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Festive in Death

(In Death #39)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  19,868 ratings  ·  1,451 reviews
Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who were loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her Christmas shopping list—plus the guest list for her and h
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Berkley
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Charli I think people may be lost if they don't at least have a grounding in the main characters' backstories. There are a lot of complicated relationships a…moreI think people may be lost if they don't at least have a grounding in the main characters' backstories. There are a lot of complicated relationships and history throughout the series that definitely enhance the story. But if you just want to read for a slightly futuristic police procedural, you may be able to jump right in. The first book is Naked in Death. (less)
Gina Briganti I ask myself this question all the time! I think the answer is that she's just that good!

One element I love and that makes the series so romantic is t…more
I ask myself this question all the time! I think the answer is that she's just that good!

One element I love and that makes the series so romantic is that even if you could best Eve in a fight, Roarke wouldn't betray her. (less)

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Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This is my review from September 2014 when I read this book the first time. I cannot think of anything I want to change or add. It expresses perfectly the way I feel about it on my second reading. Nice to be reading it so close to Christmas too.

After 38 books you would think I might be getting tired of the In Death series but I most certainly am not! This is number 39 and reading it was like meeting up again with close friends and family. The Christmas theme is heart warming - everyone should en
It's close to Christmas and Eve Dallas gets a surprise call from someone she knows who's walked into a murder scene. She and Peabody have their work cut out for them as the victim was a creep.

I enjoyed this story a lot. It has all the things I love about the series...Peabody, a strong procedural, a cast of interesting suspects, clever dialogue, Eve's mixed metaphors, Roarke time and the annual holiday party at Eve and Roarke's mansion. An added bonus was a twist I didn't foresee for a long time
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
What happens when a truly horrible person is murdered? You have hundreds of suspects because everyone wanted to kill this guy. Hell, I wanted to kill him myself. So, having the top homicide detective working tirelessly to solve his murder seems like a bit of a waste. Put your laziest, dumbest, apathetic guy on the job and just let it go.

The more you learn about the "victim", the more you empathize with his killers. He was truly a disgusting human being who deserved worse than an easy bludgeoning
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the 39th book of the In Death series (not including the novellas, I haven't read those). You would think I would have already gotten bored twenty-odd books ago. But honestly, I still want more!

Eve and Roarke are my favorite book couple ever! Eve is my kind of heroine. She's strong, smart, loyal, and a badass cop through and through, but deep inside, she has a soft spot for the people she cares about. Roarke, on the other hand, will forever be my book boyfriend. He's Irish, ultra rich, th
Aisling Zena
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
If Eve and Roarke couldn't get me out of this funk, no one will..

For the past couple of weeks I've been in the weirdest of moods. I don't know what I wanna read next. I don't feel like reading anything, even releases I've been anxiously waiting for. I'm so far behind in my challenge, I don't know how I'm gonna catch up. Add the fact that I've been the last man standing at work for two weeks and I'm in the shittiest mood imaginable. And usually darling Eve and Roarke help me out of these maudlin
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I keep repeating myself here. Yes, it was great. Yes, I love Eve and Roarke. Yes, I love all the other characters in the books.

"I shopped."

"Dear God! Are you alright? Should I call for the Mts?"

LOL. Eve and her Christmas shopping.

"You're reading a book."

"It's the Yeat's you gave me our first Christmas together. I reread it every year at this time."

Roarke loves Yeats and takes out the book that Eve gave him on their first Christmas together ...

She was lousy at giving gifts; she was wor
Delia Binder
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
The newest Eve Dallas? And set around Christmas? Oh, this should be hilarious! Christmas and Eve get along about as well as chocolate and mustard, with a side of natto - so I expect much humor while investigating the crime! Even worse, Eve's partner (and my book-Sister) Dee Peabody? Loves the holidays...!

I Dare You - Tell Me That's NOT Eve Dallas!

EDITED BECAUSE the signed picture I had of Stana Katic (from her role on HEROES) had a big honking DO NOT COPY legend on it. Turns out it's DO
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bloody hell! This is crazy indeed. After 39 books the magic is still there!!

Festive in Death is another wonderful addition to this series. While there wasn’t an OMG factor to the murders and mystery it still packed a punch. J.D. Robb works wonders with her plots and characters right up to the very end.

If I am being honest though I rather enjoyed the fact that the setting also finds Eve, Roarke and the gang at Christmas time.

Going along with Eve holiday shopping, party planning and gift givi
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
Festive in Death is the 39th book in the In Death series. Admittedly, I have experienced bouts of ennui while reading the last several books, but JD Robb is in fine form here. She fills this book with everything that made me fall in love with the series, and it’s now one of my favorites.

The murder mystery involving an egotistical, immoral personal trainer is a really interesting one. It challenges Dallas to put her personal feelings aside in order to get justice for a man that nobody liked. The
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars

I’ve been reading these slightly out of order, which I wouldn’t normally do, but J.D. Robb makes it very easy for me to enjoy them regardless of the number on the cover. In Death series is one of the most popular series in the world and with good reason. Just days ago, I sung Nora Roberts’ praises to all of you, and I still stand by my every word.

The series takes place about 40 years from now, which is highly unusual for the detective/mystery genre, but I love that Robb never makes a b
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Re-read 17/01/2020

See my review of the re-read HERE
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Rereading for Buddy Read - Jan. 2020
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The early hours of the morning in the lead up to Christmas found Lieutenant Eve Dallas dragged from her warm bed into the frosty outside air to investigate New York’s latest murder. And a nasty one it was too – the cardboard sign with a handwritten Santa Says You've Been Bad!!! Ho, Ho, Ho! was attached to the victim’s chest with a particularly vicious looking kitchen knife.

As Eve began the investigation with Detective Delia Peabody by her side, they started to uncover some facts about the decea
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great In Death book - a very nice taste of Eve, Roarke, and all the usual suspects! Yes it takes place around Christmas - lots of cool gifts given between the main characters and between Eve and Roarke.

Some very good bantering throughout the book, a red herring or two thrown in for good measure. Of course the ritual "dirty Santa" - love that part. Most of the main characters make an appearance, if only a glimpse which is okay. We can really see the change in Eve in this book - how she co
5 Strong n Glittery Christmas Stars!!! JD Robb has had a pattern with the ID books for a while now. One case-intense book with edge and urgency and one lighter book with more banter, life outside of work, and side character interactions. This was the light book;) I believe that this book has given us the most off-case scenes ever. I loved the party prep/the party itself, the gift shopping/giving, the home life, the vid and popcorn, and on and on... It rocked! The case was well done and the twist ...more
Cathryn Chandler
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans Murder mystery
Shelves: jd-robb

This latest installment for JD Robb’s “In Death” series takes place in Eve’s adopted home—New York City. The fact the victim is universally disliked is supposed to be a major test of Eve’s personal ethic that everyone, no matter who, deserves justice and someone to stand for them. Although that idea is stated a number of times throughout the book—it doesn’t really come across all that strongly in the plot.
This book was OK. But having read them all—next to most of the others in the series, it o
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, christmas

Opening line: "... Men, Sima thought, can't live with them, can't beat them to death with a nine iron ..."

FESTIVE IN DEATH is the 39th book in the mystery/romantic suspense ‘Death’ series which I never seem to tire of. I have found each of the books to be well-written with believable characters and darker edgy heart in mouth type murder investigations with enough humour to prevent you sucking your thumb in the corner. FESTIVE IN DEATH is set in Christmas 2060 – Christmas is not a season Lieutena
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-owned
I was leaning towards a 3.5 star, but then the mystery actually executed a twist I was hoping it would, which bumped things up. A lot of "hang out" time in this one with all our favorite characters which is a win in my books ...more
Oh my. Christmas!!!

Another time of Eve where she becomes so worried about presents and another Christmas party she and Roarke are supposed to host. Tsk tsk. Eve's not big about gifts and parties, but still, I kinda like seeing her so flustered when Roarke rains her with myriad of gifts (like in the book 22, Memory in Death). I always like In Death books when Eve and Roarke are celebrating their anniversary or Christmas.

Still a long time to read this one #sighheavily
I'll still wait impatiently f
Laura (Kyahgirl)
1 Star; DNF

One of the most important things to me in a 'good book' is a main character or cast of characters that, even if I can't like them, I can understand and even empathize with them.

I've come to the point with this series that I abhor Eve's character. The plot/mystery was weak but beside that, Eve has evolved into a whiny, ungrateful snot. She marginalizes anyone who she can't use and she is intolerant and rude to her coworkers and anyone else who doesn't immediately fall over themselves
Ann Lou
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The murder and mystery of this series never gets old even after reading 39 books.   Our victim in this installment is a guy people loved to hate but whatever he was, he belongs to Eve in death.   

Also, we get to spend another Christmas with Eve and Roarke.  All the gift buying/giving made Eve on edge.  The party was a ultramazing (Mavis's term). 

And the convo with Eve and Peabody about cheating was very interesting. 

" You go into marriage, you plow a road.  Stick and try to work it through, o
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Eve and Roarke are just the bestest couple EVAH! Now I am ready for the holidays to start. Maybe I will do a full review, maybe I won't. Sometimes it just nice to have thouroughly enjoyed a book without the pressure of a review. But I highlighted so much awesomeness..... :) we'll see. ...more
☘ Lily ☘
What is it about the holidays in In Death books that always won me over? Especially the gift exchange parts.

God, I love this couple so much.

As per the case goes, it was okay. I thought it was about a serial killer Santa at first though. 😂 But it was an okay case in the end. The characters are what made the book actually.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is not a big fan of Christmas - buying Christmas gifts, going to Christmas parties and socilaising all takes too much time and effort, but now married to mega wealthy businessman Roarke, she has no choice but to get into the mood and help him buy gifts for their friends, glam up and host a big party.

Meanwhile Eve and her partner, Delia Peabody are investigating the murder of a personal trainer, Trey Zieglar. Trey turns out to have a lot of cash making Eve suspect that some
Spoilers ahead

For the first time I had the bad guy pegged before Eve lol, while the murder investigation wasn't as riveting as others in this series I enjoyed this one because I was convinced the murderer was someone other than who Eve suspected. With Christmas in the air we see quite a bit of the softer side of Eve as well as funny interactions with the usual secondary characters. As always the Eve/Roarke moments were the high points for me
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book 39 I devoured without realising how much I was reading, time definitely got away from me.

So, Christmas is around the corner again, and between unwanted shopping to do, and a murder to solve Eve has her hands full, especially as the ‘victim’ was a despicable human being, but he is Eve’s now and no matter how much she may hate the dead guy, she will catch his killer, and in doing so uncovers unexpected living victims.

A fair few people are still enamoured with Eve’s magic leather coat – it’s g
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Okay, as usual J. D. Robb delivered fine.

Her 39th book of ID series is a great story, not so violent (that's good) and full of festive details (I loved them a lot).

The plot was good, simple and straight (I guessed the culprit almost from the very start) and the part about Christmas was wonderful. I love how Eve Dallas got a family, even if she didn't want it!

A note about Da
Festive in Death
3 Stars

Eve and company investigate the murder of a personal trainer with a mean streak. The question arises as to who didn't want the jerk dead.

A solid installment although to be perfectly honest, the victim is such a nasty piece of work that it is difficult to summon up much sympathy for him. The twist at the end is pretty good although it isn't all that surprising.

The Christmas shopping/party scenes are cute and add a festive air to the book.
4 stars - Futuristic/Crime/Holiday/Romantic Suspense/Mystery

I love this series! Honestly, I was pretty bored/uninterested with the crime/murder case that Eve was tasked with solving in this one. But I loved the holiday parts of the story (Eve shopping, the gift exchanges between all the characters, and Eve and Roarke's Christmas party), and all that made it worthwhile for me.
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All J. D. Robb fans
Recommended to Betty by: Sent to me for review


September 2014

Tis the Season to be jolly and Eve Dallas is shopping and solving crime, as usual. What is different is she is actually enjoying the shopping! Her latest murder victim is a macho, award winning personal trainer that uses and abuses his female clientele. Evidently one of them couldn’t take it anymore and left him propped up in his bed with a knife stuck in his heart and a sign pinned to his chest: “Santa Says Yo
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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. Shadows in Death(St. Martin's Press, September 2020) is ...more

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In Death (1 - 10 of 53 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)
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“Just shut your mouth, you ignorant twat."
"Aw, Dallas, he called me a twat. How come you get to be a bitch, but I only get to be a twat."
"It's the rank," Eve told her. "You'll make bitch one day."
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