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Imitation in Death (In Death #17)

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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 ...more
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
3.75 Stars

The story progressed quite slowly until the last 20%. Loved the characters and lead couple as usual.But I wish I had seen a bit more personal character development and a few sweet moments between Roarke & Eve .(Even though we do get a scene or two in this one :)

Looking forward to Book 18 ! #Longwaytogo
❆ Crystal ❆
4 stars. I really enjoyed this book in the In Death Series. I'm so happy for Peabody and Mavis made a pretty stellar appearance... I can say it's my favorite story with her... usually Mavis is a bit too annoying for me, but she was great in this book. Roarke is awesome as always and Eve gets her man! Congrats to Peabody on all 3 counts!
Gawd, this was good.

I was guessing right up until the end.

The last chapter was simply amazing.

Peabody is still my #1 girl.
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
Sep 02, 2014 Glamdring rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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...
Mar 22, 2016 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a case of solid police work and some delightful banter between Peabody and Eve concerning relationships. It totally made me giggle. The series continue to be utterly captivating, and it's the developing character arc that I find so irresistible. Recommended!
Jul 06, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aly is so frigging bored
1st Read from 21-26 May 2013

2nd Read from 7- 26 August 2015
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
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
Jul 11, 2013 Elvan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, audiobooks
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
Jan 26, 2016 Bigd_041555 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Dec 21, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 15, 2016 Aya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
In Death: 17 (Repeat)
It is now September, and unfortunately, no Eve/Summerset scenes for most of the book, as he is still on vacation. Eve has another flashback, revealing for the first time, memories of her mother. This is another non-reader-solvable case story, and it's pretty straightforward, following Eve as she follows the links to the various subjects, of which, there are enough to be confusing. The culmination of Peabody's detective's exam occurs near the end, and it is wonderful.
Micky Cox
Nov 24, 2015 Micky Cox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was quite stellar. I enjoyed the cat and mouse game between Lt. Dallas and the killer. This book seemed to move at a faster pace than some of the previous books and I quite enjoyed the drama of it. This is a series that I have been listening to in my car and the reader does a fantastic job of bringing the writer's characters to life. The reader/writer combo on this series is very dynamic. If you are looking for a good cop drama with much more tossed in, then this series is for you.
May 01, 2015 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, in-death
Another romp through New York with Dallas and Roarke. The action picked up nicely, and long before the penny dropped about the why of the title, I was hooked. The twists and turns were interesting, and kept the tension up, exploding into a delicious climax, with a nice side story. The resolution and immediate aftermath left me with an enormous grin on my face. As always, I can not wait to read the next one.
Rifatus Sariroh
"Dia tidak bisa mendapatkanmu lagi sekarang. Dia tidak akan pernah menyentuhmu lagi. Dia pikir dia telah mengalahkanmu, tetapi dia keliru. Kau menang." (Eve Dallas - Imitation in Death, hal. 520)

Novel ini menceritakan sebuah pembunuhan berantai di mana sang pembunuh meniru pembunuhan yang dilakukan oleh para pembunuh terkenal dalam sejarah, dimulai dari Jack the Ripper dari Whitechapel yang legendaris. Si pembunuh ini, agak berbeda dari pembunuh lainnya, meninggalkan surat pada korbannya setia
Elizabeth Means
my rating : 5 stars
what can I say , so far I've read 10 books of this series and it keep getting better every time I pick one up to read, can't wait until the get more of this series.
Feb 21, 2016 Nic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just adore this series.

It's glorious.

I's no literary miracle...but it's just delicious...but also made to be a dirty secret - like loving Law & Order: SVU. I could never understand why people liked and watched that show. It appears I was not/am not qualified to throw stones.

I don't feel up to the task of trying to articulate why precisely I enjoy these books so much. It's simply the delightful but imperfect characters, the dynamics between the characters, all revolving around of
Apr 22, 2014 Andree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
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
**Manjula ♥ Connor Cobalt**
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
Feb 22, 2009 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Edee Fallon
Dec 29, 2014 Edee Fallon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been whizzing through these books so fast and have yet to write a review. This one, though, and the one before it, were a sucker punch to my emotions. I laughed and cried, at the same time at some parts. I just adore this series and these characters. What an unexpected treat. What a great way to end my reading for the year. I'll be exactly halfway through when the new year breaks.
Aug 06, 2015 GONZA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Eve so much, and in this case even a little bit more, because of Peabody and her exam to become a detective. Such a lovely sentences they exchange.....

Io adoro Eve Dallas, specialmente in questo libro e grazie alle sue battute e ai suoi scambi con Peabody, disperata per il suo esame per diventare detective....

Tom McGrath
Apr 24, 2016 Tom McGrath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't have enough good things to say about this entire series. I have read all 52 items (including 10 "novellas") currently in the series and loved each and every one. I have both the print and audio versions of each. The narrator of the audio versions is OUTSTANDING and she makes me laugh out loud, cry and get really annoyed in the car as I listen. But a terrific reader can only be as good as the source material so that should indicate the high quality of these books. The sex gets a little ti ...more
Lauren Kozilski
Aug 17, 2015 Lauren Kozilski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's a ton of stuff going on in this In Death novel.

1. Eve is dealing with a serial killer who is copying other serial killers, mostly famous ones. He's changing his style and his MO with every new murder, which makes him that much harder to trace and track down.

2. Normally Eve's nightmares involve her father, her torture and/or rape at his hands, and his death at hers. This time, Eve sees her mother in her nightmares for the first time, and it's a shock. There was always hope that maybe her
Nathan Burgoine
Jul 01, 2015 Nathan Burgoine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent stuff in this latest Robb book. First off, if you've never read any of the J.D. Robb series, you're missing out, and shouldn't start here, but with 'Naked in Death' the first in the series.

Eve Dallas is a tough detective in an even tougher future New York. In 'Imitation in Death,' the latest serial killer is imitating the serial killers of history, and has left notes for Dallas all but taunting her inability to make it stop. While Dallas does her usual hard-ass investigation, the list
Nov 08, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Other Books in the Series

In Death (1 - 10 of 46 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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