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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,296 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. D. Robb Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The In Death Series Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781455818433
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Calculated in Death is the 36th In Death novel featuring detective Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke. The series is set in the future, around the year 2060, and things are subtly different than they are now, lending all the books a constant freshness despite the sheer number of novels J.D. Robb has written in this series. In this book, detective Eve Dallas is called in on a case involving a dead accountant who is found at the bottom of the stairs. To all appearances, this is just a mugging gone wrong and investigation into the woman's private life reveals that she was well-loved and had no personal issues.

However, Eve's Spidey sense is telling her that everything is not what it seems. For one, the victim was stunned and her neck was broken. If this really were a mugging, just one of the two would have been enough; there was no need to do both. Plus, the victim was wearing an expensive pair of shoes which would be worth a lot to any mugger. Eve concludes that the cause of death must have something to do with the victim's work as an accountant.

This is where Eve's husband Roarke comes in. Being a billionaire, he knows a lot about crimes involving finance, especially since he was a thief before he turned legit. So Eve and Roarke go about their usual routines: eating together, having sex, working out, attending parties etc. In the course of all this, something comes loose and they figure out who the murderer is, but not before the body count rises and Eve and her partner Peabody are placed in jeopardy.

Although Eve and Roarke married early in the series, J.D. Robb manages to keep their interactions fresh and engaging. The duo are perfect foils for each other. Eve gives Roarke the chance to explore the darker side of human nature by involving him in her investigations whereas he helps to bring her out of her shell and become more comfortable around people and privilege.

Download Calculated in Death and join this likable duo as they unravel a murderer's best laid plans.

J. D. Robb or Nora Roberts was born Eleanor Marie Roberts in 1950. She didn't start writing until she was married and had two children. At first, she wrote category romances but once she became established in this genre, it was easier for her to move away and the result was books like the In Death series, which have an element of romance but also include other interesting tropes like mystery and futurism. Nora Roberts divorced her first husband after being with him for fifteen years and remarried a couple of years later. She is very prolific and passed the hundred novel mark in 1996. Since 1999, all her novels have been bestsellers. Roberts is an extremely dedicated writer who writes for eight hours a day everyday.

On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence. Eve learns that on the day of her murder Marta was assigned to work on three audits, and begins to suspect that she was killed to cover up fraudulent activity. Eve is good at catching criminals, not crunching numbers, but luckily, she has her billionaire husband, Roarke, to figure out which companies in Marta’s files aren’t on the up-and-up. When someone steals the files from Marta’s office, Eve must immerse herself in Roarke’s world of big business to figure out who’s cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer’s violent streak starts to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait. . . . Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Robb (the pen name of Nora Roberts) supplies her usual winning blend of keen investigative work, striking characterizations, and enthusiastic sex, all leavened with a fine sense of humor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Robb excels.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 2/19/2014

    " I like this series because it is just good to read without thinking really hard. The plot is basic. I think that the characters are evolving with each book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 2/14/2014

    " Another awesome book in the In Death series. JD Robb is awesome. Can't wait for the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 2/5/2014

    " Calculated in Death is what I like most about this series. Funny, snappy, quirky, and of course most of all about the mystery of why someone would kill. I enjoy seeing how Eve Dallas grows from book to book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Viccy | 2/1/2014

    " The 36th entry in this series is just as enjoyable as all the others. Eve Dallas and Delia Peabody catch a case, the death of an accountant, except two more murders follow and Eve knows they are connected. The reader is also treated to the usual cast of characters: McNabb, Feeney, Baxter, Trueheart, Mavis and Leonardo all put in an appearance. The story revolves around accounting and the various ways money can be manipulated. Lots of little twists and turns keep the plot moving along. Dallas and Roarke are their usual fabulous selves. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Uwe | 1/26/2014

    " finally..... I finished and I'm not happy. To much eve dallas, not much team and a trully not very real story .....no no "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Parks | 1/18/2014

    " Another really good installment in the Eve Dallas series. It opens with a murder that could have been brushed off as a mugging, but not for Eve and her great team. Nice to catch up with everyone and I can't wait until Trueheart sits for the detective exam. That should be fun! Can't wait for the next book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Devika | 1/16/2014

    " Not as exciting or fast-paced as other Robb books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Ertz | 12/26/2013

    " Another good outing for Dallas and her friends. Nothing particularly new - just some more dead people. Lots of references to previous works in this one - so probably not a good book to introduce the series. Still worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Violet Somers | 12/12/2013

    " awesome !!! Cant help it...love JD Robb and all the in death series..keep them coming !! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Weed | 12/5/2013

    " I never get tired of this series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liza | 12/2/2013

    " Yet another winner in the In Death series. Loved all the time spent with Eve and Roarke. Glad we had more time with the rest of the gang as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Elliott | 11/29/2013

    " I always enjoy books in this series. Characters are enjoyable and her writing style is brisk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 11/27/2013

    " Spending time with old friends... I'm tempted to reread the series to spend more time with them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Fryland | 11/16/2013

    " I just love these stories. The author remains so true to her characters! Are they realistic? Probably not. But I love them anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tena | 11/3/2013

    " LOVE Eve Dallas! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 10/29/2013

    " Not my favorite, but has some nice character development scenes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 9/16/2013

    " A little too chatty for me this time around. Lots of deep intense conversations discussing the who, what, why, how of the case without very much actual action. Still a good read, but it seemed based more on intellect than footwork. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shay Williams | 8/24/2013

    " I have yet to listen or read to a JD Robb that I don't enjoy. In this one we gain even more insight into Eve as she becomes more comfortable with herself, her friends and Roarke. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 7/27/2013

    " The pace of this series feels like it's running down; it's still interesting to see what's going on in Eve-and-Roarke world, but not quite as enthralling as the earlier ones. Maybe a backstory lag, more than the specific mystery at the forefront of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne Peterson | 6/28/2013

    " Loved the 36th in this series of character driven futuristic murder mysteries from the perspective of a strong female cop and her co-workers, family & friends. Just wish there were more availble faster ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope McCormick | 5/21/2013

    " The start of the book was very sad. Really pulled me in. I loved how Eve and Roarke worked together. It's nice to see the dynamics of their relationship be so steady and strong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaemea | 5/5/2013

    " Another great book by JD Robb. Less personal interaction but lots of case time. Excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Falguni Kothari | 4/9/2013

    " The only author whose books I start and finish in one sitting. Love love love Roarke and his cop :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 3/31/2013

    " What can I say also good reading the In Death Series, can hardly wait for the next one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly Blackmore | 1/30/2013

    " Good one. Loved how so many of the other books were referenced in this one. Like a walk down memory lane, without so many of the mommy/daddy issues. Solid JDR. "

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About the Author

J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. Between the two names she has published more than two hundred novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series, for which she created the J. D. Robb alias. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print. She was named to the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.