Ceremony in Death Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1997
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Suddenly, illegals are found in his system during a routine autopsy that require investigation on a need to know basis, followed by said cop's granddaughter's note to Eve asking for an urgent and secret meet. Intrigued yet? Well, that's only the beginning ...
It feels like the author has done some serious research into both, Wicca and the Occult - essentially white and black magic, Witchcraft versus Satanism that a lot of people have difficulty differentiating between. The same goes for Dallas, Lieutenant Eve. She has quite a learning curve ahead and J D Robb did a wonderful job describing the same, too. Oh, and did I mention that the White Witch's mate's father was a serial killer?
As always, this adventure grips the reader from beginning to end, with an ending that is not at all as expected. J D Robb is something of an expert when it comes to creating suspense, mystery as well as weaving in red herrings ... as well as having our heroine going off in the wrong direction. And it all makes perfect sense.
The awkward social issue in this case? Not too much, actually. There is Mavis' Halloween Party predecessed by a visit to Trina which Eve dreads with a vengeance and usually with good reason as she tends to be submitted to treatments she never agreed to as well as little tattooes seem to suddenly be discovered somewhere on her body. In this storyline, Eve also has a falling out with her mentor Feeney and her aid Peabody ... nothing major, really. It is an interesting and entertaining sideline, nonetheless.
Having now read most of the books in this series, J D Robb still manages to surprise, come up with interesting issues and subject matters, and present new, insightful and intriguing cases.
In Ceremony in death, Eve is forced to investigate the death of a fellow officer. Her investigation leads her to satanic cults, Wiccan religious groups, and more murders. It seems that everyone Eve questions ends up getting killed and soon Eve herself is the target. Eve is disturbed by the ritualistic killings, especially given her own abused background. And she has no shortage of suspects.
The attraction of the series is the mix of suspense and romance- all meshed into a great murder mystery. Its nice to continually follow the same main characters. Their complex and evolving relationship are what keep me reaching for the next book. Too often, storys concentrate on the courtship, but the Death series proves that marriage/committment are just as complelling, romantic and sexy. Eve and Roarke have a great partnership and chemistry that has been evident since their first meeting in book 1, Naked in Death.
While Ceremony in Death is the 5th book, those who haven't read the earlier novels won't get confused as each book is essentially self contained. But loyal readers are rewarded as familiar characters are brought back--like Mavis, Peabody, Fenney and the butler. But prior knowledge of the series isn't required- in fact, I read book 1 Naked in Death and then this one..and have read some of the others out of order.
As usual J.D. Robb jumps into the action right away, with the death of Frank Wojinski, a cop that served as Feeney's trainer when Eve's friend and mentor joined the force. The death was ruled as a heart attack, but there are some unanswered questions, especially since the cop was young: sixty-two years old! One of the granddaughters of the deceased, Alice, surreptitiously asks Eve for a meeting claiming that Eve's life is in danger. Alice tells Eve that she believes a black witch called Selina is involved in her granddad's death.
Selina was seen shortly before Frank's death selling drugs to him, so now Eve is asked to investigate Frank's death and to determine whether he was a dirty cop or was just working undercover by his own volition. To make matters worse, traces of the drug Zeus were found in the body and Eve is asked to leave Feeney out of the investigation and in the dark.Read more ›
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She can do no wrong in my eyes!
I am slowly becoming obsessed with this series!
Once again another decadent, page turner that leaves you wanting more!
I have read all of thse books in the series and find myself watching for the new ones light readingPublished on March 20 2013 by beverly bressette
This is the second book of the IN DEATH series I've read. GLORY IN DEATH was the first I'd read. Yes, GLORY is #2 in the series and CEREMONY is #5 -- I'm skipping because these... Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by Jacqueline
Eve does not believe in magic, but it seems that everyone around her does. Unfortunately, many of those that believe are ending up dead. Read morePublished on May 1 2003 by JBogue
I just finished this book a couple days ago. It was great as all the In Death series are. It got me though. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2003
I have read all of J.D. Robb's books from the first until the last which was Seduction in Death, I really must say that if you love books that are fast-paced and has a storyline... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2002 by Rosalyn Jackson
J.D. Robb continues to impress me with her "In Death" series. "Ceremony in Death" continues the tradition of excellence, providing an exciting, unsettling, and... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2002 by Sophie