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  • In Death, Book 41
  • Written by: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Devoted in Death

Written by: J. D. Robb
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
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Publisher's Summary

Eve Dallas tracks a couple whose passion is fueled by cold brutality in this crime thriller from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Obsession in Death and Festive in Death.

When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim's injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart - and initials inside reading E and D.…

Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don't ever intend to part again. Ella-Loo's got dreams. And Darryl believes there are better ways to achieve your dreams than working for them. So they hit the road, and when their car breaks down in Arkansas, they make plans to take someone else's. Then things get messy and they wind up killing someone - an experience that stokes a fierce, wild desire in Ella-Loo. A desire for Darryl. And a desire to kill again.

As they cross state lines on their way to New York to find the life they think they deserve, they will leave a trail of evil behind them. But now they've landed in the jurisdiction of Lieutenant Dallas and her team at the New York Police and Security Department. And with her husband, Roarke, at her side, she has every intention of hunting them down and giving them what they truly deserve.…

©2015 Nora Roberts (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Never disappointed

I’ve read what I thought was every book in the series. Now going back through and getting the ones I accidentally missed. Always a great story.

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didn't like the narrator. so different from her other persona. I just need to find five more words

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  • Indydog
  • 2015-09-19

Eve & Roarke face the worst yet

Devoted in Death was one of the more graphically violent ones to date. And you know it's bad when it shakes Dallas & Roarke. I fast forward through the descriptive torture scenes. Mavis was "off stage" and was missed along with Bella. A visiting deputy was a great addition and I hope he stays.
Still I'm glad I listened to it, because it showed new sides to the homicide department. It was actually fun to see Baxter a basket case over Trueheart's detective exam.

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  • Cornerstone Books
  • 2015-09-20

Went too far

I have read and then listened to all the books in the series, and I love Nora/JD but this storyline took it a bit too far. This is the first time I had to fast forward because I couldn't stomach the details. Also, Susan's (narrator) Roarke was a bit off for the first time. The voice was slightly different.

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  • R. S.
  • 2015-09-17

Excellent but not enough Roarke. PLS a TV series

Would you consider the audio edition of Devoted in Death to be better than the print version?

Without a doubt. Just reading them you can't hear the accents or least I don't think I could. Now after listening to them all. Reading is more entertaining. This is probably the finest narrator I've ever listen to. I do read Eve a little different at times. I know it's part of her personality to be hard. But not as often as in the audio. On the flipside she brings so much more richness to Roarke

What other book might you compare Devoted in Death to and why?

I don't have a comparison. If you read or listened from the first one you're hooked. I listened to my first end of July and it's middle of September and I've gone through all 41. Can't believe I have to wait six more months.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A film couldn't cut it they need a series. Preferably Amazon and PLEASE HURRY

Any additional comments?

I don't usually write reviews. This one just did not have enough Roarke. I enjoyed the other characters and hopefully this was to set new characters for the future. I love Eve and the rest of the group. And hopefully we will have a new addition from the South. I would like to see JD write a few novels with Roarke as the lead character. JD has made him a very rich character that seems to me has not been explored nearly enough. I think it would be a nice twist and also help to keep the series fresh. I think we all have a little bit of a crush on him. Probably even the men. Why hasn't someone made a TV series from these books. There are several actresses to play Eve. Lisa Renna has the eyes I think. And in my mind she looks a lot like her. But can not think of anyone to play Roarke. Possibly a bit of a Brad Pitt type with black hair. There are plenty of pretty boys to play that part but they just don't have the eyes. For us fans although I am a new one not getting him right would blow the series if they were to do one. My guess if there is someone looking at it it would be Amazon. I'm keeping my eyes open. I would like to mention that I listened to my first book in the series in mid July. It's September 16 and I've gone through all of them and just finished the last one that's available.. Now just like all of the long-term fans I have to wait six months! I am so addicted that I have started to reread the series. So for anyone that has not put their toe in the water I suggest you try. I think these appeal to everyone. A little heavy on the sex scenes however a very important part of who Eve & Roarke are.. So if you're not up to it you can just skip it.
Also they have the best narrator that I've ever heard.

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  • Jean
  • 2015-09-23

Riveting

I cannot believe this is book number forty-one in the series. I wonder how Robb can keep coming up with interesting and different stories. In this story Robb does something completely different from her other books in the series. In this one we the readers know who the killers are and get to see into their depraved minds right from the beginning. The reader has an advantage over Dallas and team who start with nothing but a dead body. The readers also meet the next victims and we wonder will Dallas and team put the pieces together in time to save the next victims. The sense of urgency builds as does the tension and suspense through the story.

In this story we miss many of the usual characters of the series but are introduced to an interesting character the Arkansas police office Will Banner who has been on the killer’s trail all the way from Arkansas. I wonder if Dallas will hire Banner and he might become a regular member of the team. I enjoyed this different twist to the usual Dallas story and it did keep things fresh for episode forty-one in the series. In the next book I hope Robb brings back all of my favorite characters. Needless to say the book is well written, fast paced, with lots of suspense and some humor. Susan Ericksen does a great job narrating the series.

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  • Lady Chaps
  • 2015-09-19

Time for a change

This theme seems to be worn out and the book was very much like the others ....just different names. I've enjoyed all the books until now. I hope Nora can come up with something more original with the next one. I also think it's about time Eve began getting past her youth since she has so much going for her now.

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  • Kathryn
  • 2015-09-16

Dueling Devotions

I loved the contrasting expressions of "Devotion in Death," comparing the relationships of Eve and Roarke with Darryl and Ella-Loo. It's nice to see, over the span of several books, Eve becoming more comfortable with expressing the love she shares with Roarke. There were a lot of nice little moments - with Baxter, with Feeney, with Truehart. Loved the visiting deputy from Arkansas. Kudos to J D Robb and Susan Ericksen for another great book in the series. If you're new to the series, you'll be able to enjoy this book. There's a lot of back story that would make some parts clearer, but I think it stands alone much more than some of the others.

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  • Kfcarter
  • 2015-09-21

Who wrote this for Robb?

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I started a couple of months ago and read every one of the books in the “In Death” series. I was happy to see that I didn’t have to wait long for the next book to come out. I LOVE this series. Probably the best I have ever read. But this book is disappointing. Yes, the detective/murder part is great and very typical of the other books in the series, but that is where the similarity ends. There is hardly any interaction between Eve and Roarke, Somerset, Peabody and McNab, and Mira, and Mavis and Bella were not in the story at all, along with other characters we have grown to know and love. Other than the great detective/murder storyline in these books, the best part is the characters and their interaction. This part is almost completely missing. I sure hope this doesn’t continue in the next book. I sure hope that J.D. Robb doesn’t turn out to be the next James Patterson – who we all know no longer writes his own books. I quit buying his books and sure hope this doesn’t happen with Robb.

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  • Tngal
  • 2015-09-20

Tired old plot

It seems that the same plot has been worked and reworked far too many times in the series. There was insufficient contact among The likable characters to compensate for the boring replay. Sad to say but this likable series may have to be brought to an end.

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  • Milton
  • 2015-09-15

Preordered, delivered, no play arrow

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A play arrow. I liked the other 40 volumes plus short stories.

Would you ever listen to anything by J. D. Robb again?

If I find a play arrow under it, I would.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Great narrator, couldn't get her to open her mouth.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Devoted in Death?

Haven't heard a one.

Any additional comments?

No. Send me a play arrow.

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  • Voracious Reader
  • 2016-04-03

Another Great Entry in Eve Dallas Series

Where does Devoted in Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Another one of the top ones - but I have so many on the top shelf, books are starting to cascade off!
I love the Eve Dallas series. I wasn't sure I'd like this one based on the description -- I expected to follow psycho Bonnie & Clyde state by state until they finally reached NY - butthe action started fast in NY & the book was excellent. I never even knew the first victim in life but found myself caring deeply about him.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Devoted in Death?

When the female victim tried to plot with the male victim to trick their sadistic captors and told him she would be screaming and begging him to stop but this was just to satisfy their captors and that he should not stop for his own sake and for hers. She was determined to survive.
Thank goodness for the comic relief of the NYC cops sent out West to gather background on the perps. Yee-haw!

Which scene was your favorite?

Ella Loo & Darryl's ultimate capture was very satisfying, as was every clue along the way - the video from the loading dock, the voice caught on the cell phone...

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Thrill killers pick the wrong city to continue their gory swath - Eve's city.

Any additional comments?

I'm fairly sure I wrote this review before - right after I finished the book - and something must have misfired. I read the book almost a month ago and a fair number of books have intervened. But I must add I LOVE Banner! He was a wonderful addition to the book, a down-home, folksy, but smart & dedicated Southern officer. I hope he appears in future Eve Dallas books!

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