An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death - Book 47) - Leverage in Death

By J. D. Robb

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cynthia clark
I've been a fan of these books and this author for years. I don't think I could ever be disappointed by anything she wrote. I love Eve and Roarke as much as I love my dearest friend. I'm happy to go along on their journey... wherever it might take them.
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I've been a fan of JD Robb for a while now. Her books are always entertaining and I've enjoyed this book as well. Her formula and characters are well defined with a little humor added . It's an enjoyable read .
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nicole marble
JD Robb never fails to satisfy in any of her novels. Always a great stand alone book, or if you are lucky enough to have read the whole series,it is a joy to watch the life journeys of the characters she makes come so fully to life.
Strangers in Death :: Out of Africa (Penguin Modern Classics) :: Do Not Become Alarmed :: Fierce :: Glory in Death
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asli espin
These books, I anticipate their next release from the moment I finish one. Dallas and Roarke are my favorite book couple. The story lines never disappoint. Yet again another phenomenal read by J.D.Robb.
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sherida deeprose
I so enjoy these death series books. Always checking for new by Robb or Roberts
One of the best parts of this one is the big fight scene near the end. Love it when Eve kicks some butt especially the opposite sex!!!!
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wayne hastings
The beginning was intricate and complicated. But the plot was great after I got into the investigation

One of the best things about the book is the interaction between Eve and Roarke. They come alive on the pages.
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teddy o malley
Purchased for a friend to read as her hardback was caught in transit. She loves the printed word.
She was in awe once again having read each other 'In Death' book multiple times.
Excellent!!! We are both eagerly anticipating the next one!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I loved it, great as always!! She has developed all the characters to grow and expand it’s great read and there is always something different added to expand the future and connect it with our time.
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sage rachel
Leverage in Death is my favorite so far! I have the entire series and have read it multiple times. The characters make the series for me...well, ok...and the murders & procedurals too! Addicted!!!
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deborah p
An absolutely fabulous addition to the In Death series! I swear I’ll never look at Vegetable Beef soup the same again. I always look forward to a new book in this series and this definitely was worth the wait.
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emily brown
Once again, JD Robb delivers a story that manipulates every emotion in her reader, and demands his/her attention to the very last paragraph. “Leverage in Death is an excellent book, that leaves the reader hungry for more!
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aditi mittal
J.D. Robb’s “in Death” series always delivers an exciting detective story. I’ve enjoyed watching Lt. Eve Dallas evolve and adapt (begrudgingly) as she matures over a number of books. She’s always been a superb/stubborn detective and understands the value of doing the nitty-gritty, behind-the-scenes work, she doesn’t demand more from her subordinates than she demands for herself, and the author typically keeps us guessing until the end. The author’s writing style (which differs from her books as author Nora Roberts), is to place the most of the action in the dialogue, as opposed to description. This book is no exception and this works for me.

However, I wonder if this book will be as easy to understand for first-timers as the other books. There is not as much character background in this one. We don’t see evidence of her unique relationship to her partner, Peabody, until midway through the book. We spend the first third of the book with Eve barking out orders right and left to subordinates we’ve encountered in other books, but we have to guess at their relationships to Eve. And, we get only a slight hint of Roarke’s shady background and skills (her significant other).

I am pretty familiar with all the characters, but I found myself puzzling a few times – who is this person again, and which is the victim, and what was this person’s relationship to the rest? Perhaps it’s just me, but it wasn’t until more than halfway through the book that I started to get what was going on. And then I was gangbusters to finish the book because it was, suspenseful.

The plot is gripping with an appalling large number of victims and Eve taking the casualty rate hard and working without stopping to identify the criminals. She has an excellent team working for her. But, Eve is most interesting when she’s slightly uncomfortable about something in her personal life, or anything at all that is challenging outside of her job, and in this one, she was pretty much at the top of her game from start to finish and that was the focus of the book. So, this is a great book, but perhaps not quite as easy to understand and relate to as the previous ones.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
likita stephens
The bomb killed twelve and injured more – the identity of the bomber shocked everyone. But it seemed there was a different agenda. Immediately Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team were on the case, with the help of expert civilian, Roarke…

The usual shenanigans with many laugh out loud moments filled author J.D. Robb’s latest, Leverage in Death. I love the entertainment this series gives me, and even though there are now 47 books in the series, it never gets old. The tough and feisty character of Eve, her stalwart, rich and delectable husband Roarke, Detective Peabody and the whole team – it’s like catching up with old friends every time! Most definitely highly recommended. I love the Australian cover too! Striking and eye catching.
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I have read every one of the in-death series books. I have had to skip over more and more frequently the profane use of the name Jesus Christ and
God the Father. I can no longer do so. Her irreverence and blasphemous use of those precious names can no longer be ignored by me. The books would be great without that. So long Nora Roberts and J. D. Robb.
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This book appears to be written using an algorithm from Robb's other Eve Dallas books. This had no wit, not warmth, and the dialogue was not like anything from any of the characters in the other books in the series. I read these mysteries because they're like comfort food - well drawn characters who are familiar, but who also can surprise. This book was so badly written that there were characters who were like cardboard cut outs of the originals - no exposition, no descriptions, nothing familiar or well done. In short, this book was unreadable - truly awful.
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kevin holden
I enjoyed the latest In Death installment, Leverage in Death. The killers were challenging and their reasons for doing what they did were crazy, but then what killer is truly sane? Their reasons are their own. It was fun to see the gang again and try to figure out who was doing the horrific crimes. It was definitely a case of a puppet master pulling the strings and orchestrating the outcome. Very graphic, unbelievable, and heartbreaking means of killing.

It was great seeing the team in sync, as usual, pulling the seemingly impossible out of the air especially where fried circuits are concerned. There's a scene with Peabody that is hilarious and will having you laughing and shaking your head because you can so see Peabody doing this. A great interaction with Bella and Eve. You've got to love the pronunciation of Sommerset by Bella, that's a guaranteed laugh. We learn a little more about how Baxter can afford the snazzy clothes and car.

We saw a completely different side of Commander Whitney that made my head snap and say wow! Loved his wife, Anna, in this one too, usually I don't. She wasn't as intimidating as usual. She showed a lot more heart. Then there's Eve's trap for the candy thief which will make you chuckle. We're introduced to a new player on the police force, LT Salazar and she fits right in, knows her stuff and is no nonsense. We have some great Dallas and Peabody interactions. The finale is the Academy Awards and all that entails. There's some surprises there.

My favorite phrase in the book was "ninja woman!" You'll have to read it to find out the context. All-in-all it was a great book and one I will read again and highly recommend you do too!
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alan loewen
A lot of her (both Robb and Roberts) books have lacked chemistry and tight plot lately (last 2-4 yrs). I thought she may have broken free of it with the Robb series in the last book, but this has gone back to it.

There were way too many sub-characters that we spent time reading and became invested, thinking murderer/ victim connection, and they never were. I felt it was very difficult to keep track of who’s who, and, while some of the secondary relationships were better here than her other “failed” books for me, I still felt things were rushed and not completely developed. For example, the Roark-Eve fight that kind of developed over trust has occurred in a few ways in other books, and this one it just didn’t feel necessary and I didn’t entirely know why they were fighting—perhaps because I was so tired trying to keep all the tertiary crime-related characters straight.

Finally, there were a lot of summary and explanatory pages in this book that were unnecessary. We didn’t need a 10 page summary with Roarke, or another one 20 paged later with her team. And Roarke’s explanation of the whole leverage deal seemed too detailed for how simple it actually was. I also thought the last 2 bombings didn’t really fit the initial leverage theme—kind of a big gamble/ stretch that that area of business would pan out with enough money. It also seemed ludicrous that the primary character was worth billions on paper (thus his family would have more) and he was partnering for a few million here and there.
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adriana goldenberg
I don’t know if this will show up in the reviews, but I’m going to write it anyway!! JD Robb.....Lady, you are amazing!! These latest stories are as good if not better than your first ones! Usually a series lags after awhile, but not this one! You are as sharp as a tack and as brilliant as the sun!!! Eve and Roarke are my very favorite to read about and Peabody and the rest are in there also! You make the book so very enjoyable with the crime to be solved as well as the comic relief Eve gives us!! Thank you so much, #47 and still going!! Waiting on #48!! I get the newly released from the Library because I can’t wait for the paperback. I buy the paperback as soon as it comes out, because I don’t have the room for the hardbacks. But, I revisit the stories and enjoy them all again! I’m writing this to let people know to please give this series a go, the naysayers have to be heard as well, but then this is my opinion and I’m sticking to it!!!! Again, I thank you!!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
kay weeks
What happened to the character's personalities? They're very flat and dull. Eve and friends no longer exist and have been replaced with cardboard cut-outs. I keep hoping the series will improve but guess I need to face facts - it will never be like the first fifteen installments. Time to move on and stop wasting my time.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
fernando cruz
So much do I love this series - in particular, the gorgeous, filthy rich, multi-talented husband of New York Police Department Detective Eve Dallas (he's near the top of my Top 10 all-time favorite book heroes - that I carved out time in between advance review book freebies to read it. But while the plot was intriguing and here and there I was worried that Eve and Roarke might meet a fate similar to other characters in the story, much of the rest seemed a bit, well, bland compared with the many others I've read. Still, it was good enough - and moved along quickly enough - that I polished it off in fairly short order. And while it may not be my favorite of this now 47-book ongoing adventure, it certainly didn't dampen my enthusiasm for reading the next one.

The whole thing starts with a bang - literally. At a corporate meeting to seal a merger deal between two airlines, one of the executives shows up, obviously upset - and just as obviously outfitted with a suicide vest. When it blows, so do several people in the room; 11 are killed and a few others are seriously injured. What set him off, though, was something totally unexpected; his family was being held hostage under threat of violent death unless he blew the place to smithereens.

Eve is on the case, and the motive is hard to determine. Could it simply be someone opposed to the merger? Or perhaps someone who figured to make money by buying stock on the cheap following the disaster and selling at a huge profit once the merger got back on track and was accomplished?

Some clues take the team into an art world permeated with a few shady characters, one of whom meets the same fate as the above-mentioned executives as another suicide bomber - faced with a similar threat - takes over the room in big-bang fashion. Now, it appears, Eve and her team - which includes her beloved Roarke - need to speed up their investigation before someone else goes off on a bombing spree.

The usual crew all play roles here, although the flambouyantly costumed Peabody gets sprung to go to Hollywood, where a video "starring" Eve is up for all sorts of awards. That adds to the fun (although I found that whole adventure just a bit silly). Everything comes together in the end, although it wasn't particularly exciting one. But the whole thing works and is well worth reading - just don't expect to be on the edge of your seat.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
heidi pollmann
Dallas, Roarke, Peabody, and the rest are confronting a nasty pair of killers, smart, capable, but definitely not pros, engaged in a bizarre and deadly form of market manipulation. The very first victim is a man who walks into the meeting where the luxury airline he works for and an economy airline are going to finalize their merger, and blows himself up with a suicide vest, killing eleven other people and injuring more.

He had absolutely no discernible motive to do this. He was heard to say to the president of his company, right before he detonated the bomb, "I'm sorry, I don't have a choice." He had plans for celebrations after the meeting, first with his own staff, and then with his wife and daughter.

The wife and daughter are found, alive but somewhat battered, and bound with zip ties, at home.

Dallas is challenged at first to even work out what the motive for the crime is, but both one of her men, Baxter, who invests his own money cautiously in the stock market, and her very own "expert consultant, civilian," Roarke, who has gotten very rich understanding not just his beloved computer systems, but also markets, explain what will happen to the two companies' stock. First it will crash. Then it will be announced that the merger is still on, and it will climb in value again. There will be a narrow window when someone who is prepared to move immediately can make a very handsome profit.

With the first success, it seems inevitable that the killers will strike again, but where? There aren't that many high-profile mergers close to completion at any one time, especially since there's evidence suggesting the killers are likely to want to stay local. What else can they manipulate the same way?

They find out all too soon.

As with any case involving multiple murders and a killer or killers who don't plan to stop, it's a tense and stressful time. I'm reminded again in this book how both Dallas and Peabody have grown into their roles, and how both Dallas and Roarke have tackled their own personal issues, and the challenges of two such strong personalities from such different backgrounds being married to each other.

Dallas is also mastering a role that comes much more naturally to both Roarke and Somerset: being part of the extended family of Mavis and Leonardo's young daughter, Bella. I think it is maybe even not freaking Dallas out quite so much that she's starting to understand Bella!

But the new stress in this book is that the movie based on tv reporter friend Nadine's book about the Icove case, The Icove Agenda, is up for an Oscar. Well, several Oscars. Best Movie, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song (Mavis, of course.) Probably several others, too, but these are the ones stressing Dallas out!

Somehow she keeps all the balls in the air, as she always does, and it's another satisfying visit with Dallas and company.

Also, I was struck this time by just how much Susan Eriksen is just the right voice, and the right reader for the In Death series.


I bought this audiobook.
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jos branco
What would you do if someone broke into your house and threatened you and your family? Your loved ones would be safe only if you let the thugs button you into a vest bomb and send you to blow yourself up, taking with you a number of innocent people. That's what happens to Paul Rogan, and the choice he makes is to go to his Manhattan office and set off the bomb. He and 11 others die, and several more are badly injured. This is how J. D. Robb begins her 47th installment of her In Death series, which stars NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas, her extraordinarily rich husband Roarke, her partner Peabody, and the rest of the regular crew at the cop shop.

At the heart of this futuristic novel is the merger of two popular airlines: Quantum Air, which constitutes luxury accommodations, and EconoLift, which is cut-rate. The world will change if the merger goes through as planned. One of the main players in this high-stakes game is Rogan, VP of marketing at Quantum. He has taken out Derrick Pearson, Quantum's president and CEO, and sent Willimina Karson, a mover and shaker at Econo, to the hospital in critical condition.

As the police investigation goes into full swing, the professionals determine that the two masked men behind this harrowing plot spent months painstakingly stalking Rogan and his family. They knew he would never put his wife or daughter in any kind of jeopardy, so they were able to take their time engaging in the break-in. Their plan went off without a hitch from their evil perspective.

As the story moves along quickly, another bomb is set off in the same manner. This time it's at an art gallery. An evening was planned for artist Angelo Richie’s show when the paintings in his home, as well as the ones getting readied for the gallery, are destroyed and blown up. Why choose an artist who has not yet made a name for himself? He and several others are killed in the bombing. Not too much time passes for the police to determine that “leverage,” as well as the stock market, the military and the art world, is what the bomb masters are about.

Another casualty is Jordan Banks, a dilettante who dabbles in artwork. His gallery is not successful, and he has joined forces with the bombers. He eventually becomes a loose end in their plot and is murdered after spilling the beans about the next targets.

The characters in LEVERAGE IN DEATH are finely honed, and the writing style moves apace. Readers are taken through an ocean of red herrings but are also given clues that may allow them to solve the mystery before reaching the end of this terrifying novel.

Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
part machine
There is always a bit of nervousness when beginning a book that I have been looking forward to for so long... especially when it is the latest in a long series. JD Robb's Naked in Death series is one I have started years ago and look forward to reading. I think the pressure on the writer and publisher by the time you hit 46 or 47 in the series must be really intense!!!

Leverage in Death is about a new serial killer threatening Eve Dallas's city and she takes this killer...or rather a duo of killers on seriously.

JD Robb (Nora Roberts) does not disappoint in this suspense thriller set in the future in New York City. A young executive on the bring of a big merger walks into an important meeting for his presentation. Seems like a normal day, but the reader is already aware that something is not right. This man is armed with a suicide vest and sets off the bomb killing many people and injuring even more of his colleagues and bosses. As Dallas and Peabody start to dig through evidence and look for clues, they realize that the killers are holding the man's family hostage as leverage to get what they want....

What Dallas and Peabody and their team need to find out quickly is what do they want from this homicide and where will they strike next?

I thought this novel was better than the last few in the series since it seemed to have a fresh story. We don't always see Eve Dallas get super mushy or romantic with her heartthrob husband Roarke... and in this novel we actually see them start to uncover some deeper issues on trust and loyalty. The explanations on the financial world, stock market, margins, and art world seem realistic. I found that these components made the story easier to relate to. Great Job Nora Roberts...for your hard work in putting out another win for the Naked In Death series.
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ty lastrapes
I've read all the books and shorts in the series, some I like more than others and this one isn't bad. I'm not happy that JD Robb is using modern technology from today's world and putting it in the book . I read this series more to catch up on Eve and Roarke, Peabody and McNab and everybody else; the murder mysteries are just icing on the cake. Sometimes it's annoying how perfect and smart Eve and Roarke are. But alas they are the good guys so they have to win. ;)

This plot was good and despite some giant leaps to my thinking in how Eve came to her conclusions on bad guys, overall and enjoyable read. I would love it if Roarke really found himself in dire straits where Eve needed to rescue him or put him in protective custody; something to make the stories and monotony break up. Some real drama and danger like in the first few books. Maybe one day. For now he is perfect Roarke and someone I soooo wish was real.

3.5 stars because writing good but at this point still same old same old. Nothing new or unexpected. Especially the epilogue. I mean anybody could guess who was going to win. These people's lives are too perfect for them to lose or have something fall apart that money can't fix. That's part of the series monotony - at this point the characters are all settled and in love and their careers are going up and up. The spark and danger is gone. And I did so love seeing Peabody and McNab argue in earlier books. For once I would like something to go wrong that can't be put back. Is that really too much to ask?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Although Peabody and McNab aren't as big a part of this particular story, they have some seriously good parts. And I got some good laughs from their interactions with Eve. I really love that about their relationships.

If you love Trueheart and Baxter like I do, they have a bigger slice of the story than normal, though not so much as to overshadow the regulars that we all love.

Roarke and Eve still have great chemistry, but like all couples aren't perfect, and that helps sell their love.

I loved some of the cameo's from suspects and actually wished they'd visited them again for some reason or other, especially the self-professed old queen, who was divine. Maybe we'll get lucky and he'll show up in another story somewhere.

The Icove Agenda pops up here again as referenced to the screenplay and movie. It was just bits here and there but it was nice to see continuity wise from the last books. I especially loved how it helped wrap up the personal side of things.

The financial part of the mystery was well explained, but not so detailed I lost interest. I wished the bad guy/s had been more interesting, but they certainly fit their roles well. Eve jammed them up good and tight and I liked the way she played them in the end.

I probably didn't love this one as much as others, but it was still a 5 star written read. Even if you were reading this as a stand-alone there is enough exposition for you to understand it all, but there isn't so much for us long time readers that we're tearing our hair our from repetition. Loved it.
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We hate to repeat ourselves yet again, but we continue to marvel at the freshness and quality of “JD Robb’s” “In Death” tales, of which “Leverage” is #46 – despite quite the publishing frequency given the 23-year span of the novels. The main character, NYPD Homicide Lt. Eve Dallas, and her retinue of colleagues, zillionaire husband Roarke, and friends are now intimately familiar personas, adding to the fun as they progress in their relationships and careers.

The first quarter of the book, dwelling upon two induced suicide bombings killing 18 innocent bystanders, was both stirring and emotional. The middle half, as the police procedural grinds away amid a surplus of investigative directions, seemed somewhat dry. All was rescued by a thrilling final quarter that of course zeroes in on the bad guys, their capture, and their futures.

An interesting sideline in this novel is about Eve’s reporter friend Nadine, who wrote first a book and then produced a movie about Eve’s solution to a former thrilling case (about Dr. Icove) detailed in “Origin In Death,” 21st in the set published in 2005. Nadine’s work is up for an Oscar; and a number of the friends are going to Hollywood for the ceremony, including Eve’s pard Peabody and her boyfriend McNab. A fun epilogue details that outcome – in yet another very entertaining novel in this lengthy and ambitious set of stories!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb is the 47th book in her fantastic In-Death series. As most of you know, I am an In-Death fanatic, having now read 47 full length novels, and all the novellas of this series, and as always…I never want this series to end. I love Eve Dallas and Roarke, as they continue to be the best literary couple.

Once again, Eve is thrown into a horrific case, which involves a suicide bombing at a merger meeting in an office. With 11 dead and others badly injured, Eve and her team discover that the bomber, Paul Rogan, was a VP of one of the companies planning their merger. With the survivors noting that Rogan was acting strangely, apologizing before he set off the bomb. Eve, Peabody and the team will go to Rogan’s house and discover the wife tied up and the young daughter locked in a room; both were severely traumatized. They learn that two men came in the middle of the night and threatened their deaths, if Paul did not follow their instructions, which included fitting him with a lethal explosive vest.

With Roarke’s financial knowledge, Eve will discover the motive of the men behind the bombing. With the merger put on hold, the stock as expected dramatically dropped, but later that day, announcements were made that the merger was still on, causing the stock to rise up again. Those who bought the stock at the low price, made a lot of money.

What follows is an intense and suspenseful case, with the team desperate to find the murderers, before this happens again. In a short time, there will be a murder of a person of interest, and then another suicide bombing will occur, with that family also terrorized. Eve, Peabody, Baxter & Trueheart will desperately try to find a common bond linking the murders. I will not give spoilers, as saying too much more would ruin it for you.

Leverage in Death was another wonderful intense, wildly exciting murder mystery in the wonderful world of Eve and Roarke, and the great supporting cast that surrounds them. Believe me when I say there is no better group of recurring secondary characters then in this series.

Within the tense story, it was nice to see Eve take care of Peabody and McNab, allowing them to go to Hollywood to attend the Oscars for Nadine’s book turned into a movie. The reactions of Peabody was a blast. It was also sweet fun to see Mavis (who was going to sing at the Oscars) and Bella, who was all over Eve. It is always precious to see this, especially since Eve is not really good with babies. Of course, it goes without saying that the romance between Eve and Roarke is wonderful, as their love for each other shows so well. I always adore Galahad, their cat.

Leverage in Death was so well written by Robb, and there were some hold your breath moments that kept us on the edge of our seats, especially in a major fight between Eve and one of the murderers. Wow. If you have not read this series, you are missing one of the best thrillers, with a super couple, and awesome secondary characters.
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What would you do if your wife and child were threatened? Would you give the captors what they want; would you become a person you hated, a killer, a suicide bomber? A loving husband and father, tries to figure out another way, but cannot. When Eve and Peabody begin their investigation, it doesn’t make sense. If the merger will go through regardless, why kill the principle people? Roarke explains leverage, how actions can create chaos and more money. Now it’s a matter of time before the captor’s success turns to another possibility.
Again, J. D. Robb brings us a thriller, moral issues, and Eve’s team of dedicated police who will not stop until killers are brought down hard. For Robb’s series fans, there are a couple of treats. Bella and Peabody have their moments and our humor is restored; not a spoiler, just something to look forward to.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
rhonda hodges
I do so enjoy this series! I really like chemistry Eve and Roarke have. Some of things Eve says are still somewhere between head scratching and laugh out loud, for example: " right as rain. Who say that? Why is rain right? What makes rain right? "
Like the normal couple they argue and make up, which just makes thing more realistic even though these stories are set way in the future.
I didn't figure out who of this one at all, so the perpetrators were a surprise. Even the secondary characters are awesome! I picture Mavis as a young Cindy Lauper when I read about her.
The one thing that I think should be different is Bella, yes the "Das, Ork, and Somshit" is really cute, but she should be growing by now shouldn't she?
Anyway, I will be eagerly awaiting the next one.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
john patrick gallagher
Minor spoilers - Storyline was good, interesting premise, but author put in 2 scenes which were jarring because they messed up the flow (they didn't belong in there at all) and the more I think about them, the more they bug me. First, the absolutely pointless scene of Roark and Eve having an argument over whether she trusts him. (Hmm, I thought we'd covered all of that in the preceding 46 books). Second, the really stupid scene about Peabody buzzed on caffeine. What the heck? What is the point? Stupid. Not sure if the author felt like she needed to add more "personality" for her recurring characters, but I found the scenes unnecessary and aggravating. If I was her editor I'd have scratched both scenes since they didn't add anything to the story.
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jeremy piatt
Like another review I couldn't get into this book. It seemed tired - nothing worked as it has in other books. Everyone seemed an afterthought. When she finally caught the bad guys I felt a sense of relief as I knew the book would finally come to a conclusion. I have every book in the death series and I hope that Nora comes back in form for the next one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brian scheufele
I absolutely cannot get enough of Dallas and her fabulous friends! Once again, J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts, you have pulled us into a world we know almost as well as our own by now. Dallas' continued evolution from driven, dedicated, kick-ass cop to all that and wife and friend, continues to fascinate. The interpersonal relationships between Roarke, his cop, and her circle of dedicated comrades are what make the cases that much more engrossing. I am more impressed and entertained with each installment and cannot wait for the next! Hopefully, a Peabody wedding with all of the required Dallas bitching and moaning. Thanks again for all of the great stories!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
j g keely
I really liked this one. I got a copy from my local library.
I enjoyed the visit from little Bella. I keep thinking she should be older, but I haven't looked back on the timeline as to when she was born. I wish we would see more of that family.
I liked the 'real' pieces of life like that, and things like them having a fight, and Peabody with the espresso.
I also liked that she referenced other cases they were working on and made sure things were handled.
I liked that it was pretty straightforward police work, interviewing people, piecing clues together, although it did resolve very quickly.
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kaleena smith
J. D. Robb never disappoints. With 'Leverage in Death' Eve Dallas finds herself standing for 18 deaths and very few leads. The Oscars have survived in Eve's world and are causing her a few headaches thanks to Nadine and her book and screenplay of The Icove Affair. I'm truly impressed with the way Robb has mellowed Eve over the years yet she is still the kickarsed cop she started out as.
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shashank sharma
Too much "filler" not enough of plot action. I was dissatisfied with the lackadaisical plot, the boring "bad guys". Barely enough action to keep me going, just a few continuing mentions of prior books to get to the Oscars. Simply not enough action, not any character development. Stagnate book. By the way, I have read 99 percent of the "In Death" books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I've read them all, but some of the Eve Dallas titles I wait until I have time, or can check it out from the library. I get a little bored when they're predictable.... well this one was definitely not predictable! I was strung along until the very end and couldn't put it down. I hope more of her stories continue like this. Sure wish she'd make this series into a TV show. If shows like NCIS can run forever, so can an Eve Dallas show. There's plenty of material and side stories for one. Thanks JD Robb for the great story!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Really love the Eve Dallas books and this one was one of the best. This book series is never dull, never stale and somehow, someway just gets better and better. And always care about all the characters that surround Eve Dallas (Super Ninja Woman). Good Job Eve, Peabody & Roark and Great Job JD Robb.
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patrick montero
Dallas and her team must find out why a husband and father straps on a vest with explosives and blows up co-workers he considers family. Roarke takes over for Peabody while she heads to the west coast with friends.Robb kept me engaged all day while I read the entire book in one sitting.
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bianca greda
As usual this new In Death series book delivered a believable plot with all the favorite characters. The format of the story is predictable based on the series but the plot and bad guys are believable and up to date. As always, good triumphs over evil! Love the series!
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This is my favorite author for mystery books. Have read them all and I'd Robb is spot on with the future of this planet. Wish they would made a tv series with all these great characters. Who could play Roark.??
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I love Dallas, Roarke and Peabody, plus the support characters. Dallas is a "ninja cop" with an amazing extended family. This story was well thought out and written. It kept you on the edge of your seat. And the ending was pure joy!
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I usually cannot wait for a new JD Robb book to be released and when one arrives on my kindle, I finish it in a couple of days. But with this one, it's been weeks and I had to remind myself to pick up the book.

The story felt like it was written by a different author, the repartee among the characters felt off; the pace of the story was unlike other books in the series. Each character behaved abnormal. This one was a disappointment.
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brian starke
I've read ever book about Eve Dallas and I can tell you, theirs not many that has, had me on the edge of my seat like the way this last novel had. So looking forward to a night full of surprises and twists and turns. You'll love what in store for Eve and her crazy bunch of missfits???
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1,200 pages and 1,000 of completely irrevelant. Slowest story teller. In the last 200 pages they name a person you've never heard and have no emotional investment in as the guilty party, all I could think of was well that's interesting.
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alexandru constantin
Tried to download at 12:30 am. Now it's 3:06 am and I still can't download my pre-ordered book. Taking a long trip today, wanted to read it while traveling. I always pre-order Nora Roberts and JD Robb books and have never before been unable to download them right away. Pre-ordered Craig Johnson's latest Longmire also, and downloaded it at 12:22 am so it's not my phone, or new Kindle Fire. Inexcusable.

******* UPDATED 9/5/18 ************
I was FINALLY able to download the book around 9:30 a.m. Great story, as always.

As for all the commentaries about giving a 1 star review for a book I haven't read, here's why I did it:

This is the THIRD Technical issue I've found with the store in less than a month. I've been an the store customer for around 15 years. Customer service reps lately either tell me everything's fine on the phone, or reply to my emails without addressing the issues. I'm ready to become a former the store customer.

The man I spoke to at Customer Service (@ 12:30a.m.), thought it might be 1) I'm on EST, and the store is on PST, or 2) because that's what the publisher ordered. Neither choice made any sense to me, since I was able to download the new Craig Johnson Longmire at 12:20 am, and also I've never had a problem with any other pre-ordered In Death book.
By posting a review with information about the the glitch, anyone else who has the same problem, knows to contact the store, too. My mom used to quote "The squeaky wheel gets the grease." After working with computers since 1981, I know that the best way to get a company to deal with a computer issue is for as many people as possible to complain. They may blow off 1 person, but they won't ignore 100, or 1,000.
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kathryn hall
It's 3:51 am 9/4/18 and I can't down load! Pre-ordered in July. It's not in my Audible Library either! This book was not listed although you had "Connections in Death" listed which comes out next year. What's the problem?

4:09 am and I call Audible because its not list anymore in my Pre-orders but its still not in my library. On the store it has the sound clip, but Audible does not. I am pretty sure that if I ordered on the store, I could down load, and pay another credit! Audible representative makes up this bull crap story and tell me that the book is just released and it is down loaded by a Que as to when I ordered the book, first to order, first to get your new book down loaded. As I am listening to this total lie, up pops a notice from Audible saying they are having difficulties and my book should be in my library soon. So I tell this to the lying rep. and she tells me that they are having problems and that it can't be down loaded from the store! What bull crap! I am temped to pay the credit and down load it! But I probably won't get my credit back. I hate it when people lie to me!
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