Review: Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted April 13, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 27 Comments

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

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Series: In Death #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on July 1, 1996
Pages: 296
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

A new installment in the In Death series is always a delicious promise of a gritty, twisting murder and the sensual dance between Eve and Roarke.


Immortal in Death is book three and connects things nicely to the events of the first two books as far as the romance though it does offer a new suspenseful case involving Eve’s best friend Mavis.

Because, yes, shockingly, it looks very much like Mavis might have taken down a rival for her fashion designer lover, Leonardo.  Eve, Feeney, Roarke, and newcomer Peabody have the work of proving her innocent and tracking the real killer.

This case brings Eve in contact with the fashion world and the world of designer drugs.  But, Eve is distracted from her case even though its her most important one yet with Mavis’ life on the line.  The past just won’t leave Eve alone and she’s remembering more and more of that time before she was taken from that dank alley and her life got a restart.  The wedding with Roarke is fast approaching and Eve tenaciously still tries to muscle her emotions, her nearly out of control life all on her own.  Thank goodness for Roarke and Mavis to push past her stubborn shields and make her confront feelings, make healthy choices, and engage with others.

I confess this book was a tough one for me.  It’s weird, but I think I loved it and still struggled with it at the same time.  I think it was the dichotomy I felt between Eve’s strong personal issues while at the same time a big murder investigation is ongoing.  Another weird part is that I figured out who did it and why not long after the investigation really got under way.  I couldn’t tell you why other than I didn’t like the person which makes little sense because there was no shortage of unlikable people in this one.  Shoot, I even wanted to snap Eve on the back of the head a few times the way she was behaving because she was nearly at the end of her rope, but was too stubborn and single-minded to do the smart thing because she has this huge guilt complex that wouldn’t even let her eat or sleep now and then.

So yeah, in the end, of course I was jazzed to have read this.  I was relieved when Eve had her epiphany moments and got a clue.  She totally needed a guy like Roarke who was not intimidated by her strength and tenacity.  Rather he treasures this about her.  But, he wasn’t afraid to confront her when she was not taking care of herself or was getting off track in her thinking.  They have such a unique and wonderful relationship that I will look forward to seeing grow and continue in their partnership, too.
Oh, and let’s not forget how much I enjoy when Eve is working a case with Feeney and Peabody with Mavis, Mira, and Nadia around to add their special shine.
Until my next In Death read…


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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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  • She sounds like a strong female but common sense maybe wasn’t as much as it should be? Or was it just when it came to love? I find a lot of books are like this – smart but stupid when it comes to that. I like when I like a book and struggle with it. Makes me think. Great review!


    • She’s actually very smart, but she was sexually, physically, and emotionally abused as a kid so it makes her lousy at trust and love and she never actually got help for the abuse so its all starting to come out. The author created a very complex woman which is were my mixed feelings come- love reading about her and her cases, though. Hope you get the chance, Mary! 🙂

  • fashion world and designer drugs, what can go wrong right? I haven’t read J D robb before… been meaning to but not sure why I haven’t picked up any books yet

    • I have so many series on my list and I was intimidated by some, but the series challenge we do each year is helping me get a start on these. I’m loving these books, Ailyn!

  • That is a reality check. I have nearly passed the point where a book released around my birthday can still be considered contemporary and that is a shocker. 🙂

    Oh yes, it can be disappointing, but with this one, the danger was still there so I had a great time even though I knew.

  • Awww, Roarke sounds like my kind of hero! Sounds like one of those good ’90s books Sophia Rose 🙂

  • It’s been quite a while since I’ve read one of her books. This sounds like it would be a good one.

  • It looks like you are still enjoying this series. I completely understand how you have struggle with a book but still love it. I do hope to get to this series soonish.

    • Yes, I actually enjoy that I am all in and experiencing the conflict of Eve’s issues while loving the mysteries. I think you’ll get a kick out of these when you get the chance, Carole. 🙂

  • I really enjoy this series and read well into the teens before I lost track of which one I was on. LOL

    • Haha! Oops, I could see that happening. There are so many and all the titles have the whole ‘in death’ commonality. I’m hoping to get through the first twelve and novellas this years for the series challenge. I’m not sure if I’ll keep going or take up a new series for next year, but we’ll see. 🙂

  • You finally met Peabody! She’s so fun throughout the series. I must have missed your review for book 2.And yes, the whodunit part of the books are sometimes easy to figure out. I was in it for the relationships with all the characters first and the mystery second. The futuristic setting helped too! Glad you are still enjoying at any rate 🙂

    • You were so right. I loved the banter when Peabody was with Eve. I can’t wait to see how she fits in and helps.

      I can definitely agree that the relationships are the stronger part of the book, though, I do enjoy the cases, too. Oh yes, the future stuff is interesting especially since I have to remember that this was written twenty years ago.

  • JD Robb is an author I’ve seen around but never really knew what kind of books were involved. Thanks for this intro.

    • You’re very welcome. 😉 Actually, I’ve had a few of her books setting on my shelf for years now so I’m glad to finally be giving them a try and loving the romance and suspense.

  • Greg Hill

    Some books are like that- frustrating and good at the same time! Glad this one mostly worked though, especially when it’s part of a favorite series!

    • Yes, I definitely had conflicting feelings though I still loved and the can’t wait for the next one.

  • RO

    I’ve tried and I’ve tried, but this is a series I just can’t wrap my arms around, but I’m glad that it worked for you. Great review! Hugs…RO

    • You know, I’ve had a few like that. I just did not match up well with writing style and the author’s are big name bestsellers. It’s a weird feeling, but I’ve learned that its okay. So many more out there,. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Radiant Ro! 🙂

  • Ahhh yeah she can be stubborn. Their romance/marriage is one of my favorite from all the books I’ve ever read. They are so good for each other and I love that they do have it out now and again but work through it as well. You’re so making me want to re-read all of these. lol

    • Yes, I think that is what I like and also get frustrated with her for. I totally respect her for surviving and thriving after what she went through as a child and Roarke is so great. In the end, I suppose I do like seeing their skirmishes. LOL

      Oh, that is such a temptation, right? Angie and her friend are doing a Kate Daniels reread and it tempted me to join in, but I couldn’t fit it into the schedule.

      • Whew and you just know a little bit of her past. It gets so much more heartbreaking as things go along.

        Ah I know I’m enjoying seeing everyone else read these so I can remember them as yall share the different series lol

        • Uh oh! I don’t want to see her suffer, but I do love the idea that there is so much more to learn about her. 🙂

  • I’ve thought about trying this series. I think the number of books scares me off a little. I did read a Nora Roberts book recently. Maybe I’ll try this one day.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I know what you mean. I try not to think about the sheer numbers. My plan is to read one a month this year for the series challenge and then decide if I want to keep going or move on to another series for next year. My library carries all her books, it seems, so I’m going that route since I only owned a couple of them.
      I tried her Year One and loved it so it made it easy for me to want to try these. So far so good.