REVIEW by Dolly: Calculated in Death (In Death #36) by J. D. Robb – Released 2/26 (@fidget78)

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 doesn’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. . . .

Calculated in Death

I want to be Eve Dallas!!  I know she’s been through lots of crap but I don’t care. Even if I could only be her for a day or two, I would. Of course, I want Roarke  Any red blooded or even green blooded woman would want Roarke.

Beth and I messed around and didn’t review the last novel, Delusion in Death.  I wasn’t gonna miss another one. One or both of us will probably go back and do the review. As often as I re-read this series, that’s a given.

This is a typical Eve Dallas story. (Oh, how anyone can say that with a straight face). The story plays out as with Eve catching a case which isn’t all it seems. While Eve is great at solving her cases, this one is different as it’s all based on the one thing she doesn’t understand and couldn’t care less about, FINANCE. With Roarke on board, Eve can do her investigating on the people and leave the money trail to him.

Ms Robb’s (Nora Roberts) writing is delicious. Her character are lovingly created and tended; her storyline slowly evolves, and the humor is so subtly thought out, you laugh along. The interactions between Eve and Peabody go something like this:

Peabody starts…”…’I’m totally charged up again.  Maybe I should go buy a gallon that soup.  No!  I’ll e-mail my granny, and I’ll sweet-talk her into sending me some.’

‘You have no shame, or guile.’  Eve led the way out, still sipping soup.  ‘You e-mail her and tell her you just had some soup that’s as good as hers–subtext, maybe better–and it made you think about her, blah blah.  How good it was, on a cold, crappy day in New York, yadda, yadda.  She’ll cook up a batch and ship it out to prove hers is better.’

Peabody slid into the car, stared at Eve.  ‘Have you met my granny, because that’s exactly what she’d do.  That’s brilliant.’

‘That’s why I’m the LT, and you’re not’.

‘Too true.  Are you going to eat all your bread?’


‘I was afraid of that’…..”

Ms Robb writes the most delicious love scenes between Eve and Roarke, which is one of the reasons I want to be Eve.  Watching Eve and Roarke grow together from the beginning has been an experience I’ve never seen in a series before.  The characters don’t get boring or predicable.  Just Eve character’s growth is wonderful but Ms Robb is continually growing her character and storylines.  Speaking of which.  How many of you are dying to find out who the “candy thief” is?  Or, are Nadine and Morris, and Trueheart ever going to find that someone special?  Just a thought, When is Eve going to make Captain or have a baby?  There is so much left in this series that I shiver thinking about it.

I can tell you I’ve read and re-read this series at least 10 times and there are now 36 books in this series.  I’m so addicted, I just bought the first book, Naked in Death, on audio.  I want to see how the characters are interpreted and I’ve heard great things about the narrator.

Can’t wait for the next one!!

My Rating:  4.75 Stars

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