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Missing in Death (In Death #29.5)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  6,676 Ratings  ·  180 Reviews

Investigating a woman's disappearance on a New York City ferry, Detective Eve Dallas wonders…if she didn't jump, and she's not on board, then where in the world is she?

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb

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Published November 24th 2009 by Findaway World (first published November 1st 2009)
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Feb 19, 2017 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the Staten Island ferry meandering its way across the harbour, and over 3000 passengers on board, Eve Dallas couldn’t work out what had happened, and why she’d been called to the scene. She was on a launch with Peabody, heading to the ferry which was stopped halfway across, because a woman was missing. When she was taken to the crime scene, and saw the amount of blood which was present, she had no hesitation in pronouncing the person dead. But the problem was, there was no body…the missing ...more
Denise ~The Procrastinating Book Diva~

Roarke ~ "It takes more than skill and duty to make a good takes an unfailing sense of right and wrong"
Eve ~ "Yea, but it's a hell of a lot easier when they don't overlap."

I can't remember ever saying this before but, the plot of Missing in Death was too big for a novella. Fleshed out properly it had the potential of being a stellar full length novel. With spies, government agencies, high tech weaponry, missing people, and murder - it was an In Death home run just waiting to happen!
Aly is so frigging bored
1st read 14-15 October 2013

2nd read August 2016
Sherri Hunter
This story originally appears in the anthology The Lost but in all honesty, I didn’t read the other stories. I usually don’t read anthologies because the stories are too short for my liking and don’t seem to satisfy. Also, they are usually part of a bigger series and they don’t seem to flow with the rest of the series they are a part of. But when it comes to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, Roarke, Peabody and the gang, a little bit of a story is better than nothing. I love this series so much and am so a ...more
Angela James
I think this may be the only In Death book I've ever not enjoyed. This is the second one of the novellas that I've listened to in audio and I didn't like the narrator the first time around and I still don't like her with this book. I can't stand the voice she uses for Peabody, which makes her sound like a stupid hick, and the narrator mispronounced words like "secret" (she instead pronounced it as "secrete". So someone was going to "secrete" the body. No no no) and "macabre". I know macabre isn' ...more
This wasn't a paranormal spin on the ....In Death mystery series as the previous and future short stories, it was on the side of sci-fi mixed with spy thriller, complete with a device that could do wonders for humanity...or be a weapon used for evil. With that said, the key to unlocking the mystery was Roarke and to a smaller extent, Sommerset - so yeah, another blast from the Urban Wars memory vault. The book was a little boring for my taste, and there wasn't much for Eve to do police work wise ...more
Jun 19, 2011 Caro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-death
Spooky good read! Ha ha. Emotions, puzzles, breadcrumbs, vortexes, flirting, surprises, and some tough decisions. A great read that hooks you, reels you in, and doesn't let go. I loved the whole thing (even though it was short) and the ending was perfect, if a little hard. Tense and page-turning. Another great read in a series that never lets go. You'll definitely get 'Lost' in this book. :) Enjoy!!!
Katie Reus
Mar 22, 2015 Katie Reus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-listen
I love this series as a whole but this novella really struck the right note with me. I'm constantly amazed by Eve's growth and loved the decision she made at the end. I wasn't sure which way she'd go.
Sep 08, 2015 Kara-karina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how Nora always tries to play with her novellas just a little bit more. It's not about plausibility, but instead about having fun while writing a short story. In this regard Missing in Death has certainly delivered. Recommended.

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Я люблю как Нора Робертс всегда старается немного поиграть со своими повестями и завести их в кросс-жанры. то у неё происходит что-то паранормальное, но в этот раз она залезла в шпионский роман. В общем, было весело и интересно. Рекомендую.
Nikinnia Smith
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the other books in this series. It was only a novella so maybe that's why.
A woman has no memory of the past few hours. She actually walked in on a murder that took place in the bathroom on a tour boat. There is a huge mystery of how the killer got off the boat, but it was actually quite simple how he got off.
Eve ends up letting the killer go as he killed for retribution against the same agency that did not protect Eve as a child.
A short story where Eve has to solve a possible murder on a ferry with the body missing.

An interesting case involving (view spoiler).

Next in the series comes Fantasy in Death.
This book definitely had the spook factor! However, the premise behind that spook factor was a bit far fetched. The mystery wasn't all that great in this book, with nebulous associations with assassins, but I found myself wishing it had gone into more depth with the main villain. While this was a quick read, I didn't find it necessary to further my enjoyment of the series overall.
Venus Blancia
Apr 12, 2015 Venus Blancia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cookie offering might be the end of the Eve and Summerset's bickering. But I am quieting myself of how justice is served here.
Jun 25, 2014 Tami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't get enough of the In Death Series...and part of that hinges on Susan Ericksen's performance when narrating.
Mar 20, 2017 Dekaydreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner - one of the emotional ones. Bit of a slow start, but nice finish.
Jan 10, 2017 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read
Tonya Coleman
Oct 18, 2016 Tonya Coleman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I really like these little novellas. Eve surprised me at the end. But in a good way. She is seeing a lot more things in grey instead of just black and white and I love the growth she has had as a character.
Zel Polev
Aug 07, 2016 Zel Polev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

missing-in-death-j-d-robbOne of New York’s great attractions is the Staten Island ferries! But one vacationing family has the scare of their life when their wife and mother goes missing and the women’s bathroom that she was supposed to have gone into is covered in blood. Now it’s up to Eve and Peabody to get to the bottom of things and find a killer that seems to have disappeared into thin air.

It’s been awhile since I’ve
Apr 24, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Canon! {}

In most of Eve's cases, she has some evidence to start her case. At the very least, she has a body. Missing in Death throws Eve for a loop because the case itself is so unusual: a crime scene, but no body with an entire passenger ferry full of people as potential suspects.

Missing in Death had all of the hallmarks of an In Death novel, squeezed into a small format. It was like watching your favorite movie in a half hour
Apr 26, 2016 Jerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like many readers, we were surprised at the length of this JD Robb “novella”, part of her prolific “In Death” series, and not at all the "short story" proclaimed on the cover. About eight lengthy chapters and an hour into the yarn, we were thinking this should have been a full length novel, as we were mesmerized with the suspense on one hand, and the machinations of the police on the other, headed of course by Lt. Eve Dallas, to solve a ferry-boat murder under unusually mysterious circumstances. ...more
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Roz Curney-Sherod
Mar 19, 2016 Roz Curney-Sherod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third novella as part of the "Time of Death" compilation of three in the "In Death" series. This is my favorite of the three novellas which include, Eternity, Ritual and Missing in Death. A woman is reported missing from a New York ferry by her family. She was last seen going into a woman's bathroom with a maintenance sign on the door. When Eve wonders why she is called for a missing person, she steps into the restroom to find it covered in blood and a missing body. This one was quite the myster ...more
This is a great little story which puts a lot of plot and action into its small dimensions. As usual, fast moving action with intricate plot; funny banter between the growing cast of characters and Roarke is there to help do his computer (e-geek) sleuthing. An important loose end to Lt. Dallas' past is tied up nicely. A fun enjoyable read as always with Susan Erickson's talented narration bringing the characters to life.

Re Susan Erickson's portrayal of Peabody, it is a contested subject because
Cathe Olson
A woman is killed on the New York City ferry but both the murderer and body are nowhere to be found--luckily the supposedly brilliant Detective Eve Dallas is on the case.

This is my first J.D. Robb book and it seemed pretty much like a murder mystery for dummies -- no thinking or figuring out is required by the reader as the author is sure to over explain everything and even if you don't believe it, you understand it. Also, for some reason the author decided this should take place in the future
Another great addition to the In Death series. This one was short and maybe could have been a little longer to more fully flush out some parts of the story. But the story was interesting and well done. Lots of unexpected twists and turns keep you on your toes. I loved how Peabody was so pleased that the ferry guy hit on her and that she was able to tell him that she was in love with her "co-hab". I loved how Peabody expressed that "having a guy is great" and Eve has grown enough to actually agre ...more
Jul 26, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Promises in Death, Kindred in Death, Ritual in Death, and Missing in Death by J.D. Robb - Two full-length novels and two novellas (I never read the other stories in those short story compilation books) and I only have the most recent book in the series and I'll be caught up at last. I really liked Kindred. It would probably make my top five in the series. I've definitely enjoyed the series. The characters are great, the sex is great , the humor is great. But I'm also glad I didn't invest in buyi ...more
Jane Lee
Apr 24, 2011 Jane Lee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
This is one of those books where you expect plausible explanations with a good chunk of logic, suspense and fast-paced thrill. Sadly, this book did not deliver.

The beginning was quite suspenseful though as I began to think about how the murderer worked out the "missing" body and where the "missing" passenger has gone for an hour without being seen by anyone. But the ending was so bad it was just...stupid. The explanation was all this futuristic mumbo jumbo which didn't even satisfy the depths of
#29.5 (Novella #7) in the Eve Dallas (in Death) series. A woman goes missing on her way to the restroom on the Staten Island ferry and the restroom is then found coated in blood. The story is interesting as is the conflict between Dallas and Roarke about whether there are degrees of guilt. Dallas and Peabody joke about the killer using a "cloak of invisibility" to escape the ferry but the technology used is as much of a copout.

#29.5 Eve Dallas series - novella (In The Lost (2009) anthology) - I
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J.D. Robb is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series and the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. The futuristic suspense series stars Eve Dallas, a New York City police lieutenant with a dark past. Initially conceived as a trilogy, readers clamored for more of Eve and the mysterious Roarke. Echoes in Death, on sale February 2017, is the 44th ent ...more
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