Sunday, May 9, 2010

Witness In Death

Author: J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Group
Copyright: 2000
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Futuristic Police Procedural

Part of the In Death series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke, this book is full of the best features that make the series so addictive.

Because it involves the theater, the mystery has many more layers than usual. As I read it, I had a hard time figuring out "who-dun-it" - and in fact, the final arrest was a complete surprise to me! The added thrill of doubting every character's statement and trying to read deeper and second-guess everything that happens made the book that much more intense.

As with many of the books in the series, this case reminds Eve of her past in many ways. Seeing Eve in a vulnerable position is always sad, but it increases her humanness and compassion. In Witness, actually, we get to see very many different sides of Eve: she's romantic - which is an extremely sweet scene - she's pissed, she's compassionate, she's weepy... I love when so many aspects of Eve come into play in the story - and the way she deals with the end is just... sorry, can't find the words to describe it. I'll just admit to a few tears throughout the book. In addition to the tons of laughs that come with any In Death book!


  1. I'm just blown away by this entire series. It's amazing the way J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) puts out a new novel in the series every six months and they remain consistently well written. It is a fantastic combination of sci fi, mystery and romance. They get better, and better, and started out great with the first book. Each section really builds the characters, and this book I would say so far has the most emotion between Peabody and Eve. Eve reveals a little bit of a side you knew was there but she doesn't show very often!
    This section in the series, "Witness in Death" starts with Eve and Roarke attending opening night at the New Globe Theater (which Roarke does own) and witnessing a real murder right on the stage. This one brings a bit of Eve's past back to her and she shows a sensitive side. Another one of Eve's friends is a suspect and Eve goes out of her way to spare her. You really get to know Peabody better and she carries her own and is such a fantastic character.
    I love this series and it sure gets addicting.

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    2. It definitely does get addicting! I'm now re-reading the whole series start to finish, and somewhat serendipitously, I just started Witness when I saw your comment!