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Concealed in Death (In Death #38)

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In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately—and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.

The place once housed a makeshift
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Berkley
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The story starts off with a bang when Roarke swings the hammer at the wall of a building at the onset of a major rehab. When the dust clears, the remains of two bodies lay before them. By the time it's all settled, 12 bodies are unearthed.

This story started off interesting and I nestled in for what I thought would be an intriguing case. It didn't take long for me to deduce the circumstances and who was probably behind the murders and why. Unfortunately, the procedurals from that point forward w
Jul 07, 2013 Ren marked it as own-unread  ·  review of another edition
In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately—and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.

Roarke swinging a sledgehammer? Yum!
If he do it without shirt? Even yummier! :))
And this series keep better and better and better.
Sep 14, 2016 Jilly rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Meh.... It's hard to get too excited about a cold-case, especially when there are no murders on-going throughout the book. The feeling of urgency isn't there. I was never worried. And, Eve wasn't even in danger or used as bait. That had to chap her a bit. It just felt bland.

Well, that's a little harsh. But, cats are jerks so I'm not surprised at his opinion.

What I wish for: a story that is really Peabody and McNab focused. They bring a lot of spice and life to this world.
Here is Peabody's wish
Feb 05, 2014 Elvan rated it it was amazing
Forty plus books into the series and JD/Nora succeeds once again with an excellent fresh and interesting story.

Naked In Death was published almost twenty years ago (1995). Over the decades we fans have watched her introduce characters so in depth that we think of them as family. Sure there is formula to this future world. We have come to expect a challenging murder scene with many possible suspects. We know Eve and her trusted side kick Peabody will do their best using all resources available to
Dec 23, 2013 Phrynne rated it it was amazing
Loved it! This book was a lot more contemplative than the others to date, not so much happening, more thinking about the crime and tossing around ideas. I liked the change of pace although I will be just as happy to see Eve get back to fighting her way through the criminals in future stories. I really enjoyed the place she is at with Roarke and the way she is beginning to adjust to the fact that she has a right to be happy and to belong. The dialogue in this one, especially between Roarke and Ev ...more
Jun 21, 2016 Barbara rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-challenge

2.5 stars

Lt. Eve Dallas is a capable New York detective married to Irish billionaire Roarke - a handsome devil with wild blue eyes (which are mentioned a few too many times in the book). Roarke recently purchased a dilapidated old Manhattan building that he's renovating. When workers tear into an old wall they're shocked to find two dead bodies. Before long a total of 12 bodies are found behind false walls, all of them teenage girls. Forensic examination and detective work reveal that the bodies
Nov 10, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Roarke walked the floors of the derelict old building which used to be called The Sanctuary, he didn’t see the ruin, the mess, the graffiti – instead he saw what it would be in the future. He had bided his time and finally this old wreck was his – now he was about to take the first swing of the sledgehammer at an inside wall – a ceremony befitting a new owner – which would start the new life of this old girl. But what he found behind what appeared to be a false wall was nothing like he expe ...more
 Anna (Wicked Book Blog)
That one was kinda weird, not the usual 'find the body, solve the crime' but still interesting and as always captivating with the humor in the most unexpected situations
Delia Binder
Not one of my favorites - I hate to say it, but the lack of urgency (the girls have been dead for sixteen years) sort of lets the tension seep out of the story. Worse, Eve seems to be backpedaling to her older, more judgmental self here -

Sorry, Dallas - But You Know I'm Right....

getting all self-righteous about somebody who, whatever you may think of his methods, protected Mavis when she needed protecting the most(!), and getting her back up about a colleague who has a record for assaulting an a
Feb 24, 2014 Ben rated it liked it
This is #38 in the "In Death" series which features Detective Eve Dallas and her mega-billionaire husband Roarke. I personally consider them to be the juxtapose Nick and Nora Charles of the 21st century. J.D. Robb has added to her body count of books but this particular episode didn't quite hit the spot like the last edition. It rates only a "fair" which makes it worth the time and trouble to read, just not something that I would rush to get then finish. Two downers in this book is there are few ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Jerry rated it liked it
When you’ve read all 38 of the “In Death” novels, not to mention numerous novellas featuring the same characters, it’s tough to get through one that is “merely” ordinary. In “Concealed”, we get a story reminiscent of Kathy Reichs’ “Bones” tales – when Eve’s hubby Roarke buys a rundown building abandoned for some 15 years, during a ceremonial wall demolition, 12 skeletons of apparently young teenaged girls are found from long ago. That of course brings our leading lady NYPD Homicide Lieutenant Ev ...more
Feb 19, 2014 Batha rated it it was amazing
Completely loved it.Eve is in such a good place ,she seems happier ,her spirit is lighter and she seems to have have come into her own.She's just matured beautifully.I loved Eve before in the earlier books but now I see clearly her softness,depth,sensitivity under all the layers and walls she'd put up.She's still fundamentally the same because Eve will always be Eve tough and all but now I begin to see the woman under the tough exterior the woman I suppose Roarke always saw and I love her even m ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Reen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great instalment in the In Death series. This one had Eve mainly involved in solving the murders of 12 young girls with a little help from Roarke and Peabody. Not much involvement with EDD this time around. A little different from the others in the series in that Eve has to accept that the case was solved and justice served but perhaps not in a way that she would like. Liked that she named the last girl and Bella's name for Somerset. Nice to get some more background on Mavis and see Eve ...more
Note: 2015 RITA Winner - Romantic Suspense
*Genre* Murder, Mystery, Romance
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

When ultra billionaire Roarke unleashes a sledge hammer on a new property that he's just bought and it's discovered that TWELVE teenaged girls have been buried inside, it opens up a whole new can of worms for his wife NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas. The case once again hits home hard for Eve who somehow managed to survive the abusiveness of her own childhood, and grow up to be a gritty, determined, cop who fights for those who can't.

By the t
Mar 05, 2015 Kristiej rated it really liked it
I have lost count of the number in this series. When I looked it up, this is book #38 and except for the possible exception of a novella or two, I’ve read them all. If anyone had told me years ago I’d be reading the 38th book in a series I would have called them crazy. I don’t DO series with those kinds of numbers. But it turns out I do with these ones.
There have been so many changes throughout this series and I’m finding I’m slow to adapt in some ways. When they first started, I saw them very m
May 19, 2017 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
This one had me guessing to the end!
Kathy Martin
Feb 22, 2014 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
This 38th visit to Eve and Roarke's world was a quieter episode than some. The story begins when Roarke finds some skeletal remains in a building that he has just purchased. It turns out that there are twelve sets of bones of young girls between the ages of 12 and 14,

Eve is determined, as usual, to find out who the girls are and to find out what happened to them. But most of all she is determined to bring the person who committed these crimes to justice. A new forensic anthropologist is introduc
4 stars

One old decrepit building. Bought by one gazillionaire. One swing of a sledgehammer. Two bodies found... And that's when Eve Dallas comes in. By the end of the day, there were twelve.

While I found the premise of the story interesting, it wasn't enough to hold my attention throughout the entire book. It kind of plateaued out halfway through, but it did pick up again the last quarter of the book.

I had my suspicion of the killer confirmed, though that was only half of my guess. There was mo
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Feb 20, 2014 Trisha rated it really liked it
I adore Eve and Roarke. Some of the books in this series are kick ass crime novels, some of the books in this series are relationship adult romance novels, some of the books in this series are future urban fantasy novels, and some of the books in this series are gut wrenching "issues
stories that carve you up and change you.

Concealed in Death was a solid crime story that kept me guessing and trying to figure out the who and why and how and when and I liked how the process moved through the inves
Aug 12, 2013 Tina rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This one was pure police procedural with very few of the recurring characters making an appearance. This was all Eve, Peabody and Roarke.

This book gives a little nod to forensic anthropologists, so as a fan of the tv show Bones, I got a little chuckle out of the scenes with the head female Honcho (although her description as a sexy, Blaisian fashion plate made me envision her closer to looking like Camille than Bones) and her crew of Squinterns. They even have their version of Angela wh
Mar 28, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Roarke has bought himself another building, no surprise there because as he wife always claims it seems like he owns half the known universe. This building has sat empty for many, many years and Roarke decides to get his hands a little dirty by taking the first swing of the sledge hammer for the demolition. No sooner has he broken through a wall than he is on the phone to Dallas because he “needs his cop” … there are skeletal remains behind that wall … 12 bodies in all. The building was a shelte ...more
Jul 09, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing
Another hit by J.D. Robb.

Really liked this book, different in that the book was mostly Eve solving the crime - yes Peabody helped, yes Roarke helped, yes Mira helped, and the regular cast of characters. But what was different is that Feeney was only mentioned that he was helping, and McNabb made a cameo appearance. Roarke played a minor roll - not fully submerged in the investigation like he usually is. Even Dennis Mira played a bigger role than the regular cast (loved that).

The story line was g
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Another fast read from talented Ms. Robb. 3.5 star for me. Ms. Robb excels at murder mysteries. I liked how the killer and reason for killing was constructed in this story. Following along with the clues and using logic to unravel the puzzle is quite stimulating.

This is a sad one as the remains of twelve young girls are found hidden behind walls. Eve figures out the motive and while it isn't a satisfying closure to the case with a perpetrator nailed for killing, it is still a good resolution. I
Olivia ツ
Dallas sometimes is so black & white, if it wasn’t for the colorful characters around her I don’t think I would have stuck with this series as long as I have. For some reason in this one she is back to her judgmental ways and it turned me off. I would have thought that with her background, some of her friends and the man she chose to marry, she understood that sometimes you must color outside the lines.

Despite this I liked the backstory of Mavis. I always wondered what connections she had t
Sep 18, 2016 Kara-karina rated it really liked it
A heartbreaking story like anything involving children and opening Eve and Roarke's own wounds. The identity of the killer was pretty obvious so there wasn't much investigation here, but it was a good read.

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История, щемящая сердце, так как она затрагивает детей открывает душевные раны самих Ив и Роарка. Как такового расследования здесь нет, так как убийца очевиден, однако книга была всё-равно хороша.
Sep 03, 2013 Tonya rated it really liked it
Terrific installment! I can't wait for more!
Feb 26, 2015 Glamdring rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one better than the last few ones plot wise. I found that the suspense was more developed and the solution less obvious.
Feb 26, 2017 Patricia rated it really liked it
The second half of the book was especially interesting. There was an unexpected twist at the end, too! As always, I loved the regular characters in the In Death series.
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