ARC Review: Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted February 21, 2013 by Annie in Reviews / 8 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb
Calculated in Death
by J.D. Robb

5 Stars

Released: February 26, 2013
Series: In Death #36
Published by Putnam Adult
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 416
Format: ARC


Readers are like  the audience at a magic show where Robb is the magician performing a magic trick to impress us all. I’m always trying to figure out her next move before she even attempts it, and yet I am always so surprised by the reveal in the end. For me, that’s what makes this series so engaging and fun. That’s what keeps me coming back for more. ~ Under the Covers

Another book. Another murder. Yet none of it feels old or redundant. Visiting Eve and Roarke in CALCULATED IN DEATH is like catching up with old friends. You never seem to get tired of reading about them.

On the Upper East Side, a woman is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, missing her valuables. The victim is named Marta Dickenson and as a successful accountant and a loving mother, she is the last person suspected to be targeted for a hit. Because of that, most cops would conclude that it was a mugging, but signs indicate to Eve that something else is going on here. Blood inside the building notifies Eve that a homicide may be the answer. That means, a killer is on the loose and it’s up to Eve to locate and tag this trained killer.

If you’re a loyal fan of the series, you are guaranteed to love this book. Robb follows the same equation that has created such a buzz surrounding this series. Smart and effective, Eve Dallas is as tough as ever and nothing seems like it’s ever going to slow her momentum down. Lieutenant Eve Dallas will forever go down as one of the most well-loved and memorable heroines of our time.

The titles of the books often give readers a glimpse of what the mystery is about and I think this calculated, numerical approach to a mystery is something new and fresh. I love the way Robb is able to take something so simple and create a story that has its twists and turns to make it a ride that readers will never forget.

When I read an In Death novel, I often force my brain to work overtime, trying to decipher the next move or outcome before Robb so expertly reveals the truth. It’s almost like readers are the audience at a magic show, where Robb is the magician performing a magic trick to impress us all. I’m always trying to figure out her next move before she even attempts it, and yet I am always so surprised by the reveal in the end. For me, that’s what makes this series so engaging and fun. That’s what keeps me coming back for more.

As most of you know, I love Roarke (who doesn’t?) so I always tune into the next installment of this series to get my dose of the hot Irish businessman. Roarke doesn’t make his grand appearance until a little later in the book, but as long as he is there, I’m a happy reader.

CALCULATED IN DEATH thrilled me, seduced me and excited me. Robb can never disappoint me.


David Gandy as Roarke

*ARC provided by publisher

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About J.D. Robb

With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.

The series quickly gained attention, great reviews, and devoted readers. Since the debut of Loyalty in Death (the ninth In Death book) on Halloween 1999 on the New York Times bestseller list, every J. D. Robb title has been a New York Times bestseller. While fans had their suspicions, it wasn’t until the twelfth book in the series, Betrayal in Death (2001), that the publisher fully revealed that J. D. Robb was a pseudonym for bestselling powerhouse Nora Roberts. Unmasked, Nora Roberts fans who hadn’t yet picked up one of the Robb books were quickly playing catch-up.

Robb’s peers in the mystery world are fans as well, with accolades for the In Death series from such blockbuster authors as Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Linda Fairstein, and Andrew Gross.

The In Death books are perpetual bestsellers, and frequently share the bestseller list with other Nora Roberts novels. J. D. Robb publishes two hardcover In Death books per year, with the occasional stand-alone original In Death story featured in an anthology.

Thirty books and fifteen years later, there is no end in sight for the ever-popular In Death series.

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8 responses to “ARC Review: Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb

  1. God! I need to listen to this series, but with so many books out it’s a little intimidating. I recently heard that Rorke is a little bit like Barrons….And that might be the thing that makes me give the series a second shot. I must be the only one that didn’t care for Eve in the first book 🙁
    It’s nice to see that after this many novels the series continues to be that strong.
    Thanks Ann.

    • Omg, yes you have to listen to them! Even though I get to read them, I know I would rather listen to them on audio. They’re my absolute faves (and the Fever series)!

      Roarke and Barrons have some similarities. I picture both as Gandy but Roarke is less growly…unless provoked 🙂

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