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Monday, February 20, 2012

Book Review: Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #33)

Book cover of Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb
When I was a kid, my favorite board game was Clue, and I was reminded of how much that game rocked as I read Celebrity in Death, the newest installment in J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas series.  The beginning of the book read like a scene right out of Clue — a dead body appears during a dinner party and everyone there becomes a suspect.  As the novel progresses, it becomes both a character study and an exercise for Eve to prove with facts what she knows by instinct.

Goodreads summary:  Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. It’s a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks almost like her long-lost twin. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays Peabody—drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director’s luxury building. Talented but rude, and widely disliked, K. T. Harris had made an embarrassing scene during dinner. Now she’s at the center of a crime scene—and Eve is more than ready to get out of her high heels and strap on her holster, to step into the role she was born to play: cop.

My thoughts: One of my greatest fears is that Robb (aka Nora Roberts) will one day decide she's had enough of Eve, Roarke, Peabody and the rest of the crew, and will stop writing this series.  I cannot get enough of the In Death books, and I've reread each of them multiple times.  I even love the books I don't love, if that makes sense.  Celebrity in Death was just one of those books — it wasn't my favorite Dallas book, but I loved it nonetheless.

After the intense emotional drama of New York to Dallas, where Eve confronted the ghosts of her past, Celebrity in Death returns to the standard Dallas formula, with all the standard characters.  This time, though, Robb puts Eve right at the center of the mystery — the murder occurs at a dinner party she attends, and the victim is playing the role of Detective Peabody in a Hollywood film.  Eve knows from the beginning that she's dealing with an enormously arrogant killer, and as the title shows, celebrity is indeed a motive.

The In Death books can be somewhat predictable, but as I said, that's part of their charm.  I love seeing Eve figure out a real stumper, and watching her navigate her developing personal relationships is just as entertaining.  No one can offer to kick someone's ass quite the way Eve can.  The mystery's solution is largely suspenseful, though Eve figures it out long before she's able to prove who the killer is.  That means we're treated several scenes as Eve's team tries to prove whodunit.  There are some intimate scenes between Eve and Roarke as she deals with the trauma she faced in Dallas, and there's also a sweet peek into Peabody and McNab's relationship.

Celebrity in Death is an excellent, less intense follow-up to New York to Dallas, and Eve fans will be very happy with this one.  As with all Robb's books, it stands alone, but if you've never read an Eve Dallas book, do yourself a favor and start from the beginning (Naked in Death).  You'll thank me for it later.

Rating: B+
Publisher: Putnam Books
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
Length: 400 pages
Sensuality: Steamy
Other Books in This Series: Vengeance in Death, Treachery in Death

Romance novel book reviews by Sarah The Brazen Bookworm

Molto grazie to Allison from The Allure of Books for sharing her copy of of Celebrity in Death!


  1. Oh my gosh - that entire first paragraph describes me exactly! I've reread every single on of these books an obscene number of times, and even my least favorites are still awesome. Sigh.

    If she decides to stop writing these anytime soon, I will probably cry like a baby.

    1. OK, I'm glad to know I'm not crazy! It really makes me anxious even thinking about it - especially since Robb has been turning out 2 a year for a while now, I'm always panicked she's going to say it's the end. Thanks again for sharing the book! :)

  2. I totally agree when it comes to all things "In Death" and Eve Dallas. I read Naked in Death based on your recommendation and have not been disappointed by any of the books. I am not caught up to the most recent books, but that just means I've got some good reads in my future. Everytime I read one of her books, I bemoan the fact that the Autochef still hasn't been invented.....

    1. Lol, I would KILL for an Autochef! And I just wish I knew what a tube of Pepsi looked like. Every time she says that, i want one.

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