Review: Glory in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted March 10, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

Review: Glory in Death by J.D. Robb
Glory in Death

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Series: In Death #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on December 5, 1995
Pages: 296
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

Eve Dallas and Roarke are back in the next futuristic cop thriller and after my first encounter with them in their gritty, sensual futuristic world, I was ready for more murder and suspense.

Review

Glory In Death is book two in the In Death series. I picks up about six months after the events of book one. The reader could get by treating it as standalone as the main thriller plot is contained in this book, but Eve’s background and her relationships particularly to Roarke are part of the ongoing series arc.

The book opens with a vicious murder of a high-profile victim. Eve is handed the case and it puts her under instant scrutiny and pressure. She dives into the case even while trying to put off Roarke’s insistence that she’s shutting him out and needs to learn to trust in his love for her. Her past has left its scars and she puts their relationship on the line when fear has her stepping back. Meanwhile, another brutal killing in the same manner takes place, she zeroes in on her suspect with the newshounds yapping at her heels.

I enjoyed how this one dug a little deeper than the first book and combined the personal with the professional for Eve. She’s really brought up against her own limitations. It was interesting how she really struggled to understand parents’ love and sacrifice or the depth of love in any relationships. She also learns that she throws so much of herself into her cases that its getting in her way. There were relationship struggles, but I was glad that they were good conflict without going over the top and just becoming a distraction. And, oh yes, I luxuriated in the scenes where Roarke manages to whisk Eve away and leave the hard-working cop become the sated woman.

Characters introduced in book one return like her flamboyant friend, some cop buddies, a news reporter, and of course Roarke’s dour butler.

The mystery was cunning, but I figured it out within the first half of the book. I wasn’t disappointed, though, for the suspense and excitement of Evie’s journey to the truth and getting all the facts in order with Finney’s help and some assists along the way from others.

All in all, I felt the strength in book two and anticipate the series just growing stronger as it goes and anticipating another cop thriller and times away with the delectable, sexy Roarke. Those who love romantic suspense, cop procedural, or gritty thriller romance in a futuristic setting should definitely get on board for this long-standing series.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #74 RS
Literary Pickers #66
Italy Series That Never Ends #2
Mt. TBR #38

Recommendations

About J.D. Robb

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I think I’ve read through to book number 4. I love Eve and Roarke together, but I figured out the mystery pretty early on in each of the books and I was scratching my head over why Eve wasn’t a little more clued in. Especially, if she’s supposed to be a wonderful investigator. It was still fun, though, I should get back to the series. I like listening to the audiobooks. 🙂

    • The audiobooks are my favorite !

    • LOL, I’ve had that same thought a few times when I read certain mysteries or romantic suspense. Mine is along the lines of: “I’m not that bright. If I know the solution then you certainly should, inspector X”
      But, I do enjoy all the circumstances and the characters so that is the fun part of the story, too.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh I need to get back to this series Sophia Rose. Thanks for the great review.

    • Glad to remind you, Debbie. I’m getting a late start, but I figured I would make them my Series challenge read this year and catch up a little at a time.

  • Lol, I can NEVER figure out the whodunit ! I’m on book 8 and so far I think 6 and 8 are the best in the series if you like conflict.

    • Neato! Glad to know that I have a couple really good ones in the near future. I’m hoping to read at least one a month between my other reads so I’ll get to these this year. LOL

  • Some of these books will tear you up for the two main characters. They both have so much baggage from the past. Others aren’t near as bad that way but the mystery is deeper. And you still haven’t met Peabody. My favorite sidekick-maybe ever. Eve really grows during this series. Wow, you make me want to dive back in. Maybe someday soon.

    • Oh cool! I can’t wait to encounter your Peabody. Yes, I feel like at some point, she’s going to go to pieces when all her memories of the past return.

  • Greg Hill

    Glad to hear this was so good! The thriller and romance elements sound like they go together so well, and they do sound like a fun couple. 🙂

    • Oh yes! It was firing on all cylinders. I’m looking forward to the next one in the series.

  • Oh that sounds like an interesting book. I like murder mysteries.

    • Its fun to get a murder mystery set in a bit of futuristic time.

  • This is a series that I do want to read but it is a bit intimidating since it has so many books. Maybe I should set a goal of reading a set number of books per year from the series. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • Yes, its scary intimidating from this end of the series looking forward. I finally did what you’re considering. I made it my series challenge pick for the year and am reading one a month for this year.. My library has many of the books so it also hits my library reading challenge, too. Win!

  • Eeee! You make me want to re-read these. one of my favorite series. Don’t you love all the side characters? They make them more fun, I think. Glad to see you enjoyed it!

    • Haha! Yes, this is fun finally reading a series that you and others adore. I’m meeting the characters and already starting to get attached only two books in.