Book Review – Secrets in Death (In Death #45) by J.D. Robb


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With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.

The series quickly gained attention, great reviews, and devoted readers. Since the debut of Loyalty in Death (the ninth In Death book) on Halloween 1999 on the New York Times bestseller list, every J. D. Robb title has been a New York Times bestseller. While fans had their suspicions, it wasn’t until the twelfth book in the series, Betrayal in Death (2001), that the publisher fully revealed that J. D. Robb was a pseudonym for bestselling powerhouse Nora Roberts. Unmasked, Nora Roberts fans who hadn’t yet picked up one of the Robb books were quickly playing catch-up.

Robb’s peers in the mystery world are fans as well, with accolades for the In Death series from such blockbuster authors as Stephen King, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Linda Fairstein, and Andrew Gross.

The In Death books are perpetual bestsellers, and frequently share the bestseller list with other Nora Roberts novels. J. D. Robb publishes two hardcover In Death books per year, with the occasional stand-alone original In Death story featured in an anthology.

Forty books later, there is no end in sight for the ever-popular In Death series.


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Secrets in Death

(In Death #45)


Published September 5th 2017

Genre: Romantic Suspense



A new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series: Lt. Eve Dallas must separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people’s secrets is silenced.

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.

The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery.

Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know…




As always a book by JD Robb has to be on the very top of my to-read list. Actually, her two new releases each year are something I’m looking forward to all year. It’s amazing that after 44 books this series is going as strong for me as at the beginning.

Secrets in Death was a fantastic read. The story was captivating from the very first page, and even though some books are better than other – it never stops being a thrilling ride for me. This time the plot was oddly fascinating even though it wasn’t as brutal and as lined with corpses as it’s usually the case.

I loved the slower pace. Not only for myself but also for Dallas. Less late nights and zero sleep. OMG I sound like I’m living the book myself. 😀 But that’s how I feel when reading her books. I feel like meeting friends and family – catching up with everyone is the highlight of reading a JD Robb book. She managed to accumulate the BEST supporting cast EVER. And most say hello in every book.

I hope she’ll never stop writing this series. It would leave a HUGE hole in my life. 

This is a rather short review, but honestly, most who know JD Robb know what her books are about. And for everyone that hasn’t read any of her books yet: If you love suspense and need some romance in your books, this series is for you.

The In Death series has the BEST serial couple (except for Kate and Curran, and Elena and Raphael) – Dallas and Roarke have been together since book 3 I believe. They met in book one but don’t get truly together until book 3. They grew with each book, changed to the better because of the other person, compromised and fell deeper in love with each case.

On top of amazing main characters, you’ll meet the best cast ever, a diverse group of truly unique personalities. You’ll get to know them, and care deeply about each and everyone. Dallas/Eve has complex relationships with most of the cast. A hate/love/I-can-barely-stand-you relationship with the butler. A mentor and younger sister bond with her partner. She has a mother figure in the departments psychiatrist. A father figure in the geek squad captain. And the most hilarious long-term hide and seek tradition with the candy thief. So many characters to look forward to and none is bland or boring. Everyone has a place in this intricate series.

And let’s not forget one of my most cherished aspects of this series – Eve’s (Dallas) mutilation and analyzation of english idioms. Every single book has at least three to four idioms that she screws up completely and then tries to justify the utter meaninglessness of said idiom. She makes me crack up every single time!!!!

Something else to know, this series plays in the future – around 2050. There are lots of interesting changes, inventions, and crimes to salivate over.

There is really not much else to say about this series. Just the fact that I’ve been religiously reading her books twice a year – always immediately when they’ve been released – and that should be proof enough that I absolutely adore this author’s work.

Try it for yourself and be prepared for an amazing roller coaster ride. BTW I’m jealous of everyone that’s starting this series. Sometimes I wish I could wipe my memory just to start from the beginning.




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