Treachery In Death
J. D. Robb
Series: In Death – #32
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Release Date: February 22nd 2011
Genre/s: Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Romance, Fantasy, Futuristic
Format: paperback; 375 pages
My Rating: 4/5
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, although it did take me a little bit more time than I would have liked to get through it. The main characters Roarke, Peabody and Eve were extremely intriguing and left me wanting to get to know them even more than just what was between the covers of the novel. Robb, drops little tidbits in the novel about their past but not enough to reveal it totally to the reader, only enough for them to know that a certain character could have had a rocky past and that is what leads them to make certain judgement now. Hopefully I’ll have the same thoughts about the other books in the series.
In February 1979, a blizzard forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three- and a six-year-old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate. During the now famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of her stories. It was then that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981 under the authorship of Nora Roberts, a shortened form of her birth name Eleanor Marie Robertson, because she assumed that all authors had pen names.
Eleanor wrote, under another pseudonym (Jill March), a story titled “Melodies of Love” for a magazine.
Eleanor met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Bruce owns and operates a bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland called “Turn the Page Books”. Since getting married, Eleanor and Bruce have expanded their home and traveled the world.
In 1992, she adopted another pseudonym so as to publish a futuristic-suspense novel series. She first decided to use the pseudonym D.J. MacGregor, but discovered that this pseudonym was used by another author. In 1995, her first “In Death” serial novel was published under the pseudonym J.D. Robb. The initials “J.D.” were taken from her sons, Jason and Dan, while “Robb” is a shortened form of Roberts.
Eleanor has also been known as Sara Hardesty, because when the “Born In” series was released in U.K. it carried that name instead of Nora Roberts. She has since changed publishers.
Eleanor has been plagiarized by another best-selling romance writer, Janet Dailey. The practice came to light after a reader read Nora Roberts’ Sweet Revenge and Janet Dailey’s Notorious back-to-back; the reader noticed several similarities and posted the comparable passages on the Internet. Calling the plagiarism “mind rape,” Eleanor sued Janet Daily. In 1997, Janet admitted to repeatedly plagiarizing from Nora Roberts’ work and that both Aspen Gold and Notorious lifted heavily from Roberts’ work. Both of those novels were pulled from print after Janet’s admission. She acknowledged the plagiarism and blamed it on a psychological disorder. In a settlement, Janet paid Eleanor an undisclosed sum, which Eleanor donated to the Literacy Volunteers of America.
A founding member of the Romance Writers of America (R.W.A.), Eleanor was the first inductee in the organization’s Hall of Fame. She also is a member of several writers’ groups and has won countless awards.