J.D. Robb – In Death Series Reading Order

by Maryse on October 4, 2012 · 72 comments

in Reading Order Guide:

OH.EM. GEE!!! This has got to be the longest series I have ever had the privilege of creating a reading order guide for. And WOW does it look good. Recommended over and over again by fellow book enthusiasts, I was delighted to find out that J.D. Robb is Nora Roberts (I love her books!). I kept hearing over and over again how Roarke was one of THE most AMAZING book heroes ever, and so I finally decided to look these up. I could read to my hearts content and indulge in a world for weeks with this one! Massive amounts of 5-star reviews with almost every book!

“Deanna: I’m sure you have already read this series but J.D. Robb’s In Death series is a wonderful series. Murder, mystery, romance. Each book had me on the edge of my seat following Eve Dallas the tough police detective… JD Robb is Nora Roberts mystery writing pen name. Her “In Death” series is wonderful. It’s about a smart/strong New York homicide detective named Eve Dallas. Great reads!

Leah: hey just wandering if you have read the In death books by JD Robb, I love them and I think you will to. Just a tip make sure you read them in order the first one is Naked in death. :) Enjoy!!!”

Jennifer:  I have also read the JD Robb “In Death” series and I can’t wait for the next installment of that!

Maggie: Like you, I am an AVID reader… I was hooked on J.D. Robb’s “In Death” series… Eve Dallas is a homicide detective living in the year 2057, these books are addictive and wonderful.. her irish husband, Roarke is a retired bad guy who is now the richest man in the world…

Smeech: Roarke the mega rich, bad boy smarty pants from J.D. Robb’s In Death series. (sidenote form Maryse –> her 4th favorite hero of all heroes)

About the book #1:

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant using her instincts to hunt for a ruthless killer. And she’s going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire—and a suspect in Eve’s murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own.

Quick tidbit about the series:

“The In Death series begins in the year 2058 … after an outbreak of warfare a few decades earlier known as the Urban Wars wreaked havoc across the globe and led to widespread destruction and death. After the wars, cities focused on renewal and revitalization…

                                            

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Mindi October 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Absolutely LOVE this series!

Kimberly October 4, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Is this series about the same person all the way through that many books? and is their a printable list I will have to look into these.

Maggie October 4, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I just recently started this series (book 4 is next) and I love it! :)

Brandie October 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Kimberly, it is about the same heroine, Eve. It works though through so many books because of her job. It makes it a bit like a CSI, Law & Order type thing with romance and other personal things.

Brandie October 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Meant to also say than k you Maryse for compling this list. I am always at a loss as to which one comes next!

Sue Larsh October 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I LOVE this series. I’ve been reading it for years. Every time a new book comes out, I rush to get it and simply devour it. Then I wait impatiently for the next one. Eve, Roark and the rest of the recurring characters feel like old friends. And, while some books are better than others in the series, there isn’t a bad one in the bunch.

Maryse October 4, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Wow I love hearing this! Your enthusiasm here, and on my Facebook page over it really has me wanting to dig in. Maybe I can do one of these, and one from my TBR list, and then one of these, and another from my TBR list and so on… It’d take me a year to read ‘em that way, but by the time the next one comes out, I’ll be there! ;)

Doris L October 4, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I’m with you Sara, I love this series, I’ve been reading her for years and like you when a new one comes out I run to get it. Eve and Roarke can do no wrong.

Cindy October 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I really enjoyed this series…I never had to worry about finding the next book to read. I listened to the audiobooks while I worked and went through about a book a day!

Maggie October 4, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Yes! I’ve been listening to the audiobooks on my walks and they’re great!

Biate October 13, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Roarke is my ultimate dream man. I’m so happy you added this series. This is my nr 1 favourite series off all times!

Biate November 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I just finished Delusions in Death. Another great Eve and Roarke story! I had to stay up all night finishing the book. It was really good!!

smruti January 18, 2013 at 2:09 PM

“”“She reminds me of Magdelana.”
He said nothing for a moment, just watched her face, then rising, he walked over to the murder board to study Ava’s.
“Not just the high-class blonde thing,” Eve began.
“No,” he said quietly, “not just.” He thought of Magdelana, the woman he’d once cared for. The woman who’d betrayed him, and on the return trip had done everything in her power to hurt Eve and chip away at their marriage”"”
this is a dialogue in d book strangers in death. here roarke refers to some woman named magdelana. who is she ???

Linda January 26, 2013 at 12:20 AM

I am glad I found your blog. This list is exactly what I have been looking for. Now that I have a computer and no longer work it’s great knowing I can go on the internet and find out the order in which books were written. The Eve and Roarke series is the BEST series I have ever read. Though it can be predictable for me at times, I still can’t turn that page fast enough. J.D Robb has brought these two characters to life for me. Very rare. Only one other author has done that for me. Thank You for taking so much time to make the list. I can see how much you enjoy what you do.

Ravyn Wilde February 14, 2013 at 1:11 PM

In answer to who is Magdalena….old girlfriend of Roarke’s. She makes an appearance in innocent in death. (I think) Wants R back. Major manipulator. Love this series. I’m re-reading prior to the new release.
Raven

Helene February 26, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I have been reading the In Death series for a while now….I had started reading them whenever I came across one, but now that I have them in order, I am reading them all over again! I absolutely love Eve Dallas, her handsome husband Roarke and all of the characters in this series!!!!
It’s absolutely my favorite series! I often wonder if they made movies of her books, who would play Eve and Roarke!!!!!!

Biate February 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I can picture Ian Somerhalder as Roarke. I love love love this series, so if they ever make the movies or like a tv show I will be it’s top fan.

Judy Thomas February 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM

The audiobooks are amazing. Susan Ericksen’s voices get in your head. My favorite is her voice for Peabody. Very funny.

Amy March 3, 2013 at 5:55 PM

I have read all the books, then started listening to them on my IPOD. Absolutely lover Roarke! Peabody is funny. I love all the characters. Susan Erikson is GREAT! Keep the series going!

Deborah March 9, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I came across the in death series by accident and only have the last three to read. I am a huge fan of Nora Roberts and she has never disappointed with these or her other books. I cant wait for her to keep adding to it. Very rare can an author have so a long running series and continue to keep you in touch with all of the characters.

Yvonne March 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

If you haven’t read this series…PLEASE DO…it does NOT disappoint. I am almost caught up and at the home stretch. I am upto Fantasy In Death and I must tell you that of ALL the books I have read, of ALL the heroes, of ALL the billionnaires, Doms, military men I have read if I only had ONE that I can totally bring to life and be mine this is a no brainer for me. In a word, my IDEAL MAN IS: ROARKE!!!!! Thank you J.D. Robb. No one else compares for me.

I know that Calculated In Death just came out and I believe she has another novella and another book for 2013. Happy reading fellow Eve & Roarke fans!

Evangeline March 12, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Thank you so much for doing this list. I was given a large selection of the In Death serries. I wish now that I’d kept a list of all the ones I’ve read. Love the lead characters, and the way J.D. Robb draws me in, then suddenly there’s something comedic to giggle at and break the moment. What an awesome author! Why no movies or series?

Biate April 3, 2013 at 12:15 AM

I just got Calculated in Death. Can’t wait to start reading. Yay!

Biate April 3, 2013 at 12:17 AM

@ Yvonne

I totally agree with you. Roarke is definitely my all time favorite book hero and so totally my dream man!

Mike May 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I love this ‘series’.. One of the few you can read ‘out of order’ and not get totally lost.. may be a few details mentioned from prior books but rarely any ‘crossover’.. example. I am reading Kindred in Death now and it mentions “can’t wait to read the book on the Icove case”.. and yet , the last one I read (the name escapes me) mentioned the viewing party and subsequent after party for the MOVIE of the Icove case based on the book. .. and yet, nothing lost, nothing gained. All in All , I’ve read maybe half and have tried to go in order, but when nothing to read and a “new” title is available (new to me at least), its always worth the read.

Brandy May 9, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Thanks for the list I believe there are actually 63 in death books to date
I just started reading a couple of months ago I hate my best friend for turning me on to Eve and Roarke I can’t stop…LOL I am already up to
Holiday in death….its great on the computer the chapters just fly by.My friend reads the large print books form the library but sometimes sh has to be on a waiting list…..at this time she has read them all except the new on and shes on the list for that one. Thanks to J.D, Robb for this is a wonderful series who’s characters all become close friends.
Brandy

Rosa May 10, 2013 at 4:14 AM

It is my understanding that Mel Gibson has bought the movie rights to some of these novels, but as to when we can expect the movies, that is up in the air. Maybe Me. Roberts can give us an insight as to when this is to happen. I have loved her TV movies in Lifetime on some of her N R novels. Thanks for providing the list it is really appreciated.

Norma May 18, 2013 at 1:36 PM

When I began reading Naked in Death, I got hooked, so I started a campaign to collect all those old books from the In Death series. (Flea Mkts & Used book stores) Now I’m up to #35 and still have about 10 more to read yet. I’ve read then in order and it’s so fun keeping track of Eve , Roarke, Peabody, Mavis, Feeney, etc etc. I don’t know how long Nora will continue this series, but I sure hope it is several more years yet. I am 75 and carry my latest read into restaurants, car trips, air flights, etc., in case I have a long wait. Reading is my favorite pass time (2nd only to line dancing,) and loving it!!!. And Kudos to Nora for all her research and sensitivity! Go Nora go!

Veronica Garcia May 19, 2013 at 10:32 PM

I need some honest feed back on this series. My 11 year old daughter was given the first book by her step mother and is now asking permission to read it. I’ve read Nora Robert’s books before and I’m afraid of the age appropriateness of this series. What is your opinion?

Maggie May 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Veronica – I’m only five books into the series and to be honest, it’s been quite a while since I read the last one so my memory is a bit hazy, but I recall enough sex that I wouldn’t feel comfortable giving it to my daughter at that age. I can’t remember how much violence is included. I hope you get some other comments from people with more experience with the series than me but couldn’t help but comment. For what it’s worth, I love the series so far — I just think of it as an adult series.

Rosa May 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Aerobics, your daughter is still too young for these books. There is too much sex in them for her to read. I recommend finding her some more age appropriate reading and have a good talk with the stepmom.

Rosa May 20, 2013 at 12:58 AM

I meant Veronica. Sorry about that.

Veronica Garcia May 20, 2013 at 1:19 AM

I’m getting all kinds of feed back on this issue and needless to say the more I get the more I’m inclined to tell her no and have a nice discussion with her father on the books his new wife is offering our daughter to read at their house. Thank you everyone Rosa and Maggie for your insight and input.

Jean Hamill May 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Can anyone tell me the name of the In Death book which contains the Icove Case?

Biate June 9, 2013 at 4:10 AM

Origin in Death is all about the Icove case.

Biate June 9, 2013 at 4:21 AM

@ Veronica

I can totally understand your worries. I am a teacher and I get very concerned about the movies and things my 6 year old kids are watching at home. Kids are exposed to things way to early these days. I started reading adult fiction at 12 cause by then I read all the children and teenage books in our library and the ones I could find in the shops. I still remember the day when the librarian phoned my mom to ask if I can take out a certain book. It was funny. My mom however taught me to have good judgement and I never misused that trust.
However I will not recommend this specific series to an 11 year old. Besides the sex some of the detail is gory and gruesome and the issues are adult issues. I think she should wait maybe 4 years to mature in order to handle these books. I’m a big JD Robb fan and I wish I could read her books for the first time again. It was just great.
Important thing is to not just say no, but explain your reasons and recommend other more teenage appropriate series’s. When you just take the book away she might be tempted to read it behind your back.
Good luck.
Hugs. xx

Jean Hamill June 9, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Thank you Biate for that information.

Sue June 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

I have read nearly all of the series cannot wait for new ones to arrive ..juat love the story of Eve & Roarke…..

karey July 1, 2013 at 7:32 PM

I have an ipod that I got from someone else and it has 13 books from J.D. Robb. I was wondering if you would tell me if there is a specific order to them, if they were part of a series, or if they are just a mish-mosh of her different books. Thank you ahead of time for reading and responding to this email. New York to Dallas is the only one that is not “in Death”. The rest are: Celebrity, Indulgence, Fantasy, Innocent, Kindred, Naked, Promises, Eternity, Missing, Strangers, Salvation, and Treachery. If you would please let me know if these are worth reading. Thank you very much! Karey

Pam July 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM

I have read all 36 of “In Death Series” and I love all of them. I have pre-order “Thankless in Death” that comes out in a few months. I have started reading the Antholog books in fill in time till I get her new one.
I also like the “Eve Duncan” books by Iris Johansen. They are well worth reading.
Pam

Kathy Mansell August 9, 2013 at 11:03 PM

I’ve been hooked on these books since I read the first one … a chance encounter that set the foundation firmly in the fan girl camp!! Just finished book 36 … September seems so far away!! I love the characters, how they’ve grown and developed and continue to do so, the threads of other people’s stories woven through and kept consistent. Great work J D Robb!! Bring on book 37, and the rest

Patti Fletcher August 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I started reading J D Robb when she wrote the first one. I have sent an
email telling Nora Roberts she just doesn’t write them fast enough. It is like being part of your family. Does anyone know of another series that
is kind of like this?
Thanks
Patti

Kathryn Fitchett August 24, 2013 at 1:47 AM

I have all the In Death books and am “reading” them in order of publication. I think that’s the best way. But what I REALLY love is listening to the audio books while driving my car every day. Susan Ericksen is a wonderful reader and really brings the characters to life!

Sara September 16, 2013 at 5:07 PM

I have read the entire series several times and live it. But I am searching for a book where Eve is assaulted in a stair well? I think it is In Death….any help would be appreciated.

Patricia October 14, 2013 at 4:03 PM

I’m thinking of starting reading the series from the beginning again, but if I do it means I won’t get anything done and will end up reading nearly 2 books a day. Such a brilliant authoress, I have a rather large bookcase full from top to bottom with Nora’s book

mike October 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I did that Patricia. alll in all before i started from the first book., oI had probably read close to half if not more..i do take a break every 2-3 books to read something else

Patricia October 15, 2013 at 7:57 AM

You’re better than I am then Mike, once I start I have to carry on. till I’ve read them all. I’ve had to force myself to put the very first In Death down as I’m decorating my lounge and my new furniture arrives this Thursday.

RP October 27, 2013 at 6:13 PM

It’s an awesome series. I discovered it about 3 years ago and I’ve been hooked. Yes, some of the stories are better than others, but they’re all good. Some will make you cry, laugh, be happy and feel justice has been served. They are a mixture of Law and Order, CSI, Castle and Bones with a futuristic twist. I’ve re-read the series multiple times because they are that good! I highly recommend it. You won’t be disappointed. Because at the heart, the series is about survival and most important Love.

Kelley October 31, 2013 at 1:37 AM

I also have the whole series. I also bought it for my girlfriend and soon to be daughter in law. You never get bored. RP pretty much summed it up. All I can say is “I WONNA ROARKE”. Just ordered a t-shirt with that on it, can’t wait to get it and wear it to see how many people will see it and agree. Thanks for this website.

Patricia October 31, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I have to ask Kelley, where can I get the t-shirt, pretty please?

Sue Morris January 6, 2014 at 8:50 PM

(To Kelly and Patricia- Me too, Me too! t-shirt)-
I have been reading this series since, forever! I love it. As one person said the characters are old friends now! My favorite and biggest nail biter was New York to Dallas! I won’t be a spoiler, but this book answered some big questions.
I LOVE ROARK-who wouldn’t?
and Mavis, Peabody, everybody especially Eve!
Sue

Mare January 14, 2014 at 5:19 PM

What a great site. So glad I found it. I am a avid reader and own all of the “In Death” series book by J.D Robb. This is one of the very few series that I absolutely love. Can’t seem to get enough of Eve & Roake. The entire list of Characters work so well together and yes even Summerset LOL. Who ever is just starting this series or half way through, keep on reading as it just gets better and better. I so hope Nora Roberts NEVER stops writing the “In Death Series”

Helen January 25, 2014 at 9:13 PM

What book was it where Trueheart was hurt chasong aa suspect in the subway

Carolyn February 3, 2014 at 8:43 PM

I was just reading Nora’s BoonsBoro in Series and one of the romantic bedrooms in the Inn is named Eve & Roarke (others Elizabeth & Darcy, Buttercup & Westley, Marguerite & Percy, etc) and I had never heard of this couple. What a delightful surprise. I can’t wait to start this series. Isn’t she clever to plug her own works?

saun February 6, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Hi,
Just stumbled on your site , looking for the correct order of Eve Dallas.
Still complicated (above 10-15 it always does ;-( ).
I thought I had read them all. Now I can try to order them and read the ones I missed.(there were just posted some 50)

Please If you could include the correct number
(evt the correct reading order) would be a big help.( You did but I’m Lazy!)

Personal comments.
I like stories and TV series with strong women. So Eve Dallas and Anita Blake among others (A.B sometimes boring with the complicated sex scenes but i like her)
TV-serials like Against the Wall/Missing(2012)/Being Erica/ Tru Calling/ In Plain Sight/Unforgettable(wrong choices in men!? whatever)/Fairly Legal/Crossing Jordan show that the people that make the decisions are more interested in brothel series(bachelor/ millionaire/farmer) and i miss out.Still can review them!!

P.S.
I read some comments around appropriatenes for 11(now 12!] yr old girls to read Eve Dallas.
1. start with the first one.
2. If she doesn’t like it or she’s not ready she’ll tell you. She could make a lot worser choices.
3.Reading a well-written novel never does any harm,(it may give you trouble !!-( if she wants to talk about it and the world and attitudes portrayed). Makes you think!
4.If she has enough alternatives she’ll make her own choice.

Sorry. Your site got me talking(;-)
Gr.Saun.

Lea February 15, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Just want to say I have been reading Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb since I found one of her NR books. Looked up all the rest and ther I went.
I have been an avid reader since I was very young, but 5 years ago I was in an auto accident, that left me unable to comfortably read any book, browsing is not reading.
I received an iPad mini as a gift for Christmas and tried to read from that,
I am thrilled to say I can!
So I looked up “The in Death” series I was behind on, including the hardcovers on my shelf, I ordered all that I have so far missed and along with the trilogy of the Mongomery brothers, I have read and am on my 8th book.
So thankful,. Love your site and will visit it again.
I love series with all the characters evolve. Now what woman wouldn’t want to be in Eve’s shoes? ;)
Great work, and I may just reread Naked in Death as it has been so very long ago.
Thanks so much!
By the way just started New York to Dallas.
Keep up the great work!!!!!

saun February 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Hi,
Just finished them all, I think? (being sick in bed helped).
I loved the introduction of the roma dancer beate.
It was more an anita blake like setting, and I realise as Dallas she had to stop the Gift. But — (I liked the concept).
I still have the idea I miss some periods in time (that’s i realise a personal problem while only watching all kind of TV-series when I have the whole season).There are so many characters I really have to do some thinking inbetween.
Gr. Saun

Sara February 19, 2014 at 11:22 PM

I was just wondering if anyone has noticed a difference in the style of her writing. Especially in her last couple of books.

Saun February 20, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Hi Sara,
It’s like a very large extended family to me. No chance to stand still at her style i go to fast into her stories.
I would have to read them in order from the start. (still confused about the order ;-( )
I’m glad about Robb’s imagination.She writes very well about the (very) young.(Bella ,Roarke’s cousin and the survivor Nickie(i think) .the scene at the medal and later was well expressed!

I’ll keep enjoying them , and with xxk books at home Dallas ranks HIGH.
Gr.Saun.

Barbara February 27, 2014 at 8:01 PM

I have now read all the books and not necessarily in order (Started in the middle and worked up and then back down) Love every book and all the regular characters and can’t wait for the next one. However, Sara, I agree with you that the last two books especially, seemed to be more like a formula. A little disappointing as I just love the books where so many sub plots are going on at the same time. I will keep reading, but hope she returns to her old style.

Carina March 17, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I’ve always been a Nora Roberts fan, but somehow I couldn’t read the In Death series when they came out in ’95. However in mid 2012 I was reminded that I’d never read a boring Nora Roberts so I’d better start. Luckily for me, I started with the first two, after that I got them out of sequence, but continued collecting them both in Kindle format as well as paperback. I can’t say I’ve noticed a difference in her writing, but I was thinking the other day, what happens when Nora Roberts no longer writes? Will someone buy the copyright to continue them? I LOVE the series, especially the futuristic aspects, so even if you start reading them today, they’re not out of date cos they’re set in 2058+ . My favourite is Survivor in Death and the only one I haven’t read twice is Betrayal in Death. From all I’ve read on this site, I see that I’ve been missing out on the audiobooks. That’s next. Meanwhile, I can’t wait for Concealed in Death. I keep hoping a marernal relative of Eve’s will show up, so she doesn’t feel she came from two bad people.

Carina March 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

*Maternal relative of Eve’s…sorry

Saun March 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Hallo carina a.o.

A Vision about Eve/Nora.
Just remember the complexity and all the characters!!

I See a BIG room with 3 à 6 whiteboards or very big screens.
On it ALL the persons with all personal data, with all the personal timelines the connecting timelines the relations etc. etc.

all the interrelations . Eve or Nora, the same problems .
Where Who What How etc.

Big compliments to J.D.Robb to every time come up with a new part in or of the puzzle.

Greetings.Saun

linda s March 25, 2014 at 6:28 PM

The in death series is fantastic. I have heard that the tv series Castle is a take off. But I would love to see a movie of one of the actual stories.

Gini March 30, 2014 at 3:52 AM

Love the series, but missing the one when Eve’s mother dies (YEAH) Can anyone tell me which book this please?

mrsbaytree March 31, 2014 at 5:36 AM

Hi Gini, the book you wanting is Memory in Death.

Sue March 31, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Hi Gini,, The book Memory in Death is her foster mother and the one her birth mother is New York To Dallas..

Jill April 12, 2014 at 1:09 AM

I LOVE!!!!! the In Death series. A friend gave me a few books and I loved them. I got a nook and have been able to start at the beginning and have now read 39 of her books. I just finished Concealed in Death. I am anxiously awaiting hew next books.

DArrant April 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Recently re-read Innocent in Death. Did Eve kill Magdalena in one of the later books? If yes, which one? (Maybe this was just wishful thinking..)

Tina April 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM

The last bood I read was that Dalls was going to be in a wedding…I know there was going to be a shower and stuff…dont remember the name of the book, would like to know so I can continue reading the series…..I sure hope you can help!!!! thanks so much, just email me the name of book and I can take it from there by fowwling the list you have posted.
Have a great day!!!!
Tina

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