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Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, is found in his locked private playroom, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. Despite his violent end, Eve can’t find anyone—girlfriend and business partners included—who seemed to have a problem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire. Of course gaming, like any business, has its fierce ri Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, is found in his locked private playroom, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. Despite his violent end, Eve can’t find anyone—girlfriend and business partners included—who seemed to have a problem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire. Of course gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks—as Eve’s husband, Roarke, one of U-Play’s competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naïve, and he knew how to fight back in the real world as well as the virtual one. Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction—and the price of defeat is death...


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Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, is found in his locked private playroom, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. Despite his violent end, Eve can’t find anyone—girlfriend and business partners included—who seemed to have a problem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire. Of course gaming, like any business, has its fierce ri Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, is found in his locked private playroom, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. Despite his violent end, Eve can’t find anyone—girlfriend and business partners included—who seemed to have a problem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire. Of course gaming, like any business, has its fierce rivalries and dirty tricks—as Eve’s husband, Roarke, one of U-Play’s competitors, knows well. But Minnock was not naïve, and he knew how to fight back in the real world as well as the virtual one. Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction—and the price of defeat is death...

30 review for Fantasy in Death

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    "Good thing I pride myself on my bitchery." We should all take pride in our bitchery, girls. Because, apparently in our society, if you are strong and powerful, you must be a bitch. So, bitch it is! I say instead of fighting against this, we should all show the asswipes who think this just how bitchy a bitch can be. Let's burn this mother down, bitches!! So, the story in this book isn't anything we haven't heard of before - cutting edge video game kills people in real life, but it's still an ent "Good thing I pride myself on my bitchery." We should all take pride in our bitchery, girls. Because, apparently in our society, if you are strong and powerful, you must be a bitch. So, bitch it is! I say instead of fighting against this, we should all show the asswipes who think this just how bitchy a bitch can be. Let's burn this mother down, bitches!! So, the story in this book isn't anything we haven't heard of before - cutting edge video game kills people in real life, but it's still an entertaining story. I changed my mind a couple of times when trying to figure out who the killer was. But, of course Eve figures these things out before anyone else. That's why she makes the big bucks. They want to thank him. Although Eve seems to be an amazing detective, she still hasn't figured out who the candy thief is. This candy thief has been stealing her Hershey bars for years now, and always figures out where she is hiding them whether it's in her ceiling, taped under a drawer, hanging outside her window. It's pretty impressive. If the candy thief wants to kill someone it will be the first case that Eve wouldn't be able to solve. hey, we all do what we have to in order to keep our addictions fed The best moment of the book? When Peabody decides to have a long conversation with Eve about penises. Not in a sexual way. More of a philosophical way. If penises could talk, what would they say kind of thing. What are they thinking? It was pretty funny. My opinion is that penises are already walking around and talking. There are a lot of dickheads out there. Frankly, I wish they would shut the hell up.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    Took me a while to finish this one but I did, eventually. On the road so have little time for reviewing or reading. I have been scouring the second hand book shops of the Pacific North West to try and find a hardcover of NAKED IN DEATH. No luck. I did find a copy of NEW YORK TO DALLAS, which I think might be a pivotal book in the series ... from the title anyway. What can a I say ... broken record!!! Loved it - love Eve and Roarke. And all the other characters. No complaints here. I haven't the e Took me a while to finish this one but I did, eventually. On the road so have little time for reviewing or reading. I have been scouring the second hand book shops of the Pacific North West to try and find a hardcover of NAKED IN DEATH. No luck. I did find a copy of NEW YORK TO DALLAS, which I think might be a pivotal book in the series ... from the title anyway. What can a I say ... broken record!!! Loved it - love Eve and Roarke. And all the other characters. No complaints here. I haven't the energy to do a full review. Sorry!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex ♈

    Suspense 4.5 stars / Romance 4.75 stars Brilliant. As always absolutely brilliant written. Very interesting and a bit mystic suspense. Not only who was the killer, but also how the murder happened. I had my theory and I was almost right *pat myself on the back*, but it was still captivating to read. It took me 30 books and I can finally say – Roarke is a great man. Better later than nie *lol* "No one’s indispensable. Except you to me." "I have good taste in all manner of things. Especially wives." Suspense 4.5 stars / Romance 4.75 stars Brilliant. As always absolutely brilliant written. Very interesting and a bit mystic suspense. Not only who was the killer, but also how the murder happened. I had my theory and I was almost right *pat myself on the back*, but it was still captivating to read. It took me 30 books and I can finally say – Roarke is a great man. Better later than nie *lol* "No one’s indispensable. Except you to me." "I have good taste in all manner of things. Especially wives." Eve – my epitome of female strength!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

    4-4.5 stars - Futuristic/Romantic Suspense/Mystery/Crime/Science Fiction/Thriller 30+ books in and I'm still addicted to this series, continually in awe of the compelling, well-crafted stories/cases, and forever in love with these amazing characters. Did she know, could she know what it meant to him when she turned to him, when she opened herself to him like this? In absolute trust. Her strength, her valor remained a constant wonder to him, as did her unrelenting determination to defend those who 4-4.5 stars - Futuristic/Romantic Suspense/Mystery/Crime/Science Fiction/Thriller 30+ books in and I'm still addicted to this series, continually in awe of the compelling, well-crafted stories/cases, and forever in love with these amazing characters. Did she know, could she know what it meant to him when she turned to him, when she opened herself to him like this? In absolute trust. Her strength, her valor remained a constant wonder to him, as did her unrelenting determination to defend those who could no longer defend themselves. These moments, when she allowed her vulnerabilities, her doubts, her fears to tremble to the surface compelled him to take care. In these moments he could show her it wasn’t just the warrior he loved, he treasured, but the woman, the whole of her. The dark and the light.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    Oh, I just knew that somewhere along the way the Matrix theme will come along! LOL Here we have an evel programme where you can actually get killed!!! WOW!!! Now I know why I don't do games anymore... But Eve and Roarke... they kick ass even to holos!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow, ok so I dunno what to say about this book. I LOVE these characters and the world and clearly I've stuck with the series for 30 frikkin' books, so I don't criticize lightly. Maybe because the subject matter is in my personal wheelhouse (gaming and fandom) that I'm particularly picky. Or the plot truly jumps the shark in a way unequaled since "Eve Dallas vs. the Clone World Takeover" episode (forget what book # that was, but if you read it you definitely know what I'm talking about.) *SPOILERS Wow, ok so I dunno what to say about this book. I LOVE these characters and the world and clearly I've stuck with the series for 30 frikkin' books, so I don't criticize lightly. Maybe because the subject matter is in my personal wheelhouse (gaming and fandom) that I'm particularly picky. Or the plot truly jumps the shark in a way unequaled since "Eve Dallas vs. the Clone World Takeover" episode (forget what book # that was, but if you read it you definitely know what I'm talking about.) *SPOILERS FOR THE ENDING! YOU ARE WARNED!*: When I read the first chapter I immediately was like "what's the dumbest way this is going to resolve? She's not going to...nah that's too damned stupid!" Each step of the way I'm like waiting for the clever twist that will hopefully drag me away from my initial assumption. I could see the train wreck coming, I was praying for the brakes to be slammed on. Please...and then...nope. The finale really was what I thought it would be. The game was real. They were inside the fantasy world, fighting fake bad guys who were actually real but not real. Manifested in a...some kind of science way that is not described very specifically. Oh my, worst thing ever. Let's be honest. Basically she wanted to put Eve and Roarke in a sword fight. This whole plot was an excuse for that. When she described Roarke and how hot he looked in leather jerkin knee-boots I almost threw the Kindle against the wall. *hurl*. I honestly would have preferred them to somehow time-travel and be in the 15th century fighting. Or at a Ren Faire. As bad a leap that would have been I would have been less incredulous and "WTF" the whole way through. Of course I'll buy the next one, but PLEASE PLEASE either: break them up so you can put them together again, or have her get pregnant. It's time, even I'm getting tired of their hot sex without their going somewhere new. :(

  7. 5 out of 5

    ♥Sharon♥

    Yet another solid addition in the In Death series by J.D. Robb. When I started this series about 10 months ago I thought I would read a few and muddle my way through it over time. But as you can see I have more than muddled my way through it. Thirty books under my belt and now I am thinking how sad it is going to be when I reach the last book that is published. With that, I wonder how far J.D. will take Eve and Roarke and all the others. In Fantasy in Death I had to suspend my belief a bit as Yet another solid addition in the In Death series by J.D. Robb. When I started this series about 10 months ago I thought I would read a few and muddle my way through it over time. But as you can see I have more than muddled my way through it. Thirty books under my belt and now I am thinking how sad it is going to be when I reach the last book that is published. With that, I wonder how far J.D. will take Eve and Roarke and all the others. In Fantasy in Death I had to suspend my belief a bit as the events surrounding the murders was a little out there. The world of Gaming can be intense and sinister. The writing was fantastic of course as J.D. always makes sure to dot her i’s and cross her t’s. Eve and Roarke would have their boundaries tested in this one. Eve is still trying to navigate the relationship rules and doesn’t always get it. There are just too many rules!! And Roarke doesn’t live in a world where things are considered black and white. There are times when he cannot keep his frustration under wraps. I love it when within the story Eve has to get all fancied up. She certainly is no girly girl but when she gives in to the magic of Trina and Leonardo, Eve cannot be any more beautiful. So says Roarke. :) Now Roarke isn’t too shabby either. He in a tux surely makes Eve heart skip a beat. Things get a bit crazy towards the end. Eve struggles to keep herself together when something happens to Roarke. The moment of what if’s…..

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ann Lou

    Soooooo, after 30 books I have to admit some books are better than the others. Others became a favorite and would definitely worth a reread but this one? Just so so. And why you ask me? This is about video games and I have zero knowledge with those. My eyes just kinda glazed and I zoned out reading or talking about it in real life. So, the problem? it's me and and my ignorance with video games. But I still enjoyed the characters of course. If it's even more possible to love them more and more wit Soooooo, after 30 books I have to admit some books are better than the others. Others became a favorite and would definitely worth a reread but this one? Just so so. And why you ask me? This is about video games and I have zero knowledge with those. My eyes just kinda glazed and I zoned out reading or talking about it in real life. So, the problem? it's me and and my ignorance with video games. But I still enjoyed the characters of course. If it's even more possible to love them more and more with each book. And the convo with Eve and Peabody about the penis? It was epic. "Do you think the penis ever gets tired? Does the penis ever just think: For God's sake, pal, give it a rest? Or is it all: Woo-Hoo! Here we go again!"

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ira

    I couldn't believe I didn't rate this book yet. Because this is one of those book when Eve realised she doesn't want to live if Roarke get killed... So what my excuses? Well, I read this during our Xmas holiday in NZ where we stay with MIL more than two weeks. It was summer there, we've got invited for barbecue often and stealing time to read these two was rather hard let alone to connect with goodreads:)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Flannery

    Can someone really say that a plot felt formulaic when it is the THIRTIETH book in a series? I don’t really think so. *facepalm* Okay, well we’re back with badass Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her Irish billionaire stud of a husband, Roarke. This time, Dallas and Peabody are doing their thang in the homicide-detecting world and the victim in one of the founders of a video game design company. Normally, Nora Roberts/JD Robb is rather informative about the occupations of her characters and we get tons Can someone really say that a plot felt formulaic when it is the THIRTIETH book in a series? I don’t really think so. *facepalm* Okay, well we’re back with badass Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her Irish billionaire stud of a husband, Roarke. This time, Dallas and Peabody are doing their thang in the homicide-detecting world and the victim in one of the founders of a video game design company. Normally, Nora Roberts/JD Robb is rather informative about the occupations of her characters and we get tons of fun factoids about those jobs. (I’d like to give a shoutout to Nora for instilling me with knowledge about such random jobs as glass-blowing, breeding horses, winemaking, flipping property and drawing comics.) Though I’m sure other readers have felt this in other works during her prolific writing career, I felt like she was a little out of her element in the video game world. I’m no expert, but I’ve played hundreds of hours of video games and this whole element in the books was just…blah. I’ve been a fan of this series from the get-go and I’m definitely going to continue but one thing that is driving me a little batty is (view spoiler)[when the hell is Eve gonna get knocked up (hide spoiler)] ? I know Eve Dallas is not a typical character and Roarke’s and her pasts do not lend themselves to raising a child, (at least in their minds) but it is killing me. Also, as an aside, I love the side characters as much as I love Eve and Roarke these days. Why not just call it a wash and start an offshoot with Peabody as the protag? Or maybe Trueheart? I'm getting sick of reading about Eve and Roarke and their "perfect connection" and Roarke being more tech-savvy than every hacker (yeah, right) and richer than every human. OMG, maybe in the next one Roarke will lose all of his money and they will have to live on Dallas' income. Or wait, maybe they'll have octuplets. Maybe Roarke could have amnesia like Eric in the Sookie books and they'd have to rediscover their love...or Eve could mess up at work and Peabody could be lead detective. The possibilities are endless. Since I'm getting behind and the next one is already released, I'll just read on...but I bet it will just be more of the same:-/

  11. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    This will be a very short review… FANTASY IN DEATH is one of the best books in the In Death series. Can I stop there? No, well then I guess you’ll have to stay tuned to the gushing that will commence soon because I bloody loved this book! As you know, I’m a big In Death fan but this particular book has to be one of my favorites in the series. If you’re a gamer, then you may find this true for yourself, but the real reason I liked this book so much as because of the case. Bart Minnock, the founde This will be a very short review… FANTASY IN DEATH is one of the best books in the In Death series. Can I stop there? No, well then I guess you’ll have to stay tuned to the gushing that will commence soon because I bloody loved this book! As you know, I’m a big In Death fan but this particular book has to be one of my favorites in the series. If you’re a gamer, then you may find this true for yourself, but the real reason I liked this book so much as because of the case. Bart Minnock, the founder of U-Play, is found beheaded in his private playroom. No one has been in or out, and no one knows how he was murdered since he was killed with a single, powerful blow. FANTASY IN DEATH taps into the Sci Fi aspect of this series, getting deep into the nitty gritty advanced technology that this world has. I think every single character in this book found this case to be super exciting because of the advanced technology. It was hilarious seeing McNab and Roarke drool over everything. You could really tell that they were enjoying themselves. As probably one of the more gory deaths we’ve encountered in the series, I think Eve had her hands full with this one. But she’s still as steady as ever, trying to find the killer with a ruthless determination. I don’t think there is anyone that comes close to Eve Dallas; she’s truly one of a kind. FANTASY IN DEATH will definitely go down as one of my favorite books in one of my favorite series. If you get the chance to read it, you definitely should.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Not being a real "gamer" myself, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. The bantering between Dallas and Peabody was just hilarious at the first of the book - all about ginnies and penis's - laughed out loud (again) during this scene! Love the scene where Eve slaps Peabody up the side of her head about her comment about Roarke - way too funny! Roarke and Eve having a little "spat" made for a tense moment or two - finally Roarke came to his senses :) Like this book more each time I read it - a killer Not being a real "gamer" myself, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. The bantering between Dallas and Peabody was just hilarious at the first of the book - all about ginnies and penis's - laughed out loud (again) during this scene! Love the scene where Eve slaps Peabody up the side of her head about her comment about Roarke - way too funny! Roarke and Eve having a little "spat" made for a tense moment or two - finally Roarke came to his senses :) Like this book more each time I read it - a killer that you love to hate, and some really good problem solving! Two thumbs up and 5 stars!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb Series: In Death, #30 Suspense > futuristic > romance > mystery “What’s the point of playing if winning isn’t the goal?” One of the owners of a virtual gaming company, Bart Minnock is killed in the locked room. Eve Dallas and her team have to figure out how a virtual game player came to be decapitated in a sealed Holo-room. The team is about to enter the next level of police work.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Badass

    4.5 stars. What a wicked frosty book :P It was more police procedural than epiphany of Eve and Roarkes relationship, we don't see as much Feeney, and no Charles and Louise (still on honeymoon) A short scene with Mavis and Nadine, but it's still an interesting read. Some of Peabody's lines really cracked me up. I enjoy Peabody and Eve's dynamic. I was glad to see the usual banter was back, I felt it was missing in Kindred, but that could have been because of the case itself, a sixteen year olds Rap 4.5 stars. What a wicked frosty book :P It was more police procedural than epiphany of Eve and Roarkes relationship, we don't see as much Feeney, and no Charles and Louise (still on honeymoon) A short scene with Mavis and Nadine, but it's still an interesting read. Some of Peabody's lines really cracked me up. I enjoy Peabody and Eve's dynamic. I was glad to see the usual banter was back, I felt it was missing in Kindred, but that could have been because of the case itself, a sixteen year olds Rape and murder isn't as (comical, for lack of a better word) than a gaming system that could potentially kill you. I felt the Roarke injury was glossed over too much, and should have been a little worse (I know, I know, but really, he is the only one who hasn't been seriously injured in the series, and it would have been (not nice persay) but nice to see Eve have to go to the hospital and worry over Roarke like he has had to do for her. I'm glad he is OK tho... don't get me wrong. I love Roarke :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lynsey A

    Another wonderful In Death book by J.D. Robb. This story was an interesting concept and definitely kept me entertained. I spent the whole day reading this story. The "who dun it" was kind of easy to figure out but it didn't take away from enjoying the novel. I liked the epilogue too. The imagery Robb brings to these stories was evident in this new story. I could imagine Eve and Peabody sparring verbally (all in fun) with each other and saw it all in my mind. It never fails that the back and fort Another wonderful In Death book by J.D. Robb. This story was an interesting concept and definitely kept me entertained. I spent the whole day reading this story. The "who dun it" was kind of easy to figure out but it didn't take away from enjoying the novel. I liked the epilogue too. The imagery Robb brings to these stories was evident in this new story. I could imagine Eve and Peabody sparring verbally (all in fun) with each other and saw it all in my mind. It never fails that the back and forth between Eve and Peabody where Peabody does her best to make Eve gag always makes me laugh. Eve and Roarke fans will be happy with this latest installment and the romance is definitely not lacking in this book. We still see the love between Roarke and Eve and it continues to make my heart melt.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Gamers and gadget-lovers would enjoy this one; twisty, twisty, twisty...another good read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Okay, I really loved this latest installment. A lot of the secondary figures were included. It had a lot of great humor, and Eve seems to be mellowing some as she reflects on friendships and other personal matters. There was actually less sex in this one, and more romance. Eve and Roarke share a lot more intimacy, and it wasn't overdone. The mystery was interesting and kind of techie, but since my daughter is a fiend for video games, I found that part interesting. It also gave Feeney and McNab a Okay, I really loved this latest installment. A lot of the secondary figures were included. It had a lot of great humor, and Eve seems to be mellowing some as she reflects on friendships and other personal matters. There was actually less sex in this one, and more romance. Eve and Roarke share a lot more intimacy, and it wasn't overdone. The mystery was interesting and kind of techie, but since my daughter is a fiend for video games, I found that part interesting. It also gave Feeney and McNab ample opportunity to be part of the plot, (they're with the Electronics Division of the police dept), and their childlike responses to the all of the technical devices used was a great addition to the story. I also like the character of Callender, also with the "E" Dept. She's been mentioned in a few other books, and I hope she is featured a little more in future installments. I listened to the audio, and Susan Erickson does such a great job; you can tell who the characters are and they come across as the definite and unique personalities they were written to be. To me, writing great characters is Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb real strength, and she has a real partner in Susan Erickson. Peabody was especially funny, and there were several times the exchanges between her and Eve had me laughing out loud. In fact, the conversation mentioned at the beginning of chapter 5 made tears come to my eyes, I was laughing so hard. Again, I'm a big fan of the audio. Susan Erickson has given Peabody such a unique voice and her inflections are perfect. The scene also provided an opportunity to mention Louise and Charles, and update the reader on their status. There were quite a few other humorous parts in the book as well. The scene with Trina, although relatively short from her other appearances, was well done, and as usual, hilarious. One of the secondary characters highlighted is Nadine, the intrepid reporter Eve has, almost grudgingly, accepted as her friend. The couple exchanges with her were touching and funny. Nadine was originally highlighted in the second book of the series, Glory in Death, but in "Fantasy" the focus is in a much different direction. Another character that is highlighted a little more in this version is Prosecutor Rio, who Eve has also learned to like and respect. Her last book was intense, and I feel Nora has listened to her fans and tried to make this book a little more about relationships and secondary characters. A lot of people really adore the characters, even more than the mystery, and this was a welcome change. I was hopefully anticipating this book would contain those relationships that I love and I was not disappointed!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Stegall

    "Fantasy in Death" returns to the exploitation of scientific ignorance we saw in "Purity in Death". This time, it's a game developer found dead in a locked room, who was playing a computer game at the time. Once again, a metaphor is misunderstood: Robb treats "virtual reality" as if the emphasis were on the second half of that phrase, not the first. "Virtual reality" is not reality, light does not follow the physics she lays down, and her solution to this locked-room mystery is about as implausi "Fantasy in Death" returns to the exploitation of scientific ignorance we saw in "Purity in Death". This time, it's a game developer found dead in a locked room, who was playing a computer game at the time. Once again, a metaphor is misunderstood: Robb treats "virtual reality" as if the emphasis were on the second half of that phrase, not the first. "Virtual reality" is not reality, light does not follow the physics she lays down, and her solution to this locked-room mystery is about as implausible as fairy dust. By far the weakest of her more sci-fi oriented fare, this plot relies on a method of murder that just plain will not work. I waited to see if Robb really was going where I thought she was going, but no, in the end her "science" is mere hand-waving. It's embarrassing to realize that Robb has been fooled by a metaphor, that she hasn't done the research, hasn't EARNED the respect due to a writer of science fiction. Once again, Robb demonstrates that she either does not know real physics, does not care, dismisses her audience as idiots, or (and this is scary) genuinely believes in things like light sabers. In science fiction, it is permissible, even expected, to extrapolate from what we KNOW to what we can IMAGINE, but the key to plausibility is to remain grounded in what we know. Otherwise, you're writing fantasy, which is another genre entirely. Robb abandons that ground from the get-go, and sacrifices her entire story to what is almost a punch line in real gaming circles. I gave this novel one star for the good dialogue.

  19. 5 out of 5

    William Bentrim

    Fantasy in Death by J. D. Robb The not too distant future is the setting for Lt. Eve Dallas and her adventures. The entire series I have read so far is focused on homicide and the mystery that surrounds each murder. This book focuses on rpg. (role playing games) A group of loveable geeks is on the verge of paramount geekieness when they are beset with foul play. Bart Minnock’s murder strikes a chord with Dallas, I suspect due to his naïve disposition and his vague similarity to Roarke. Roarke, on Fantasy in Death by J. D. Robb The not too distant future is the setting for Lt. Eve Dallas and her adventures. The entire series I have read so far is focused on homicide and the mystery that surrounds each murder. This book focuses on rpg. (role playing games) A group of loveable geeks is on the verge of paramount geekieness when they are beset with foul play. Bart Minnock’s murder strikes a chord with Dallas, I suspect due to his naïve disposition and his vague similarity to Roarke. Roarke, on the other hand, is beyond chord striking, he doesn’t see Bart’s murder as simply a need for justice, he sees a strong need for revenge. It is made clear in this book that Dallas does take each and every murder personally. She believes that she is the advocate for the dead. I can only hope that there are cops out there that have the same strength of duty for those who can’t help themselves. I did really enjoy the technology that was described and I suspect that we will see interactive holograms well before the 2060 date of the storyline. Computer gaming systems are becoming so sophisticated that holograms are the next logical step. It will be exciting to see and as so many of the books I read as a kid, science fiction frequently becomes science fact well before we expect it. I’ve said it before, I do like the loyalty that Dallas shows to her staff and the resultant loyalty that is returned. The emotional interplay is the key to success in this series. I recommend the book and the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    dreamerinexile

    Virtual Reality - Holographic Games - Real Play 5 stars Eve Dallas never fails to amaze me. Her quest to find justice for her victim at all cost has always made me love her. In this book, she goes all out to find the killer who'd kill without a thought and leave devastation behind his havoc. The story unfolds from the point when the leader of the U-Play goes home to play the latest game in development and comes out the other side dead. He's death does not make sense because there's no clue as to Virtual Reality - Holographic Games - Real Play 5 stars Eve Dallas never fails to amaze me. Her quest to find justice for her victim at all cost has always made me love her. In this book, she goes all out to find the killer who'd kill without a thought and leave devastation behind his havoc. The story unfolds from the point when the leader of the U-Play goes home to play the latest game in development and comes out the other side dead. He's death does not make sense because there's no clue as to who came in after he was in the holo-room playing the game. Then the second murder happens and Eve's suspicion double and she's pretty sure who's done it. Roarke steps in as he's an expert at all thing E. And there's a point in the book when I felt like kicking Roarke's ass. IMAGINE THAT! I love Roarke, he's my favorite BBF but he totally pissed me off. Although he does redeem himself when he as always apologizes. Gaaaaaaah! Alpha male who are hot as the sun and sweet to boot, totally makes me melt in a puddle. So as usual our Eve comes up with a theory, shares it with two experts and comes to a conclusion so far out that it will make you wonder, "Jesus, is that even possible." Yet it is possible because there's nothing else that makes sense and that which does make sense is totally out of this planet. So, my dear readers, pick up this book. Enjoy the crusade of Eve Dallas and her Irish hot of a yummy hubby, Roarke in Fantasy in Death which I am pretty accurate in rating a 5 gold stars.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    30th in the series. As anyone who follows me knows, I love this series. I don’t really connect with the books the author writes as Nora Roberts, but I love the characters and the character development in this series by J.D. Robb. While the last book in the series focused more on the crime, than on character development, this installment shows a lot of Eve’s growth as a wife and as a friend. Some of Eve and Roarke’s discussions about their relationship positively melted my heart (to the point whe 30th in the series. As anyone who follows me knows, I love this series. I don’t really connect with the books the author writes as Nora Roberts, but I love the characters and the character development in this series by J.D. Robb. While the last book in the series focused more on the crime, than on character development, this installment shows a lot of Eve’s growth as a wife and as a friend. Some of Eve and Roarke’s discussions about their relationship positively melted my heart (to the point where I read them to my partner and tried to analogize to our relationship [Cue: “awww”] to his somewhat baffled appreciation). The interactions between Eve and Peabody are a hoot, and a number of the regular supporting characters are back so we get to see how they are growing too (Trueheart has a girlfriend!) . The crime is a combination of a traditional “locked room” scenario and Dungeons & Dragons on steroids with cutting edge technology, set of course, some fifty years in our future. The accident at the end had me catching my breath in fear and the resolution drew tears as it only reinforced the growth of Eve and Roarke’s relationship and was beautifully written.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer

    This was a very interesting crime. The victim is a gaming prodigy. A young man who has a growing company devoted to video games and such. He is close to releasing a new never before seen type of holographic video game and takes a copy of the game home to test it out and ends up decapitated in his locked holo room. How did the killer get in and out without being detected? Having 3 boys who love to play video games I found this whole concept to be equal parts terrifying and intriguing. Eve is a bit This was a very interesting crime. The victim is a gaming prodigy. A young man who has a growing company devoted to video games and such. He is close to releasing a new never before seen type of holographic video game and takes a copy of the game home to test it out and ends up decapitated in his locked holo room. How did the killer get in and out without being detected? Having 3 boys who love to play video games I found this whole concept to be equal parts terrifying and intriguing. Eve is a bit out of her element since most of the investigative work is EDD related. Another glitch Roarke knew the victim and had even helped him a bit when he was first starting up his company. Another story more centered on the case but there were a few interesting interactions between all our favorite characters. Nadine's big night of her book release had her all nervous and when she and Eve discuss it I found it to be a very cute scene. Another good one!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    Another great story with Eve, Roarke, and company!! This time around the crime is an unusual one. A gamer guy is killed in his locked holo room with no breeches. Looks like we might finally have a murder that stumps Eve. With the nature of the crime Eve brings Roarke in right away to help and as always things don't go smoothly between them. The nature of this crime has Eve looking deeper at her life and the relationships she has built in her life in the past couple of years. Eve seems a little s Another great story with Eve, Roarke, and company!! This time around the crime is an unusual one. A gamer guy is killed in his locked holo room with no breeches. Looks like we might finally have a murder that stumps Eve. With the nature of the crime Eve brings Roarke in right away to help and as always things don't go smoothly between them. The nature of this crime has Eve looking deeper at her life and the relationships she has built in her life in the past couple of years. Eve seems a little softer in this book because of it and it is a good thing. As always Eve does figure out the murderer, and how they manage it is quite unusual. The best part of this book, the start of Chapter 5 where Eve and Peabody start discussing penis's, very funny. I wish that I hadn't been reading in public so I could giggle away like they were!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela James

    Let's face it, these In Death books are my crack. I will probably never quit them and really, why would I want to? They're not bad for me! Whenever I finish an In Death book, I find myself sighing and wondering if it's time for the next one to release yet. I know we're lucky to get 2 a year, given how prolific the author is, but I'd be happy with one every 3 months. I can't get enough of them. Even when they're not the best books ever, they're still better than many of the books I've read. They Let's face it, these In Death books are my crack. I will probably never quit them and really, why would I want to? They're not bad for me! Whenever I finish an In Death book, I find myself sighing and wondering if it's time for the next one to release yet. I know we're lucky to get 2 a year, given how prolific the author is, but I'd be happy with one every 3 months. I can't get enough of them. Even when they're not the best books ever, they're still better than many of the books I've read. They always make me happy, always make me smile, and I never want to tear myself away. Like I said: crack.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kara-karina

    This book was so much fun! You know, immersion role play game which turns deadly if you lose? That type of fun! Especially when Roarke and Eve start playing it and realise midway through just how serious the stakes are... FUN! * * * Такое мне эта книга доставила удовольствие! Особенно, когда ролевая игра оказалась смертельной для тех, кто проигрывает, что Роарк и Ив осознали только в процессе и чуть ли не умерли... Крутой сюжет, очень понравилось!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Solid 4.25, narration 4.5. This was a story about Eve and her understanding friendships and how it can disguise envy and hatred. While solving a crime that involves 4 friends, Eve delves into her own understanding of own friendships. Dramatic ending. It made something that seems impossible, possible. Or so it seems.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Thenia

    Another bizarre case for Eve, who manages to get to the truth with the help of her team. The secondary characters are great, especially Peabody who is hilarious and adds an element of comic relief to the story, while Roarke plays the role of "superb manflesh", to quote Trina, to perfection. Eve has grown a lot as a character throughout the books, but she remains an excellent detective. I look forward to her next case in Indulgence in Death. Previous book reviews: ✦ Missing in Death (In Death #29.5) ✦ Another bizarre case for Eve, who manages to get to the truth with the help of her team. The secondary characters are great, especially Peabody who is hilarious and adds an element of comic relief to the story, while Roarke plays the role of "superb manflesh", to quote Trina, to perfection. Eve has grown a lot as a character throughout the books, but she remains an excellent detective. I look forward to her next case in Indulgence in Death. Previous book reviews: ✦ Missing in Death (In Death #29.5) ✦ Kindred in Death (In Death #29) ✦ Promises in Death (In Death #28) (view spoiler)[✦ Ritual in Death (In Death #27.5) ✦ Salvation in Death (In Death #27) ✦ Strangers in Death (In Death #26) ✦ Creation in Death (In Death #25) ✦ Eternity in Death (In Death #24.5) ✦ Innocent in Death (In Death #24) ✦ Born in Death (In Death #23) ✦ Haunted in Death (In Death #22.5) ✦ Memory in Death (In Death #22) ✦ Origin in Death (In Death #21) ✦ Survivor In Death (In Death #20) ✦ Visions in Death (In Death #19) ✦ Divided in Death (In Death #18) ✦ Remember When (In Death #17.6) ✦ Imitation in Death (In Death #17) ✦ Portrait in Death (In Death #16) ✦ Purity in Death (In Death #15) ✦ Reunion in Death (In Death #14) ✦ Seduction in Death (In Death #13) ✦ Interlude in Death (In Death #12.5) ✦ Betrayal in Death (In Death #12) ✦ Judgment in Death (In Death #11) ✦ Witness in Death (In Death #10) ✦ Loyalty in Death (In Death #9) ✦ Conspiracy in Death (In Death #8) ✦ Midnight in Death (In Death #7.5) ✦ Holiday in Death (In Death #7) ✦ Vengeance in Death (In Death #6) ✦ Ceremony in Death (In Death #5) ✦ Rapture in Death (In Death #4) ✦ Immortal in Death (In Death #3) ✦ Glory in Death (In Death #2) ✦ Naked in Death (In Death #1) (hide spoiler)]

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wayland Smith

    I would think I'd get sick of this series, thirty books in. But I'm not. I continue to enjoy the adventures of Eve Dallas and her band of crime-fighters. Each book is like a chance to look in on old friends. There's a vague similarity to the books, you could argue, but then I've read all of Louis L'Amour and Agatha Christie, and they are masters, but you know what you're getting before you even open the cover. One of the things that keep me coming back to these are the criminals and their plots. I would think I'd get sick of this series, thirty books in. But I'm not. I continue to enjoy the adventures of Eve Dallas and her band of crime-fighters. Each book is like a chance to look in on old friends. There's a vague similarity to the books, you could argue, but then I've read all of Louis L'Amour and Agatha Christie, and they are masters, but you know what you're getting before you even open the cover. One of the things that keep me coming back to these are the criminals and their plots. Some of them are a bit repetitive, but some are brilliant. This one has a variation of a locked-room mystery with a few new twists. Bart Minnock, gaming genius, locks himself in his special playroom to log in to a sword and sorcery game. Come morning, he's still there, locked in from the inside, but decapitated. Did something from the game leak into reality? Did someone manage to get the doors open and then lock them again and leave no trace? Rivalries, jealousy, and fierce competition all play a part in the case. Eve's husband Roarke was even one of Minnock's business competitors. Plus, there are the people who just plain take the game too seriously. Eve has a complicated puzzle to work out.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aya

    In Death: 30 Set shortly after the previous book, as it is still June. The problem with setting a story in the future is that the author can't fully cover what is and is not possible. I had an idea of how the murder could have happened and spent most of the book puzzled that Eve pursued all kinds of hunches before reaching the same conclusion at the end - apparently it shouldn't have been possible after all, and the method wasn't well explained in any case (how was it done without specialized equ In Death: 30 Set shortly after the previous book, as it is still June. The problem with setting a story in the future is that the author can't fully cover what is and is not possible. I had an idea of how the murder could have happened and spent most of the book puzzled that Eve pursued all kinds of hunches before reaching the same conclusion at the end - apparently it shouldn't have been possible after all, and the method wasn't well explained in any case (how was it done without specialized equipment?) and was sort of just techno-babbled away. I was a bit dissatisfied with this book. Despite the small flashes of humor and the continuity flourishes, which I love, because they glue the books together, there's still a few author's chestnuts that I dread: Eve and Roarke go off on each other at what appears to be the slightest provocation - maybe it's all the drinking they do, and Eve always has some kind of trauma over her father - why hasn't she had some kind of counseling by now? On the plus side, there weren't a lot of side characters in this one, so it was easy to keep track of all the players. Also unusually, there is an epilogue, so the book doesn't end abruptly as most of the others.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Venus Blancia

    I'm going back to five star rating! Fantasy in Death is one difficult case for Eve since the nature of the crime is of her line. I like the end then especially the epilogue part where justice is served and Eve and Roarke's realization of Friendship to Love, and thus far established themselves the Love to Friendship. So much with the solving of the crime, I noticed that this series is somehow very police operation-plot and I barely encountered personal subplot. What is very entertaining and note-w I'm going back to five star rating! Fantasy in Death is one difficult case for Eve since the nature of the crime is of her line. I like the end then especially the epilogue part where justice is served and Eve and Roarke's realization of Friendship to Love, and thus far established themselves the Love to Friendship. So much with the solving of the crime, I noticed that this series is somehow very police operation-plot and I barely encountered personal subplot. What is very entertaining and note-worthy about the series though is the tandem of Peabody and Eve. Peabody is as a real spice to Eve kick ass character. Needless to say that JD Robb made Eve's character quite mellow. You can check out my random quiz of the in Death Series though a lot came from the Fantasy in Death. Random In Death Series Quiz

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