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Review: Festive in Death


  • Title: Festive in Death
  • Author: J D Robb
  • Kindle edition
  • Pages: 390
  • Released: September 9, 2014
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • My opinions are my own

Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who were loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her Christmas shopping list—plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband’s upcoming holiday bash.

Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year’s 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.

I choose to read this book because of its name.  For me, the holidays are very much a state of mind.  I live near Los Angeles, California and we have a very mild climate.  My idea of a cold Christmas is 55 degrees.  I’ve been reading the In Death series for a while but I haven’t been reading them in order.  I read my first In Death book when I found out that JD Robb was a pen name for Nora Roberts.

I am so glad this was the book I was reading over Christmas because it was full of twists and turns that kept you guessing while you were slowly engulfed by holiday fun.  The fact that you aren’t supposed to like the primary murder victim is great to me.  By making the victim unlikable it completely changed this story.  I believe that I would have liked the book less had the first murder victim been a good guy.

The main character, Dallas, is a no frills kind of girl who puts her work before everything else.  Dallas is the exact opposite of me in most ways and that’s why I like her.  I enjoy living vicariously through her.

Whether you are a Nora Robert fan or a detective novel fan this book is for you.  I would definitely recommend this book to others.  Has any one else read this book? What did you think of the end?



I was a bibliophile before I learned the alphabet. From an early age I have used books to relieve the pressures of reality. I was I teenager before I appreciated the learning power of books. Now, as an adult, I read books for both learning and relaxation.

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