarkable author, this mesmerizing play within a play is well nigh irresistible with its taut, crisp dialogue, intricate plot and memorable characters.”—RT Book Reviews

“Robb serves up a welcome mix of edgy, sexy lovers, newfangled gadgets, classic whodunit and noir.”—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

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It is 2059, and New York City homicide lieutenant Eve Dallas's husband, Roarke, is producing a revival of Agatha Christie's thriller Witness for the Prosecution. On opening night, when the villainous character Leonard Vole gets his just deserts, someone substitutes a kitchen knife for the prop knife, and the actor, Richard Draco, is stabbed through the heart. Trouble is, in time-tested British mystery fashion, everyone in the cast had good reason to despise Richard, a misogynist who seduced and discarded beautiful young women, including one whom he knew to be his daughter. It's up to Eve to solve the case, an emotionally difficult task as she is no stranger to incest herself: she was beaten and raped by her father before she managed to escape him. As Eve fights to keep her head above water, she tries to bond at a deeper level with Roarke, so that her future will heal the pain of her past. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) serves up a welcome mix of edgy, sexy lovers,newfangled gadgets, classic whodunit and noir. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal

New York City cop Eve Dallas and her husband, Roark, attend an opening of a performance of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecutionat Roark's new theater. Eve is unfamiliar with the classic story, but she responds to it with her cop's instincts and recognizes the perpetrator long before the finale. However, the play ends unexpectedly even for Roark, when the villain is actually killed in the last scene. Eve immediately takes control. With her trusted assistant, Peabody, she must find out who substituted the real knife for the prop and thus caused an actress unwittingly to commit murder. It soon becomes clear that the victim was an evil creep who ruined lives for his own sport. Most of the other actors had reason to kill him, and professional actors are pretty good at playing innocent. Susan Ericksen has become the voice of Eve Dallas for audiobook listeners and continues to delight us with her interpretations-tough, sharp, irritable Eve; warm, melodious Irish Roark; and down-to-earth Peabody. Listeners who are familiar with Christie's work will find Robb's 21st-century version amusing. Recommended for all collections.
—Juleigh Muirhead Clark

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
In Death Series , #10
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Product dimensions:
4.13(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including the bestselling In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

Brief Biography

Keedysville, Maryland
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Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland

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Witness in Death 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 198 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book and the entire series.
Belinda_reads More than 1 year ago
Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb has a winning series here. Eve Dallas is the Homicide detective of the future and Roarke is her exciting sexy spouse. The mysteries keep you guessing to the end and romance is steamy while still sweet. The characters keep things interesting. I enjoy the images Ms Roberts gives us of her idea of the future. The imagery is clear, makes me, as the reader believe its really there while I'm reading the story. Even with all the extras, the murder mystery remains the main focus. She always throws in exciting twists that really keeps you on your toes. Sometimes Eve "just knows" who the killer is, but doesn't know how to prove it, and sometimes she struggles with the outcome until the very end. Either way, If you like mysteries, this series is going to keep your attention. The books can be read in order but don't need to be to be understood. Each book, while it may refer to things that happen in previous books, will stand alone.
SNOWMANCC More than 1 year ago
Great plot and very interesting characters, especially the actors. I loved the incorperation of the theatre in this book!!!
tmstout5 More than 1 year ago
When a goup of people are watching the same event it is amazing that the stories vary from person to person. Even the ever seeing eyes of a policewoman sees things differently from the average person.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my third go-around reading the Eve Dallas series in order, and I love it more than ever. The first time one reads a book of outstanding mystery and suspense, one tends to gobble it down in big, indiscriminate bites, surging for the solution at the finish. Subsequent readings are more colorful, full of the depth and detail one missed the first time. And the third time around one can savor the whole offering like a holiday dinner. One note for the copy editor: Without going into the arcane intricacies of the correct forms of address for the British peerage and gentry, please note that one would properly refer to Agatha Christie as Dame Agatha, not Dame Christie.
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ualanook More than 1 year ago
I liked the link to Agatha Christie's play, and the mixing of theater and crime. And in these earlier books, you get a good feel of how Eve is trying to understand relationships; how her innate sense of fairness wants her to be a better partner to Roarke. The dinner was a charmer.
Mutzi More than 1 year ago
Every book in this series I do enjoy reading it.
PV-73-TG More than 1 year ago
Love this whole series! I am now reading it again for the second time. I enjoy the fact that it takes place in the not so distant future. I can truly believe that 1 day we will actually have some of these things. I would love to have that auto chef.
bobb43424 More than 1 year ago
Having started at # 1, I keep getting surprised that each book in the series gets better. This volume was less bloody and far more engrossing. Works your mind as you read and, the ending was excellent.
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Cyberhobbit More than 1 year ago
Another good story with an interesting twist. Who would've thought
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Laine-librariancanreadtoo More than 1 year ago
Worst witness to a crime scene is not the murderer. No no. Much worst. An actor. You can never tell when an actor is telling the truth or telling a lie. They have worked a lot of years to lie in front of the tv, they can't even distinguish between truth and reality. Except for Eve Dallas. She is the only detective, and witness to the crime that can tell the  truth within all of the lies. See the master at work!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just don't know how she keeps producing book after book in this series that has me laughing out loud and crying actual tears every time. Wasn't sure how I would feel about a murder mystery set in the live theater but really liked it and never figured out the twist until it was revealed in the very last chapter!
Starfire70 More than 1 year ago
This is a great series. If you have read JD Robb, you know what a great writer she is. If not, I recommend you grab one of her books in this series and you will be hooked.
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