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Promises in Death (In Death #28)

4.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  23,228 Ratings  ·  622 Reviews
#1 "New York Times" bestselling author J. D. Robb takes us to the New York City of 2060, where Lieutenant Eve Dallas faces down a cop killer.

A Amarylis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her ap
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Published February 5th 2009 by Piatkus (first published 2009)
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Bianca Sydni Start from the beginning it's worth it this a good series that you can read between books. I've already read 27 book of it and it's really nice…moreSydni Start from the beginning it's worth it this a good series that you can read between books. I've already read 27 book of it and it's really nice and great to know you can always go back to Eve and Roarke :)(less)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Feb 25, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
I don't know how J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts does it, but she consistently writes novels with just the right mix of emotion, sexual tension, wry humor, and mystery to keep me riveted every darn time! "Promises in Death" had me flipping the pages as fast as I could read to try and figure out 'who done it' and feed my Roarke fix.

This time the death is personal...not because the vic is a cop, but because she's the cop that Li Morris (coroner extraordinaire) was seriously involved with, and Li's pain is
Jul 11, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I can help. We're the smart girls. Let's solve some crime!"

This is not a book that can be appreciated if randomly picked off a shelf. The joy in reading it comes from knowing the series' characters, knowing the tropes, and watching them intersect, interact, and sometimes implode. This is a payoff book, not a setup book.

The tensest scene is not Eve facing off against the prime suspect, but instead, an emotionally and physically intense deception pulled off by the victim's boyfriend (recurring ch
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

In book twenty-eight of the In Death series, things take a dark turn when a cop killer is on the loose. Amarylis Coltraine is the latest victim to be attacked. As a newly transferred police officer who has come to New York, she is highly trained and should be able to defend herself but she dies just steps from her own apartment, sparking a whole slew of questions from Eve Dallas. Worse of all, Amarylis was involved with the chief Medical Examiner Morris and now Eve is tasked with telling her f
Venus Blancia
One emotional read and another unforgettable character development for Eve as far as dealing with friendship is concerned.
Aug 20, 2015 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was fantastic! Really enjoyed it. Seems that the quality of the books gets better and better with time.
Mar 10, 2016 Bigd_041555 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really like this book - lots of emotion in this one. A bad cop - which I detest period, and poor Morris - who I really like and feel so sorry for.

The storyline was excellent, bringing Max Ricker back into play - what a shiester, who should get father of the year award!!

Peabody is fitting right into the role of Detective quite nicely - getting her rhythm!

Two thumbs up and 5 stars - onto Kindred in Death!
I think this has been my favourite so far. So many emotions in this one and we see a new, softer side of Eve. Eve's friendship with Morris leads her to want to be there for him, an emotion that is new to her. “There it was, Eve supposed. There was the answer to why people got tangled up with people. Because when you were down, when you were wallowing, someone you mattered to would ask if you were okay.”
When she asks Peabody if there are "little pink fairies" in her world, and when Roarke tells h
PROMISES IN DEATH (Pol/Proc-Eve Dallas-NYC-Future/2060) – VG+
Robb, J.D (aka Nora Roberts. – 29th in series
Putnam, 2009, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780399155482

First Sentence: She was dead the minute she answered the ‘link.

Lt. Eve Dallas takes on a new case that is particularly painful. Amaryllis Coltraine was a fellow cop and the love of Eve’s friend and colleague, Chief Medical Examiner Li Morris. The case has even more personal overtones when Eve discovers Coltraine was previously involved with cri
Feb 18, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that this is one of my favorite of the In Death series. I love the personal aspects of the series and unfortunately because one of their own is murdered there are plenty of them here. Morris's gf Coltraine is murdered and it's up to Eve to find her killer and to help Morris get through this hard time. Morris is a great character and I hope he is featured more in future books. Max Ricker plays a dominant role in this book even locked in jail, he still has a lot of connections. The k ...more
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
4 Stars

Office Amarylis Coltraine was a recent addition to the NYPSD and her presence was noticed immediately by Dr. Morris, Chief Medical Examiner. They began a steady and passionate relationship that everyone around them believed could become permanent. Unfortunately, their happy ending did not come to pass when Amarylis was discovered murdered in the basement of her own apartment building. Now, Eve Dallas and her team must try to figure out the truth which gets even more complicated when Eve d
I have read many of the L. Eve Dallas in death series. This one was by far the worst. What irritated me the most was the unnecessary foul language the character Eve uses. Very unbecoming of a lady and would make a sailor blush. For example, she refers to lingerie several times as f***wear.
However, L. Eve Dallas is anything but a lady. J.D. Robb seems to think that to make a tough cop, you must remove all femininity from the character. It is just ridiculous that the only affection she seems to sh
Nora herzamanki gibi çok başarılı.

Roarke ve Eve'nin 2. yıl dönümleri yaklaşırken buluyoruz kendimizi tatil planları kuruyorlar ama zaman konusunda anlaşma sağlamak güç oluyor bakalım 2.5 haftada karar kıldılar ama gidebilecekler mi ben şahsen merak ediyorum birde geçen sene sorunlu geçmişti bu sene rahat rahat geçirirler inşallah ve de lütfen gerçirdikleri anları yazmış olsun Nora bir sonraki kitabı o yüzden şimdiden merak ediyorum nerden başlayacak diye:)

Bu kitapta bir polis cinayeti araştırılı
Laura Ruetz
Feb 12, 2016 Laura Ruetz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed the Eve Dallas novels, and this one is just as good as the rest. Good, solid mysteries is a great cast of characters, engaging plot and steady action. These books are quick to read and fun. Eve is a great, strong female character and who doesn't want a little Roarke in their life?!
Apr 29, 2009 Felicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed it. Eve and Rourke's relationship mellowed out in this one, I think the point was to see them settle into a REAL marriage and, although I loved the tormented and torrid earlier books, there was something nice about seeing them settle in and be happy without drama, be partners and comfortable together. I can see the baby on the horizon, 2-3 books down the line, and it's really time. The mystery was quite good too, very heartfelt because it was close to a character we know. Really enjoye ...more
Mar 05, 2009 Cherise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was great and loved the character development of Eve, Morris and the relationship between Eve and Roarke. This book was fast paced from the beginning and although it slows down some in the investigation, I still couldn't put this book down because of the characters. Can't wait for the next installment of the In Death series.
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
I'd even fudge up to 4s.

Dallas at a grown woman slumber party. I repeat, Dallas at a slumber party. That alone (if you've been reading the series, and if you haven't why on earth are you reading this review?) should pique your interest in this book. Though, the identity of the victim hurts my heart. I was really hoping to see more from that character in the series, but it could have been worse. WAY worse.

I just keep on reading through this series (which is sad that I'm on #28 and I still have FA
Sep 25, 2015 Aya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
In Death: 28
After so many books in this series, it's amazing that only about two years have passed in story time. Also amazing is how this prolific author can still manage to tell a good story filled with drama, humor, heart-touching moments, and tasteful romance. As with pretty much most of the books in this series, this one is standalone, and it's not strictly necessary to read the previous ones, though finding a primer on the characters might be helpful. The whole series is enjoyable, so star
Delia Binder
Mar 25, 2015 Delia Binder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
::4-1/2 stars::

A strong entry in the In Death series, and an example of doing a "Mauveshirt"

"Take note, security officers: You can get these at Wal-Mart."
(from TV Tropes)

("Redshirt with a backstory")
story right. Over the course of several prior books we'd gotten to know, a little, Chief Medical Examiner Morris's new girlfriend, the Southern Blonde Det. Amaryllis Coltrane, who'd transferred from the Atlanta PSD and worked largely as a robbery cop - and we'd gotten to know Eve's mild sense of di
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
This installment had me very emotional from the first Chapter. While the crime was interesting in this one it was the human aspects that really made this a great read. Eve's interactions with her ever growing circle of close friends always makes for a great dynamic. In particular I loved her interactions with Morris in this book. They brought all the weepy out in me and then as a counter to the sadness you had the whole bridal shower thing going and nothing is better than when Eve is all off kil ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"Amarylis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us."

Dallas's friend Chief Medical Examiner Morris and Coltraine had started a serious relationship, and from all accounts the two were headed for a happy future together. But someone has
Barbara ★
SPECTACULAR as usual. J.D. Robb absolutely rocks!

Eve Dallas is on the trail of a cop killer. Amaryllis Coltraine recently transferred from Atlanta PD to New York (not Eve's squad but local). Amaryllis and ME Morris (Dallas's friend) hookup and it's serious. When she is murdered, Dallas catches the case. Dallas is a victim's advocate (so to speak) and Amaryllis is no different though Eve's connection to Morris makes it personal. Eve is stunningly brilliant as usual and locks this up tight in bet
Elevate Difference
She gets a phone call and leaves the house almost instantly afterward with her two guns on her person. Her weapons do not help her as she is ambushed on the stairwell by someone she recognizes. She is brought to the basement where she is revived before she is killed. The year is 2060 and NYPD Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas catches the case in Promises in Death.

Eve arrives at the crime scene and examines the body before turning it over. To her horror, she recognizes the victim as veteran Detective
Aug 18, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I loved everything about this addition to the in Death series, including the coral cover which just screams...It's me! Whereas I was quite disappointed in the previous release, Salvation in Death, this one satisfied on all fronts. Eve seems much more comfortable being a wife, yet much still baffles her about life and relationships. The connection between Eve and Roarke was much more focused on with Eve experiencing a series of revelations or conclusions about herself and their rela ...more
Feb 27, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all of the In Death books. They are all about a homicide cop, Eve Dallas, in NYC set in the future (2050+). The author has done a great job of creating this future world, with tons of little details that just make it came alive. JD Robb is a pseudonym (SP?) for Nora Roberts. So some of the scenes are quite steamy. And some of them are kind of graphic, because she is a homicide cop.

But there have been a lot of books in this series, and sometimes the storylines feel a little familar. The ma
Dec 01, 2015 Gisele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
She saw curiosity. No alarm, no worry. She knew her face showed him nothing. Not yet. Another second or two, she thought. Just another few seconds before she broke his heart.

Promises in Death es una de las mejores novelas de la serie. Es de ese tipo de libro que inyecta tantas emociones en el lector. Mi corazon...


She did the only thing she could do. She plunged the knife is his heart.

JD Robb lo hizo otra vez.


En Promises in Death, la muerte toca el corazon de uno de los mejores amigos de Eve y u
Bonnie Jennings
Mar 06, 2016 Bonnie Jennings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm not huge on romance although I like a if it is urban fantasy, fantasy, paranormal with romance in it. I love the relationship between Roarke and Eve - how two broken people can find happiness. And of course I love that the main female character kicks ass.
Normally, I like this series. I would say this book is the first time that I didn’t actually like a book in the series. It took me longer to read as well. Way longer. I don’t know if it was because I wasn’t really enjoying the book this time, or my need/want to find out who did it went away. (I came across a spoler and since then it went down hill. Usually, I’m still able to read them fairly quickly and enjoy them though.) It just did not feel like a J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts book to me. I just did ...more
Lisa Gines
May 12, 2009 Lisa Gines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining read. I think the thing I enjoyed so much in this book was the interaction between the characters. So much interaction. Seeing Dallas' anguish for Morris. Seeing her terrified of Mavis' baby. Louise's bridal shower was hilarious. Robb is building the humanity of Dallas' character. The plot was very nicely crafted. I didn't really have a clue to the 'bad guy' until the end. The plot complexity is pretty amazing. One other thing, I'm intrigued by the world in 2060. Every book g ...more
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
Fans of Eve Dallas and Roarke will enjoy this installment because Eve evolves greatly.

While Eve Dallas hosts a bachelorette party at home, her husband Roarke hosts a bachelor’s party in Las Vegas. This is the first party Eve has hosted without Roarke and she’s down right scared . She’s working on a case of a murdered cop and suspects someone from the dead cop’s squad. Not having Roarke around to talk out her theories, she talks them out to her girlfriends and learns it’s nice to have girlfriend
Chris Aranosian
Apr 06, 2010 Chris Aranosian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I needed some vacation reading for the beach and the plane, and found this in the hotel gift shop. I had no idea who JD Robb was, so I bought it. In a word: yuk. The story was mildly interesting, but the recurring romance novel crap and the relentless stuff about feelings and relationships made this pretty lame, given that is it supposedly a futuristic murder mystery/detective story. She just gives away the culprits with around 4 chapters to go - no plot twists, no surprises, no action or suspen ...more
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J.D. Robb writes police procedurals set in the near future.

Naked in Death is the first book in what was initially meant to be trilogy about Eve Dallas, a NY police lieutenant with a dark past. In that first book she meets the mysterious Roarke, who is a suspect in the case. By the time the third book in that initial trilogy was in stores readers clamored for more.

Twenty years later, Devoted in Dea
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Other Books in the Series

In Death (1 - 10 of 43 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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“Do little pink fairies sing and dance in your world, Peabody?"
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