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Festive in Death: In Death Series: Book 39
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Festive in Death: In Death Series: Book 39 [Format Kindle]

J. D. Robb

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Praise for the In Death series

“Robb is a virtuoso.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Gritty thrillers highlighted by humor and heart . . . The ‘In Death’ novels offer something for every fan of genre fiction.” —This Week (Columbus, Ohio)

“The series [is] groundbreaking in its unique combination of futuristic setting, suspense and romance.” —The Romance Reader

Présentation de l'éditeur

The kitchen knife jammed into his cold heart pinned a cardboard sign to his well-toned chest. It read: Santa Says You've Been Bad!!! Ho, Ho, Ho!

It's Christmas, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas is in no mood to celebrate. While her charismatic husband Roarke plans a huge, glittering party, Eve has murder on her mind.

The victim - personal trainer Trey Ziegler - was trouble in life and is causing even more problems in death. Vain, unfaithful and vindictive, Trey had cultivated a lot of enemies. Which means Eve has a lot of potential suspects. And when she and Detective Peabody uncover Trey's sinister secret, the case takes a deadly turn.

Christmas may be a festival of light, but Eve and Roarke will be forced once more down a very dark path in their hunt for the truth.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 401 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0349403686
  • Editeur : Piatkus (9 septembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IA2E5DS
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved the Direction That J.D. Robb is Taking the Characters. Great Story. 13 septembre 2014
Par Ann de Vries - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I loved this latest J.D. Robb offering. The amount of background information given and the brief inclusion of many of the secondary characters seemed just right. In some of the previous books, Eve's backstory was repeated so often and in such repeated detail, that it became boring for someone who has followed the series from the beginning. This time, there was enough background given to inform a new reader, but not so much that it seemed like a long rehash.

Similarly, the secondary characters played enough of a part to let us know how they are doing, but not so much that they detracted from the main focus of the plot. Nora Roberts has created a rich cast of supporting characters, which adds texture and helps the character development of Eve and Roark. They can't all play a large role in every book, however, and Roberts uses them wisely; when they can support the plot, they have a larger role, and when they aren't needed for that, they get less page time.

I particularly liked the way Eve's and Roark's relationship is growing and changing. The sex scenes are more gentle and Eve is a bit softer and less aggressive with Roark. She still has her hard edge with work, but her personal relationships are evolving as she gains a wider circle of good friends and as she becomes comfortable in her marriage. If Eve's character remained static, with the hard edges perfectly intact, she would seem to be more of a caricature and less human-like. The softening is just right; it reflects the positive changes she has undergone since her marriage, but leaves enough of the kick-ass Eve present to maintain the integrity of Eve's personality.

I liked the plot in this book. It held my interest and kept me turning the pages. Some reviewers felt the identity of the villain was too obvious and this spoiled the story. Whether or not the villain was obvious was not a consideration for me. I enjoyed the journey from the beginning to the unmasking. How the characters interacted, how the investigation unfolded, the dialogue and the combination of investigative and personal relationships kept me engaged throughout the story.

How readers will react to this book and whether or not they will like it, may depend upon what direction the reader wants the series to take. If readers likes an organic type of growth, with a gradual shift to a gentler, happier Eve, they will likely appreciate this book. Those who want the character of the darker, anti-social, unhappy Eve that was introduced in the beginning of the series, will probably think this book is too light.

I was very happy with this book and I recommend it. I think it was very well written and I love the way Eve is growing and evolving. There are critics who feel the book is not true to J.D. Robb's writing style and think it was not written by her. I definitely did not get that sense. It is not that she is writing out of character, but that she is writing to evolving characters. However, we don't all like the same things or view things the same way, so there will be readers who do not feel as I do.
45 internautes sur 52 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 I love the “In Death” series and have followed it from ... 12 septembre 2014
Par cjay - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I love the “In Death” series and have followed it from the beginning. After all these years, the characters don’t seem like characters any more but people who we get to check in with twice a year.

So it pains me to say that I was a bit disappointed with Festival In Death. I really had a hard time staying interested while reading this book.

The murder story line was just blah – been there done that – and everything else felt like a recycled formula with very little advancement in our main character’s lives.

The fall release formula seems to be:

Christmas party with friends & business associates mingling and dancing weirding Eve out – check

Christmas party with Eve being pulled into prep – check

Unlikeable victim but Eve will do her duty – check

Brief mention of all characters(Crack, Nadine, etc but no major interaction – check

Naïve bimbo type character(Felicity) – check

I realize that if you follow the series like me - you are compelled to read the book. But I would recommend checking it out of a library instead of buying.
52 internautes sur 63 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A lovely holiday installment of the 'in death' series! 9 septembre 2014
Par H. Grove (errantdreams) - Publié sur
The Christmas theme is played for lovely sentiment, with plenty of gift-giving, reminiscing, and partying. It's used as an excuse to parade many of Eve's friends through the pages for a moment or two, reminding us of her acquaintances and loved ones. It works and suits the milieu of the book.

There are plenty of suspects to truly dislike, which can be fun in its own way in this sort of book. Consider the presence of characters we can hate without guilt to be a Christmas present from Robb to her readership. Don't worry, however; she doesn't give short shrift to the more ambiguous characters-the people we like and feel sorry for, enjoy the presence of, dislike without hating, or can't entirely pin down with ease. This aids in throwing some curve balls into the plot, nicely keeping villain options open until late in the game. Speaking of which, there are some great hints that don't telegraph too much. I like the way the view of what happened wibbled and wobbled up until the very end.

My only negative with the book was that there was something of a lack of tension and suspense. There wasn't much in the way of physical action, and while that almost works with the slower Christmas feel to the book, I would have liked a little more kick and immediate danger to the plot.

All in all, Festive in Death is an enjoyable winter holiday edition of the Eve Dallas "In Death" series!

NOTE: review book provided free by publisher
98 internautes sur 124 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 The one with a holiday -- and nothing else new 10 septembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I'm a longtime fan of Eve Dallas. I've read every book and every short novella. I fell in love with Roarke right along with her. I learned to trust her friends right along with her. I'm invested in Eve's story, and I want to see Eve and Roarke get everything they want (and then some). I think it's time to end this series, though.
There has been a disconnect in the last few books. It might be the fact that Eve has managed to move past a lot of her issues. She'll never be truly free of them, but she is a stronger and more complete person to the damaged individual we were introduced to. The writing in these more recent books (the last six of them or so) is flat and just ... off. The characters are still there. They're still people we feel like we know. They don't exactly match the characters we were introduced to years ago, but there are flashes of recognition. They're the same -- and yet they don't feel "right."
I think it's time for Eve to get pregnant and take her captaincy, thus moving to the next level. There's really nothing left for Eve and Roarke to do -- but live happily ever after. The longer this series is dragged out the more I, as a reader, realize there might not be anything left to say.
The mystery in this is fine -- they're all fine. The character relationships are still entertaining -- but it's more like they're entertaining because we remember how great they used to be, not how great they are now.
I'm always going to love Roarke and Eve. I think I'm just ready to reread all the superior early books and let these later books go.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 What is going on with prominent authors? 22 septembre 2014
Par Gwynn B. Owens - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Why are authors phoning in their books? This year I have pre-ordered two books by Martha Grimes, one by Faye Kellerman, one by Jonathan Kellerman and his son Jesse, and this one by JD Robb. One by Grimes was sharp witty and snarky; the other, a Jury novel, resembled more a first draft rather than a book ready for publishing. Apologetics granted Grimes her age which I so did not because both of her 2014 novels had to be written almost simultaneously.

What will be Robb's excuse?

This In Death book is a disgrace to fans, to Robb, to the series which is beloved by so many. It is flat, bland, and unrecognizable. Robb, in most of her books, clearly states the time such Christmas 2060. Not so here nor was there any sign of her detailed future world. Other than a mention of a 'droid, Festive could have been in any time zone though belonging to the yawning zone. Robb's writing til now, with a few missteps but none so bad as Festive, was a feast in descriptive language. It was frankly and happily sexual with the sparks and fireworks between Eve and Roarke. Eve and Peabody had a relationship featuring their snarky, sarcastic repartee. Robb was able to create an electric tension which with good stories, good plotting, and engaging characters. I cannot imagine any In Death novel so totally limp so totally phoned in so totally boring. There is not one positive about this book. It is totally uninteresting and totally unengaging. Ooops, I forgot there is one, this one, you know Festive in Death.

Who ultimately is the blame for such irredeemable crap?

First, the author. If an author is tired of her series then end it! Do not give the finger to your fans and perhaps say "Ooops?". This is her 40th In Death stand alone book starting in 1995, averaging 2 books per year. Understandably, Robb may be bored but she should not diminish her reputation nor the series with phoned in perhaps even ghostwritten? garbage. Honor your fans do not humiliate us or yourself.

Second, her editor should have enough sense to recognize an unfinished and unworthy book, and kick it back to the author with large question marks. Your job is to protect the author from herself and the publisher from dreck that will ultimately show less books sold.

Third, her publisher should at least have the professionalism to notice this book is sub-par and negotiate a rewrite. Greed is not a good thing.

What about me? I will buy the next one but only through a reseller so not to reward with royalties another possibly slovenly written book.
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