Thursday, June 10, 2021

Review - Shadows in Death

Title:  Shadows in Death
Author:  J. D. Robb
Series:  In Death #51
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Genre:  Mystery/Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
Date of Publication:  September 8, 2020
No. of Pages:  355
My rating:  5 Stars


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 murder of a young woman in Washington Square Park, it seems like an ordinary case for Detective Eve Dallas and her team. But when Roarke spots a shadow from his past in the crowd, Eve realises that this case is far from business as usual.

Eve has two complex cases on her hands - the shocking murder of this wealthy young mother and tracking down the shadow before he can strike again, this time much closer to home. Eve is well used to being the hunter, but how will she cope when the tables are turned? As Eve and the team follow leads to Roarke's hometown in Ireland, the race is on to stop the shadow making his next move . . . 


In what just might be my favorite series, Shadows in Death, the 51st book in the In Death series begins with Lieutenant Eve Dallas and husband Roarke enjoying a night at the theater. Their pleasant night is interrupted when Eve is called to yet another crime scene. Not only is Roarke invested in the very theater they are enjoying, he often acts as a consultant on Eve's cases. As a billionaire who owns most of everything it seems, many of the crimes that Eve investigates end up needed Roarke's expertise.

I discovered this series late in 2019 and have read every book, including the upcoming 53rd book in the series, Forgotten in Death. Eve is the most intrepid heroine I have come across in any novel I have read. She has a strength unrivalled by any, which include wit, intelligence and a softer side she would rather hide. Then there is the humor Eve displays, often quite unintentionally. I love how others have to explain things to her while even though her adeptness as solving crimes makes her one of the best detectives ever.

Another thing. The fact that this is a futuristic series. This book is set in 2061, so there are some nice nuances to this detective series. In fact, I love how that edge of future technology is woven into this story. Shadows in Death touched on Roarke's past, as have other books in this series have done. Meanwhile, the story also shows the incredible connection between Eve and Roarke, but also that of Eve and her workmates. To say that she is my favorite character of all time pretty much goes without saying.

Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and to NetGalley 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.”

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