Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2006 J. D. Robb; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio
I love the fact that this story includes all my favorite characters. It has Nadine; Feeney; Peabody; Mavis; Trena and of course Roarke and Eve. The story also introduces Jamie who is in several other books - and he's a kid with a great mind and an iron will.
This story shows Dallas in many aspects - the woman; the wife; the human; the friend - and of course - the cop. She's a simply fabulous character that I never tire of hearing!
Well always Eve... but she does a simply fabulous job at all the characters - I always get a big charge out of hearing her do the exchanges between Treena and Eve... always a winner!
My favorite moment in this one was the exchange between Feeney; Dallas - and later Roarke. Where Feeney is 'done with her' because she obeyed orders rather than coming to him as a friend. Then later when Roarke explained what Feeney really means to Dallas. That whole part is one of my absolute favorite in this book.
I can not get enough of this story! This one had me on the edge of my seat at the end, could not take my headphones off! I do wish the book went a few chapters more though, wrapped up some loose ends. Like, what happened to the white witches? What about Jamie? Etc..
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
In a series I enjoy so much, it's difficult for one book to stand out above others. But Ceremony In Death, Book 5 of the In Death series, certainly stands out. Maybe it's the involvement of the opposing forces of Wiccans and their ceremonies, and Satanists and their black magic, which certainly give a twist, and a hint of danger, to the plot. Or maybe it's the other aspect of this series that I love so much -- the character development. In any case, it's one of my favorite entries in one of my favorite series.
This series has me hooked and coming back for more a bit more often than my pocketbook would like. That says a lot, since I have already read the entire series to date in print. These books are great to revisit -- if you've already read the whole series, a reread or listen enables you to fit pieces into the overall picture of Dallas's life and career that you might have forgotten or missed. Perhaps best of all is the opportunity to review the additions to the growing cast of regular characters in her world.
And just let me say that Susan Ericksen does an exceptional job of narration in this series, with great voices and characters. I must admit that I was at first put off by the voice chosen for Peabody, but it has grown on me, and it adds dimension to Peabody's frequent ironic statements.
I do constantly! I recommend this series to most of my friends. We all like the cop shows on TV and this series reminds me of Law and Order or something.
YES. I love the incorporation of Wicca. Very good plot in this one.
II love them all! I cant pick just one favorite, but her narration of the men, Rourke particularly, is very impressive. I plan on getting all of the books!
Yes! I listen to them at work so it makes me excited to go back to work the next morning to see what happens!
It always amazes me the research that goes into a book - even though this is way in the future, the crimes and relationships and procedures are "real" you don't feel like you are being fed nonsense.
Peebody is a character all by herself and her voice (thank you Susan!) just suits her so well - I find myself wishing her all the best and pushing her to achieve.
Summerset - the best. Mavis, totally a character on her own.
Eve and Roarke - have to continue reading - need to find out what happens - the suspence is killing me!
Excellent story and well performed, but I thought Dallas was too hard-nosed/snarky in this book. Her treatment of Peabody and other characters was just too rude and over the line.
This story is one of the most interesting of the 'In Death' series. Witch craft is also a good story plot of murder mystery books. The white and the dark side of the witch craft is shown in this book. Roarke shows that he believes in some of what the witches are saying. Dallas shows that she does not believe in anything so out there as witch craft. The story takes lots of twits and turns that you are not expecting. It make a great quick story to lessen too. Or at lest it seems to go by quickly because the story draws you in and you will not wont to stop lessening. Susan Ericksen does a great job with the narration in this book, adds to the reasons why you just can't stop lessening to the book.
Good writing has ... a balance and a rhythm. You can feel that much better when it's read aloud. --Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken
One of the earlier "In Death" books, Eve Dallas meets up with a nasty bunch of devil worshipers who are responsible for the death of an older police officer and his granddaughter. Of course Eve takes this personally, and the satanists don't stand a chance in you-know-where.
There are good witches (Eve gets a Celtic protection talisman) and bad witches (Eve is attacked with poison fingernails) in this tale, which is a good fast read and sets the mood for Samhain celebrations (aka Halloween).
I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
I've listened to a few novels byJD Robb recently. I think I'm done listening to her because there's nothing remotely interesting about the protagonist and her husband having sex every day in every way with each encounter detailed to the point that I finally figured out I could fast forward and save myself the exasperation of wondering why the reading had to know every touch, every kiss, every groan, every orgasm, in every way possible. Really? All Roark has to do it touch Eve and she has an orgasm that leaves her shakking but not finished. I mean shouldn't he have to do something besides lay his hand on her?
Eve being abused as a child doesn't give her carte blanch to be caustic and rude to everyone around her, even her friends and husband. The story lines are shallow and the plot needs more development. There are some interesting moments but Robb needs to use the sex spaces to develop more intrigue and deeper writing.
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