Review: Witness in Death by J.D. Robb

Posted November 14, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 26 Comments

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

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Series: In Death #10
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on March 1, 2000
Pages: 343
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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The Delight

I think I might have actually shrieked with excitement.  Agatha Christie and Eve and Roarke all in one book.  Be still my heart!  I adore Agatha Christie mysteries so I was all sorts of frenzied to discover that murder happens in the middle of an Agatha Christie play that Roarke took Eve to see.  And, it only got better from there.


Witness in Death is book ten of the In Death series.  Its best enjoyed in order due to personal relationships that are introduced and grow through the series.

As I said, as I calm the fan girl in me, this one was murder at the theater.  The cast and crew are the biggest suspects and lead Eve on a merry chase getting behind their well-crafted and skilled acting personas to the truth.  She soon learns the victim was not a decent human being and pretty much everyone is partying over his death.  Peabody and McNab are on the case with her, but also starting to feel out that something new that is between them.  Eve has to head down dark paths that remind her of her past, but Roarke is there beside her.  Meanwhile, a killer watches from the wings.

This one went to some dark places as I said, but there were some fun moments, too.  Eve butting into Peabody’s personal life and getting her nose flicked.  I thought it was cute and funny, sad and sexy all at once when Eve makes her first attempt at romance which makes Roarke suspicious.

I had no idea until near the end who the murderer was or why, beyond the usual reason everyone hated the guy.  I figured it out about the same time Eve did.  This was definitely one that challenged Eve’s moral compass.

And again, we have another abso-fab entry in the series and I now need to go dive into Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution and hope my turn on the library wait list for the next book comes soon.


Romance Roundabout #344 RS
Series that Never Ends #12
Library Love #12
Spooky Read #4





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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2 years ago

I’ve heard great things about In Death series, but the number of books intimidates me 😀 Romantic Suspense is a great genre though. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Liina

Oh man, yes, Liina! I have to ignored the end of the long line of books and just plod along one now and then when I can. Definitely good romantic suspense. 🙂

2 years ago

Sounds like you really loved this one a lot Super Sophia! Hugs…RO

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  ROP

I really, really did. She couldn’t have picked a better play to pair an In Death story with to make me happier. 🙂 Have a great Wednesday, Radiant Ro!

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I really need to get back to this series someday. I stopped with book 4, I think. The audio versions are really good. I too love Agatha Christie! I’ve read almost all of her mysteries and can go back and read them and be surprised all over again, so I love the idea of the murder happening at one of her plays. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I should try it on audio some time. I didn’t even look to see if the library carries these in audio.

Yay! A fellow Christie fan. Neat how Robb paid tribute to her Witness for the Prosecution play.

2 years ago

I really need to start this series!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

You will get no arguments from me. I think you’d enjoy them. 🙂

2 years ago

Truly I just love every installment in this series. I love Peabody and McNab. I love this review! Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Northwoman

I am having such a good time making my way through the series. Ah yes, that pair are a crack up the way they dance around each other. 🙂 Thanks, Anne!

2 years ago

It gets better with each book. Love it when the stories like these keeps you guessing.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yes, I have been noticing how much I enjoy the latest one I’ve read even more than the last. LOL, they do keep me guessing. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I haven’t read her books in years but I always liked the ones I read.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

This is my first time through the series. It has been fun reading one a month all year. I probably will switch series for my challenge, but now I’ve got a taste for these and have a new series to keep reading a few here and there. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I am so glad that you are still enjoying this series! I have quite a few of the early audiobooks ready to hope and hope to tackle it soon.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh that is neat. I was told by an earlier commenter that the audio version is even better. Hope you enjoy them, Carole.

2 years ago

I haven’t read anything by this author, but I’ve heard good things about some of her books! Which one should I start with? There are sooo many to choose from! I love that there was humor to balance out the darker bits. I cannot remember the last time someone had their nose flicked! Hah!

Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lindsi

Yes, she’s got bestsellers under three different pen names. I haven’t tried her others, but I do enjoy these futuristic suspenses as JD Robb. With these, it is best to read them in order. Naked in Death is the first one.
LOL, that was my description for how both people she interfered with told her to back out of their business. Nobody really flicked her nose. 🙂

Hope you like her books if you get the chance, Lindsi!

2 years ago

I read the first one but I’m so intimidated but the length of this series lol

I might try to catch up from the library and maybe on audio.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Karen

I’ve gotten this far over this past year and I’m still intimidated. LOL I do like them so its no hardship picking the next one up each time I stop at the library. Oh, I’ve been told the audio version is really good, Karen. Enjoy!

Lover Of Romance
2 years ago

Great review. I really am happy that this book here worked for you and that you are loving these books. I really need to pick up this series but its HUGE so its a bit intimidating. But I will get to them soon.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

It really is huge, but I’ve just been taking it about one book a month or whenever I get to the library. I try not to look beyond the next one in the series. It helps. LOL I think you’d enjoy these, Renee. 🙂

Carole rae
2 years ago

Peabody! LOL I love it

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

That name gets me smiling, too. 🙂

herding cats
2 years ago

It’s been so long I’m seriously going to have to re-read all these suckers. Yay for being a solid one for ya!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

It has been an easy Series challenge looking forward to the next In Death book each month. I’ve enjoyed each one so much. 🙂 This was an especially good one.