Festive In Death (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Festive In Death (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by J. D. Robb


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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. When a personal trainer is stabbed to death, Lt. Eve Dallas discovers a line-up of women who were loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. With Christmas and all of its complications looming, she tries to put away her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death.

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ISBN-13: 9780606365666
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 4.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nora Roberts originally wrote her In Death series under the pseudonym J. D. Robb in order to try her hand at a new genre. Initially intended to be a trilogy, the futuristic suspense novels starring Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, proved so popular that the series continued, and it now counts more than forty books. The In Death books regularly appear on bestseller lists and are published twice a year.


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Festive in Death 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 164 reviews.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this series.  It never gets old.  Eve may be worried that love has mellowed her but the holidays are guaranteed to bring out the cynic that we know and love.  I love that Eve and Roarke are still slap silly in love with each other even as the real world intrudes on their bliss.  Eve and the gang deal with the murder of a disgusting human being and still they fight for him with all the energy and commitment they would give any of their cases. Another case that will keep you guessing and turning page after page.
burns_erin More than 1 year ago
This is book 39 in the series, not counting the 10 novellas. For anyone who's maybe not read, you know, books, in the past two decades, J.D. Robb is a pseudonym for Nora Roberts, under which she writes futuristic police procedural romantic suspense feature Lieutenant Eve Dallas, her husband Roarke, and their friends and colleagues. While each book has a completed mystery, the series as a whole follows the lives, loves, tragedies, and mysteries of the main and recurring characters. The series is as much, if not more, a character study, as it is whodunit. So, while each story presents a discrete mystery, and could likely be read as a stand-alone, I really wouldn't, because otherwise you probably won't have any incentive to care about these characters. That being said, Festive in Death is somewhat lighter and less fraught than previous books. Eve is heading into the Christmas holidays, and she still isn't a terribly festive person. But, she's definitely more relaxed about the holidays than she has been in years past. That actually seems to be the tone of the book, how Eve and Roarke have settled into this life they have made which is so different than either of them ever expected to make. It is sweet and a bit sappy, but seeing as I have followed this series for quite some time, it was nice to see some of my favorite imaginary people without the life and death struggles. The mystery was kind of interesting, and it is nice when the "victim" is someone you can despise, though there was a bit of a twist in the end that was kind of sad all the way around. As an aside, I still don't particularly care for DeWinters. I can tell she is going to become an increasingly visible character in the series, but really, she rather rubs me the wrong way. Altogether, this isn't the strongest book in the series, but it is a solid entry that long time readers will likely enjoy and it isn't anything that is likely to throw those readers out of the series. Eve has grown and changed into a more complete person, she has moved through most of her issues, and as I have said, it is nice to see her happy. That being said, we have kind of reached the point where it may be time to for Eve, and this series, to take those final steps to the end. I don't think adding new characters is going to be enough to freshen the series for much longer of a run. 3.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These robb novels are my secret vice (along with the Outlander series) as I don't do bodice rippers but these alternate universe/ mystery/ romance stories are special and Nora Roberts shows a real respect for her chsracters, allowing them to grow and thrive through their experiences. Eve may never learn to enjoy gala dressing, Deliah may never outgrow her love of pink but they don't outgrow old friends, either, and their relstiondhips grow in depth and respect while Eve's understanding of human nature, strengths and weaknesses make her The Murder Cop. Quick, lively, humorous, loving and tough. What more could a girl ask? V
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Sima is seeking revenge. Her boyfriend has dumped her even after she has paid rent and been nothing but good to him. With the help of her friend, Trina and a little alcohol in their systems, they break into his apartment to pull some pranks on him when they find Trey Ziegler dead, bashed over the head with one of his fitness trophies, propped up in bed with a knife through his chest and a holiday themed note that turns this book from cheery to gruesome fast. J.D. Robb once again breathes life into my favorite characters, but this time, it’s a little more fun when the holidays are involved. If you know Eve, you already know her constant resistance to parties and getting dressed up. But when Summerset and Roarke through a massive Christmas party, readers wont be surprised to find a grumpy Eve in the corners. The best part though is when Eve goes Christmas shopping for all her friends. As much as she hates it, it shows just how far she has come in this series and how much she has changed and grown. It’s lovely to see Eve with her close family and friend, as much as she tries to deny that she likes it. Meanwhile, Robb doesn’t mess around with the murder mystery. While she sets Trey up as the victim, as more of the story gets told, it becomes more and more complex and twisted. Trey is no longer a victim, but the predator, preying on women merely because he can. What I love about Robb’s writing is the intricacy in which each mystery unravels. When she first presents the case, it seems quite simple, but Eve unconvers more and more leads that change how you read mystery, which is why I think this series remains so fresh after so many books in the series. Another thing I enjoy is the fact that Eve runs the details by Roarke. It does more than just keep Roarke involved; it’s also much more interesting to have her talking to her sexy husband rather than sorting through the evidence herself in her mind. In addition, Robb employs another trick. She has Eve dream encounters with the victims. In this case, it’s a nasty conversation that ends with her feeling disoriented when waking. But it nonetheless gets the details across, adding more drama to what can be an otherwise boring monologue. I don’t know how Robb does it again and again but there’s no question that Eve Dallas rules mystery and crime. *ARC provided by publisher
sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
This book may not be as action packed as some of the others, but it didn’t need to be. It’s Christmas again, and Eve has to deal with purchasing gifts, actually helping with the party, and catching a murderer. It’s such fun watching Eve learn to be social.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been worried that this series would begin to grow stale after so many books, but this one showed me that is clearly not the case. My favorite part about this one was seeing so clearly how all the characters have come to be so important in each other's lives. I've been reading this series for years and I love seeing how all the relationships have evolved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please, please never stop writing this series!...i have yet to read a book in this series that i haven't sat and read straight through..the mysteries are always well written and i love the continuaton of all the characters!
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Festive in Death by J.D. Robb, is the 39th book (does not count all the novellas, as she does at least one novella a year) in her fantastic In Death series. Of course, we all know (if you don’t, you are behind the times :) ) that J.D. is really Nora Roberts. This my all-time favorite series that I anxiously await each book. The In-Death series is about crime, murder and mystery, which at times can be very violent, but the best part of this series are the leading characters that we get to spend time with book after book. My favorite couple, Eve & Roarke, and the best group of secondary characters ever – Peabody, Summerset, Mira, Nadine, Mavis, Baxter, McNab, Feeney, and Galahad, just to name a few. Festive in Death was a bit different then the norm, as it was not terribly violent or a race against time to find the killer. There is a murder that starts off the story, as Eve is called to the scene in the middle of the night. But as she investigates, the victim is very disliked by all, with no one, including Eve and her team sympathetic. But Eve always stands for the dead, and even if the victim may have deserved his fate, the search for the killer is necessary. This is a story is a complicated mystery, with so many suspects, and as Eve, Peabody, Roarke delve deeper, the victim turns out to be even more despicable. Throughout the story, there are many twists and turns that you have no idea who the killer is. While the investigation is ongoing, Eve must do her favorite thing. Christmas is close and she needs to shop for gifts. More so now, since she has built a group of friends over the years. Our beloved Roarke is throwing his annual Christmas party, which is so much fun to watch, as Roark and Eve’s co-workers, and friends mingle. I loves watching Eve give out the gifts to her special friends, and the whole holiday spirit. Once again, I have to mention how spectacular Eve and Roarke are as a couple. J.D. Robb does a super job showing us the love they feel for each other, as well as their love scenes, which are done so well, without being erotic, but feeling the chemistry and leaving so much to the imagination. Festive in Death was an excellent and fun addition to this series. It was a welcome break from some of the squeamish violence in some of the past novels, and because of this, the action was a bit slower, with the focus more toward the mystery. I love this series, and look forward to the next book to spend more time with Eve, Roarke and friends.
DrLu More than 1 year ago
Having read all of the series, I was a little disappointed with the last two books. That being said, Nora Roberts/JD Robb is an amazing writer who paints a beautiful literary scene in my head. The reason for the 3 stars versus 4, was that the murderer was easy to figure out in this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish she had a new book come out every week! Was a great read and now the wait until February!!
Anonymous 4 months ago
JDRobb, Nora Roberts is the best. Eve is either funny or too sad. Hits emotions both ways.Entertaining fighter for truth, justice and the American-Irish way.
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Good one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish Eve would become less of an over achiever and more in tune with other people's feelings. Some of the things she says and does are very juvenile and self indulgent. I would think by this time she would have grown some and we would hear less of her sad beginnings and less of the "marriage rules". Gets old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot get enough of the In Death series by JD Robb.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner.
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A must read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good who Donnit, ending like Agatha,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is vintage Dallas. She is awesome in yet another death novel. Great fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just love following the lives of all of the recurring characters. Feel like I know them. Would LOVE to see a movie with all of them in it - especially Rourke!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always like these books but this one is really good.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. I liked the twist