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Shadows in Death

(In Death #51)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  15,029 ratings  ·  1,407 reviews
Lt. Eve Dallas is about to walk into the shadows of her husband's dangerous past.

As it often did since he'd married a cop, murder interrupted more pleasant activities. Then again, Roarke supposed, the woman lying in a pool of her own blood a few steps inside the arch in Washington Square Park had a heftier complaint.

When a night out at the theatre is interrupted by the mur
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Monica I don't know which book you found that to be the case but I always found Roarke's protective nature to be more due to Eve's job and the danger she is …moreI don't know which book you found that to be the case but I always found Roarke's protective nature to be more due to Eve's job and the danger she is always in. After all he went through in his early, formative years Roarke has found the love of his life and due to the nature of her career he lives in a constant state of fear of losing her while trying to trust her to be safe. (less)
Krystal There is mention of a dog being gutted in the past by the suspect and there is a cat that is mutilated/gutted and left in front of Eve's house making …moreThere is mention of a dog being gutted in the past by the suspect and there is a cat that is mutilated/gutted and left in front of Eve's house making her think for a second it was her cat. Very unnecessary IMO. (less)

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Sep 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
The author is on her last legs. Knowing what I do about her, I'd say she has run out of ideas. Had I not known about her success laden trajectory, I'd say Shadows in Death is the work of a beginner with traces of talent.

Having glanced at all the reviews I've read online, I'd say, without doubt, that I'm not the target demographic for this novel. I'm under 45 and single. I think married couples share their love of the same books through those like this.

The author made puerile comments in almost a
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I can't help it. Every time a new Eve Dallas book comes out my grabby hands come out.

This story was super fast-paced. I think it all took place within 48 hours, and it didn't do things I expected it to do at all. (view spoiler)

Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well in my opinion Robb has done it again! Book 51 and it is at least as good as any of her earlier books and better than some. It helps of course to be a long term fan, as I certainly am.

I was pulled in instantly when I discovered that this was going to be a book about Roarke (and you can never have enough Roarke) whose colourful past comes back to haunt him from time to time. In this case it is a shadow in a crowd, someone he knows from his childhood and someone he realises is there to kill hi
A quick note: Trolls and superfans who throw tantrums in this space will be dragged and summarily obliterated. I’ve had needling, inane and unimaginative comments on my QNA and status updates and will not tolerate them here.

Update: 11/30/20
Case and point, Annette Williams:

“I got your stupid azz [sic] message. Typical Karen behavior. You sent a 20-page thesis (that I did NOT read by the way) about absolutely nothing because you didn't like what I said. Then, blocked me from replying to your sil
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-2021
Well I have finished my reread of the entire In Death series just in time for Robb's latest which is out today! That has to be the best timing ever. I enjoyed all 51 books as much the second time around as I did the first.

Shadows in Death seemed to involve, or at least mention, every character in the series and there was even a short trip to Ireland fitted in. There was lots of action and police work, but the author made plenty of time too for the lovely at home scenes, including a funny one whe
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: power-couple
It’s hard to believe but I was #1 on my library hold!!! Unbelievable, that never happens. At least not with a JD ROBB book.

Book 51 - I’m diving in...

Read it in one sitting - lol


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SHADOWS IN DEATH by J. D. Robb (pseudonym for Nora Roberts) brings murder, romance and suspense to a well-written futuristic police procedural and romantic suspense set in New York City and Ireland in May 2061. This is the fifty-first book in the In Death Eve Dallas series and I have read all of them up to this point.

This story starts with our protagonist, Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYC police department, being called to a crime scene while at the theatre with her husband (and sometimes,
Eve and Roarke are called from their night out at the theater to the scene of a vicious murder in Washington Square. As Eve and Peabody are evaluating the scene, Roarke sees someone from his past in the crowd of onlookers. It’s a man named Lorcan Cobbe who is a hired assassin. Just as Roarke is convinced this is his work, Eve soon becomes equally convinced that the victim’s husband hired him. Needless to say, this is a case with which the “consultant” will definitely be associated.

Oh, this is t
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If you had told me 25 years/50 books ago that I would be loving book 51 in a series as much as I loved book 1, I would have laughed at you.

So many series I have read have fallen away as the number of books in the series has risen, however to me that is definitely not the case with the In Death series.

I am as eager for book 51 as I was picking up book 1.

JD Robb/Nora Roberts had me at the first "Darling Eve". Sigh... oh Roarke how I love you
Woweee! Brilliant! I’m not sure how J.D. Robb continues to come up with the plots and intriguing conspiracies that she does, but I’m not complaining! Shadows in Death is up there with the best of the best…

A killer from Roarke’s past shows his face at the murder in Washington Square Park in New York which interrupted the night of theatre that he and Lieutenant Eve Dallas had attended. Roarke immediately knew he was the killer, bragging about it to his old nemesis. As Eve and Roarke, along with th
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-owned
It's getting so hard for me rate books in this series because the reality is... nearly any book in the In Death series is going to be a fun reading experience for me. I love the characters, I love the way the plots tend to work- basically, I love the general cozy feelings that this series gives me, which is a weird thing to say, I know, based on how grisly plot elements can get. That said, while I had a lovely time reading this, I don't think this was one of the best in the series. Particularly, ...more
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You guys, we are at book #51 in this series… at this point I’m not really sure what else is there to say about it… I feel like most of you already know why it’s so amazing, even this far down the line, but for some of you who might just happen upon it, let me share a few things :)

The main character of this whole series is Eve Dallas :) we meet her in that very first book as an NYPD homicide detective… it’s set around 40 years in the future, so technology is on a whole other level :) Eve at the b
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, own
Eve and Roarke are interrupted at an evening out for the murder of a young mother. But in the crowd, Roarke sees an old enemy and knows that he's to blame.

I love that this is the 51st book in this series and there's something new! I also love that the tension in these books has nothing to do with romantic main character couples fighting, yet there is plenty of romance. This is absolutely one of my favorite series.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
I know: I'm addicted to this series! LOL

Here the crime solving was not as complicated as in the other books, as Eve knows since the beginning who did it! ;)
But the writing is so good and easy the I enjoyed it all the same!

What I appreciated is the the relationship between Eve and Roarke was not the main point or overdone. It is still sweet and loving with their usual banter, but it was not toothachingly sweet as in the Fatal series by Marie Force! It is just their way!

The evil bastard was slight
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Series: In Death #51
Publication Date: 9/8/20
Number of Pages: 368

OMGoodness – how can the fifty-first book in a series be as exciting, action-packed, adrenaline-fueled, and riveting as the first book? This series just never gets old for me and I definitely hope the author doesn’t get tired of writing them. This author has to have one of the most creative and imaginative minds around because some of the technology she writes about, some of the social issues… Well, she just comes up with some reall
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This is book 51 of the Death series and I think Robb is getting bored.

The book is well written. It is fast paced and the plot is interesting. What I miss are all the fascinating characters. I know she does not put all of the characters in every story but she usually rotates them. In the last few books, the majority of the interesting characters have been missing. To me, it is these unusual and exciting characters that make the book. I do realize this story is primarily about Roarke’s childhood.
This is a fabulous showcase of Eve and Roarke’s romance! 😘
Probably this is not your typical romance read, lol.
But so much love in here ❤️.

I don’t bloody care about the villain, or the storyline to be honest, just so happy to see lots of Eve and Roarke, here. 😍😍😍


I read too fast, now I will reread again, much slower this time 😘.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, this was not very good. You know who the murderer is within a couple of pages, things are resolved on that fairly early on. Most of this book is Roarke being angry and Eve keeping him under protection. The so-called serial murderer is probably one of the dumbest human beings ever and I got nothing more to say about him. The whole book read as bad filler.

But the worst thing is what a lot of reviewers pointed out towards the end of the book that is allowed to happen. Look, I am a black
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J.D. Robb can literally do no wrong! In the latest installment in the In Death series, Ever and Roarke are once again presented with a nasty murder in Washington Square Park, they are forced to work together to catch a killer. What’s interesting about this case is that Roarke seems to have caught a glimpse of the killer and he’s a man that he doesn’t want to mess with.

Tasked with finding out of these two are linked somehow, Eve will have her hands full. I thorou
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Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads

I've been a loyal fan of this series and its author since the In Death series began. So, even though things have started to feel a little slow and stale, I can't turn my back on continuing on. However, with that being said, things are not what they used to be. Fifty-one books and we've only moved on three years and that just seems wrong. The crimes are even becoming boring and same ole for the most part. It's time for progress and moving on. Something needs to change and cause a stir in the othe
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
There’s no kind way to put this, so I’ll make this quick. This 51st book in the series was a dud. The criminal mystery part was nonexistent since the killer and the person who hired the killer were known from the beginning by both the reader and the police force. So strike one, two, and three for a lack of suspense, no anticipation of a puzzling investigation, and for the author cheating the reader out of any kind of brain teasing clues. I kept hoping for some twist to make up for this, but nope ...more
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Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Another great In Death book. I love seeing more of Roarke's past and I absolutely love how the whole team come together for Roarke and Eve. ...more
Katie Reus
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-listen
It's impressive that 51 books in, I'm still invested in this series and crew. Robb (aka la Nora) has such a gift and it was pure joy to be able to revisit some of my favorite characters and the whole crew! I needed this book in 2020. As always, Susan Ericksen nailed the narration. She's so consistent and never disappoints! ...more
Patricia E Yarian
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As usual Eve and Roarke have done it again! Worked hand in hand to bring justice to a cold-hearted, calculating ,stone-faced killer...we all know the hand cuffs will come out and be slapped on the wrists of the "perp". That's nothing new.
I also know there's several (a lot) of people out here in the reading world, that don't much care for Robb/Roberts writing. And that's ok! I am a fan. Just like I am a fan of Robert Parker -especially his Jesse Stone series, and David Balducci and his Stone cha
Spoilers ahead, 4.5*

I remember once saying it was time to wrap this series and give the mcs their HEA.....and then the author slaps me with a book like this and I feel I could read this series forever!!!

Murder interrupts a night out at the theatre for Eve and Roarke, while at the crime scene he spots an old enemy who turns out to be the murderer. With him being determined to ruin Roarke's life by killing those closest to him, the case just became very personal. We follow Eve, Roarke, Peabody and
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So I caved... kind of figured I would too, but I thought I’d hold out a little bit longer.. But then I saw that this book connected to Roarke’s past and I just couldn’t resist. I do have a weakness for him, or not him per se, just knowing more about him. He has a fascinating past and is a fascinating character so I had to listen to this book.

There has been another murder in New York City and Eve is on the case. The killer is known from the start, and he’s not only known, but is
Sep 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Any series that’s gone on for this long will have its ups and downs; but for me personally, this was one of the better books. A solid investigation, two properly sleazy bad guys, and the always fun Eve take-down during interview. The big plus here - some great character personal touches throughout. More time than usual was spent setting up the character(s) background. A good case and a good Eve/Roarke story. Always a win-win for me in my favorite comfort food series.
First Sentence: As it often did since he'd married a cop, murder interrupted more pleasant activities.

Lt. Eve Dallas, by her husband, Roarke, goes to the scene of a murdered woman. While on-site, Roarke sees a man he knew from his past in Ireland. Lorcan Cobbe, a contract killer, claims he is Roarke's father's actual and first son. He hates Roarke enough to kill him, and everyone he loves. Eve is certain the dead woman's husband hired Cobbe to perform the hit and commits to proving it first, th
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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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