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Strangers in Death

(In Death #26)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  23,069 ratings  ·  884 reviews
In 2060 New York, some murders still get more attention than others, especially those in which the victim is a prominent businessman, found in his Park Avenue apartment, tied to the bed—and strangled with cords of black velvet. Fortunately, homicide cop Lieutenant Eve Dallas's billionaire husband, Roarke, happens to own the prime real estate where Thomas Anders's sporting- ...more
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Putnam Publishing Group (first published February 18th 2008)
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Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a reread of book 26 in the series and I really had forgotten just how good these middle of the series books are!

There are so many quotable moments mostly between Roarke and Eve, but Peabody and Eve get a lot of humour going as well. There is a very romantic proposal which nearly steals the whole book. Galahad still does not get the bacon. Eve actually manages to buy a can of Pepsi from the vending machine.

And of course there is a dead body and the hunt is on for the murderer. I enjoy t
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

I feel I should just mark each future book 4 or 5 stars (without having read them). Honestly, I know I sound like a broken record but I don't know how this author has held my attention for 26 fecking books and I am still loving them. Eve. My girl crush. I love her. The way her mind works to solve the case, with the help of the usual suspects! Roarke, sigh!

Eve is never arrogant. She doubts herself on some cases. Some of the cases bring her back to her childhood, a tough time in her life
Alex ♈
Suspense 5 stars / Romance 4.5 stars

A good man, a loyal husband is killed. Was he a good man or was he a monster?
Damn, this book is one of my favorites. Eve suspected/knew from the beginning who was the villain. But no evidence and perfect alibi. And only Eve's feeling and small pieces of truth. Excellent written, excellent.
I flove psychological approach, game of minds and a highly intelligent murderer.

Eve - best woman ever!!!

Finally a good turn in Louise and Charles' relationship. I couldn't
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The good thing about this series is that the author is always changing up how we are presented with each mystery. In some books, we immediately know who the killer is and we even get to see his POV. And, usually the killer has a super creepy POV with some very sick thoughts going through his head.

*shudder* ....sooo creepy..

In other books, we have to try and figure out who the killer is, but sometimes it's just way too obvious.

hmmm... I wonder who it could be..

Sometimes, the killer is right in fr
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Am I driving you all crazy with my 5 star reviews? I just can't seem to find flaws with these books. They are worthy of either 4 or 5 stars from me. ❤

Another fabulous addition to the series and kudos to J.D. Robb for keeping my attention and desire to read on.

One of my favorite moments in this book didn't even belong to Eve and Roarke!!!! And this is another wonderful thing about this series. Such great secondary characters. :)

Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The body of Thomas Anders was found in his bedroom, tied up and slowly strangled by a cord. The scene is set up to look like Anders was entertaining someone while his wife was out of town when their sex games went wrong. But Lt. Eve Dallas sees something else and immediately knows who is behind the murder. Unfortunately, she has no evidence. Now Eve and her team must dig to find how a person who has an airtight alibi could commit this murder.

This addition to the In Death series was a little diff
The Listmaker
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: corruption
Another solid entry in the series. There seems to be two approaches with this series. A) Reveal the guilty party or parties early (about one third of the way through the book) and the remainder is how Dallas captures them and proves them guilty. B) A slower build up to the reveal (about two thirds of the way through the book) with a few red herrings thrown in, allowing the reader to figure out whodunit for themselves.

This book takes the first approach. While that is fine, I'd rather be challeng
Sandra Hoover
Starting a reread for group buddy read - 7/5/18 - 4.5 stars Loved the relationship development in this one, and the case was interesting also. Another great read in an awesome series!
Hulya Kara Yuksel
I just love Eve & Roarke so much. <3

She tilted her head back to look at him. “I saw you, and that’s all it took. Sometimes I can’t breathe, I love you so much.”
“Eve.” Emotion deepened his eyes as he kissed her, very sweetly, then he just rested his brow against hers.
“I keep thinking, well, this’ll settle down. It’s bound to level off and settle down. But it doesn’t. Even when things are just going smooth and we’re just…living, I can look at you, and I’ve got no breath left.”
“Every minute with
Spoilers ahead

A good man is killed in a way that brings shame to his name and humiliated his supposedly grieving widow, but as Dallas unravels the threads in this case she finds the widow isn't quite what she seemed. Two married women, one weak and one strong hatch an inconceivable plot to murder their husbands

Even though the romance isn't as strong in this one as others in this series I enjoyed this one for the plot. I too hated the widow for her greedy and callous disregard for human life. I w
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Something big happening here between Charles and Louise:)

Now about the crime, not complicated at all. We knew who done it very early on, only Eve had a bit problem to gather the evidence, but the way she work on it? From Roarke's eyes? I can understand why he is truly, deeply, madly in love to her! Heh:))

I want my Eve too if I fancy a bit of a girl! LOL:))
Strangers in Death
4 Stars

When a wealthy business man is found dead in his bed, Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon narrows down the focus to one suspect. Unfortunately, this person has an ironclad alibi and Eve will have to pull out all the stops to prove her case.

While the title of the book reveals the main plot points as well as the identities of the culprits, it is still entertaining to follow along as Eve and her team work out their theory, gather the evidence and catch the killer.

The ongoing chara
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
”Shouldn’t you be upstairs buying Alaska?” (Eve)
“I did that last week.” (Roarke)

So Roarke!!! LOL

Oh, I love, love, love these books! The mystery is Always different and so very intriguing and every time differently done. Sometimes we know the killer, sometimes we don't know who he/she is until the very last page, sometimes we suspect, sometimes we doubt... and here Eve knows, but she doens't have proof!

Jan 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Maybe it's because I've read about 22 of these in a row, but the "spark" is starting to die a bit. GASP! I mean, I still LOVE these books, but I feel like the last few haven't had enough at stake emotionally for the main characters. The conflict in their relationship really drove the first dozen or so. I'm hankering for some head-butting between the two leads so they can "make up" after, hehe. :) ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Strangers in Death by J.D.Robb is the 26th book in the In Death series. Eve investigates the murder of a prominent sports tycoon in what appears to be a sex crime. The title of the book gives away the solution but does not detract from the enjoyment of it. I love that we catch up with all the characters and this time Charles and Louise make a special announcement. Another fabulous book in the series.
Twenty-six books in and I'm more addicted to this series than ever which is really saying something! Strangers in Death is a bit of a different case for Eve because she knows almost immediately who the killer is but has absolutely zero evidence to prove it. Eve has excellent instincts and she knows when someone is lying to her but they have an airtight alibi that Eve simply can't break. The deeper she digs the more she knows she's right but she still doesn't have enough to convince a jury. Could ...more
Ann Lou
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one's intriguing. Although at 30 percent mark Eve knows who the killer is or who conspired to have him killed. The problem is how to prove it. The killer planned it for months but s/he did not plan on Eve taking the case.

The last part was quiet a show. Oh and I am so happy for Louise and Charles. 😃
Pamela Shropshire
11/30/2020 Eve is assigned to investigate the murder of a sports equipment and clothing purveyor whose headquarters is located in Roarke’s tower. Tommy Anders was found in his bedroom, naked, with several, um, implements for personal pleasure, tied up and obviously asphyxiated by the rope around his neck. His wife, Ava, who was in St. Lucia on a girlfriend’s trip, claims he had been exploring alternative sexual practices for a couple of years; and being in St. Lucia, was clearly not in New York ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ava is character that you can hate, period. Suzanne is a character that you can both pity and dislike.

Some good bantering between Eve and Peabody about superior lays - love that scene.

A great quote is near the end when Ava says that Eve married for money, Eve replied "I married a man. The man!" Love that quote.

From the blurb: In 2060 New York, some murders still get more attention than others, especially those in which the victim is a prominent businessman, found in his Park Avenue apartment, ti
Aly is so frigging bored
1st read 19-22 September 2013

2nd read 26th February - 11th March 2016

A Hitchcockian feel not everyone will like.

When Eve is called to a homicide on Park Avenue, she finds herself in the bedroom of Thomas Anders, sports fanatic and the head of Anders Worldwide. Sixty-one, he, like his father before him, ran a top enterprise of sporting-goods turned into more; several cities set up to help underprivileged children with sporting-goods to play sports. Unfortunately, Anders’s life was cut short. His body was found by his House Manager (housekeeper); each arm and leg t
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, in-death
Much like every other book in this series I've read, I could not put this down. The body count was far lower than others, but that didn't detract from the tension and plot twists, and my jaw literally hit the floor at the final reveal. The climax was drawn out, and really rather delicious. The small resolution at the end made me smile. ...more
Murder harbored no bigotry, no bias.

This is the first In Death I have listened to on audio. Susan Erickson brings the characters to life and I was thrilled.

A prominent man is found dead in his bed in a most undignified manner. Eve runs into so many dead ends trying to figure out who would want to kill someone that everyone claims is a fine upstanding pillar of the community.

The characters' voices took me away as I listened to this book. The crime was very interesting and somewhat frustrating unt
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Another great addition to the In-Death series. All the usual players are back. The mystery is the central figure in this one. For the second book Eve doesn't wake with nightmares about her father. Could this be a sign that she's actually becoming more human? Another trend I've noticed over the last couple of books is that Eve is doing more of the command position thing rather than the lone wolf thing. Due for Captain bars soon? Hard to say. A solid 3.5 stars. ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scribd
The theme of Strangers in Death kept if from being one of my favorites of the series, but it was a good book. It was fairly typical of the books of the series. I enjoyed Eve, Roark, and her team. I really like reading about them work on cases together. I particularly enjoy the parts where Roark steps up and helps them out and works closely with Eve. Mavis and the baby turn up in this one, and that added a layer of delight.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First Read: In this book of the series, Eve must solve the murder of Thomas A. Anders, a charming and respected sporting goods magnate found dead in his own bed in what appears to be an erotic asphyxiation gone bad. His wife was out of town at the time, suggesting that Mr. Anders had some secrets and perhaps a bit of the kink, something especially humiliating for his family and in stark opposition to his reputation for honesty, sportsmanship, and fidelity. How does Eve endeavor to solve the murd ...more
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
Pretty interesting! I mean, you know who the killer is pretty early, so the mystery is in how Eve will prove it. Delightful addition to the Charles/Louise story as well! The world is so well rounded in this series. There are just so many side characters to love!
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
3.5 Stars - This was an interesting take on the mystery plot, e.g. that Eve thinks she knows whodunnit from the jump and then is working towards validating her assumptions. It was an interesting take, but there wasn't enough character "meat" in here to really elevate it (aside from one obvious & delightful exception). Still, it's a solid entry in the series & I always enjoy my time in the world ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
A gender swap Strangers on a Train, with a different conclusion because Eve and Baxter are on the case.
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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. Forgotten in Death (St. Martin's Press, September 2021) ...more

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“Why doesn't it bother her? Seriously, it doesn't. She's not putting on a front. She's in a serious relationship with a guy who has sex with other women for a living, and it doesn't matter to her."

"I married a cop." Roarke smiled at her. "We all have our levels of acceptance. He was an LC when they met, just as she was a doctor, and one who often works in dangerous areas of the city."

She shot him the same easy smile. "So...if I'd been an LC when we met, you wouldn't have any problem with me banging other guys. Professionally."

"None at all, as I'd kick your ass and murder all of them. But that's my level of acceptance.”
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