Review: Conspiracy in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted October 2, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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

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Series: In Death #8
Genres: Futuristic Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on April 1, 1999
Pages: 372
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

A bitter winter that bodes no good for the vulnerable people of the streets when a cunning killer plays god with their medical gift.  Dallas and Roarke are fighting danger on two fronts.  The passion and emotion crackles and sizzles in this latest In Death installment.


Conspiracy in Death is the eighth book in a series that works best read consecutively, but could be read standalone in a pinch.

After the New Year’s, its back to the grind and Eve gets called out in the early morning hours on a murder that is nothing like routine.  Someone has used precision surgical techniques to remove the heart from a homeless man.  Eve gets distracted when a patrol officer gets belligerent and vows she’ll be sorry.  When the case leads her into the highest echelons of the medical profession and the lowliest clinics, to wondering at the politic pressure and cops turning a blind eye, Eve smells conspiracy and this time it is targeting not just her life, but her living as a cop.
Roarke, Peabody, Feeney, McNab, Mavis, and a few new players stand with her, but will it be enough?

As I have worked my way steadily through the series, I’ve liked all and thrilled over some books.  This is one that I thrilled to read once it got rolling.  There is nothing like a tough, yet secretly vulnerable heroine like Lt. Eve Dallas facing her worst fears while being up against a villain who has a great deal of backing to pull me in and have me avidly devouring each page.
I’ve always enjoyed the dynamics between Eve and Roarke, but in this one, their ‘rightness’ as a couple was never more apparent when he was delivering tender then passionate, and, the best… tough love to his wife to keep her going when she hit her lowest.
The murder mystery is not particularly difficult to work out, but that didn’t matter since the spotlight was more on how Eve would beat back personal demons and powerful interference to wrest the victory.

All in all, this was definitely one of- if not the best- of the series so far for me.  Those who enjoy gritty, futuristic romantic suspense are the target group for this series.


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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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3 years ago

I have 30 books in this series but I haven’t read any of them lol

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Oh man! You have me beat for an individual series collection. I do the same thing and have piles of books that I’ve bought toward series I plan to eventually read.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Hehe..ok I read this one. I am somewhere in the teens. My hubby wants to take me to the library and have me sit and read a few chapters of each until I find the ones I have read and haven’t

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Haha! Glad to help you with your project of figuring out which ones you’ve read or not. 😉 I’ve got a couple series like that especially the ones with new edition covers that throw me off. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

It’s been quite a while since I’ve read one of her books. This sounds pretty good.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It had a gritty case, but was emotionally impactive, too. Definitely enjoying my time with this series.

3 years ago

I like them all. Every one. I’m current. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Northwoman

LOL! You’re my heroine for being current. There are so many. I’m getting there slowly but surely. 🙂

3 years ago

I have some of the books in this series. I am yet to pick up one of them. 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Haha! Based on other comments, I’d say you are in similar company. I had a half dozen or so on my shelf which was when I decided to pick this series for my reading challenge this year. You’re in for a future treat, Nadene! 🙂

3 years ago

Glad to see you are enjoying this series. Now you got me curious about futuristic romantic suspense.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  vvb

Haha! Glad to snag your interest. I think you’d have a good time with these. It blows my mind at times that the author wrote the earlier ones a couple decades ago and yet she’s spot on about gadgets and the issues the people deal with in the future. Plus, really good gritty murder mysteries. 🙂

3 years ago

I so wish I could remember the details of these books but it’s been so long since read them. Some are more memorable than others. Don’t you just love Peabody? She’s got to be one of my all time favorite sidekicks from a series. I need to read the two that I can see from here. Just sitting there unread for several years now. So glad you are loving them.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

I couldn’t imagine keeping track without notes on the ones I read if I were up on the series. Not because they aren’t good or memorable, but because there are so many.

Haha! I have a few books that give me looks from their places on the shelf still unread. 🙂