I bought this to get the Eve Dallas "Interlude in Death" novella (which was originally been advertised as being published separately, but never materialised). The theme of the collection is SFnal love stories. The Eve Dallas story, part of a long series, here concentrates more on the police procedural aspects, and probably makes sense only if you've read the others; the Laurell Hamilton is merely an excerpt from a full Anita Blake novel, and probably doesn't make sense even if you've read the rest. The other two novellas are complete in their own right (that is, a beginning, a middle, and an end, all occuring within the published story).
I bought this to get the Eve Dallas "Haunted in Death" novella, as its events were mentioned in passing in Born in Death. The theme of the collection is ghostly love stories: none of them is particularly ghostly.
I bought this to get the Eve Dallas "Eternity in Death" novella. The alleged theme of the collection is paranormal love stories. A more disturbing theme emerges from the later stories: being a successful business woman is not fulfilling; you need to give all that up for the love of a good man. Feugh. (Eve manages to have love and a high pressure career. Which certainly makes her more interesting to read about..)
Another one of these collections of four novellas, that I buy just for the Eve Dallas story. Here the link is really weak: they're all to do with "Suite 606", but there's no agreement on what Suite 606 is. However, there is also a more subtle link: in each of the first three stories there is some kind of random event that seems to be there just to add a little local colour, but each of these is actually a scene from the final story. Hmm.
Another in the themed collection of four novellas, that I buy just for the Eve Dallas story. Here the (again rather weak) link is about something or someone that is "lost": a murderer, a life, a daughter. The novella is a length that doesn't really work for me: too long to be a single "hook" short story, but not long enough to get the sub-plots and back-stories in a novel.
Another in the themed collection of four novellas, that I buy just for the Eve Dallas story. Here the (again rather weak) link is "the other side": mostly, but not always, ghosts.
A further entry in the themed collection of novellas that I buy just for the Eve Dallas story. Here the link is presumably "the unquiet", ghosts that cannot rest (for those stories that actually have ghosts).
The latest entry in the themed collection of novellas that I buy just for the Eve Dallas story. Here the link is stories that mirror a classic fairy tale; a weak bunch this time round.
Don’t be afraid to follow them… Down the Rabbit Hole
The latest entry in the themed collection of novellas that I buy just for the Eve Dallas story. Here the theme is stories that have a link to Alice in Wonderland; “iLove” is the most imaginative of these.
This is essentially a police procedural, but I classify it as SF, rather than general fiction, because it's set about 50 years in the future.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD is called in to a brutal murder of a powerful senator's granddaughter. It starts off looking like a political crime. But then other murders start happening. Maybe it's a serial killer. Whatever, Dallas is being pressured on all sides: to close the case, but in a way that doesn't embarrass the senator.
As a police procedural, this is fine. It's not a terribly complex plot: who the murderer is is reasonably obvious, but the interest is in how Dallas cracks the case. As SF, it is rather less successful. The future setting is all in the background -- historical references, better computers (but not advanced nearly enough), robot drones, holograms, mentions of space stations -- but these have very little impact on the foreground, or the plot. It could have been set in the present day with only cosmetic changes. A better integration of SF and detective stories is given by Lee Killough's Brill and Maxwell trilogy. But I'll probably keep reading this series, anyway, as mind candy.
This time Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called in to investigate the murder of a close friend of her boss. The victim is a successful Prosecuting Attorney, so it looks fairly straightforward revenge killing, until another unconnected woman is murdered the same way. Unconnected except via Eve's boyfriend Roarke, that is. Dallas knows it's not him, however, and sets herself up as live bait, to be a third victim. But things don't go as planned.
Another reasonable police procedural, again with the SF element firmly in the background, as frosting, rather than integral to the plot. But the pacing is fast, and the investigation interesting, so it's a good page turner.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is about to get married, and has to shop for a wedding dress, much to her dismay. Her friend Mavis introduces her to an up-and-coming designer, but then disaster strikes. The designer's business backer and ex-lover is found brutally murdered in his salon, discovered by Mavis herself, who had an excellent motive to kill her. So Dallas finds herself investigating a murder with her best friend as prime suspect.
Yet again, this is a decent police procedural, with twists and clues, with a light dusting of an SFnal background. However, I have a feeling that the SF part is beginning to become a little more important. Fingers crossed!
Newly married Lieutenant Eve Dallas ends her honeymoon investigating an apparently motivelss suicide. When she comes across a second such suicide, she gets suspicious, and begins to investigate further. Forensics reveals a minute burn in the victims' brains, indicating there may be foul play at work. Investigating with her usual dogged persistence, she discovers her new husband may be a potential vicitm.
Yet another decent police procedural. The SFnal background is indeed beginning to become a little more prominent; VR plays an important role in this tale. But I feel much of the tech is nowhere near the supposed 50 years in the future, while other is just "magic".
When a well-respected cop dies of a heart attack, it looks like natural causes. But Captain Whitney calls in Lieutenant Eve Dallas, telling her there were suspicious circumstances, that Feeney may be implicated, and he wants Dallas to investigate. As she does, it looks less like a corrupt cop, and more like a case of war between the local Wiccans and Satanists.
Mainly of interest for the insights into Officer Peabody's background, this has rather less SFnal content than the preceding in the series. Still a decent page-turner, though.
Eve Dallas gets a phone call, from a ranting religious riddler, and follows it up to discover a body brutally tortured to death. Then there is a second call, and a second body. It soon becomes clear the link is Roarke, and the chief suspect is Summerset. But things are never that simple around Eve. She must race against time to catch the killer before he kills again, all the time knowing that eventually Roarke will be the target.
Another good page turner, with rather more plot (but still not very SFnal), and fortunately rather less sex, than some of the earlier ones. And even though I now know the algorithm for spotting the bad guy, I still didn't spot them until very near the end, dammit.
Eve Dallas is still not fully recovered from the injuries that she took at the end of her last case, but she's desperate to get off her desk job. So she answers an "all units" call, and finds herself in the middle of a Christmas serial rape/killer. She has to act fast, but will her strength hold up?
Even less SFnal content than most (just some minor forensics), but still a good page turner. There's enough background being built up in the series that interaction and events concerning Eve's friends and colleagues can happen without the need for too much explanation.
This is a full blown Eve Dallas story, condensed into a 90 page novella. It starts a mere six hours after the events in Holiday in Death. On Christmas Day the body of a judge is found, complete with a list of all the other people the escaped serial killer is after. Eve's name is last on the list, but, more worrying for her, Dr Mira's is there too. Eve knows who the bad guy is, so the race is on to find him before he works his way through his Christmas list.
Being condensed into a novella, much of what gets lost is the character interaction, leaving a rather straightforward chase after the killer. But there are some good moments along the way.
A bunch of homeless dropouts are found dead, with various organs sliced out by a top class surgeon. But organ-legging has been obsolete for decades, what with cheaper, better, artificial replacements. So what is the motive? Eve Dallas is soon on the scene, which leads her deep into high-level conspiracy, and the potential destruction of her career.
A bit more SFnal this time, with discussion of artificial organ transplants and advanced medical procedures. But it's still really a detective story set in a not too plausible future (the world-building is mostly restricted to the things needed for the plot). This one isn't even a particularly tricky piece of detection -- there are no real red herrings. It does provide a good piece of character development for Eve, though -- we know how much her job means to her, so how will she handle suspension and the possible end of her career?
In a murder mystery, you usually need more than one murder, to keep the tension going. Sometimes the extra murders can be as a result of the investigation, with the killer ever more desperately trying to cover their tracks, leading to an interesting moral dilemma. But usually, they are the work of a serial killer. So, with multiple books, we end up with a series of serial killers, stretching one's willing suspension of disbelief somewhat (and over such a short timespan too -- this is the 9th book in the series, yet covering only a year of elapsed time). Here the killers are deranged terrorists, too.
The plot is mainly interesting for a small amount of backstory worldbuilding (remember, these books are ostensibly set about 50 years in the future), and some character development around secondary characters. There aren't really as many detecting red herrings as earlier books -- it soon becomes pretty clear who the bad guys are, and all the effort is in stopping them. There are a couple of large coincidences, but they are used for pragmatic reasons to reduce the number of characters and speed up the plot, rather than drive it in an otherwise unnatural direction, and so I don't mind that too much.
This book was written after the Oklahoma bombing, and reads like an appalled reaction to that (at the time) ultimate outrage. But it was written before September 11; I doubt if it would be the same if written now.
A pleasant change of pace from the usual deranged serial killers: here we have an interesting homage to the more genteel style of Agatha Christie. A murder is committed during a showing of a new run of "Witness for the Prosecution", in front of thousands of witnesses, including Lieutenant Eve Dallas.
As in most Christie-esque murder mysteries, in order for everyone to have a motive, the victim has to be entirely detestable, and so you end up sympathising more with the killer. Robb plays with this, especially the effect it has on Dallas, quite well. And there's even a plausible explanation for holding that set-piece denouement!
Dallas investigates the murder of a cop who might have been dirty. As her case proceeds, more corrupt cops are found murdered, and Ricker, a dangerous gangster, and old-time enemy of Roarke, seems to be involved. Eve must stop the cop killer, and dissuade Roarke from protecting her against Ricker.
Another good page-turner, as Dallas makes more powerful enemies, and cuts her way through a swathe of bad guys. Virtually no SFnal content, though.
A chambermaid in one of Roarke's hotels is brutally murdered by an international hit-man. When a second Roarke employee is murdered the same way, the real target becomes clear. Dallas must race to find the killer, and his employer, before more people die, maybe even Roarke himself. But she is hampered by a bungling FBI team.
There is a little SFnal content: mainly the usual computer hacking to get the data needed to move the plot along, an under-used hologram (maybe in preparation for later stories), and the bizarre fact that by 2059 Cornwall has somehow moved to the north of Britain.
Roarke is away in Ireland, tidying up the aftermath of Eve Dallas' last case, and she's suffering increasingly bad nightmares in his absence. But soon she's called onto another case -- a dead woman and what seems to be the result of a botched date-rape crime. This time we know who the murderers are, and the tension is to see if Dallas can stop them before they get a taste for killing.
Events from previous stories play out some consequences here, giving more depth to Eve's life. Most of the SFnal background is just the improved forensics that allows the case to proceed at top speed.
One of Eve Dallas's first cases as a detective was to help put away Julianna Dunne for the serial murder of three rich husbands. Now Julianna is out again, and looking forward to revenge on Eve. The bodies start piling up, and Eve realises that Roarke is the ultimate target. But part of her investigation leads her to Dallas -- can she overcome her fear of that place?
More fun detection. We get to see Peabody's parents, one of whom is a "sensitive", so maybe that counts as the nod towards a SFnal content this time.
People are dying in berserk rages, seemingly brought about by a computer virus infecting them. A terrorist group claim they are targetting those the justice system has failed to stop. Dallas needs to stop them before more innocents get caught in the crossfire. The tension stays high as the stakes keep rising.
Fortunately, Robb doesn't even try to explain how the virus leaps from machine to brain, beyond the most minimal techno-babble, so suspension of disbelief can remain willing. Another good page-turner.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is happy -- Summerset is about to go off on a three week vacation. But that doesn't go as planned, and then the latest crazed serial killer to hit New York turns up, posing and photographing his victims after death. Eve needs to stop him, but she doesn't get as much help as usual from Roarke, who's off in Ireland tracking down some unsettling news about his past. One of the main characters there is called Siobhan (pronounced "Shi-VAWN") -- but disconcertingly this is nearly always spelled "Siobahn" (pronounced who can tell how? "Shi-BARN"?? Makes you wonder about the rest of the Gaelic).
Another good page turner, but still very little overtly SFnal content.
There's a serial killer on the loose, copy-catting older killers, and challenging Lieutenant Eve Dallas to catch him. Analysing the pattern of his murders, it's clear he's got her tagged as a victim down the line. As usual, the race is on to stop him before he kills again. But Peabody is a bit distracted by her imminent Detective's exam. And Eve is distracted by a new nightmare, of her mother.
One has to wonder at the number of serial killers haunting New York -- only a few weeks have elapsed since the previous case, and only a couple of years since the series started. There's a little self-mocking here, too, as one of the suspects is a writer who has studied up on serial killers, and Eve isn't sure that's a healthy occupation.
All the "In Death" Eve Dallas stories have the author on the cover: "Nora Roberts writing as J. D. Robb". This one has "Nora Roberts and J. D. Robb". Not since John Wyndham and Lucas Parkes wrote The Outward Urge have I read a book by two authors who are in fact the same person. The reason here is simple: this is a book of two halves. The first, set in contemporary small-town America, revolves around a $28M diamond heist, insurance investigator Max Gannon, and antique shop owner Laine Tavish, who just happens to be the estranged daughter of one of the thieves. The second half is set 50 years later in Lt Eve Dallas' New York, where murder strikes again as clues to the lost diamonds' whereabouts begin to appear.
Roberts' story of Max and Laine sets the scene for Robb's Dallas story. Although the events are linked through time, each half reads like a separate short novel. And quite clearly written by the same person: Roberts doesn't use a pseudonym to signal a change in writing style, but rather to label a particular series, it seems.
One of Roarke's senior employees is prime suspect for a gruesome double murder, but Eve realises she was set up. The reason appears to have something to do with the high security project she was working on, and shadowy government agencies are implicated. Roarke discovers a link with Eve's past, and what he plans to do about it threatens to shatter their marriage.
Virtually no SFnal content at all, but the digs at certain government agencies make it worthwhile.
A sick vicious serial killer is on the loose in New York. All in a day's work for Lt Eve Dallas, except this time a psychic has come forward with information on the murders. Initially skeptical and suspicious, Eve has to come to terms with the fact the psychic is genuine. But will it be visions, or good old fashioned police legwork, that cracks the case?
Still very little SFnal content, but an interesting step forward in Dallas' relationship with Peabody.
A family has been brutally murdered in their own home, but the 9-year-old daughter, by a miracle, has escaped. Lt Eve Dallas has to take her into protective custody as a crucial eye-witness -- and her own house is the safest place around. But dealing with a traumatised child brings her own past back to haunt her.
A few references back to earlier books (including an incident I haven't seen, so I presume it's in one of the novellas) help to link this into the series. But there seems to be less arc development in this one; it's all just police procedural and good old fashioned legwork.
A well-loved doctor is professionally murdered in his consulting room. Lt Eve Dallas suspects that no-one can be as perfect as he seemed, so she starts to dig deeper. And uncovers evidence of a horrifying long-concealed plot.
A bit more SFnal than many in this series, with the underlying plot requiring a development of present day medical technology, and the usual discussion of the importance of the relative importance of nature and nurture that underlies most of these books.
Lt Eve Dallas receives a surprising, and unwelcome, visit from her first foster mother, a sadistic women who mistreated all her charges. Her real reason for visiting New York is to blackmail Roarke, but soon she is found murdered. Eve takes charge of the case, despite, this time, feeling nothing for the victim.
A good entry in the series, despite basically zero SFnal content, with some questioning about the morality of murdering such an evil person.
Lt Eve Dallas is called in to solve a double murder at an accountancy, which appears to point to some possible shady financial dealings. Just the thing for her financially-savvy husband Roarke to help out with, but he's incensed by NYPSD implications that he would use the data so gained to his own advantage. Meanwhile, Eve is preparing a baby shower for Mavis, or rather, Peabody is bullying her into it -- then one of Mavis' friends goes missing, and Mavis implores Eve to look for her. Eve hopes that the missing person case won't turn into another murder case.
This is a little lack-lustre on the detection front, especially as one knows that the missing person case is going to turn out connected to the murders, so it is obvious what the underlying plot device is. And it's not a convincing plot device 50 years in the future.
A popular teacher has been poisoned, and Lt Eve Dallas is having difficulty in discovering a motive, let alone a suspect. And she is distracted by an old flame of Roarke's who wants to start up where she left off many years ago, and Roarke seems blind to the danger.
Some straightforward detection, and little SFnal content. But it's a good plot, and a chilling denouement.
The Groom, a serial torturer and killer that Feeney and Dallas failed to catch nine years ago, is back. This time Dallas is primary on the case, and desperate to catch him before he kills again. There are extra clues: this time he is targetting Roarke's employees. Then they realise, he is setting himself up for his grand finale: Lt Eve Dallas herself.
A bit more detecting, and less personal interactions, than there has been for some time, although there is some tension between Dallas and Feeney due to their guilt over their failure the previous time around. And we get a bit of background into the Urban Wars.
A popular businessman has been found dead in an apparently compromising position. Lt Eve Dallas needs to find out who wanted to kill him in a way that embarrasses the rest of the family too.
Here the twist is that Eve is certain she knows who the killer is, despite their rock-solid alibi: it's a "howdunnit", rather than a "whodunnit".
During the funeral of a well-respected local man, the officiating priest is poisoned by cyanide in the communion wine. Lt Eve Dallas investigates. The priest appears to have been popular and well-respected, but as Dallas digs deeper, she finds clues indicating he was not who he seemed to be. Then a TV preacher is poisoned on air: should she instead be looking for a serial religious killer?
Good solid investigation here, although I'm not convinced the priest could have carried off his double life in quite the way indicated -- just how did he manage to be so likeable? Also, not much progression of the various "private life" subplots: merely some amusing minor angsting about a bridal shower for Louise.
And Piatkus have changed their cover design -- dontcha just hate it when they do that?
Lt Eve Dallas is horrified to discover that her latest murder case is a fellow detective. And things get worse as she digs into the background, and find close connections with friends and herself. But the biggest horror is the upcoming bridal shower for Louise that she has to host.
Some good detection, and some more rather heavy-handed moralising on whether genetics determines us. And I wonder what's going to replace all those wrangles with Maintenance?
The teenage daughter of a respected police Captain is found brutally murdered, and Eve Dallas is called in to investigate. As her team home in on the ruthless killer, there's another murder, and a pattern emerges...
I know it's necessary to demonstrate how evil murder is, but I felt this one lingered rather too much on the gruesome details, and not enough on the detection, or the various relationships Eve has with her team. Essentially no SF, either, except for a peculiar form of holo-conferencing.
Lt Eve Dallas has a puzzle on her hands when a computer games company director is found dead in his locked holo room. No-one could have got in, so how was he killed? Eve will find she has to use her own holo-game skills before the case is closed.
This neatly avoids the "futuristic detective" novel problem of pulling a piece of never-before-seen tech out of thin air in the denouement. That tech is firmly in place from the start, and the reader knows how the murder was done, just leaving us to work out who while Eve struggles with the how as well.
Lt Eve Dallas is barely back from holiday with Roarke's new-found family in Ireland when a pair of bizarre murders land on her desk. She very quickly identifies the killers, but they are clever, and she has to race to find the evidence before they kill again.
The fun in the detection here is how Eve has to work to gather the evidence, piece by piece as the killers make small mistakes. There's not so much interaction with the rest of the characters (no Nadine, very little Summerset), but there is a barbecue to come.
Peabody overhears two corrupt cops talking of murder. The problem is, one of them is the daughter of the sainted Commander Oberman, so Dallas is going to have to be extremely careful in bringing her down.
Nice to see Dallas after a cop -- and having to work with IAD. And there's an interesting little bit at the end, where she advises her boss on how to handle the media fallout -- she's showing promotion potential!
When Lt Eve Dallas was a rookie police officer, she caught Isaac McQueen, a notorious paedophile. Now McQueen has escaped from jail, gone to Dallas, and taken hostages, determined to lure Eve to her death at his hands. Of course, Eve has issues of her own with her namesake city. Isolated from her usual team, with memories of her past resurfacing, can she catch McQueen before he rapes and kills again?
It's interesting to see Dallas working with a different team, having to win their respect from scratch. And it's good to fill in a bit of the backstory of her early years as a cop. A good, fast-paced entry in the series.
Nadine Furst wrote a best seller about the Icove case (as recounted in Origin in Death), and it is now being turned into a blockbuster film. Dallas and Peabody get to meet the cast. Peabody is thrilled, until the actor playing her is murdered. Dallas is even less thrilled, since the murder happened during a party where she was a guest.
The usual detection, as Eve tries to discover which of the actors is lying. Self-referential fun.
Lt Eve Dallas is called in to a murder scene so gross that even she has trouble dealing with it. 80 members of the public went wild, and hacked each other to death. It's a mass murder that has the hallmarks of a terrorist attack, and reminds Summerfield of some events from the Urban Wars that have been covered up. Eve must find the culprits before they strike again, but her nightmares have started back up since the traumatic events in Dallas. And then a Homeland Security agent is assigned to the team...
This is good pacey stuff that I read in two sittings. Eve again pulls a detecting rabbit out of the hat, but there is a twist in the tale (that's not a spoiler, since at what appears to be the denoument it's obvious that there are still 50-odd pages to go).
On a bitterly cold night on the steps outside an empty office in New York's financial district, a woman lies dead. It seems like a mugging gone wrong, but Eve Dallas soon discovers that the body was dumped there deliberately.
Now she has to find out why.
Eve has a host of suspects for Marta Dickenson’s murder. Using her husband Roarke’s business know-how and with Detective Delia Peabody by her side – when not distracted by the upcoming premiere they’re all to attend – Eve starts examining the motives of some very powerful people in order to catch a killer.
The detection in this instalment is rather straightforward: an accountant is murdered in what initially looks like a mugging, but very soon it becomes clear it was no such thing. Unfortunately, once it is clear that it is a targeted murder, it is then relatively easy for Dallas to work out who, and why.
Given the straightforwardness of the detection plot, it would have been good to have a deeper background of Eve’s life. But apart from a little bit of arc (everyone is preparing for the première of the film of the book of the Icove case) there’s not a lot extra here.
As NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke prepare for family and friends to descend, an ungrateful son, Jerald Reinhold, decides to shut up his nagging parents – for good.
Soon Jerald is working his way through anyone who has ever thwarted him in his path to an easy life. While a frustrated Eve struggles to consider all the potential victims, Jerald stays one terrifying step ahead.
With the holiday in full swing, Eve is desperately focused on identifying which victim will be next on Jerald’s list.
Jerald Reinhold, layabout loser with a grudge against the world, snaps when his mother nags him to get a job, and kills her. Finally finding a career path he enjoys, he decides to kill everyone else who he imagines has held him back. Lt Eve Dallas has to figure out who’s next on his list, but has some help from one of the victims.
A particularly nasty killer, with not much advancement of Eve’s private life to balance. Sure, the Oirish family are over for Thanksgiving, but some other inclusions feel almost cursory, as when Dallas calls ex-LC Charles for some information, but then never uses it. It feels a bit like just going through the motions for the most part. However, I did appreciate Dallas’ decision about Whitney’s offer, and then Roarke’s reaction to her decision.
There is nothing unusual about billionaire Roarke supervising work on his new property – but when he takes a ceremonial swing at the first wall, he uncovers the body of a girl. And then another – in fact, twelve dead girls in all.
Luckily for Roarke, he is married to the best police lieutenant in town. Eve Dallas is determined to find the killer – especially when she discovers that the building used to be a sanctuary for delinquent teenagers and the parallel with her past as a young runaway hits hard.
Lt Eve Dallas has a very cold case on her hands: 12 bodies, killed over a decade ago, and many of them delinquent runaways who nobody cared about then, or now. And when it starts to look like the killer might also be dead, then why should anyone care? But Eve, of course, cares.
This provides an interesting bit of backstory to Mavis, and to her original relationship with Eve. Additionally, it is yet another example of why caring matters, and the devastating effect that murder has on those left behind. Here, although many of the murdered girls are abused runaways, some are not, and we see the effect on their families even these many years later. It’s one of the good things about this series; although there is a lot of gruesome killing, this is always shown to cause suffering to friends and families: the victims do not exist in a vacuum, there only to provide a hook for the crime.
It’s Christmas, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas is in no mood to celebrate. While her charismatic husband Roarke plans a huge, glittering party, Eve has murder on her mind.
The victim – Trey Ziegler – was trouble in life and is even more so in death. Trey had cultivated a lot of enemies, which means Eve has a lot of potential suspects. And when she and Detective Peabody uncover Trey’s sinister secret, the case takes a deadly turn.
The latest corpse to attract Lt. Eve Dallas’ attention is Trey Ziegler, discovered by none other than her fearsome stylist Trina. The more she probes into Trey’s background, the clearer it becomes that he was a very unpleasant person indeed. Meaning that essentially everyone who knew him is a suspect. Eve needs to discover the real culprit, but in a rash moment with Summerset, she has also agreed to help organise her and Roarke’s Christmas party.
Another fairly standard entry in the series, with Eve getting more successful at Christmas shopping and parties, but just as efficient as ever at detecting. The attempted surprise twist at the end is pretty obvious, though.
Eve Dallas is used to unwanted attention. Famous for her high-profile cases and her marriage to billionaire businessman Roarke, she has learned to deal with intense public scrutiny. But now Eve has become the object of a singular and deadly obsession. She has an ‘admirer’, who is convinced they have a special bond. Who is planning to kill for her – again and again.
And soon this deadly obsession will be turned on Eve herself – and everyone she loves…
Yet another day in future New York; yet another serial killer for Dallas to track down. This one is a secret “admirer”, killing defence lawyers and petty criminals who are stopping Eve achieving justice. But Dallas doesn’t want that kind of help, and needs to catch the killer before they realise that, and turns on Eve and her friends. And Eve has a lot more friends than she used to. If only she can persuade them to take the right precautions.
A fairly straightforward case, as Eve eliminates suspects and tracks and tricks the killer, up to a suspenseful showdown in the Cop Central itself. Although having friends is doing Eve good, it’s rather tough on the friends themselves…
Lieutenant Eve Dallas has witnessed some grisly crimes in her career. But when a much-loved musician is found dead, Eve realises that his murder is part of a horrific killing spree. Now the killers have reached New York. Eve only has a few days to save a young girl’s life, and to stop a sadistic couple and their twisted games.
Eve Dallas is just back from holiday, where she was recuperating from the shattering finale of her previous case, when a grisly murder is discovered. She realises it is the latest in a long serial killing spree. The Feds don’t agree, so Eve has to back-track on her own, in a race against time to discover the killers before they finally kill their latest victim.
This is a fairly straightforward case for Eve: no personal attacks, no shaking down low-lifes, no danger to friends. Just legwork and persistence. We know she’s going to get there in the end. And this time, it’s without as much trauma as usual.
The case is personal for Eve and husband Roarke too – Edward’s cousin Dennis is a close friend. But as Eve delves deeper into the case, dark secrets emerge that could tear the family apart. Edward Mira has friends in very high places – and they seem to be hiding something sinister. As the investigation takes a shocking turn, Eve finds that not all victims are innocent, and that some bonds are forged not in friendship, but in blood.
Lt. Eve Dallas is called onto a case before a murder has been committed: Dennis Mira has been assaulted and his cousin, the powerful ex-Senator Edward Mira, abducted.
Yet more evidence that it is dangerous to be friends with Eve Dallas! Here the Mira family are under the spotlight, as Eve works to solve the case without dragging them deeper into it. And, with Roarke’s urging, she also takes another step away from her old pre-Roarke life.
Within seconds, three people lie dead in Central Park. There’s a sniper on the loose on the streets of New York City, and Lieutenant Eve Dallas is about to face one of the toughest cases of her career. Eve knows only a handful of people could have carried out such an audacious hit. Even more disturbing: this expert in death has an accomplice with an insatiable taste for murder.
Eve Dallas has to stop a serial killer before the next set of mass shootings. With the usual fast police work, since the shootings aren’t as random as they initially appear, the killer is identified: a rogue cop helped by his kid, avenging the death of his wife. But knowing who they are and finding them is another matter. And the kid seems more interested in death than in vengeance.
This is a fairly straightforward race against time: we know who the killers are fairly soon, and watch Eve race to find them. But this race seems to miss a step over a plot point. There seem to be several clues laid pointing to the real cause of the wife’s death, leading potentially to a shocking denouement. But nothing is made of these. Did Robb forget she had laid thes clues? Will they turn out to have consequences in a later case? Or did I just imagine them? Whatever, it made the ending a bit of a damp squib for me.
A young woman stumbles out on to a busy street, right in front of Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband, Roarke. Confused and traumatised, she manages to tell them one thing: her attacker wore a devil's mask.
Eve soon realises this is the latest in a series of terrifying attacks on wealthy couples. As the violence escalates, she and her team must race to unmask a mysterious and elusive killer – before he strikes again.
Eve Dallas and Roarke are on their way home when they stumble across yet another gruesome murder case.
Again, another relatively straightforward race against time, to track down the killer before they strike again (or at least, before they strike several more times). A good romp through psychopath space, but little overall plot arc development.
A ruthless gossip reporter with a lucrative sideline in blackmail, there’s no lack of suspects when she’s murdered in a fashionable New York bar.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas may not like his particular victim, but it’s her duty to bring the killer to justice. Larinda had a unique talent for uncovering secrets and someone was willing to commit murder to keep theirs hidden. As Eve races to discover the truth, she’s heading into serious danger – and taking charismatic ex-thief Roarke with her.
Lt Eve Dallas is present when the latest murder occurs, but the murderer has already left. The victim was a blackmailer, with plenty of reasons to be murdered; nevertheless, Eve must stand for her, and bring her killer to justice.
This is a little less gory than many, with most of the detection finding out about the blackmail events. We also get a bit of plot development, as Roarke discovers who killed his father, and Summerset discovers that Eve didn't rat him out.
But when a young actress is killed at a cinema screening, that reason is hard to fathom, even for Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team. It’s only when crime writer Blaine DeLano arrives at the precinct that the shocking truth is revealed. Someone is recreating the brutal murder scenes from her latest series, book by book.
As fiction is transformed into bloody reality, Eve will need all her skill and experience to solve this unique case. Luckily, her husband Roarke happens to be a fan of DeLano’s work. He’s more than happy to work side by side with his brilliant wife no matter how dark things become.
Lt Eve Dallas has to track down a killer who is working through the murders from a fictional detective series.
There’s lots of previous characters turning up: Nadine is a mainstay, but her new boyfriend first appeared in Apprentice, and her new intern in Concealed. Mavis, Leonardo, and Bella have a cameo. But Summerset is away on holiday, so the level of snark is dialled down at home. Eve has to read some fiction to catch the killer; fortunately Roarke is a fan. Peabody gets to engage in her love of crafts. And I love the scene where the killer is finally apprehended.
When Paul Rogan sets off a bomb at his office, killing eleven people, no one can understand why. Then his wife and daughter are found chained up in the family home, and everything becomes clear. Rogan had been given a horrifying choice – set off the bomb, or see his loved ones suffer and die.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is sure the violence won’t end there. Working with her charismatic husband Roarke, she learns that the men behind the attack are determined, organised and utterly ruthless. Before they strike again, Eve must work out what they want and just how far they will go to get it…
A family man blows up his place of work. Lt Eve Dallas quickly discovers that he was compelled to do soto protect his family. She has to act quickly to prevent further attacks.
As usual, there is super-fast detective work combined with Eve’s personal life. The shtick here is that the film of Nadine’s book about the Icove case is up for an Oscar. Eve is delighted for her friend, horrified for herself.
As Eve and husband Roarke track the killer through the city’s dive bars, drug dens and strip joints, another body is discovered. With connections growing between the living and the dead, and the body count on the rise, Eve knows she needs to close this case fast, before the killer’s lust for power turns the city’s streets into a bloodbath.
As Eve works to link victim and killer. another body is found. Another man with a dark and murky past.
The race is on before the killer strikes again but Eve must wrestle with her demons and her conscience as she decides whether she really wants to protect men who may just deserve everything they get…