Review: Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted May 2, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

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

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Series: In Death #4
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on October 1, 1996
Pages: 294
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

Wouldn’t you know it that Eve and Roarke’s honeymoon would be the stuff of awesomeness, but wouldn’t be complete without a death?  Each daring and dangerous installment of the series just tightens the grip it has on me.


Eve is confronted by a series of suicides that just don’t make sense including the chilling smile on their faces.  Deep probing shows they have little in common and no reason to take their own lives.  She is convince that some malevolent force is at work.  Meanwhile, Mavis has a chance to show off her singing pipes when a famous musician takes an interest in promoting her.

The honeymoon was all it should be with Eve and Roarke’s personalities shining through.  No surprise that a corpse happens.  I enjoyed this one much better than the previous installment.  Eve is as irascible as ever when it comes to thinking of her own health while on a case, but the conflict about her feelings and decisions isn’t there.  She’s making peace with her life a bit at a time.

Eve, Peabody, and her favorite tech savvy captain are on the job.  I love the inter-personal relationships with this team and watching as they track down their clues and killer.  Peabody is a great match as Eve’s partner as the lady has a great sense of humor and has her own ideas.

The case was cunning in the use of the future tech ability, the virtual reality and gaming world, music mixing, and more.  But, this one was an easy one to figure out once I was introduced to all the players.   Not that I didn’t enjoy reading through as they found their way to the truth- or tripped over it in the end, since the killer was a rather clever operator.  There was a moment when I was really rooting for Roarke to commit murder and he sure knew how to do menacing well.  Love that guy.

All in all, another strong showing in the series and I’m eager to press on.  Romantic Suspense lovers who don’t mind some futuristic sci-fi should definitely give these a go.

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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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  • Debbie Haupt

    I’m a huge fan of the series and I need to get back to it. Thanks Sophia Rose

    • Cool! What number did you leave off on?

      • Debbie Haupt

        That would take some investigating LOL

  • I have like a lot of books in this series but I still need to read them

    • That was me. I kept picking up copies and finally decided to dive in. LOL

      • I think I have 25 of them lol

        • Whoa! Haha! And I thought I had a stack. Those will keep you busy.

  • I really need to start this series over from the beginning but it’ll take up half my life!

    • Buahaha! I hear you. Soooo many books and novellas in this series. 🙂

  • Keep reading. I figure by the time you hit the place I left off I will recognize I haven’t read it and be completely refreshed on the series details. *hands you book 5* hehe

    • Haha! It will be my pleasure. One a month until the end of the year and then we shall see….

    • Haha! It will be my pleasure. One a month until the end of the year and then we shall see….

  • So glad you are continuing the series. I have forgotten a lot about the earlier books, but still remember loving them. I have two paperbacks that are the next two I need to read just staring at me. One day!

    • Oh yes! This was a good choice for the Series Challenge. It doesn’t even feel like challenge reading each of these. My goal is at least one a month to the end of the year. I know that will barely put a dent in reading the series, but it will clear the ones I actually own off my shelf and, for the ones I don’t own, my library carries the whole series. Hopefully, you’ll get some time for the two you’ve got still to read. 🙂

  • Northwomn

    I love the books in this series. They are like comfortable old friends, generally smart and funny.

    • That’s a good way of putting it, Anne. They are like comfortable old friends. 🙂

  • i have few of the books in the series I need to start them. .

    • I kept getting them at library sales or people gave them to me and I decided that I would make this series my project for the year. LOL Hope you get the chance soon, Nadene!

  • Karen

    I encouraged! I’ve only read the first one and everyone is already on book 305 or something lol

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • Oh man, there are so many. I have no idea if I’ll bother getting caught up, but I, at the very least, wanted to try it and go at least into double digits this year for the challenge. 🙂

  • This is a series that I do need to read someday. I have a few other series that I want to get finished but then I might start this one. I like how you are doing one per month since it seems a little less intimidating that way.

    • You and I have the same game plan. I’ve been trying to work through some of the older series before starting the next series. I struggle with books when I do binge reading so once a month is a good buffer between the books of the series so I don’t have as much trouble.