Finally I have read a Nora Roberts book, beginning to end--Blue Smoke. It was pretty good. Usually snappy dialogue, convincing enough psychopath. Appealingly goofy hero, smart heroine. Roberts obviously had done a lot of research into fires and that only once or twice felt info-dumpy and usually was interesting (even during the dump moments). The perfect family got annoying now and then.
It's not going to haunt me like the best books, but if the woman can produce something that good after all these years and all those books then I get her popularity. Consistency's worth a lot. Also I kept reading when I had other things to do.