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Calculated in Death (In Death #36)

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,944 Ratings  ·  1,101 Reviews
On Manhattan's Upper East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.

A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn't seem the type to be on anyone's hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the b
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Putnam Adult (first published February 2013)
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May there be many more In Death books to come.
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Another book. Another murder. Yet none of it feels old or redundant. Visiting Eve and Roarke in CALCULATED IN DEATH is like catching up with old friends. You never seem to get tired of reading about them.

On the Upper East Side, a woman is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, missing her valuables. The victim is named Marta Dickenson and as a successful accountant and a loving mother, she is the last person suspected to be targeted for a hit. Because of that, most cops would conclude that it
Feb 26, 2013 Livia rated it it was amazing

In my opinion, CALCULATED IN DEATH is one of the best in the series. The premier of the movie based on one of Eve's cases is finally about to happen. Before Eve and Roarke and the gang can party, she must first solve the murder of a wealthy accountant. It's a good old fashion mystery that is exciting from beginning to end. In the background lurks the issue of Eve having to get all gussied up for a fancy party. It's true In Death fun!
Mar 02, 2013 Kjen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another most excellent installment of my favorite series! Lots of interesting plot/case twists and turns and a really bad 'bad guy'...blah, blah, know, what about Eve and Roarke, right?!!? Eve and Roarke are awesome!(; Ahhh, no spoilers, though. So many parts to love...just a few...Roarke makes a unbelievably sexy nurse, the work out scene, the whole freaking incredible ending, Roarke's boy-o comment about the knife...I could go on and on! Oh, and Eve's character is really growing ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Sarescent rated it did not like it
After a devoted wife and mother is murdered in what appears to be a botched mugging, Eve Dallas and her billionaire genius husband Roarke delve into the world of white-collar crime and financial intrigue. This is another solid but unexceptional effort in what was once a truly brilliant series. I feel like I harp on this every time I review a new In Death book, but the plots are so lackluster now. It truly depresses me because I've read the older books until the pages fell out.

So, delving in, Dal
Jan 26, 2016 Ren marked it as own-unread
Shelves: own-paperback
But when someone steals the files out of Marta's office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke's world of big business to figure out who's cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman

Oh, it will be interesting! To see Eve in Roarke's business will be hilarious! :D
(and yes, I still want many monkey sex between them)
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
4.5 stars

Eve, Roarke, Peabody and the rest of the gang are back to solve another case; this one involving the murder of a likeable accountant. The book gets off to a slow start, primarily due to the story being bogged down with too many similar suspects to keep straight, but things pick up considerably about one quarter of the way through. In fact, I’m pleased to say that although this is the thirty-sixth novel in the In Death series it manages to regain a fresh feel. The book contains many of t
T's Book ~ Tanja
Mar 03, 2013 T's Book ~ Tanja rated it it was amazing
It’s the middle of winter and you are tired of looking at brown grass, your boots are getting far to scuffed and you are just tired of opening the coat closet doors. “What I need”, you say to yourself,” is a day at the beach”. A tropical getaway and a good stiff drink.

Calculated in Death has none of that. But as far as the read, it’s all that. Oh how I missed you guys! I gave Calculated in Death 5 stars. Yes 5 stars just because it was a breath of fresh air. Stay with me here folks. Cause ya mi
Cathryn Chandler
Oct 26, 2015 Cathryn Chandler rated it it was ok
Shelves: jd-robb
I’m a big Nora Roberts fan, and out of all the series she’s written—I like the books she’s produced under her pseudonym of J.D. Robb the best. Set about fifty years into the future, and starring the outstanding characters of murder cop Eve Dallas and her husband/lover multi-billionaire Roarke, the series now spans over 30 volumes. And I have read every one of them at least 4 times, definitely putting me into the category of “BIG” fan.
Calculated in Death is the 36th entry into the JD Robb series.
Sep 05, 2014 Trisha rated it liked it
From my blog:

The Good: In Death books are always good for giving the reader a good and complicated crime to solve. Not all of the books are a whodunit but this one was. I was guessing who the killer(s) was clear up until the reveal. Then again, I never figure that out in books, TV, or movies for that matter. Robb is good at giving the reader more than just a crime story to read. She weaves the character's personalities and relationships with each other throughout the story.

The Bad: I didn't like
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Apr 04, 2013 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Steamy
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Back to basics with Dallas and the crew
Characters: Well written
Plot: Blue collar crime going murderous
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Roarke

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
This series has been a stable for me. The earlier books were great and they still continue now to be good. However, before Dallas used to say no to kids ever. I got the sense in this book that things may change. Any
Apr 11, 2016 Bigd_041555 rated it it was amazing
Another great In Death book - lots of suspects, very good story line - some really good banter between the main characters.

I would like to know who edits these books though - 2 things jumped right off the page at me - "Harvo" was called "Harpo" again and Peabody was refered to as "Officer" Peabody when she was introduced to one of the interviewees. Blatant errors!

It's still a very good read and for those who think the book is anticlimatic, well everything after NY2D is anticlimatic!

5 stars and
Awilk -never sleeps-
There really isn't anything to say about this book. After so many of these In Death books, it is like visiting old friends. I do enjoy my now twice yearly visits, and as soon as one comes to an end, I start looking forward to the next one.
Almost everyone was here. There was a couple missing, but hopefully they will turn up next time.
The storyline was what I expected. Well written and fast. There is never enough Roarke for me, but I did enjoy him playing nurse in this one.
Now it is time for me to
Feb 01, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery
Calculated in Death sends Eve down the accounting rabbit hole, where she has to rely on Roarke and a few others for insight into the world of audits and big business. There’s still plenty of fun for Eve, however: she needs to figure out which business big-shots are lying to her, who actually did the killing… and oh yeah, she’d better catch the guy soon, because he’s gotten a taste for it now and is upping his game.

Calculated in Death eases off a little from the somewhat over-the-top confrontatio
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
The Short and Sweet: If you enjoy this series, you'll like this book. More of the same things that make it appealing.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.

Mar 10, 2013 J'aime rated it it was amazing
After 35+ books, I’ve come to expect a great mystery and a lot of humor. And Calculated in Death didn’t fail me in that regard. The murder had some nice twists and diversions along the way, and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. What I didn’t expect, but was delighted to find, was subtle but important character development. Eve and Roarke both have matured as individuals, and as a couple.

Remember how Eve always fights taking any pain blockers, or how Roarke tries to dissuade her fr
Aurian Booklover
Mar 09, 2013 Aurian Booklover rated it really liked it
Book 36 already, and I am still not tired of this series. I love catching up with Eve and Roarke, Peabody and McNab, and all their friends. Still, this book did not captivate me as much as the last few books in the series, less intense somehow. Which does not mean it is not a good book, it certainly is.

The murder investigation was exciting, and the murderer is truly bad and a creepy evolving psychopath. But his boss is even worse. There are so many bad and corrupt characters to choose from, all
Anne OK
Aug 27, 2013 Anne OK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Number 36 was a slow read for me. Although I'm still a happy reader of the long-running "In Death" series, this one was far from my favorite. As to be expected, the crime was well-plotted and executed with precision. However, this time around the story lacked much of the familiar fast-paced action and always welcomed witty and fun-to-read dialogue between so many of my favorite characters. There wasn't much going back and forth between Eve and Peabody this go round either. Just little peeks here ...more
Apr 02, 2013 Lindig rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I've been a big fan of this series from the beginning but it's become a bit boring and predictable in the last few books (since New York to Dallas, which I think should have been the last book). Yes, it's good that Eve is dealing with her demons but it's begun to flatten her out into a less edgy character. When I saw that this book was going to deal with accounting and money, I thought Roarke was going to be more of a main character, possibly dealing with more of his early years, but no, it was ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Pat rated it liked it
Calculated in Death........J.D.Robb
Let me say first, I am a huge Nora Roberts/J.D Robb fan. Love reading about Eve and Roarke, but her last few novels have just not challenged me.
The characters are wonderful Eve and Roarke still have the marriage of a lifetime, Peabody and McNab are still together, Somerset is still a pain in the neck. Maybe that's what doesn't grab me. The books are so similar, only the crime changes. I think we need a shake up. Maybe have Eve get pregnant (horrors) !
It also, i
Venus Blancia
Though I find the villain weak, I love the characters overplayed the drama in the crime scene. I like how McNab and Roarke outwitted the World's famous hacker, Peabody turned her guts into damsel in distress, Eve played a little acting over Hollywood premier, and all the flying babies. I don't know what is with JD Robb that though this is already the 36th but I could not imagine that there are still so many things happening in each book not to mention that there are lot more to discover especial ...more
Sophie Hannah
Aug 20, 2015 Sophie Hannah rated it it was ok
Started off well - very slick, very readable - and I thought I'd end up giving it 3 stars and saying, 'Good solid procedural crime novel'. But I started to lose interest about 3/4 of the way through when it became apparent that the leads were all going to turn out to be good ones, and the solving of the crime was going to be fairly routine with no surprises or twists. In a way, this novel's downfall is that it's too realistic. In real life, the probable culprit and prime suspect turns out to be ...more
With 36 books in a series, these are ones you know what you will get when you pick one up, sort of like when you visit old friends, which is what I consider these characters.

Some highlights from this book:

Galahad getting pissy with Eve as she was a traitor with another "cat".

Somerset and Eve, trading quips and oddly concern.

Peabody goes undercover as a LC.

A new street cop with the same potential that Peabody had as a uniform. I look forward to seeing more of her.

The famous baby catch. I wish tha
Jan 02, 2016 Sbyrd rated it it was amazing
Re listened completed. Not a favorite in the series but a really good read nonetheless. I love how in this series even the average read is still good and I can rely on that especially when in a book slump.
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
I have an alphabet hangover after reading this book. Once again Eve is called out to a homicide. The reasons behind murder doesn't surprise me anymore. I don't even concern myself with the why's after reading this series. I can say it was not a favorite of mine. I was bored really, it's too many name and people you have to remember. Sure I had some a good scenes that I truly liked. A pet peeve of mine now that I see more and more is Roarke working with Eve. I don't like it. I want them to be sep ...more
May 28, 2013 E. rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, sci-fi
Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts is another exciting addition to her 'In Death' futuristic series. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is about to be featured in the movie that was made from the book written about the Icove case and she is dreading the premiere and the preparation that goes with it (including a visit by the force of nature known as Trina). The murder of an accountant starts an investigation that gradually expands to encompass many of the regular consultants who are all greatly an ...more
May 08, 2013 Alexia561 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ebook
The Eve Dallas books are like comfort food for me, as I can rely on them to provide a good read with no unexpected surprises. I know that there will be an interesting case for Dallas to solve, that her handsome hubby Roarke will help, Peabody will provide some comic relief, and that Dallas and Roarke will have hot sex (but nothing too graphic). To borrow Martha Stewart's catchphrase - It's a good thing.

This story is no different. There's an interesting case involving the murder of a woman who by
Sep 12, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the bitter cold of another winters night in New York city, Lieutenant Eve Dallas stared down at the body of Marta Dickenson – was it a mugging gone wrong or was it something far more sinister? Things just didn’t seem right to Eve, and as she and Detective Delia Peabody investigated further, the suspects began adding up.

From Marta’s sister-in-law who was a judge, to the wealthy and famous, elite businessmen in their chosen field, there were plenty of people in the mix. Eve along with husband
Elyse Snow
Mar 16, 2013 Elyse Snow rated it really liked it
This is a medium/above average addition to the series. The mystery is twisty and interesting, and the background of the screening of the Icove movie as a glam event bringing all the usual players together is fun. The Big Bad isn't particularly bad, compared to some. Otherwise, the background subplots that carry the ongoing story of Eve, Rourke and all their friends are relatively unobstrusive, feeling more like a set-up for the next book (or the one after that) that will be a BIG event in someon ...more
 Anna (Wicked Book Blog)
What if this series would never end?

Then I could die a happy woman...

As always the author doesn't disappoint and the killers don't sleep.

With Roarke and the faithful Peabody by her side Eve once again stands against the world of corruption and hypocrisy.

In addition to the complex case requiring solution and answers she has a premiere to go to, and it brings a new level of anxiety. As we know she's not a big fun of 'ankle breakers' and 'face junk'. Or mingling in general. Being the main attrac
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  • Deception Cove (Rainshadow, #2; Ghost Hunters, #10)
  • Dream Eyes (Dark Legacy, #2)
  • Bombshell (FBI Thriller, #17)
  • Did You Miss Me? (Romantic Suspense, #14; Baltimore, #3)
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J.D. Robb writes police procedurals set in the near future.

Naked in Death is the first book in what was initially meant to be trilogy about Eve Dallas, a NY police lieutenant with a dark past. In that first book she meets the mysterious Roarke, who is a suspect in the case. By the time the third book in that initial trilogy was in stores readers clamored for more.

Twenty years later, Devoted in Dea
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Other Books in the Series

In Death (1 - 10 of 44 books)
  • Naked in Death (In Death, #1)
  • Glory in Death (In Death, #2)
  • Immortal in Death (In Death, #3)
  • Rapture in Death (In Death, #4)
  • Ceremony in Death (In Death, #5)
  • Vengeance in Death (In Death, #6)
  • Holiday in Death (In Death, #7)
  • Conspiracy in Death (In Death, #8)
  • Loyalty in Death (In Death, #9)
  • Witness in Death (In Death, #10)

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