Friday, March 1, 2019

Review - Ceremony in Death

Title:  Ceremony in Death
Author:  J.D. Robb
Series:  In Death #5
Genre:  Detective Fiction
Publisher:  Berkley Publishing Group
Format:  Kindle
Date of Publication:  December 1, 2003
No. of pages: 327
My Rating:  4 Stars


Conducting a top secret investigation into the death of a fellow police officer has Lieutenant Eve Dallas treading on dangerous ground. She must put professional ethics before personal loyalties. But when a dead body is placed outside her home, Eve takes the warnning personally. With her husband, Roarke, watching her every move, Eve is drawn into the most dangerous case of her career. Every step she takes makes her question her own beliefs of right and wrong--and brings her closer to a confrontation with humanity's most seductive form of evil...


Things are never easy for Lieutenant Eve Dallas. A fellow police officer has died and the investigation is extremely challenging. One of the issues Eve must contend with is that the circumstances surrounding the death, and that of another person, are rooted in pure evil.

As a matter of fact, when it came to the subject matter at hand, I wasn't so sure that I could finish this book. Eve must contend with an element new to her, Wiccans and Satanists. In the process of her investigation, Eve isn't so sure the practices have merit, enough merit to be responsible for the gruesome murders.

Meanwhile, Eve is at odds with a fellow officer more than once in this story. Add to this the ever-present danger facing Eve at every turn and what you have is another excellent book in this series. As always, Roarke is front and center when it comes to keeping Eve safe, especially when she gets a little too close to danger. All the while, Roake and Eve draw ever closer together.

This series is excellent so far, although I am only five books in. I look forward to reading each and every entry in this ongoing series. It is full of suspense, romance and just a bit of a futuristic edge. 


Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.
She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.
Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.
Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together
Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.
Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”

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