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Holiday in Death
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In the seventh of J.D. Robb's futuristic romance thrillers, NYPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is on the trail of a serial killer terrorizing the city during the holidays. The only link between the victims--all are patrons of an exclusive dating service, Personally Yours. Working with her aide Officer Peabody, Peabody's nemesis Ian McNab, and her own intriguing husband, Roarke, Eve uncovers secrets that link the victims: secrets that involve both the owners and the clients of Personally Yours and which might be worth killing for. Whether she's writing as Nora Roberts or as J.D. Robb, Roberts weaves a taut and powerful story with lush sensuality and masterful characterization. This murder mystery combines elements of romance, science fiction, and police procedural genres in an entertaining mix that will keep readers turning the pages. --Lisa Wanttaja

Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns in this futuristic novel of police suspense on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer whose every victim can be traced to Personally Yours, a posh New York dating service

Customer Reviews:

  • Go on holiday with death!
    It's Christmas in New York. Eve is struggling to face the fact that for the first time ever, she has people she cares about--and that means people she needs to shop for. And she hates shopping. To make things worse, a new serial killer is taking the "Twelve Days of Christmas" song all too personally. Eve's still recovering from an injury and shouldn't even be back at work yet, much less spending 24/7 chasing down a vicious bad guy.

    As usual, the financial trail will lead back to Roarke in some manner (he does own half the known universe, after all); Eve will push herself to the brink; and someone Eve loves will be put in grave danger. It may be a formula, but it's a formula that works well for Roberts and one she knows how to finesse for her fans. The `in Death' novels are decidedly melodramatic and over-the-top, but deliberately so, and they're the kind of guilty pleasure it's well worth wallowing in. Roberts has the wisdom to know when it's time to set aside the rules about how you "should" write and just write what's fun!

    I do have to warn that the sexual nature of the crimes in Holiday in Death is relatively brutal and not for all readers. It isn't handled in a prurient manner, however, which I appreciate. I did find that I wanted a little more follow-through on some of the personal tidbits with Eve slowly and painfully figuring out what to get for people; I guess I wanted to see more closure in terms of the actual gift exchanges. A small complaint, however.

    As usual, the heat between Roarke and Eve is intense and the sexual content is delicious and fun, every bit as enjoyably over-the-top as the detective work. For Peabody fans, the relationship between her and McNab takes its first baby steps forward....more info
  • Holiday in Death another great addition to the series
    The " Death" series by J.D. Robb continues with the holiday season and a serial killer on the loose. The killer uses the Christmas carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" as his theme for the murders and leaves with each victim a partridge in a pear tree at the first murder scene and two turtledoves at the second scene. Eve discovers that the murderer dresses up as Santa Claus to gain easy entry by the victim.

    As in the other books in the series, the spicey romance between Eve and Roarke is a pleasant diverstion from murder and mayhem.

    The book is fast paced and holds the readers interest. If you haven't read any of the other books in this series, start with Naked in Death and read them all. It's a terrific series that will have you waiting and anticipating the next book....more info

  • Holiday in Death
    J. D. Robb's "In Death" series is one of the best that I have read and listened to. Susan Ericksen is fantastic as the narrator. Her individual characterizations for Eve, Roarke, Peabody, Finney, etc., makes the audio rendition of this series a must-buy and a collection keeper. Though the audio series started midway through the book series, having Susan Ericksen as the narrator throughout the audio editions means that there is very little deviation in the individual characterizations. Instead, the character consistencies make for a more enjoyable "listen" especially if done consecutively. I have all of the unabridged audios and listen to them often! (jsiobhanlei - 1/5/07)...more info
  • Not so Thrilling
    I don't understand why this book keeps getting positive reviews, maybe they're all loyal fans of J.D. Robb. I'm not going to write any negative about the author,because I havent't read any of her other books, but this one is not so special. For those looking to read an orginal and clever book this wouldn't be the one....more info
  • Christmas gone Crazy
    I must admit, although this book is very desturbing and some of the characters rather creepy, I liked the plot. On a "ick" factor, I'd give it an 8 out of 10. But Hey, for a novel, that's a good thing in my book. At least the characters are believable, if not Icky. The series will get you hooked.

    Reviewed by Rosanna Filippello Author of the Angelo Mysteries Series published by JustMyBest inc. Book One--Angel of Death, Book Two--Angelo of Justice
    (Angel of Truth to be released Fall of 2005) info
  • Holiday in Death
    Order was processed in timely fashion. Book was received in excellent condition and much enjoyed....more info
  • Not that thrilling
    I don't know why this book keeps getting positive review, maybe they're all loyal fans of J.D Robb. I'm not going to wrtite any negatives about the author because I haven't read her other books, but so far this one is not so special. Not very orginal and clever....more info
  • Great
    I love this series... you must read it to understand. It's all about a homicide detective named Lt. Eve Dallas and how she goes about solving a case which always seems imposibble to solve at first....more info
  • A Great Read!
    Book #7 in the In Death Series.
    In this book there is a serial killer out there who dresses like Santa and kills people while leaving a gift representing one of the 12 days of Christmas and a tattoo that says their his true love.
    This is a creepy Christmas tale. The love hate relationship between Peabody and McNab heats up as they are forced to work together undercover in a dating service. An interesting and different murder mystery with some surprisingly heroic moments from all the characters.
    Peabody gives a jerk a bloody nose. As always there's a whole lot of comedy and romance mixed in....more info
  • Holiday in Death
    I love the continuing saga of Lt. Eve Dallas that Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, has created. I am an adict for her prose....more info
    Truly, grand, fast paced, twisting plots, steamy romance(S) Yes, more than one! Great futuristic, tech-no gadgets... Eve dealing with new events such as "family" & the holidays is priceless. Officer Peabody is growing, McNab is coming along quite nicely. As always Eve & Roarke's relating tickles me & makes me a wee bit jealous. Too sexy by far.... MORE!...more info
  • Eve wins
    Another great installment of J. D. Robb's "...In Death " series of homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas. She collects the evidence, arrests the guilty party and maintains her position as Roarke's wife. She is amazing. Book is well written. I have or am getting the entire series....more info
  • Holiday in Death (In Death #7)
    redundant, but ok. problem with disks not ejecting which is not a normal event with other cd's. too much time spent in bed, booorrring....more info
  • eve dallas
    i have read all but to of the eve dallas books holiday in death and profit in death and i just cant put them down when i start them they are truley brill hope that she keeps writing them but i do seem to have problems getting in england i just hope they become easier to buy...more info
  • 4.5 stars
    I assume by this point, everyone pretty well knows what J. D. Robb's In Death series is about: mid-21st century, homicide cop married to billionaire with a shady past. Each book has a mystery/police procedural story as well as advances in the characters' personal lives.

    Holiday in Death, unsurprisingly, takes place around Christmastime 2058. A serial killer who dresses as Santa is targeting the clients of a dating service: raping and murdering them, then decorating their bodies with a "Twelve Days of Christmas" theme. The hunt for the killer is well done, and Eve makes a wrong turn that's emotionally affecting, and well as showing that she's human. It's just that serial killer stories get to be pretty much same-old, same-old after a while. It's always a guy killing his mother over and over again. Ho-hum. But that's a matter of taste, or at least a matter of how many romantic suspense and mystery books I've read with serial killers in them.

    What was great about this story is how Eve deals with the holiday, her first since meeting and marrying Roarke. She's got her usual disgruntled attitude toward her fellow humans, and, as usual, hates shopping. On the other hand, her life is now becoming full of people who matter to her, and the process of coming up with gifts for them shows how much her life has changed.

    Holiday in Death also begins the McNab/Peabody/Charles Monroe triangle, and the real start of the McNab/Peabody relationship. We'd met McNab in the previous book, Vengeance in Death, but that one only showed the beginnings of sparks between the two.

    One of the lovely things about this series is the leisurely way in which the secondary relationships develop. Eve and Roarke did take 3 books from first meet to wedding, but it was still a pretty romance-novel-ish pace. McNab and Peabody, and other relationships in the series, proceed at a more true-to-life rate, and because the main characters are happily committed, we readers can enjoy the small developments without too much impatience....more info
  • Average thriller/Below average science fiction
    I seem to be one of the few reviewers who occasionally writes a lukewarm to bad review-Somebodys gotta do it! This book is a hybrid consisting of science fiction and mystery and both genres suffer. Science fiction readers will find it pedestrian and trite. It will appeal to some mystery readers, however, I am not one of them. The characters were pretty much "stock" and the writing pretty much bestseller-ish. No surprises here and not much depth or wit either. I prefer Deaver or Daheim, and Kress and Gibson....more info
  • The series really "LAUNCHES" here....
    I've read most of the books in this series and I have to tell you that this one really made the series take off! The reader is welcomed into the lives of these characters with more depth and meaning than ever before. The story itself (The dating service and the serial killer) lends to enough suspense to keep the reader on the edge of the seat, but when one of "our own" (Peabody) goes undercover, you feel the fear akin to one of your own loved ones putting herself at risk.

    An excellent story with quite an unexpected ending. I would recommend this series HIGHLY!...more info
  • Robb and Eve Dallas rock again
    I find this book to be interesting, and captivating. All of the characters are evolving and maturing. I love this series and l;ook forward to reading the next....more info
  • Too Fast!
    Holiday in Death is number seven in the In Death series and is the weakest book of the set. To me it seemed as if J.D. Robb (AKA Nora Roberts) rushed this book. Maybe that was the desired effect - to have everyone rushing around because it was the Christmas holidays and fast was the appropriate speed. Planned or not, it wasn't as appealing as the other books.

    Lieutenant Eve Dallas is once again faced with a serial killer and since it's Christmas time, the madman dresses as Santa Claus to torture, rape and strangle his victims. The security cameras show Santa walking into each prey's apartment dressed in a red suit, complete with white hair and beard. His calling card for each victim is a piece of jewelry depicting one of the 12 Christmas gifts (you know Partridge in a Pear Tree, French Hens, Turtle Doves...). Eve has to stop him and fast (again with the speed).

    The reader was only given a glimpse of the villain, so it was almost impossible to figure out the identity. The story line was laid out, but not as well defined as in her previous works. And the ending was a race to the last page. So much more could have been defined. So much more could have been explored. So much more was needed... I finished the book and felt let down. I wanted to know more - I wanted to learn about Christmas with Eve and Roarke. I wanted to see how Delia Peabody faired Christmas Day (can't say more or I'll give away part of the story). And more importantly, did Ian McNab visit Peabody on Christmas to check up on her? What was Roarke's reaction to Eve's special Christmas present for him (since so much time was spent describing this purchase!)? What did Roarke give Eve for Christmas? So many questions with no answers. An epilogue was definitely needed!

    Don't get me wrong, Holiday in Death was still a good book - ok, so it was a decent read, not great, but decent. I've just come to expect more with Nora Roberts / J.D. Robb that it was a disappointment. I expect those loose ends to be tied up in a nice, neat package. Since it's imperative that these books be read in order, I had to get through this once before I can read Conspiracy in Death the next one on the list.

    So muddle through it without much expectation and move on. That's my advice on this one!
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  • Great mix of suspense and romance.
    This is the first book I read in the "In Death..." series, and it definitely won't be the last. I'm generally a romance reader, but the mystery half of this novel really engaged me and was a nice change of pace. I think the romance side of the story suffered a bit for me because I hadn't read the previous books and wasn't up on on the history of the characters' relationship. However, I still enjoyed it and was particularly impressed with the way Robb/Roberts successfully added some tension and interest in a long-term, committed relationship....more info
  • Fantastic Series - All Keepers
    I have read all 28 reviews and the reader from Minnesota sums up the book the best for me. Since I am a big fan of romance and mystery, I don't place much emphasis on the sci-fi aspects of the book. Therefore, if you are into sci-fi you will probably be a little disappointed. But it is truly the best of its kind out today. If I could I would read the series from the beginning to the end once a year. It is that good....more info
  • Fantastic, attention grabbing, looking for the next one
    I have read Nora Roberts for years but this is the first as J D Robb, but not the last. I've never been a fan of thrillers but I am now, as long as they are by Robb. Don't miss the chance to visit the future....more info