Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Review - Golden in Death

Title:  Golden in Death
Author:  J. D. Robb
Series:  In Death #50
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Genre:  Mystery/Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
Date of Publication:  February 4, 2020
No. of Pages:  387
My rating:  5 Stars


In the latest thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, homicide detective Eve Dallas investigates a murder with a mysterious motive―and a terrifying weapon.

Pediatrician Kent Abner received the package on a beautiful April morning. Inside was a cheap trinket, a golden egg that could be opened into two halves. When he pried it apart, highly toxic airborne fumes entered his body―and killed him.

After Eve Dallas calls the hazmat team―and undergoes testing to reassure both her and her husband that she hasn’t been exposed―it’s time to look into Dr. Abner’s past and relationships. Not every victim Eve encounters is an angel, but it seems that Abner came pretty close―though he did ruffle some feathers over the years by taking stands for the weak and defenseless. While the lab tries to identify the deadly toxin, Eve hunts for the sender. But when someone else dies in the same grisly manner, it becomes clear that she’s dealing with either a madman―or someone who has a hidden and elusive connection to both victims.


When detective Eve Dallas approaches a body at a murder scene, her partner Peabody becomes concerned when it is evident that the cause of death was something toxic and if so, whether or not Eve could possibly meet the fate of the victim. Instead, Eve is well garbed and protected, so she approaches the body. As the hazmat team steps in, Eve does indeed undergo testing to assure her team, but especially her husband Roarke that she is indeed fine.

Maybe now Eve can get to the matter of solving this most recent murder. Quite naturally the victim's life is examined while Eve looks for a motive in the man's murder. As things turned out the victim was very well-liked so the suspect pool is small. As Eve and her team learn the method the killer is using, they begin to see the pattern that has been set and work feverishly hard at stopping the killer before any more bodies pile up.

This well-written book shows Eve at her best. There are a couple of things that really drew me to this series, and one of them is the fact that it is set in the future, so their are 'droids who serve as butlers and more, for example. Then there is Roarke, Eve's husband, one of the richest men on and off planet. Whether Roarke is buying a country or another planet, he displays a humble and loving nature, whether with Eve or during the times he helps her with cases. Last outstanding thing is the lighthearted moments in each of the stories. I love how they balance out the gruesome murders and related details as cases are being solved.

Although this is the 50th book in the In Death series, it is a fresh storyline that grabbed my interest from beginning to end. Even though each book has its own story, I truly think that this series should be read in order. Although that would be a huge investment in time, readers will be glad they did because each and every book is well worth it. 

Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and to Edelweiss for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.
She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.
Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.
Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together
Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.
Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”


  1. you are on a roll with these - glad to see they are holding up

  2. This is a series I want to try, but the numbers are daunting.

  3. Glad to see you are still enjoying this series Great review.

  4. Amazing review I didn't even know this book series was sent in the future, now I am really intrigued I might need to check this series out one day. Thank you so much for sharing you awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.

  5. This series is so popular and I’m glad you are a fan! It’s great to find a lengthy series that you enjoy.