Fans of Nora Roberts (aka J. D. Robb), get excited! The coming months bring several new Nora Roberts books to the shelves, including brand-new installments in the In Death series, as well as a suspenseful mystery and a dystopian fantasy. Not only are these new Nora Roberts books sure to be well-written, but they continue to show the author’s incredible versatility. We can’t wait to see what’s in store in the world of Roberts’s new dystopian fantasy series, Chronicles of the One, which kicked off in 2017 with Year One and continues in 2018 with Of Blood and Bone. If you look forward to new Nora Roberts books all year long, here’s what you can expect from the Queen of Romance this year, publishers’ descriptions and release dates included below.
Dark in Death by J. D. Robb
It was a stab in the dark.
On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.
Then, as Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an unexpected source: an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime — from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. Cops look for patterns of behavior: similar weapons, similar MOs. But this killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and if the theory holds, this may be only the second of a long-running series.
The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research. The bad news is that time is running out before the next victim plays an unwitting role in a murderer’s deranged private drama — and only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone horribly, destructively wrong.
From the author of Echoes in Death, this is the latest of the edgy, phenomenally popular police procedurals that Publishers Weekly calls “inventive, entertaining, and clever.”
Release date: January 30, 2018
Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts
It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at a video game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.
The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies’ room, helplessly clutching her cell phone — until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.
But one person wasn’t satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait — and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.
Release date: May 29, 2018
Leverage in Death by J. D. Robb
When Paul Rogan sets off a bomb at his office, killing eleven people, no one can understand why. He was a loving husband and father, with everything to live for. Then his wife and daughter are found chained up in the family home, and everything becomes clear. Rogan had been given a horrifying choice — set off the bomb, or see his loved ones suffer and die.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows the violence won’t end here. The men behind the attack are determined, organized and utterly ruthless. In this shocking and challenging case, both Eve and husband Roarke are heading into serious danger.
Release date: September 4, 2018
Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the epic Year One returns with a new tale of terror and magick in a brand new world.
Release date: December 4, 2018
Which of these new Nora Roberts books are you most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments!