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Indulgence in Death (In Death #31)

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An indulgence for readers: the new Eve Dallas novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

First it was a limo driver shot through the neck with a crossbow. Then it was a high-priced escort found stabbed through the heart with a bayonet.

Random hits, thrill kills, murderers with a taste for the finer things in life -- and death -- are making NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dal
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 2010)
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Apr 20, 2011 Erika rated it it was amazing
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What can I say except that even at the 31st book, I still adore Roarke and Eve and love the In Death series!! It has been over a few years since I have picked up this series. When I had stopped it wasn't because it got boring, it was because at the time I had run out of books that were currently written. I decided then to take a break and let JD Robb develop a bunch more stories before I picked up again! Now I have about ten more to read to catch up again, and I am going to savor it.

I love this
Mary Kate
May 30, 2011 Mary Kate rated it really liked it
Let me say right off the bat that, if you're new to the In Death books, I strongly suggest you start with the first book in the series, Naked in Death, and read the series in order. Watching Lt. Eve Dallas and Roarke meet, fall in love and work to create a relationship while struggling to come to terms with their horrendous childhoods is one of the most rewarding aspects of this series. Readers who have shared their journey from the beginning will, I believe, enjoy the series much more than thos ...more
Sep 29, 2011 Felicia rated it liked it
I mean, I've read 31 books in this series, and I won't stop. It's popcorn reading. This one was kind of exactly what you get lately in the series, a nice scene or two with Roarke (oh how I love you), and an ok mystery. Actually this mystery was kinda meh, because you knew for a LONG time who did it and there was no twist at all in the plot so it's like, "alright, that was...ok". Kinda cartoony bad guys too. Peabody as always was fun...I dunno. I liked it, I think? I loved the first few chapters, ...more
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
When I started reading this series last year, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would read any series with 40 something books in it. Well I did it, and I am so proud. I've come to love these characters in this series. Eve has definitely grown to me from the person she was in Naked in Death. She has friends, a husband, family and just all the love in the world. She is not the broken woman she once was. In fact I don't ever believe she was broken, I'd like to think she was waiting on Roarke. ...more
Cyn Armistead
Nov 19, 2010 Cyn Armistead rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this one. There was less gratuitous bitching between Roarke and Eve - perhaps they're learning to work together as a couple better, as most people do if they're going to make it in the long run. That's good to see depicted realistically, for a change.

The plot itself was a bit of a puzzle, and has been adequately described in the book description. I honestly can't say much more without spoilers.

One of the things I really enjoy about this series is that Eve is shown to be growing
A subtitle for this book could be called Seduction in Death II: Electric Bugaloo.

I admit I probably am grading this a bit harshly. But the entire time I was reading it, my overwhelming reaction was to keep thinking how similar it was in motive, perps and structure to the earlier book. One refrain just kept going over and over in my head -- "this feels lazy".

And not just the re-tread in plot components but also the simple police work. Instead of true deduction and procedural follow through to com
Nov 09, 2010 Kerry rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, 8, mystery, 2010
I really enjoyed this one. I always enjoy a new book about Eve and Roarke and this one didn't let me down. It has an interesting - if particularly twisted - mystery and Eve faces it in her usual fashion.

I've heard some people complain that they don't enjoy the interactions between Eve and Roarke as much now their marriage is settling down (they celebrate their 2nd wedding anniversary in this book). I'm quite the opposite. Books are so often about people getting together and the drama and conflic
Mar 22, 2016 Bigd_041555 rated it it was amazing
This book has everything I like in it. A murder while Eve and Roarke are on vacation in Ireland with Roarke's family and two despicable murderers playing a competition.

Loved reading about Roarke's family and the gift that Eve gives him for their anniversary - Eve just knows what moves that man!

The competition between two "privileged" characters is a great storyline and eventhough we find out fairly early who they are, it is still a good read and great detective work done by the Eve and company.

David Peters
Dec 10, 2010 David Peters rated it liked it
I struggled a lot with this review because while this book added to the personal story lines of a very tight group of characters, characters which I enjoy, the actual mystery was non-existence. Basically we had a space filler mini mystery (i.e. a few chapters in the beginning) followed by a non-mystery. Essentially we meet a couple of assholes and then spend the next couple of hundred pages verifying that fact until, as always, Eve triumphs over the arrogant bastards with a serving of hot humili ...more
Once again an excellent In Death book.

Eve takes Roarke to Ireland for an anniversary vacation with his family, and has some problems with nature - there is too much of it. But the cows suspicisously getting too close to the house and the sheep discussing war strategy near the stone ruins was hilarious.

Loved the idea of Clue, the chef in the garden with the harpoon, the LC in the House of Horrors with the bayonet, the facilitator in the park with the bullwhip.

Eve fairly quickly realizes what is g
Denise ~The Procrastinating Book Diva~

4.5 stars

Another amazing addition to a magnificent series. Everything about Indulgence In Death was perfection - the characters, the story, the writing. No one can intertwine established back stories with featured storylines as flawlessly as J.D./Nora can. These books always command my undivided attention because I never know when a secondary character or minor plot point in one book is going to be propelled to the forefront in the next. The possibilities are endless and I love it!!! The minor
Lynsey A
4.5 stars Another great Eve and Roarke story. As usual I was involved with the story from page 1 to the end. The killer was revealed around the middle and most of the story was working on getting the necessary evidence. However, it really didn't take too much away from the story.

There were many moments of sweetness between Roarke and Eve that always causes my heart to melt. There weren't as many scenes where Eve was grossed out about Peabody and McNab which I always find vastly entertaining.

Apr 13, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing
As always, a great book from an amazing author!! There is no need for more words... I loved it!!
Venus Blancia
It is unbelievably fascinating to say that the Naked in Deaththe first book in the series and where all the romance started and probably got married in the 3rd book, Immortal in Death; the former was published 1995 and the latter 1996. I could not argue with how Miss J.D. Robb was able to pull off with all the development of the compelling characters as this 31st installment was made 15 years after. The first few chapters of this installment made me realize as Eve and Roarke just only celebrated ...more
May 11, 2011 Cornerofmadness rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Riccarla Roman
Jan 17, 2011 Riccarla Roman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love just about anything written by Nora Roberts/J. D. Robb, but I lean towards liking the Robb books better. Eve Dallas and Roarke are a great couple (not perfect, but great). I'd want to spend time with them.

In this installment, Eve is faced with what appear to be random killings with unusual weapons - a crossbow and an antique bayonet. The victims were lured to their deaths by supposedly being "hired" for a job, but the people whose names were used never contacted them. The companies they w
Jun 04, 2011 Carol. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of J.D. Robb
Shelves: mystery, female-lead
Well, three and a half stars--one of her better books, so I rounded up. If you like J.D. Robb, you basically know what you are getting: a couple of murders; a love scene between Eve and Rourke; Eve and Rourke affirming their love for each other despite cruddy loveless upbringings; witty banter with Peabody; helpful advice/interactions with some of her close friends; sneering at Sommerfield and at least one cat appearance. In the later books, you also have some reflections on the meaning of frien ...more
Nov 28, 2010 Miles rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
This is the first time I’ve read one of JD Robb’s (Nora Roberts) novels so I approach the series with fresh eyes, joining the relationship between Eve Dallas and Roarke two years into their marriage. That said, it became clear that even though the book was a continuation of a long standing arc, it wasn’t imperative to have read previous episodes – although a bonus if you wanted to follow the development of the main characters.

One thing is clear from the outset, murder and Eve are never far away
Kathy Davie
Oct 16, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First read Jan 20, 2011 and again June 9, 2011

Another good partnership with Eve and Roarke. The story started out well with a short visit to Ireland to visit family. I had hoped they'd stay on there a bit and enjoy their time there. I certainly enjoy Eve's attitude about sheep and cows! That girl just cracks me up! You'd think she must have read Orwell's 1984 the way she goes on about how all them farm animals are plotting against the humans.
"Didn't people consider what could happen if armies o
The most interesting facet of this book was watching Eve's reactions to being a celebrity. Oh sure, she has made the tabloids (a lot) because of her marriage to Roarke, but that was fairly easy to ignore as it didn't really impact on her job. People still react to her as a cop doing a cop's job. Oh the might recognize her as "Roarke's cop", but not very often.
But since the Icove case (Origin in Death, 2005)captured the public's fancy, she has become a celebrity in her own right. Nadine Furst's b
First Sentence: The road was a killer, hardly wider than a decent stream of spit and snaking like a cobra between giant bushes loaded with strange flowers that resembled drops of blood.

Even on her vacation in Ireland with husband Roarke, Lt. Eve Dallas of the New York Police and Security Department, which came into being after the urban wars, becomes involved in a murder case, but only as an adviser. The vacation is definitely over when she returns to the murder by crossbow of a driver for an el
Apr 09, 2011 Kaetrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short version: I really liked it. I know others are a bit tired of the series or think that there hasn't been much growth in Eve & Roarke's relationship for a while but that's not my experience. I like these characters and enjoy coming back to them. I enjoy watching the growth in the other characters, how Peabody is becoming a more confident detective. I'm hoping for a new love for Morris one of these days as he's still so sad about losing Amaryllis - the whole community that Robb created ju ...more
Dec 04, 2010 LibraryLass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book, 2010
Another fantastic addition to the Eve Dallas/Roarke series. I never get tired of this author even though I have read all in the series plus I am in the process of re-reading it.

This one had less character development and concentrated more on the suspense plot. However, there were enough personal moments to keep the momentum of the characters going in the series. This story had some absolutely genuine laugh-out-loud moments (which I rarely find) and I thoroughly enjoyed ALL aspects of the story
Mar 30, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-love-mysteries
Surely a new low for me. Hard week = crappy mystery.

- 20 pages later -

Uh ok, I grabbed this book off of the new releases at the library because it was a mystery but I got 5 pages in before they reveal's set in 2060. Theres 0 indication of this on the book jacket. Hilarious. Maybe more than I can actually deal with.

- 15 more pages later -

It's totally non-futuristic and then all of a sudden shes like "I woke up and he was gone. I looked down at the bed and saw he left a memo cube for m
I hadn't read this series in awhile but reading this one reminded what I loved about Dallas, Roarke and the rest of the gang. Dallas is a true advocate for the dead, and while that is extremely important to her, the family she is building with Roarke something she never had before is also becoming very important. You see it when Dallas worries about her friends when she first starts to investigate the deaths.
I've been reading this series for a long time and even taking breaks between books it's
Rosie Amber
Apr 26, 2016 Rosie Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Indulgence in Death is a futuristic murder mystery set in New York. Part of a series of books featuring NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas it is easily a stand alone read.

The book opens in 2060 in beautiful picturesque Ireland as Eve and husband Roarke take a vacation and visit family. We are quickly plunged into a murder scene, which is a bit of a shock for the peaceful local community and Eve has to step in and guide the local officer through his first murder case.

Holiday over and Eve is back in her
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Sep) I loved this! In Death is my favorite series, and while I get that people are getting tired of the repetitiveness of the book, to me they remain incredibly readable and really enjoyable. I'm not a mystery/thriller reader as a general rule, but I find watching Eve figure out the who/what/where/when/how/why of each case interesting and the supporting cast of characters remain quite solid. I loved the beginning of this book - seeing them in Ireland, with family, always brings a smile to my fa ...more
Oct 09, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it liked it
Roarke still turns me on but I find myself underwhelmed as I read. Needs some shake up. Bring in Eve's mom!
Nikinnia Smith garcia
This series just keeps getting better. J.D. Robbs has a wonderful imagination, and comes up with the best murder crimes.

Two best friends, also described as soul mates have a competition with murder. They each alibi each other so that they are not suspected. Of course Eve Dallas is so much smarter than that. She is on to them, and it's just a matter of proving the murders.

I love the characters so much that it's hard to pick a favorite. Nadine First and Mavis Freestone weren't mentioned in the bo
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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 44 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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“What a woman you are,” he murmured, and she heard the emotion in it, the
way the Irish thickened just a bit in his voice. And saw it in those vivid eyes when he drew back. “That you would think of this. That you would do this.”
He shook his head, kissed her. Like the breath, long and quiet.
“I can’t thank you enough. There isn’t enough thanks. I can’t say what this means to me, even to you. I don’t have the words for it.” He took her hands,
brought them both to his lips. “A ghra. You stagger me.”
He framed her face now, touched his lips to her brow. “You’re the beat of my heart, the breath in my body, the light in my soul.”
“I hear the cock woke you up."

Eve choked on her coffee. "What?"

"Not that kind of cock." Sinead sent a sparkling look over her shoulder. "Though if that's true as well, good for you. I meant the rooster.”
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