Calculated in Death Online Download by J. D. Robb Click Here to Download the Book On Manhattan's Upper East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesnâ€™t seem the type to be on anyone's hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the building, the lieutenant knows Marta's murder was the work of a killer who's trained, but not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence. But when someone steals the files out of Marta's office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke's world of big business to figure out who's cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer's violent streak begins to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait. . . .
Reviews Not sure why the other reviewers didn't like this installment. I think we found out who the perp was earlier than usual, so this one focused more on how they caught him/them and less on figuring who it was, but not to an extreme level. The method wasn't catchy or unusual or techie, but it doesn't have to be - it's still murder, and that's still Eve's job. I do wish the brother had shown himself as stronger and more resilient at the end - in a way, I identified with him a little bit - but in an odd way, I understand that he almost couldn't be any other way. I just think he's not going to be able to save the business unless he grows backbone, but that's irrelevant to the general plot, so not harmful to the book in any way. I liked it. I only wish I had someone like Roarke in my life!
I was going to wait for the price to come down. No, really. I was. (Are you laughing?) For what I paid for this book, I could have had two or more inferior e books. Luckily for me, it's J. D. Robb, so I got my money's worth. I've read every "In Death" novel at lease twice or thrice, but I believe this may be one of my favorites. The scenes between Eve and Roarke zing, make you smile the first time and the fifth. Peabody is at her best and we get a glimpse into Summerset's day. ( spoiler alert: even gazillionaires have laundry. Who knew?) The criminal is pompous and stupid (not a spoiler...this plot is rife with stupid,pompous characters.) I love this book. I'm sorry. Am I gushing? Yeah, I am.
I fell in love with Eve and Roarke and eve Summerser in Vengeance in Death. I was then on a quest. I hunted up all of the books in the series up to that point. It was about 20. I spent an entire week immersed in the world created by JD Robb, barely coming up for air. My husband felt neglected but he got over it. I introduced him to the audio books and while he still favors The Odd Series by Dean Koontz, he had good things to say and looks forward to her books (he does fast forward through the love scenes). I have introduced many people to JD Robb over the years and nine have been disappointed.
The Eve Dallas books are like comfort food for me, as I can rely on them to provide a good read with no unexpected surprises. I know that there will be an interesting case for Dallas to solve, that her handsome hubby Roarke will help, Peabody will provide some comic relief, and that Dallas and Roarke will have hot sex (but nothing too graphic). To borrow Martha Stewart's catchphrase - It's a good thing. This story is no different. There's an interesting case involving the murder of a woman who by all accounts had no enemies. Set up to look like a mugging, there are a few small details that the killer missed. Dallas misses nothing. You know she's going to solve the case, but it's always interesting watching her work. I also enjoyed the side story, where Dallas has to attend the movie premier based on her solving a previous case. Eve does not like going to fancy shindigs, but it's a necessary part of life and I get a kick out of watching her squirm. Especially when it comes to her fear of Trina, the hair/makeup guru! Gave this one a 4 out of 5, as it was an easy read and I really enjoyed it. J.D. Robb, aka Nora Roberts, is a very talented writer who can create great characters that actually evolve instead of staying in a rut. I love this series!
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