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Imitation in Death (In Death #17)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  13,614 ratings  ·  335 reviews
Summer, 2059. A man wearing a cape and a top hat approaches a prostitute on a dark, New York City street. Minutes later, the woman is dead. Left at the scene is a letter addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, inviting her to play his game and unveil his identity. He signs it, "Jack."

Now Dallas is in pursuit of a murderer who knows as much about the history of serial killers a
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 25th 2004 by Piatkus Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Karla
5 Stars! J.D. Robb does it again Seventeen books in and this series is still going strong!! It never gets old for me and it just keeps getting better. Roarke and Eve are so comfortable in their relationship, it makes me smile. I love the way they tease each other, Eve comes off as so aloof and annoyed, all the while loving it when Roarke irks her into submission. The passion and desire they have for each other gives me the warm fuzzies. On this particular case Eve brings Roarke on board as a co ...more
Glamdring

Another great story with great characters. That being said, I had to laugh softly when one of the most polluting country on Earth was posed as the recycling champion. One can always dream...
Jerry
Strong police procedural highlights 17th Eve Dallas !

We continue to be astounded at the publishing pace of Nora Roberts. Despite her "regular" books under her own name, these fun NYPD homicide Lt. Eve Dallas stories, written as "JD Robb", keep coming at the rate of one or two a year. "Imitation...", the 17th entry in the "... In Death" series, is not the emotional blockbuster of the just prior two ("Purity..." and "Portrait..."), but nonetheless entertains throughout this tough-minded police pro
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Jennifer
4.5 Stars

Imitation in Death starts off with a licensed companion who is brutally murdered and mutilated in the manner of Jack the Ripper. This begins a chain of events which requires Lieutenant Eve Dallas to go head to head with a copycat killer who is slowly and methodically making his way across the city. I absolutely loved this installment with its creepy killer and plenty of new developments for the In Death cast.

1. I really liked the idea of a copycat serial killer and how it provided inter
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Elvan
This one is not on my favorites list. I have never liked the suspects and just found this book to be only ho hum for me. I did enjoy watching Eve mess with Peabody's head as she had her bouncing one suspect after another up to the top of her most likely list. This paralleling with Peabody taking the Detectives exam was pretty entertaining. I had forgotten also how much I enjoyed the take down scene at the end of the book. I love a great ending. Not a favorite, but still a 5 star read. on to Divi ...more
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Maria
After a break from this series, I’m back for one more! And it’s good to be back reading about Eve, Roarke, Peabody and McNab! I have to admit that these books are more like a TV series and a guilty pleasure of mine. Can’t stop reading them, although, I know that at the end Eve will catch the bad guy and life will continue.

This time, Eve has to solve a very difficult case. A killer that imitates famous serial killers from the past. And he leaves notes for Eve making each killing personal. Our fav
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Livvy
Imitation in Death starts out with a death as per usual for J.D. Robb’s books, but I found this one to be much more disturbing than usual. It reminds me that Robb’s books are definitely not for the faint hearted and the heat certainly kept rising in this book and we had lots of strands from previous books being drawn in to add to the plot complexity and I really enjoyed that aspect of the novel. Robb over the past two years has become one of my favourite authors and the In Death series really ha ...more
Bigd_041555
I love this book - imitation of all the notorious serial killers! Peabody finally gets her shield, Eve has a glimpse of what her real mother was like - sad really. Eve wears her "blues" in this one!!!

2 thumbs up and 5 stars - now a short break from ID, then back to the re-read!
Andree
4.5 stars. Because y'know what? I just really enjoyed this one. I feel like this series goes through some growing pains in the first ten or so books, but then really finds a rythm. Not that the first ten were terrible, but they've somehow achieved a balance now. Things are generally working. Eve and Roarke have a nice balance. Sommerset is always fun (though he's not in this one much). I adore Mira. When she asks Eve to a family cookout and then Eve panics and asks Peabody what one does at a coo ...more
Books-treasureortrash
Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes

Someone is imitating famous serial killers and performing copycat murders. The same person is leaving a note at each gruesome death scene addressed to Eve. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is a tough, smart, likable homicide detective, and she is being taunted to find the killer before she becomes the victim.

To date there are 42 books in the In Death series, with one more expected to be released in February of 2012. These books are crime drama, suspense and romance because they
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**Manjula**
A killer is on the loose, only this time he chooses to disguise himself as some of the most gruesome serial killers of the past.
Starting with Jack the Ripper, he terrorizes his victims using the mask of historical serial killers. He's chosen Eve as his rival and is baiting her to pursue the case. Unlike other cases, this case has a short elite suspect list. With none of the suspects having alibis and all of them looking guilty one way or another, it's up to Eve and Peabody to find out the real k
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Samantha
Imitation In Death is a continuation of the In Death series featuring Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke. In this novel, Eve is dealing with a killer who imitates famous serial killers like Jack the Ripper. The killer leaves a note on the body of his first victim addressed to Dallas, and just like that Eve is caught up in a new case.

I really enjoyed this book and find that for me this series just gets stronger and better. I love the characters and their relationships with one another which is wha
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Mike
I liked this story a lot and it's nice to see that in the fictional future, the high and mighties of society are just as annoying, ego-driven and pathetic as they are in the present- yes I mean that sarcastically.

This story focuses on a serial killer who isn't original enough to do his or her own thing and decides to copycat famous serial killers from the past; all the way in the past to Jack the Ripper and onward. Needless to say, considering who the killer turns out to be I'm quite happy to s
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Diane Dickson
I didn't think that I would ever say this but I was disappointed with this. The annoying thing for me is that the disappointment was completely avoidable. The story, as always, was thrilling and enthralling. When I saw that it was a Jack the Ripper type I was underwhelmed briefly but JD Robb didn't leave it as that and so it became something else entirely.

All the usual characters were there and there was the humorous and believable dialogue between them all and the romantic and emotional stuff
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Katy M
This one takes a look at nature versus nurture.

I never put spoilers in my reviews.
Penguin Books is getting better ebook editors, if they had any at first. However, spell check is not a substitute for a decent editor. For example, in my experience as a proofreader, one does not take a "peak" at something, one "peeks."
J D Robb (Nora Roberts) is one of the few authors I reread. Everything about the "in death" novels is quality writing and defies genre labeling.
From the relationship between Dallas a
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Kris
3.5 STARS

"Police lieutenant Eve Dallas encounters one of her most difficult cases in Imitation in Death. With the very first victim, Eve realises that the killer stalking the streets of New York City isn't a run-of-the-mill serial murderer. The copycat executions are imitating the methods and victim choices of an ominous list of notorious serial killers, beginning with Jack the Ripper. And when the killer leaves a distinctive note at the crime scene, it's clear that he's targeting Eve personall
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Patricia
As I write this review, it is, coincidentally – if you believe in coincidences – a few days before Mother’s Day 2014. And again, coincidentally perhaps, this 17th novel in the In Death series is a tale about the serial murders of women who represent one or more characteristics of a mother figure.

The story opens with the murder of a street LC. Her throat is slashed and her body has received a field hysterectomy. A note has been left on her body, specifically addressed to Eve Dallas, and signed “J
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Kathleen S
Why is this series so popular? While this book is 10 years old, J.D. Robb's newest Eve Dallas books are hitting the best seller lists as soon as they are published. Maybe it is the fairy tale relationship between Eve and Roarke. Or it is the descriptions of their lusty sex life. Or, perhaps, the violence, or, maybe, the strong female main character. I like the series because Robb creates complex characters and absorbing plots. We never know who-done-it until Eve figures it out through logic and ...more
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
Another stellar installment in the "In Death" series.

I really enjoyed the premise of this murder story-line. Eve is dealing with a copy cat killer who is reenacting previous serial killers. I will admit I have a morbid fascination with old serial killer cases so I found this book to be very interesting.

Also going on in the background of the gruesome killings is poor Peabody desperately cramming for her Detective exam. Roarke investing in an "outdoor cooking system" after being invited to a cooko
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Caro
Another great page-turning read. This one has some blocks on the whodunit part. Plenty of humor, some tough areas, some really good moments, sadness, determination, miracles, suspense, some sorry personalities and some good ones, stress, and a great ending that definitely leaves you with a smile. Keep 'em coming...and on to the next! Enjoy!
Sherry
Imitation in Death has JD Robb taking the “copycat” serial killer to a whole
other level. Eve must find the monster who is not only committing murder by copying
another killer but an individual who is copying as many of the worst
serial killers humanity has ever known. From the infamous Jack the
Ripper to Ted Bundy of modern memory.
Robin
Police Lt. Eve Dallas is on the trail of a serial killer in New York City. The killer is imitating famous killers throughout history...starting with Jack the Ripper. On the body of his latest victim, he has left a note for Eve, taunting her with the murders. But the note leads Eve and Peabody to a list of high profile suspects. None of them will co-operate with the police investigation. Eve has to find the murderer before he strikes again.

Another great police procedural. The killer imitates Jack
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Beckyloohoo Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ aka Mrs. Acheron Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
*happy sigh* Another good one in the In Death series. I really liked this one because there was so much jumping around the suspects, showing that all of them (or most of them) could have fit the profile perfectly. It was well done. And I loved, loved, loved seeing Peabody go up for her detective exam. I felt like a proud momma bird watching her. Roarke was back to his usually yumminess. I really liked seeing him find something he was bad at for once. LOL Even the fact that he asked Eve to let hi ...more
Sue
Excellent as always... love the books that have a heavy personal connection a tiny bit better, but I think in the long run changing up and not always having a heavy connection to Eve or Rourke is actually better for the longevity of this series.

It keeps it fresh, excellent copy cat murder... also lots and lots of misdirect, almost like J.D. Robb really wanted ot keep you guessing. Eve knew at least 50 pages before we did, I had a strong suspision but every darn time she'd throw a redirect to thr
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Sabine
In Chinatown wird eine Prostituierte ermordet aufgefunden. Ihr Mörder hat ihr die Kehle aufgeschnitten und ihr dann die Gebärmutter herausgeschnitten. Auf der Leiche liegt ein Bogen edles Briefpapier mit einer Nachricht für Lieutenant Eve Dallas welches mit Jack unterschrieben ist.

Das Briefpapier scheint die einzige Spur zu sein, da es edel und sehr teuer ist und in den USA gar nicht zu kaufen gibt. Anhand der Käuferliste aus England, hat Eve bald eine illustre Liste an Verdächtigen: Ein bekannt
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Lieutenant Eve Dallas of NYPSD is tracking a killer paying homage to famous killers of 19th and 20th Centuries by recreating their killings anew. Unfortunately her leading suspects are all high profile people which hinders her case drastically. Eve and Roarke embark on new experience attending family picnic at Dr. Mira's house. Neither Eve or Roarke have experienced this in their lives yet each of them come away from the experience with new perspectives. The killer is taunting Eve with her lack ...more
Sillylittlefishey
I found the premise of this one interesting with the killer imitating some of the sickest serial killers off all time. I enjoyed the characters as usual. But this book lost something in the execution for me as I found it to just be OK.

You see my official review below that I wrote for openbooksociety.com

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Christine
I found this murder plot fairly interesting despite the fact that the murders are copy cat murders. I found it interesting to learn so much about the different suspects personal lives in the process of the investigation. Each suspect had very unsubstantial alibis that led Dallas to investigate further in their lifestyles to try to verify their whereabouts during the times of the crimes, catching the suspects and their family members in all sorts of lies. Which of course, led to some very interes ...more
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A. She was the youngest of the five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline.
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“You've got no sense of humor."

"I'm going to laugh really hard after I kick your ass.”
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“Roarke "I'll drop you."
Eve "No, better I catch a cab or take the underground. This guy sees me show up in a hot car with a fancy piece behind the wheel, he's not going to like
me."
Roarke "You know how I love being referred. to as your fancy piece."
Eve "Sometimes you're my love muffin.”
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