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Salvation in Death (In Death #27)

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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  13,045 ratings  ·  524 reviews
Seconds after partaking of wine during a Catholic funeral mass, Father Miguel Flores is dead on the altar. Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine contained enough potassium cyanide to kill a rhino. And though the East Harlem neighborhood is a long way from the stone mansion she shares with her billionaire husband Roarke, it’s the holiness flying ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 355 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Berkley (first published 2008)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Holy moly. I'm not sure how J.D. Robb continues to write such consistently fabulous stories about Eve and Roarke, but she's done it again with "Salvation in Death".

This time the victim is a Priest! And he was killed via the sacrament during a funeral mass. Into this holy mess (HAHA) steps Eve the cop. Musing her way through a mass (!) of subjects while trying not to step on too many toes ("I never genuflect in public.") Eve soon discovers the dead priest was not really a priest. The threads for
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LJ
SALVATION IN DEATH (Pol. Proc-Eve Dallas-New York City- Future/2060) - VG
Robb, J. D. (aka Nora Roberts) – 28th in series
Putnam, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780399155222

First Sentence: At the mass of the dead, the priest placed the wafer of unleavened bread and the cheap red wine on the linen corporal draping the alter.

Performing communion can be deadly. At least it was to the priest officiating at a funeral service. One sip of from the chalice and he is dead.

One other small problem; as Eve inve
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Joseph Young
Nov 26, 2014 Joseph Young rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: masochists
Midway through the book, the main character thinks about some lawyer, "Does this guy really want to be a cliche?" and I thought, "Why not? Everyone else in this book is."

I don't know if the audio version makes it worse, but almost all the characters in the book were cliches. The main character, while slightly more fleshed out, is unlikable to me, as she seems to be a power-tripping asshole who somehow justifies it by having been a victim at one point in her life. She is never wrong as a detectiv
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Beth Allen
J.D. Robb, a.k.a Nora Roberts, does not write great literature.

But she writes a ripping good story.

The year is 2060, and a Catholic priest has been murdered as he performs a Mass of the Dead.

And you just won't believe what happens next!

Lieutenant Eve Dallas, NYC homicide detective, is a tireless champion for the victims of crime.

Once again, Eve finds out "who done it," while struggling with her own demons.

Eve is smart, and sassy, and in love with her rich/gorgeous husband Roarke.

Every so often,
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Kjen
Just did a re-read...Really love Eve and Roarke in this one. They are very "married" but so many good parts and lines. The car sex was hot and hilarious! One of my new favorite quotes/exchanges...Roarke: "I'm often better than I think I am." Eve: "No one's as good as you think you are." Love it!
Nicole
J.D. Robb's latest paperback release Salvation in Death was a bit of a disappointment for me. I thought the storyline was rushed and not as well-rounded as past efforts in the series.

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Holy communion spells death for Fr. Miguel Flores, a popular Catholic priest in New York City's Spanish Harlem, after he swallows wine laced with cyanide during a funeral in bestseller Robb's unusually introspective 27th crime thriller to feature Lt. Eve Dallas (after Strangers in Death). The ensuing ho
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Catherine
I can't seem to stop reading this series, and it's driving me nuts! The series really started well with nice character development in an inventive futuristic world, but the characters of late have just fallen into this formulaic routine...they need to grow more. Unfortunately, this book, in particular, lacked the interaction with many of the minor characters...definitely a step in the wrong direction...less character evolution. I'm starting to think that the author of "more than 150 novels" shou ...more
Anna Francesca
I adore this series the way I adore peanut butter cups-- they might not be nutritious, but boy are they yummy! While there are some two-dimensional "extras", the main characters are well-defined. I found the examination of religion and moral ambiguity in this book to bring a greater depth to this volume than some of the other Eve Dallas novels. If I could, I would give it 4 1/2 stars, and I would recommend it to any of my friends mature enough to deal with a degree of non-gratuitous violence and ...more
Caz Malpas
3.5 - 4 HOLIER THAN THOU STARS

Well this is a first for me, rating an In Death book less than a full 4 stars, I can't pin point one reason why, only a few little ones, this one seemed to lack the humour and the banter that normally comes in abundance, the amount of characters and who they were just confused me and to be honest after the first few hours of listening to it, I was ready to abandon it, but Jonetta told me it does improve and it did, however it just fell below the normal high bar set
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Jennifer
I found Salvation in Death to be an interesting installment though it is far from my favorite in the series. Things start off with a bang (not literally) when a Catholic priest, Father Flores, dies after drinking Holy Communion wine in the middle of a funeral. Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her partner Detective Delia Peabody are assigned to case which gets weirder when it is discovered that the body in the medical examiner's office does not match the DNA of Father Miguel Flores.

In terms of the murde
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Julie
This was one of the funniest of the "In Death" series so far. Both Eve and Peabody got some zingers in. Eve mostly with the religion thing, her not understanding it, calling the communion wafer a "cookie, cracker, what the hell do I call it" in her head before the priest supplied the word host. While working through guests at the funeral the priest says " You can probably eliminate the infants and toddlers..." Her response, "I don't know toddlers are pretty suspicious." Eve isn't usually so glib ...more
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
I have to admit as I started reading this one I thought, for a little bit, that I might have come across the first ever "in Death" book that I wouldn't care for.....but of course I was wrong. LOL.

Admittedly, this book started out kind of slow for me and I wasn't "excited" about the nature of the crime. Then everything started to roll and I like where she went with this particular story-line.

In a nutshell - A priest dies in the act of giving a funeral mass. On the surface he seems to be a well-li
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Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Well, I decided I needed something to help take my mind off the wait for the latest Kate Daniels series to come out... and, well, why not move along this epically long series (maybe, just maybe, I'll get to the end one of these days...)

I have to say, it was among one of the better books in the series. Over the series I've gotten kind of passive and just *meh* about Dallas and her past childhood with her father; it's just another back story after 25+ books in the series. But this one... I actuall
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
3 STARS

"In the year 2060, sophisticated investigative tools can help catch a killer. But there are some questions even the most advanced technologies cannot answer.

Ridley Pearson has praised J. D. Robb’s suspense as “taut” and “nerve-jangling.” Her latest thriller sets a new standard for suspense, as the priest at a Catholic funeral mass brings the chalice to his lips--and falls over dead.

When Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine contained potassium cyanide, she’s d
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Lou Douglas
***some spoilers***
I have read Salvation in Death three times now, and found it to be a very dark story, a very sad story... but that's not why I gave it only three stars. I can get into dark, sad stories. The story of the murder of Father Flores is generally a good one, with lots of depth. There is, however, less of the typical happy interaction In Death fans love among our favorite cast of characters, and what there is tends toward the heavier side. Even this, though, I could accept, even appr
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Laurie
So J.D. Robb is an alter ego of Nora Roberts the romance novelist, and seems almost as prolific as a vaguely sci-fi (the series "In Death" is set in the year 2060) detective novelist. The main character is a NY City cop, and her husband is a reformed criminal with a lovely Irish accent. Eve, the cop, is investigating a dramatic murder of a priest from poisoned communion wine, when she discovers a case of identity theft and a long ago gang war murder that is increasingly involved in the priest's ...more
Tamora Pierce
It's amazing--28 books; they've been married for most of them, and yet the sexual tension between Eve and Roark still works! I wish Roberts would teach her secret to TV writers so they would stop putting characters through weird stuff and multiple partners rather than maintain a working relationship with one partner (::coughandysipowitznypdbluecough::).

The plot covers the murders of two men of faith, one a priest, the other a roller who maid it big. There are all kinds of twists and turns for Ev
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Lizabeth Tucker
Eve Dallas is back in a new full-length novel and I couldn't be happier. We start off with a Roman Catholic priest dying while consuming the wine and wafer during a funeral service. The investigation leads Eve into a world she barely knows and uncovers deeper mysteries than just the murder of a well-liked priest who wasn't one.

Just as Eve's investigation begins to focus more on the man's background as a motive for murder, another man of God is murdered. Are the two connected?

J.D. Robb, aka Nora
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Christina Coad
This is the first book in the series I read. I actually didn't even know it was part of a series when I read it, but now I'm hooked. I'll admit I haven't read all of them (I don't care as much for the earlier ones where Eve seems so rude) but even though I've read many of them now this first one still has a special place in my heart.

It's not for everyone though, I gave it to my dad to read thinking he'd enjoy it as he usually likes police novels but he didn't even finish it. I'm thinking about f
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Callyson
I was actually a little disappointed in Salvation. I love JD Robb books more than just about anything, but this one didn't live up to the others for me. There was a lot less action and Eve's life was never really in danger. It didn't seem like this was a case up to Dallas standards.

In addition there was hardly any mention of my favorite recurring characters. There was very minimal interaction with Feeny, Mavis, Nadine, Dickhead. Rather disappointing. At least the foundation was consistent and th
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Jan C
I haven't really figured out why I like these books.

They are stupid, light, quick and all the same. Well, maybe this was a little different. Here, we have an ex-gangsta type who had plastic surgery and masqueraded as a priest for five years while waiting. What was he waiting for?

But, as I said, they are quick reads for the commute or during lunch, etc.

And I would never pick up one of her books under Norah Roberts. This one barely even mentions Roberts, doesn't even mention her books, unless the
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Erin
This series has long been a guilty pleasure for me, but I think it's losing its charm. The idea that Nora Roberts, a wildly successful and incredibly prolific romance novelist, would write a futuristic police procedural was so intriguing I had to pick up a copy, especially after I read in an interview that she's a Buffy fan. Her ideas about the future were often interesting and the banter between Eve Dallas and her sidekick Delia Peabody could be very entertaining, but this time out it all seeme ...more
Kathleen
Had enough of a plot to keep me interested, but parts of it were very cheesy, i.e. the sex scenes. Cliches and stereotypes abound, and it reminded me of a romance novel at times. It did hold my interest enough to get to the end, just by virtue of the actual story line and my own curiosity, although I feel it could've been half the number of pages. I will say that I didn't guess who the murderer was, even though I thought I had it several times, but that may have been due to the meandering path o ...more
Maura
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Katy M
Justice vs law, sometimes it's a blurry line.

I never put spoilers in my reviews.
Penguin has improved their proofreading, yay; there is one formatting issue, however, at the end there is an epilogue, don't miss it.
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 and Rourke, the mystery/thriller storyline, an extremely strong female role model, the secondary character
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Maria
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I’m trying to understand how is possible for an author to keep writing so many great books in a series! It’s true. J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts, wrote one more amazing book. I couldn’t put it down! From the very first page it had my attention and I devoured it!

In this story, Eve tries to solve the murder of a priest. But things became quickly complicated because this priest had too many secrets.

I don’t have to tell
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Ed
#27 in the Eve Dallas (... In Death) series. J.D. Robb, a pen name of the prolific Nora Roberts, is prolific in her own right (write?) - averaging two novels and a novella annually in this series without getting stale. Her ability to generate fresh plots shows up again here as a priest sipping consecrated wine during a funeral mass collapses and dies - the autopsy blames cyanide poisoning. Soon a televangelist doing his service from Madison Square Garden, drinks water and collapses in mid-servic ...more
Sabine
In einer Kirche in Spanish Harlem findet die Totenmesse für den angesehenen Bürger Hector Ortiz statt. Pater Miguel Flores zelebriert die Messe, als er während des Abendmahls vom Kelch trinkt und tot umfällt. Lieutenant Eve Dallas und Detective Delia Peabody stehen vor einem Rätsel. Alle Menschen der Gemeinde haben den Pater gemocht und respektiert und sind fassungslos. Doch während der Obduktion findet der Pathologe Morris einige interessante Details: Der Tote hat sich irgendwann in seinem Lebe ...more
Ivy
I have been reading this series almost since it started. I have enjoyed most of them. This one though a good story, did not seem to have the same rhythum to it...there seemed to be something missing. The scenes with Eve and Roarke where hot to say the least but there didn't seem to be as much inter action between Eve and the other members of the NYPSD like she usually has. There wasn't the group effort in this one like in past books.
Jennifer
I have read pretty much all of the In Death series and this one, well, something was lacking for me. Maybe I am just done with the formula that is this series. It would be nice if Eve would grow a little more as a character. I get tired of the same old issues she keeps having. I found my mind wandering and it took me forever to finish this. It was good but nowhere near as good as the earlier books in the series.
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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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In Death (1 - 10 of 42 books)
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  • 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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“Eve: What is it about asking you Catholic questions that gets you all jumpy?

Roarke: You'd be jumpy, too, if I asked you things that make you feel the hot breath of hell at your back.

Eve: You're not going to hell.

Roarke: Oh, and have you got some inside intel on that?

Eve: You married a cop...you married me. I'm your goddamn salvation.”
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“Statues are too much like dolls, and dolls are creepy. You keep expecting them to blink. And the ones that smile, like this?" Eve kept her lips tight together and she curved them up. "You know they've got teeth in there. Big, sharp, shiny teeth."

I didn't. But now I've got to worry about it.”
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