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

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ARC Review: Festive in Death by J.D. Robb
Festive In Death

4.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: Sept 9, 2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: In Death #39
Published by Putnam Adult
Pages: 400
Format: ARC

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“I don’t know how Robb does it again and again but there’s no question that Eve Dallas rules mystery and crime. ” ~ Under the Covers

Sima is seeking revenge. Her boyfriend has dumped her even after she has paid rent and been nothing but good to him. With the help of her friend, Trina and a little alcohol in their systems, they break into his apartment to pull some pranks on him when they find Trey Ziegler dead, bashed over the head with one of his fitness trophies, propped up in bed with a knife through his chest and a holiday themed note that turns this book from cheery to gruesome fast.

J.D. Robb once again breathes life into my favorite characters, but this time, it’s a little more fun when the holidays are involved. If you know Eve, you already know her constant resistance to parties and getting dressed up. But when Summerset and Roarke through a massive Christmas party, readers wont be surprised to find a grumpy Eve in the corners. The best part though is when Eve goes Christmas shopping for all her friends. As much as she hates it, it shows just how far she has come in this series and how much she has changed and grown. It’s lovely to see Eve with her close family and friend, as much as she tries to deny that she likes it.

Meanwhile, Robb doesn’t mess around with the murder mystery. While she sets Trey up as the victim, as more of the story gets told, it becomes more and more complex and twisted. Trey is no longer a victim, but the predator, preying on women merely because he can. What I love about Robb’s writing is the intricacy in which each mystery unravels. When she first presents the case, it seems quite simple, but Eve unconvers more and more leads that change how you read mystery, which is why I think this series remains so fresh after so many books in the series.

Another thing I enjoy is the fact that Eve runs the details by Roarke. It does more than just keep Roarke involved; it’s also much more interesting to have her talking to her sexy husband rather than sorting through the evidence herself in her mind. In addition, Robb employs another trick. She has Eve dream encounters with the victims. In this case, it’s a nasty conversation that ends with her feeling disoriented when waking. But it nonetheless gets the details across, adding more drama to what can be an otherwise boring monologue.

I don’t know how Robb does it again and again but there’s no question that Eve Dallas rules mystery and crime.

*ARC provided by publisher

 Naked-in-DeathBook 1  gloryBook 2 immortal
Book 3
 raptureBook 4
ceremonyBook 5 vengeance
Book 6
Book 7
Book 8
 loyaltyBook 9  witnessBook 10  judgmentBook 11 betrayal
Book 12
seduction in deathBook 13 reunion in deathBook 14 purity in deathBook 15 portrait in deathBook 16
imitation in deathBook 17 divided in deathBook 18 visions in deathBook 19 survivor in deathBook 20
origin in deathBook 21 memory in deathBook 22 born in deathBook 23 innocent in deathBook 24
creation in deathBook 25 strangers in deathBook 26 salvation in deathBook 27 promises in deathBook 28
kindred in deathBook 29 fantasy in deathBook 30 indulgence in deathBook 31 treachery in deathBook 32
new york to dallasBook 33 celebrity in deathBook 34 delusion in deathBook 35 calculated in deathBook 36
thankless in deathBook 37 concealed in deathBook 38 festive in deathBook 39

Naked In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Glory In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Immortal In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Rapture In Death: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Ceremony In Death: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Vengeance In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Holiday In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Conspiracy In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Loyalty In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Witness In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Judgment In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Betrayal In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Seduction In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Reunion In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble GoodReads | Our Review
Purity In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble GoodReads | Our Review
Portrait In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Imitation In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Divided In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Visions In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble GoodReads
Survivor In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Origin In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Memory In Death: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Born In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble GoodReads
Innocent In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Creation In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Strangers In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Salvation In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Promises In Death: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Kindred In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Fantasy In Death: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Indulgence In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Treachery In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
New York To Dallas: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Celebrity In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Delusion In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Calculated In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Thankless In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Concealed In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Festive In Death: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads


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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This series scares me there are just so many books


I agree!!


Great review! I can’t believe she’s done so many of these. I’m still in the #20s I think but I’m so happy Eve and Roarke are still going strong! 🙂
I’m glad you review this series. I think it’s hard to review large, long series like this. But somehow she does it every time. I love her! Happy Reading