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Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb presents the fifth thrilling novel in her futuristic In Death series—where even in an age of cutting-edge technology, old beliefs die hard.

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 warning 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...

Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2006 J. D. Robb (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

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Loved It!

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..

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One of the Best of "In Death"


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.

Loved it!

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OMG!!!!!!!!

OMG what a great series. I love the "in Death" books. If you like romance, murder, mystery and suspense this is for you.

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My favorite one yet!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

YES. I love the incorporation of Wicca. Very good plot in this one.

Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

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!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I listen to them at work so it makes me excited to go back to work the next morning to see what happens!

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Love and hate

Why can’t this just be a mystery? I hate the explicit sex scenes!!! This will be the last book I listen to in this series.

Geez the sex ruins the listen!

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The One with the Witches

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).


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JD at her best

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!

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Good as always, but not my favorite in the series

STORY (Suspense) - Eve Dallas has become one of my favorite characters, and this is definitely one of my favorite series. For some reason, however, this book fell a little short for me. Can't put my finger on it, but I just didn't find myself as engrossed as usual with the plot and whodunnit. There is suspected witchcraft in the story -- both good and evil -- and I found that definitely added some extra zip to the plot. At the end of the book there is a short preview of the next book in the series.

PERFORMANCE - Susan Ericksen is amazing, always. She goes the extra mile to make things sound authentic, like witch chants, computer droids and someone yelling through walls from another room. When I see she is the narrator of a book I'm considering purchasing, that's the extra push I need to go ahead and buy.


OVERALL - Recommended for anyone interested in the genre. There is some cursing, sex and violence. The sex is hot but short and tastefully done. Some of the witches' ceremonies are a little graphic. The series is huge, and I'd recommend starting from Book 1 and listening to them in order so you can follow the character development. However, each book stands alone, so you can pick and choose. If so, I think others in the series are better than this one.

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Too formulaic; Too much time in unrealistic sex

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The stories were initially interesting, but after going through five, I'm moving on to other authors. They are too repetitive, with each adding little to prior stories.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Sex scenes are more like soft porn than descriptions of intimacy.

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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.

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  • 06-25-19

good read

just love these books I think I have become addicted costing me a lot of money

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  • M. Graydon
  • 03-17-15

Brilliant brilliant series of books

What did you like most about Ceremony in Death: In Death, Book 5?

It was so suspenseful and I actually figured out who the bad guys were but the way it was played was exciting.

What other book might you compare Ceremony in Death: In Death, Book 5 to, and why?

No other books come close to these. Never have I enjoyed a series of books and charactes as much as I am enjoying these. I cannot recommend highly enough.

Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favourite?

Eve and Roarke are always my favourites. They are both exceptionally strong characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes when Eve tricked Roarke into thinking he had to sing with Mavis and then she said she loved him. It was so sweet.

Any additional comments?

These books are costing me a fortune but I have to have them. Such amazing writing of characters and the narrator is just brilliant. I have just downloaded book 5 and I am looking forward to my commute to work in the morning now.

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  • Catherine kelly
  • 04-24-19

Great story - good performance

I love this book and I'm being a bit picky (given that Susan Ericksen reads a lot of Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb) but Roarke's accent is not great. Likewise, the pronunciation of words like Foyer drive me mad. I don't know if it's an American v European thing but otherwise, it's a good reading.

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  • Jennifer Lynn Earey
  • 07-08-18

loved it

I as always lived this story. I don't know how she does it. cannot wait to hear the next book. Xxx Jenny

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  • 07-31-19

The cult!

Eve a Dectective in Homicide was told by her Commander to investigate a fellow police officer who had recently died. The drug squad had seen him buy some illegals. Eve was not allowed to ask help from her former trainer Feeney who was now in charge of another devision. Roarke was able to help with the computer stuff as that was not Eva's strong suit. They found that Frank the deceased officer had been investigating an occult whom had influenced his grand-daughter. She finally went to him after she had witnessed a Child being killed in a ceremony. This story is excellent and the Narrator also very good.

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  • Elizabeth McFadden
  • 01-20-15

Love the author

I love this series however the occult theme didn't appeal to me. Probably my least liked book of the series so far