Imitation in Death (In Death, #17)
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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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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
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...more
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
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...more
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
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
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...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...more
**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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Eden
About halfway through this one, I thought I was only going to give it 3 stars, but by the time I reached the end, I knew it would be another in a long line of 4-star reads. I forget how many of the books in this series I have read so far, but I have not disliked any of them and I am in no way tired of the characters yet. So ... on to the next one!
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.
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...more
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...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
Malin
A brutal serial killer is hunting women in New York, killing them in the style of famous former murderers, such as Jack the Ripper and Ted Bundy. He leaves letters addressed to lieutenant Eve Dallas at the crime scenes, taunting her and her associates. Eve manages to keep the media buzz to a minimum, but all the main suspects are either foreign diplomats or high profiled celebrities, and it's not an easy job. Add to the fact that catching a killer based on the exclusive stationary he prefers, is...more
Maria
Another great edge-of-the-seat read. This one has you worried that even Eve won't be able to solve it. You empathize, sympathize, worry, hurt, and laugh, both with the suspects and Eve's team. You watch Eve gather evidence and tell you why each of her suspects is worth a second look while Peabody does the same. You get so many excellent arguments that you can't decide for yourself who did it, although there are two or three you don't want to be the murderer and one or two you do. Highlights? Eve...more
Filipa
Another great book in In Death series. I've just finished Imitation In Death. This series is at its prime.
J.D.Robb has been, for the past 4 books or so, excelling herself. It always amazes me the quality of this series. Book after book, the reader is surprised, totally compelled to this futuristic world where romance and crime walk hand in hand. I'm very content to note that the enthusiasm hasn't dimmed yet. Nor I hope it will.
So, slowly I'm trying to pick up with the current releases. I sure...more
Saadia
I have read several of the stories in this series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her alpha man, Roarke. She is not one of your usual ultra-feminine romantic heroines. She is strong, independent and feisty, yes but she is also actually a little odd: she does not know anything about family relationships or feminine wiles or sweet talking, she is somewhat like an alien dropped on earth. She is driven by her personality to excel in her job as a hunter of murderers (she is a Homicide Detective),...more
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*Beware of SPOILERS*

Imitation in Death is the 17th book in Nora Roberts’ popular In Death series written under her pen name, J.D. Robb.

It is still the summer of 2059 and Eve has got herself a case. With each murder, this killer is imitating another famous killer. Jack the Ripper, Al DeSalvo, and Ted Bundy just for starters. If the murders are completely different, how does Eve know that they’re all being done by the same perpetrator? Because he leaves a note a...more
Fanny Roswita Ria
Selesai sudah gw membacanya tepat jam 01.15 subuh

JD. Robb a.k.a NR benar2 buat gw senyum-miris-ketawa-gemes saat membaca novel series Eve Dallas yang ini. Dari awal baca, lalu ada kejadian pembunuhan&disusun para tersangkanya, tah kenapa gw lsg menebak itu pasti si "x" (gw ga akan sebutkan nama krn bakal ditimpuk sama pembaca yg lain..hehehehe) walo penangkapannya sangat simple&datar, secara yak biasanya si heroine kalo nangkap penjahat itu pasti cidera parah banget trs ada adegan ga mo...more
Mariana Bezerra
Another great investigation and more drama in the Roarke manor. This book was different than the rest because Eve knew the killer from the beginning on a feeling after the first interview, but of course politics were in the way and she had to follow the law by the book and tried really hard to pin the murders on this very important killer.

Since he was like a copycat, Eve already had an idea about the victims and the murder weapon in the cases, but it was still very difficult for her to watch mor...more
mlady_rebecca
This one started a bit slowly, but fell back in place as soon as Eve went home and connected with Roarke. (I don't like too much straight procedural.)

The suspect of the book is a copy-cat who's got fascination for all those infamous serial killers Ted Bundy, the Boston Strangler, and of course good ol' Jack the Ripper. He also has a hard on going for Eve, leaving her personalized notes at the scenes.

Above and beyond the case, Peabody is up for the detective exam, Peabody and McNabb are consider...more
Ashley
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Ellen
Originally posted on The Canon! {http://canireadeverything.blogspot.co...}

If I could stay home from work today and veg out, this is the book I would be rereading from this past week. I've always loved Robb's In Death series, but Imitation in Death took it to a whole new level.

Although this book still fits within the cookie cutter plot of the rest of the series, I loved what Robb did with the plot. Eve's killers are normally serial killers, but to have an adversary that was so intentionally follo...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....more
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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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