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Ceremony in Death (In Death Series) Audio CD – CD, December 1, 2012
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- ASIN : 1469264625
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (December 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 9781469264622
- ISBN-13 : 978-1469264622
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.13 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,480,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ceremony in Death is the fifth installment of the series. There is a subtle series arc running through where characters have been introduced and become fixtures, private development between friends and romance has developed, and a couple reference back to stuff that happened on certain cases. I say all that to advice readers to get these in order, but also to acknowledge that a person can read them standalone or out of order to a certain extent.
In this latest, Eve is up against a personal conflict because her commander is ordering her to work alone and tell no one- even Feeney who will never forgive her if he learns she hid this from him. But, she is also up against a killer who doesn't hide evil, but embraces it. Satanists, Wiccans, and a trail of bloody death.
I appreciate how the author not only delivers a good murder mystery, but many times infuses thought-provoking aspects that challenge Eve to analyze what she thinks about a philosophical, cultural, social, or religious more. In this case, its religion and superstition. Eve deals in facts and won't countenance the idea that the spiritual or beliefs are real.
I want to say that I found this a powerful story and really loved it. I'm going to bring up a few things that may make it sound like I didn't, but I really do- in spite of these issues, shall we say? So, I was totally into this one and it was on its way to five stars, but I couldn't do it.
The mystery in this one was obvious from the beginning and it frustrated me to no end that Eve latched onto every theory, but the right one. In fact, one of her arrests drove me nuts because I felt she wasn't even looking beyond the pat set up. She's shown more intuitiveness in the past and just flat out shut that stuff down in this book. I felt she was so fixated on sneering and denying these folks- the Wiccans in particular- because they had beliefs that made her uncomfortable that she really didn't stay objective enough and got downright mean and cruel to the suspect and to her co-workers. She recognizes that she owes poor Peabody and Feeney apologies and delivers them which is something I really love about the way the author wrote her. She screws up, but she owns it and owns it to others. It was a nice touch to see her struggle with this as the book progressed, but then I felt it ended abruptly without her actually coming to terms with this issue. Maybe it will be brought out and addressed in a later book.
And, it will be no surprise that Roarke is was magnificent in this one. He does his usual stellar job of forcing Eve to take care of herself and he has her back during her work and private moments of pain. I enjoyed seeing a different side of him when he is more open about the spiritual.
The author continues to write superbly and with each case Eve and her tough cop, gritty determined, flawed, wry, and vulnerable character grows on me and I fall more deeply in love with she and Roarke's romance.
Ok,it always pisses me off 🤬 when ever ppl get angry and decide to attack Eve at her most sensitive of points.
They go for her emotional jugular and accuse her of being cold and unfeeling,it pisses me off 🤬 because it’s usually said
by ppl who know her best and should KNOW a) just how untrue that statement is and b) what a truly low blow it is .
That said while still NOT a fan of dear ole Mavis after book three ( I accidentally skipped book four) and I don’t agree her blatant narcissism is balanced out by a kind heart. I mean does have a kind heart I guess but not enough to balance her ginormous heaping helping of narcissism she proudly carries around everywhere she goes.
What bothered me the most was just how F’ing D E N S E Eve was in this book.
I mean DENSE!!!!!
She knows who the killer is or near abouts from just about the beginning of the damn freaking story but allows her self to be neatly misdirected he misguided easier than a child .
I just don’t get her.
Eve isn’t a one trick pony. She is intelligent but she’s soo eager to follow her own religion of cool detachment that she ignores so many things ,like her own intuition.
She meets ppl her ten years of reading ppl as a cop “should” be telling her is being honest with her.
Between all the hellish garbage she endured her first twenty years of life combined with ten years as a cop should have her knowing when someone’s being true and honest and when she’s being played .
But here she’s sees evil for what it is from the get go and yet chooses to latch onto the wrong past just because of some past news that comes to light and destroys some really good and decent ppl and not til she herself is taken and drugged and confessed to does she really get a clue .
I mean hello,evil ppl can plant evidence and make good ppl look bad!
Eve should hav3 seen it!
None of it fit . None of it made sense . But Eve went with it like a pit bull with lock jaw til the very last moment .
Now these ppl aren’t right when they attack her and say she doesn’t feel ,that’s soo wrong it’s sick but
But the poor itch doesn’t know how to deal with and or process how and what she feels either at times and runs too far in the other direction to compensate
Eve definitely needs a standing session with the good Dr.Mira.
The other that ticked me off was the ending .
Eve has destroyed two ppl’s lives ,at least momentarily,by following the false path planted for her like an insanely overly zealous eager beaver, doesn’t solve the case tile she’s taken almost raped and confessed to. She’s rescued and the book just ends with her making Roarke laugh as they get away.
Again W. T. H ?
I know series like this often don’t to epilogues,cos there’s another book coming but something should have been done to wrap this up a bit .
Something. It’s great she apologizes to Peabody when Peabody has better instincts the our dear sainted Eve and tried to speak up. Eve asks for “other eyes” and opinions but unfortunately isn’t always good at listening .
Eve knows best and all that crap.
Decent,decent story and I loved how Roarke was willing to stay nearby and be supportive unlike in book three when their wedding was nearing and she was trying to clear a good friend of murder charges and face her own hellish past with him gone most of the damn time, but between her letting own pride and hubris lead her astray and what felt like an incomplete ending ,I can definitely saw it wasn’t a fave.
At eight dollars per ebook and NO KU it’s really disappointing.
But catch it on sale if you can.
I wish I had .
Top reviews from other countries
Another amazing read from the fabulous J D Robb! This is the 5th instalment in the Eve Dallas series and it definitely lives up to the previous books!
When a NY cop is found dead, everything seems to point to natural causes, however Eve Dallas suspects foul play. When his Granddaughter also dies and a corpse is found outside her home she is drawn in to the world of a sexual satanic cult.
As with all the books I have read in this series, I was hooked from page 1 right up to the final page. It seems the books all have a great build up to the final 50ish pages and then everything just clicks into place and end on a massive book high! I love ending a book excited and ready for the next one!😆
If you haven’t already, I recommend massively starting this series! Book 1 is Naked in Death!
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In the middle of all the craziness we have reoccurring characters, like Peabody, who provided a bit of humour. I had fun with the interactions between Peabody and Eve.
I also enjoyed the fact we get another layer to both Eve and Roarke, who remain a fab couple.