List of the J.D. Robb Books In Order For the In Death Series

Last Updated on February 7, 2022 When it comes to romantic suspense that transcends time, J.D. Robb is the name everyone should be familiar with. Her In Death futuristic romantic suspense series has captured the hearts of millions of readers all around the world since 1995. Currently, the series is still going strong with over 50 books published to date (and many more if we consider the novellas and short stories as well).

Here are all the J.D. Robb books in her In Death series in order (I don’t know why I prefer the name ‘Eve Dallas series‘) for the currently published more than 50 full-length novels and several novellas, starting with Naked In Death, to Abandoned in Death – her latest book in the series published in 2022.

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Abandoned in Death

Abandoned in Death, (In Death #54) 2022

J.D. Robb Books In Order For The In Death Series

  1. Naked In Death (In Death #1), 1995
  2. Glory In Death (In Death #2), 1995
  3. Immortal In Death (In Death #3), 1996
  4. Rapture In Death (In Death #4), 1996
  5. Ceremony In Death (In Death #5), 1997
  6. Vengeance in Death (In Death #6), 1997
  7. Holiday In Death (In Death #7), 1998
  8. Midnight In Death (In Death #7.5), 1998 (novella) (also included in the Silent Night collection of stories)
  9. Conspiracy In Death (In Death #8), 1999
  10. Loyalty In Death (In Death #9), 1999
  11. Witness In Death (In Death #10), 2000
  12. Judgement In Death (In Death #11), 2000
  13. Betrayal In Death (In Death #12), 2001
  14. Interlude In Death (In Death #12.5), 2001
  15. Seduction In Death (In Death #13), 2001
  16. Reunion In Death (In Death #14), 2002
  17. Purity In Death (In Death #15), 2002
  18. Portrait In Death (In Death #16), 2003
  19. Imitation In Death (In Death #17), 2003
  20. Remember When (In Death #17.5), 2003
  21. Divided In Death (In Death #18), 2004
  22. Visions In Death (In Death #19), 2004
  23. Survivor In Death (In Death #20), 2005
  24. Origin In Death (In Death #21), 2005
  25. Memory In Death (In Death #22), 2006
  26. Haunted In Death (In Death #22.5), 2006 (also included in the Bump In The Night collection of stories)
  27. Born In Death (In Death #23), 2006
  28. Innocent In Death (In Death #24), 2007
  29. Eternity In Death (In Death #24.5), 2007 (also included in the Dead Of Night collection of stories and in Time Of Death)
  30. Creation In Death (In Death #25), 2007
  31. Strangers In Death (In Death #26), 2008
  32. Salvation In Death (In Death #27), 2008
  33. Ritual In Death (In Death #27.5), 2008 (also included in Time Of Death and in Suite 666)
  34. Promises In Death (In Death #28), 2009
  35. Kindred In Death (In Death #29), 2009
  36. Missing In Death (In Death #29.5), 2009 (also included in The Lost collection of stories)
  37. Fantasy In Death (In Death #30), 2010
  38. Indulgence In Death (In Death #31), 2010
  39. Possession In Death (In Death #31.5), 2010 (also included in The Other Side collection of stories)
  40. Treachery In Death (In Death #32), 2011
  41. New York To Dallas (In Death #33), 2011 (yep, it’s the first In Death book which doesn’t have the words in the title)
  42. Chaos In Death (In Death #33.5), 2011 (also included in The Unquiet collection of stories)
  43. Celebrity In Death (In Death #34), 2012
  44. Delusion In Death (In Death #35), 2012
  45. Calculated In Death (In Death #36), 2013
  46. Thankless In Death (In Death #37), 2013
  47. Taken In Death (In Death #37.5), 2013 (also included in Mirror, Mirror collection of stories)
  48. Concealed In Death (In Death #38), 2014
  49. Festive In Death (In Death #39), 2014
  50. Obsession In Death (In Death #40), 2015
  51. Devoted In Death (In Death #41), 2015
  52. Wonderment In Death (In Death #41.5), 2015
  53. Brotherhood In Death (In Death #42), 2016
  54. Apprentice In Death (In Death #43), 2016
  55. Echoes In Death (In Death #44), 2017
  56. Secrets In Death (In Death #45), 2017
  57. Dark In Death (In Death #46), 2018
  58. Leverage in Death (In Death #47), 2018
  59. Connections in Death (In Death #48), 2019
  60. Vendetta in Death (In Death #49), 2019
  61. Golden in Death (In Death #50), 2020
  62. Shadows in Death (In Death #51), 2020
  63. Faithless in Death (In Death #52), 2021
  64. Forgotten in Death (In Death #53), 2021
  65. Abandoned in Death (In Death #54), 2022

(note: there are two novellas published: Remember When (Eve Dallas #17.5) and Big Jack. Big Jack is part #2 of Remember When. The first part of Remember When is a sequel to the book called Hot Rocks written under Nora Roberts). So if you only want to read the J.D. Robb story, read only the second part of Remember When.)

About J.D. Robb Biography and Bibliography

J.D. Robb is the pen name of the popular writer Nora Roberts. The J.D. Robb books in order focus on Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her sexy hubby Roarke, who solve crimes in New York in the mid-21st century.

While the series is set in the future and there are some gadgets, tools, cars (ok flying cars and spaceships), the books are really contemporary in nature. They are not sci-fi thrillers, but tried and tested romantic suspense series.

An already established author, J.D. Robb decided (at the nudging of her agent)  to start writing under a new alias to capture a different kind of audience for a new series she wanted to start – a new futuristic crime mystery series, feeling that this series will be less in line with what she’s been writing so far.

J. D. RobbAnd the J.D. Robb In Death Series was born. Sometimes I believe Nora Roberts is better known under this new alias than under her real name because In Death is that popular.

When I first came across one of the In Death novels, I’d never heard of Nora Roberts before, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Of course, by now I have read almost all Nora Roberts books as well, but the J.D. Robb books series is still much better in my opinion. So a new star was born, on that hope will keep the light shining above her loyal readers for many more years to come.

Reading the J.D. Robb series in order means one thing only: reading her In Death (aka lieutenant Eve Dallas) novels. This alias has only one series of books, which are still going strong even after 42 books in the series (with the latest one, Brotherhood in Death, published in 2016).

I have to admit, I love the In Death series. Very much so. Her books around police detective lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke, make my heart beat fast even now, after years of having read the first installment, Naked In Death.

The series is set some years in the future (when intergalactic travel is a very normal thing to do if you have the money for it), although to be honest, the only futuristic aspect is this travel between planets, stars, and moons.

Everything else is a typical (and very good) romantic suspense series with some very hot, clever and lovely people (especially Eve’s husband Roarke, and also the cutie detective Delia Peabody, as well as many other characters that have their own charms).

Nora Roberts, aka J.D. Robb, so far sold over 400 million of her books in print (this includes both books by her real name and her alias). She is, in fact, only one of the two most influential authors out of 100 that the Times magazine wrote about in 2007. With her J.D. Robb alias alone, she sold more than one million books on Kindle. And that was only in the early year, 2011.

While the J.D. Robb series does tend to be a bit repetitive and formulaic if you read them in order one after another one without pause, they are still some of the best romantic suspense novels of all times and people buy them as soon as the latest J.D. Robb books are out.

Even the shorter novellas like Midnight in Death are actually fully fleshed-out books with a whole complex storyline. The only difference is that they have fewer pages.

We first meet lieutenant Eve Dallas in Naked In Death as a rookie NYPD detective who meets her husband Roarke, the attractive Irish Billionaire. Their attraction to each other started from the first moment they saw each other.

Here is one of my favorite quotes from the first book, one that is still relevant in the very latest J.D. Robb book as well, after well over 40 books and adventures together.

… he turned his head, looked five pews back across the aisle and directly into Eve’s eyes. It was surprise that had her fighting not to jolt at that sudden and unexpected punch of power. It was will that kept her from blinking or shifting her gaze. For one humming minute they stared at each other…

Some of the books in the J.D. Robb book list have violence (when the murder scenes are described) and there is sex involved (between Eve and Roarke, of course). Hot, steamy sex. So beware, if you want your books squeaky clean, the J.D. Robb Death series might not be for you. But who am I kidding, I haven’t personally (or online) met so far anyone who said No to this awesome romantic suspense futuristic cop series, the perfect beach read.

So should we read the J D Robb books in chronological order for her lieutenant Eve Dallas series? While each story is different in terms of solving a particular case, I strongly suggest you read them in the right chronological order. The main and secondary characters are all the same, and you will get to learn not only their interaction with each other but also their development and evolution within the settings of the books.

Just getting to know Eve and her husband Roarke and following their ongoing romance (even as a married couple) is something well worth sticking with. If only real life were the same…

One of the books I have reviewed in the series, Festive In Death, was published in 2014 and it was the 39th book in the J.D. Robb series. Only three short years, and now we are at #20 with Golden in Death, to be published early 2020.

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  1. Cathy Barber says:

    Just read through the series to book #55 – this is my second time reading through and was the first thing I had to do on my retirement bucket list.

  2. Karen-Claire Voss says:

    Love all the JDRobb books. Am now rereading them ALL in order. My library loves me.

  3. Nancy Howard says:

    I’ve read the series twice when is the next book coming out

  4. Sandy says:

    I have loved everyone ! Up to # 54 as I’m reading it seems like I’ve traded Abandoned in death . The only thing I can figure is another author wrote one or so close to it . Keep them coming . Loved them since the first one I picked up.

  5. Patricia March says:

    Can’t wait for the next one to come out. I’m always on the waiting list. I feel I know all the characters like they were old friends. I picture each one in my mind from Nora Roberts description of each of them. Please keep writing. I look forward to the next one and I hope many more. Eve, Roake and their Family and Friends are totally believable. Please keep them coming. I live in South Australia 🇦🇺 .

  6. Kelli says:

    I’d like to know in which book Rourke finds his family in Ireland and also in which one Eve goes back to Dallas.

    Thank you, Readers!

    • lu says:

      Kelli :
      Roarke finds his family in “Portrait in Death” Eve goes to Dallas in “New York to Dallas”

  7. Graham Simm says:

    Thougherly enjoyed (and still reading) the “in death” series. They have helped me get through the pandemic lock downs, well entertained me and stopped me going mad whilst in lockdown. Thank you Nora Roberts (aka J D Robb)

  8. Audrey says:

    I recently purchased through Amazon the In Death series in order.

    I missed so much by not having read them in order from the first.

    I’m now on books 29 & 30 and really like being able to “round out” the characters by reading them (again) in order.

    I’ve the 2021 release at home (in hardcover) and waiting until I’ve gotten to that point to read it. (It’s really hard, but I can do it!)

    Thank you for Eve and Roarke, etc. I really am able to chuckle at some of their antic, interactions, etc. (By the way, I want a “Roarke”!)

  9. Lee Howard says:

    OMG! I’ve read every book and enjoyed them all. When is the next book coming out?

    • Peggy says:

      I absolutely love this series and have all of them in audio format. I just pre-ordered that latest one. Can hardly wait! In the past year I have listened to the entire series again.

  10. Liz Kolacny says:

    My daughter and I have read every Eve book and are amazed that we never tire of them. We do prefer the ones where Eve, Roark or someone they love is captured or in grave danger. Of course Eve and or Roark always save the day. Those seem to have more suspense and make us stay awake reading until our eyes simply won’t stay open. Long live Eve and Roark! Please keep the series going.

  11. Armeda FairchildI says:

    I have been reading Nora Roberts since she started in the 1980,s Even had my picture taken with Nora when she came to a book signing in Ga. Very cool. And yes I agree that none of her books should be made into movies. It actually changes the book and isn’t want the writer wrote. I read The Color Purple and then it came on Tv and I was very disappointed.
    So lets keep reading them as fast as they hit the book stores.

    • Rosemary Pizzullo says:

      Sue Grafton was right about not having any of her books made into a movie. I hope her family honor her wishes. I saw Janet Evanovich’s “One For The Money”. It was very disappointing.

      I don’t think I would get hook on book series. I have read all the series. I was never disappointed. Keep up the good work, J.D. Robb. I look forward to reading new ones in the series.

  12. Kim S Toombs says:

    I HAVE to read a book series in order. My type A personality I guess. I started many years ago with Naked in death and ‘ Dark in death(46), a few moments ago. I don’t get much time to read and I like to read other authors in between, so it has taken me about 15 years to get this far. I have enjoyed every book and have not once stopped mid book without finishing. I’m also one of those people who cannot read more than one book at a time. I get too involved with the characters to do that. I do also read Nora Roberts but admit, its been a while as they were becoming predictable. I’m sure I will go back. Anyway, I have to go. On to #47, Leverage in death, here I come!! 🙂

  13. J. Kaplan says:

    I just finished Golden In Death. When do you think the next book will come out?

    • Joani Drew says:

      I have also become an addicted to this “in death series….have 3 books to go,….and I hope there are more ! Please let there be more

  14. Sarah A Taylor says:

    To Noelle Holmes – February 2020
    I found taken in Death on Ebay with 2 other stories and Wonderment in Death in the compilation down the Rabbit Hole also on Ebay.

  15. Janice Mire says:


  16. Noel Holmes says:

    I am wondering if someone can tell me where I can purchase Taken in Death and Wonderment in Death, I’ve purchase what I thought was the Books and to my dismay had received the Audio Copies, I would like to purchase the Books if they are available.. My wife is a lover of this In Death Series, She has read every copy to date and because I have purchased them she is starting to re read them. I have these two books in Audio CDs but cannot listen to them till I buy another CD Player, I now own a copy of ever book in the In Death Series, that includes the last one 50th edition Golden in Death, which was released here on the 4th Feb, 2020. If anyone could assist me in location these 2 books in Book form would most appreciated. thank you.

  17. Doug Vouchell says:

    My wife and I started the series together in audio book format. We are almost through the entire series. We have laughed, cried and feel like we know all of these people personally. It has been an amazing adventure!

  18. frances silva says:

    Keep writing i got my daughter hook on the death series. Even if Dallas gets pregnant it shouldn’t interfere also when is Peabody getting married

  19. Delores says:

    ?I started listening to Eve Dallas & Roake in the middle and then I wanted to know what happen to Eve to make her the way she was SHE IS ALITTLE UNEDUCATED ABOUT life she asks some of the childest questions like who decide why men should wear suit and ladies should wear dresses

  20. Delores says:

    ?I started listening to Eve Dallas & Roake in the middle and then I wanted to know what happen to Eve to make her the way she was SHE IS ALITTLE UNEDUCATED ABOUT life she asks some of the childest questions like who decide why men should wear suit and ladies should wear dresses



  22. Mystery Sequels says:

    @Denise Webb A new one is coming out this September, followed by one next February.

  23. Ebby says:

    In which book did Eve and Roarke go the the premiere of ” The Icove Agenda”? I know it was before the movie won the
    Academy Award for Nadine and after “Celebrity in Death”

  24. Denise Webb says:

    When is the new one coming out?. Can’t wait!

  25. Rose Marie H says:

    I can never get enough of these book. Totally in love with them. I can never put them down. Very addictive. Working on getting the whole collection so I can start from the very beginning. Continue the great work!!

  26. Jj says:

    Please tell what title is it when Peabody is hiding in basement/locker room and overhears bad cops?

  27. Christina Dorsey says:

    I love the Eve Dallas Series also, and was very surprised when I learned she was Nora Roberts being a fan of hers also. Roberts/Robb has such a wonderful imagination. Some of her Roberts books would not appeal to all because they are basically love stories. Then you have the books that have the supernatural mixed in, psychological thrillers and crime stories also. So for those who love these books give Roberts a chance you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

    • Patti Cooley says:

      I too love the JD Robb books with Eve Dallas. I read my first one 15-20 years ago. Over the years, I have read all the books up to and including Treachery In Death. I refuse to get rid of any and have a whole bookcase shelf full of them.

      Because of various health problems, I slacked off in my reading, but started reading again and will pick up on the Eve Dallas books again. I can’t wait to get started. Also, I agree that you must read them in order to really get to know the characters.

  28. Paul B Davis says:

    I got hooked on the In Death series by accident and now have made reading every book # 1`on my Bucket List. If I had know about Eve and Roake before I would have retired years ago. However, I totoally disagree with making a TV series out of these books. The beauty of reading is that each reader creates the perfect way the characters look, their expressions and their actions and that is what makes reading so much fun. You create the perfect mental picture that suits what you are reading. If the books are ever translated into a TV show the appearance of the characters will be in some casting director’s image not mine and I will be turned off because I now am imprinted with my mental images.

    • CJ says:

      I love this series, and as for making movies from it – I so agree never doing that; I have watched movies taken from books that liked, and my fantasy image was so totally NOT THE SAME

  29. Laura says:

    Love, love, love the In death series! Love the characters! I especially loved the first one, Naked in Death, which I have read multiple times. I’d love to see Eve get pregnant, but I certainly wouldn’t want the series to end! These are by far my favorite books. ( And I have never read any Nora Roberts book. I don’t go for that kind).

    • Carol Cotsonis says:

      I agree about Eve and Roarke becoming parents (and Summerset, godfather?? nanny? and sibling rivalry for Galahad.) I am sure it will be a huge challenge for Nora Roberts but she can do it!!

  30. J. Glasser says:

    I’m not reading or listening in order. Trying to. Nora said she will stop the series when Eve becomes pregnant.
    Too bad. I would love to see how Eve would handle pregnant, and having a baby handed to her.
    Love the books. Just wish I knew about them when they started.

  31. Faith says:

    I got bored and borrowed #1 of the In Death series. WOW! I love my new addiction with that series. I had months to enjoy catching up with each book in the series order. Then, caught up, waiting for the next book was tough. I can’t have enough of Eve’s and Rourke’s adventures.

    My sincere thank you, J D Robb.

  32. Janielle says:

    If you start on immortal in death first then read the first two will you be lost in immortal in death? Asking cause im waiting on the library to send me the first two but i want to read already.

    • Mystery Sequels says:

      You won’t really be lost as each book has a separate case that Eve deal with. The reason why is best to read the books in order is because of the developing famous relationship between Eve and Rourke. In later books they might be in a different stage of relationship, so when you go back to earlier books it might feel like you already know the spoiler. But lost, no, you won’t be.

    • Colleen says:

      When the library is too slow, I go the ebook route thru media on demand or overdrive. I typically get them right away as most people have already read the oldest. Also, they have the collection books, where you can get several books in one and all in order! When I found those, they became my go to and now I’m caught up to 2016 already!

  33. Barbara ward says:

    I like them listed in the order they were written. This way you know who the people are who are added as their friends.

  34. tabatha viger says:

    I love this series. I have read them and reread them many times. I have said for years, I wish they would make a tv series out of these. The one that played on castle would be a great person to play eve.

  35. Katherine Steele says:

    I agree that these series should be made into movies. A T.V. series (Amazon, Netflix…) would be a huge hit!
    I would not want to see Eve and Roarke having a baby!

  36. Linda says:

    Just Don’t Stop! ! !

  37. ss says:

    someone suggested Marisa Hargitay would make a good Eve…no way ! She is too heavy.
    Stana Katic would be better. and Matt Bomer would be perfect for Roarke

    • Cathi Todd says:

      Don’t know them I guess I’m older and don’t watch a lot of tv. I drive a truck and listen on audio. But I would b willing to stop on the night it comes on.

    • Sherry says:

      Good grief no. This would take new people. Stana doesn’t have the look I imagine Eve does. The hard cop look mixed with female, with some muscled hard body. Matt Bomer doesn’t have the Irish look, nor the gleam in his eye. He doesn’t have the knowledge of the world and its workings, anti-cop except for Eve and that bunch, look.

      Completely new people with no history. No shows you’d remember them in or played in.

    • Terri Buccarelli says:

      Stanic & Bomer would be perfect!
      But then I think Matt Bomer is perfect! 🙂

  38. Jacque Bradley says:

    Thank you for compiling this list. I collect her books through various sources, so I like to keep updated with the series. I really enjoy the characters of these stories and novels.

  39. Wanda says:

    I just read Midnight in Death, but do not see it listed. I had every book in the series until I downsized in fall of 2015 and would like to know what books have been published, in death series only, since that time.

    • Wanda says:

      Just realized it is listed…# 8. I thought it was a new book I downloaded, now I am very confused.

      • Mystery Sequels says:

        Yes it is a novella published in 1998. The story takes place between Holiday in Death and Conspiracy in Death.

        As people seem to get confused by the numbering before the book names, I have changed it, so now 7.5 is in fact novella #7.5 to avoid any confusions 🙂

  40. Henri says:

    I love Dallas and Roake.they were made for each other. Peabody is good also.all the people that works with Eve are awesome.hope she never stops writing.i have read just about every book written,waiting for more

  41. Janice Mire says:

    Can you list in chronological order the sequence in Eve’s life. I have all the books in order of publication but not in sequence. Thanks.

    • Mystery Sequels says:

      The sequence is pretty much the same as the publication order. I’ve read all (except the latest one) and the story basically continues from book to book.

  42. Janice Mire says:

    I would love for someone to make these In Death series into TV series. I think Marisa Hargitay would make an awesome Eve Dallas. I think this would be a success just as much as Law and Order:SVU. Hopefully someone will think this would make a great series. I love these books so much, I can hardly wait for the next one to come out. I’m now trying to get all of the books in the series. I foolishly gave a bunch of books to Goodwill and now I decided I want to save all of them. Keep writing J D. Don’t care about titles although I am sure there are plenty more you can one up with….. JUST PLEASE DON’T STOP WRITING ABOUT EVE AND ROARKE. LOVE THEM. THANKS.

    • Cathi Todd says:

      I agree 110% I’m so disappointed that I’ve finished all of them and I miss them.! My husband even listened and he is missing Peabody

  43. Sheri C says:

    This list is still in the order that the books were published. That is not what I call the chronological sequence for reading. I would like to see a list chronologically in Eve’s life.

    • Jessica says:

      I have the entire series and the list above is the sequence that I read them. It is a pretty accurate list if you are looking for the order to read them.

      • Leslie Anne Hiar says:

        I have read every one starting with Naked in death and was hooked looking forward to the new one
        but i must say reading in order is the only way you can see the characters progress it is the best series i have read in along time.

    • Joann says:

      This list is in the order of Eve’s life. it just includes the Novella’s which aren’t exactly a part of her life timeline but do fit. Try reading them and you will see for yourself.

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