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A secret investigation into the death of a fellow police officer has Eve Dallas treading on dangerous ground. Every step she takes brings her closer to a confrontation with humanity's most seductive form of evil....

Title : Ceremony in Death
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Ceremony in Death Reviews

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    2019-02-25 16:44

    3.5 StarsThis was my least favorite of the series thus far, although I still enjoyed it. Something was missing for me as far as the plot/suspense went. It just didn't draw me in, keep me on the edge of my seat, as much as previous books. Regardless, I of course enjoyed every moment between Roarke and Eve. And I appreciated the situation between Feeney and Eve too. Their father/daughter dynamic in the face of all the things Eve went through with her real father is sweet and I loved how Roarke stepped in to mediate here. Looking forward to the next one, as usual.

  • Jilly
    2019-02-26 11:34

    This one was fun, but I think I might have done a little bit of laughing for the wrong reasons. You see, Eve is supposed to be the very best cop in homicide and yet she ALWAYS - in every book - arrests or detains the wrong person at some point. And, she OFTEN gets rescued by her billionaire husband, Roarke-not-a-cop. But, I love the series anyway. Usually because of Roarke. He is the Irish Cream in my coffee.maybeeeee....(okay, if my husband sees this, I am denying everything. I will say I wrote it at gunpoint. That might be reason enough to not have him divorce me for saying anything about liking an Irish guy. (It's an English guy thing))But, assuming he never sees this review or any other, let me tell you more about Roarke, my dream-book-boyfriend.He's spiritual and gave Eve a wedding band that is engraved with Celtic symbol of protection.This was a new aspect of him that would take time to explore. "But you don't have, like, a secret room where you dance around naked and chant?""I did, but I turned it into a den. More versatile."He's positive. Always seeing the good in people. After a meeting with a Satanist who threatens their lives on his way out:"What an attractive young man," Roarke commented. "I do believe he'll be a delightful addition to Hell."He's stubborn, but smart. When Eve gets mad at him for picking her up at the police station with a limo:Eve: "Carter just had it announced over the main that my carriage awaited anon. What an idiot. I don't know whether to kick his ass or yours.""Kick his," Roarke suggested.He's charming. After Eve goes on about how much she hates the country because there are no drug-addicts, murders, or hookers like in the city:"Life with you has such.... color."She snorted. "Yeah. Like everything was gray in your little world before I came along. All that wine, women and money. Must have been pretty tedious.""The ennui," he said on a sigh, "was unspeakable. I might have faded away from it if you hadn't tried to hang a murder or two on me."And, let's not forget that he has a mansion with an indoor pool, a butler, and the latest technology that money can buy. Oh, and he's hot.le sigh...Yeah, he's topping my book-boyfriend list right now. I think I need to just go ahead and read the next 35 books or so...I'll see you all later.

  • Hulya Kara Yuksel
    2019-03-06 18:56

    ROARKE! <3 Ladies, don't you ever forget his name. ;)“For once, he slept first. She lay in the dark, listening to him breathe, stealing a little of his warmth as her own body cooled. Since he was asleep, she stroked his hair."I love you," she murmured. "I love you so much, I'm stupid about it."With a sigh, she settled down, closed her eyes, and willed her mind to empty.Beside her, Roarke smiled into the dark.He never slept first.” Ahhhh don't you see? He's so perfect... :) Ugh I'm crazy about him, I'm crazy about Eve and I'm so crazy every fucking thing about this series. <3 Can't wait to read more in 2018! :)

  • ♥Sharon♥
    2019-03-15 18:33

    She hasn’t let me down yet. Another great addition to this series. I will say the murder theme was intriguing but it was a tad bit gruesome. While I would LOVE more time where Roarke and Eve are together I am finding that it doesn’t much matter anymore. JD Robb can write some pretty intense, hot and sexy scenes when they are and I get my fill. In the midst of all the crazy shit that goes on in Eve’s life as she tracks down the murderers, Roarke places himself in the middle as her silent (well sort of) protector. Without doubt Eve loves him but is surprised by how deeply she feels for this man. Beyond Roarke and Eve, with each book we get more of the secondary characters. In this one Eve has to make a choice that threatens the relationship she has with Feeney. My heart broke a bit for her. There are few people in her life that she values and Feeney is one of them. He questions her loyalty and that hurts Eve more than she ever expected.And in the middle of the craziness we have Peabody. She provides for a bit of humor and god knows Eve could use a bit of that. But when Eve finds she has a tattoo of a rosebud on her ass she's not laughing. :)"You've been drugged, slapped, tied up naked, and nearly killed, but a rose on your butt humiliates you?"

  • Brenda
    2019-02-25 14:26

    The viewing was traditional – the grief insurmountable. But it was when Lieutenant Eve Dallas was called in to her commander’s office and ordered to do an investigation completely off the radar that had Eve conflicted. Her loyalties were torn – she could only use Peabody and Roarke, while reporting directly to Commander Whitney. When Eve was confronted with Wiccans and Satanists, her disbelief and cynicism stood out. But there was danger involved – and when the body she found was at the fence of her home it became far too personal. This was a strange case – but murder was still murder; dead still dead. Eve was determined to find the answers she needed to lay the case to rest…Ceremony in Death by J.D. Robb is a re-read for me, and brilliant as per usual. With Eve and Roarke, Peabody and Summerset, the scene is set for another intense ride. My enjoyment of the In Death series never wanes – a quick, entertaining read, Ceremony in Death is highly recommended.

  • Duchess Nicole
    2019-03-01 14:56

    I think that this is my favorite of the series so far. I mean, there wasn't anything wholly new other than the fact that Roarke played more than a token lover/husband role in this one....the man gets to show his protective side in a major way. You know how he's always toning Eve down, bringing her back down to earth with his sexy little Irish yumminess? Welp, he loses control here. There's NOTHING hotter than when Mr. Control loses said control in the bedroom. Nothing.And after giving Eve something to think about with his little show of domination and power, it's back to sweet Roarke, ever the tender lover...“For once, he slept first. She lay in the dark, listening to him breathe, stealing a little of his warmth as her own body cooled. Since he was asleep, she stroked his hair."I love you," she murmured. "I love you so much, I'm stupid about it."With a sigh, she settled down, closed her eyes, and willed her mind to empty.Beside her, Roarke smiled into the dark.He never slept first.”Any big fans of Nora know that she tends to have recurrig themes in her books, all which stem from a love of them in her real life. Which is why she tends to write them so well, I imagine. A few I've noticed:-- Dog love-- Wiccan religion-- Love of all things Irish-- Cop speak - the woman writes a great woman copWiccans and magic are a big part of this book...along with some satanists, both of whom are on the suspect list for Eve's cop friend and the ensuing murders that take place. And she writes the religion very well, focusing on peace and love of nature. It always makes me wish I had a Wiccan friend...they seem so soothing and down to earth.I've got to say, this is one series that I picture the characters very specifically. Here's my Roarke:Alex O'Laughlin as RoarkeEmily Deschanel as Eve Dallas

  • Mo
    2019-03-03 17:37

    Another solid read. I love these two, Roarke and Eve - although maybe their "together" time is few and far between. Would like some more sexy times for the two of themI dip in every so often. I reckon if I read one a year I might be finished the series by the time I am 95!! The abused child from the mean streets of Dublin had done what he'd needed to do to survive.

  • Mei
    2019-03-02 12:49

    I completly agree with My friend Jilly's review'll just add that here the villain was really sick!

  • Wendy
    2019-03-05 10:39

    Loved this 5th book in J.D. Robb's "In Death" series!

  • Phrynne
    2019-03-05 17:35

    As far as I am concerned J.D. Robb can do no wrong and this particular book is one of my special favourites. Peabody and Eve are developing their beautiful relationship and their dialogue is brilliant. Roarke and Eve continue to be very much in love and also have some delightful interchanges. The police work is good, the element of mystery is always present and the ending is exciting and a bit scary. Oh and of course the author makes us reach for the tissue box with some tear jerking moments. Did I say some? Amend that to lots of tear jerking moments. I am so glad I am rereading this series.

  • Felicia
    2019-03-08 17:36

    I love this series so much. Sometimes the plots get so ridiculous that I laugh out loud, and yet the characters are so great, the rapport so wonderful, I can't help but want to take the ride with them, wherever it goes.

  • Irene Sim
    2019-03-19 12:29

    Another great installment in the series. I can't get enough of it!

  • Lauren
    2019-03-20 11:42

    Ceremony in Death4 StarsHomicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas is forced to put aside her personal loyalties when she investigates the suspicious death of a fellow officer. When several other victims die in horrific circumstances, Eve finds herself embroiled in a conflict between opposing forces of good and evil that eventually leads her to a confrontation that may force her to play the ultimate price…The best installment so far both in terms of the investigation and the character development.The dichotomy between Good and Evil, and the symbolism of Wicca and Satanism, inherent in the case makes this one of the most intense and gripping mysteries in the series. The villains are truly diabolical and the mundane motive behind the crimes only compounds their depravity.The characterization continues to be a highlight of these books. Roarke demonstrates once again the depth of his love for Eve and the lengths he will go to to protect her. There are also some compelling insights into both Peabody and Feeney’s characters as they learn more about themselves and Eve as well. Eve’s behavior, on the other hand, is problematic as she allows her personal experiences to color her judgement and tends to accept things at face value rather than looking beneath the surface to underlying motivations.In sum, the suspense, intrigue and humor of this series make it very enjoyable and I look forward to reading the next one soon.

  • Carolyn
    2019-03-04 15:50

    I'm really enjoying this series now and getting to know the main characters - Eve, Peabody, Roarke, Mavis and Feeney and how they will behave and react. This might sound as if the books could become a bit predictable but they're not at all. Robb manages to keep the stories fresh and introduces enough new elements to keep us interested and wanting to keep dipping into Eve's life. In this episode Eve is investigating what looks like the natural death of a fellow police colleague when his granddaughter, Alice, a white witch is killed in a seeming accident. Eve is thrust into the world of Wiccans and Satanists and must work out who she can trust.I love the way Peabody's character is developing. As Eve's apprentice she is the perfect counterpart, soft where Eve can be tough and becoming confident enough to tell Eve when she thinks she is wrong. Roarke is his usual hunky, sexy self, helping Eve out when she needs him and even when she says she doesn't. Alice's younger brother Jamie was a welcome new edition and I hope we see more of him in future books.The plot is fast moving and keeps you guessing as to who the bad guy is as more bodies appear and the suspense is kept up until all is revealed in the final scene.

  • ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
    2019-03-07 11:44

    I love the emotional ups and downs is this book. Roarke and Eve are a great couple but also love how they protect each with even thinking of it. It's what comes natural to each of them. As much as Eve tries to believe that she doesn't have a family, she actually does with Roarke, Mavis, Feeney, Peabody, Mira and Nadine. Meeting Roarke the sweet talking Irish love who by the way still keeps the button in his pocket and now has added the IOU is the best thing that's ever happen to Eve and I believe he will be the one to help get pass the horrors of her past and will always be her Knight and a lovely Irish Knight. Yes, I love Roarke! and so happy Mrs. Robb did such a perfect job of him.

  • Lisa Kay
    2019-03-02 13:44

    ★★★★★ This series just keeps getting better. Susan Ericksen is an excellent narrator and has developed the tone in the characters voices to perfection. She is so talented she can do Officer (Delia) Peabody with a cold, LOL! This one is about witches – both good and evil. And Captain (Ryan) Feeney and Homicide Detective Eve Dallas get into a doozey of a falling out. Can the relationship be mended? By the way, this one is Halloween Perfect, as they attend a Halloween Party in costume.

  • Catherine
    2019-03-13 11:38

    I've jumped back into this series after taking a little break. I didn't want to accidentally exhaust the series for myself. It was great getting back into Eve's world! I'm listening to this series in audiobook, because I've found that this narrator makes this world come alive for me. If you are interested in giving audiobooks a try or you're looking for a new audiobook, I recommend this series. The narrator rocks! Especially when she does Roarke's voice. Am I supposed to find a female imitating a man so alluring? How confusing! Lol.I enjoyed the Wiccan/Satanist storyline. It reminded me a tad of Nora Roberts's book, Divine Evil, which I also enjoyed. I especially liked what we found out about the murder plot at the very end. I liked how the author twisted it a bit and managed to surprise me. I have to say, I didn't see the true reason coming. That's one of the things I love about this series. I may know who the villain is, but the fun is in watching Eve discover the reasons why. I enjoy watching her slowly compiling evidence and seeing the picture piece itself together. I enjoyed the way Robb set up the case so that Eve would have to stand apart from Feeney on the case. I absolutely loved the emotional impact this case had on their friendship. It made me wince a bit at times, but a lot of stuff was brought out into the open that drew them together. And Roarke had an excellent opportunity to shine. I really loved Roarke and Feeney in this one.But I can't forget about Peabody. I love her character. She is an excellent foil to Eve. She brings a softness and a more open well of compassion that Eve occasionally needs to balance out her out on the job. Such is the case here. Eve identifies too much with a suspect and ends up being harder on him/her when evidence leads her to believe that he/she is guilty. Eve was really harsh. She even slapped down Peabody after she disagreed with her. Now, I think Eve was in the right to chastise her, but I also think she was harsh. She could have put her in her place a nicer way. I was glad when they had that talk and they both admitted to being wrong. I enjoyed this book and thought the plot was interesting. I especially loved the inclusion of Jamie. He was such fun. He was arrogant and cocky and walked around like he had a pair of brass ones. He made me think of Roarke as a child. :) The only reason I didn't give this book a higher grade was because Eve felt a little too cold in this one. I still enjoyed reading about her, but I didn't feel as much heart from her as I usually do. Favorite Quote:"So how do you feel about using your...skills to access Frank's personal unit and logs?"His mood lifted as he started the car, guiding it down to street level. "That depends, Lieutenant. Do I get a badge?"Her lips twitched into a smirk. "No. But you get to have sex with a cop.""Do I get to pick the cop?" He only smiled when she punched his arm. "I'd pick you. Probably."

  • Al *the serial series skipper*
    2019-03-15 15:41

    Well this one was remarkably easy, you know right from the start who the villain is. It was still an entertaining book considering it dabbled in spirituals.

  • Jess The Bookworm
    2019-03-06 14:39

    3.5 starsThis is the 5th installment in the "In Death" series. This picks up where the last one left off, Eve and Roarke are married and still hot and heavy. When a cop dies, it is up to Eve to investigate if there was anything untoward about his death (of course there is), and what follows is a fun romp through the world of satanism and the occult, while Eve sees out her investigation. I'm pretty sure that cops are not meant to bring their spouses into their work lives as much as Roarke is involved in Eve's, but I suppose the author wants him in the story as much as possible.I always enjoy this series as a good palate cleanser between big, complicated books. It is always an easy read, albeit with a predictable formula.

  • Eda
    2019-03-02 10:28

    "Bu arada, Dallas?""Ne oldu, Peabody?""Bu çok güzel bir dövme. Yeni mi?"Eve dişlerini tekrar sıktı, kapıya doğru olabildiğince asil bir şekilde yürüdü. "Gördün mü?"Eve koridorda yürürken bir parmağını Roarke'ın göğsüne vurdu. "Sana şu aptal gül goncası yüzünde küçük düşeceğimi söylemiştim.""Uyuşturuldun, tokatlandın, çırılçıplak bağlandın ve neredeyse öldürülüyordun ve popondaki bir gül seni küçük düşürüyor öyle mi?""Ötekilerin hepsi işin bir gereği. Gül goncası kişisel."Roarke gülerek kolunu Eve'in omzuna atıp ona sıkıca sarıldı. "Teğmen, seni seviyorum."Ah kalbim! Siz ne güzel bir çiftsiniz ya. Şu kitapları bir ben bu ikisinin aşkı için okumuyorumdur herhalde. Gelmiş geçmiş en favori çiftim resmen. Bayılıyorum! Büyülü Ölüm Ölüm Serisinin 5. kitabıydı ve gönül rahatlığıyla söyleyebilirim ki seri hız kesmeden devam ediyor. Konudan bahsetmeyeceğim çünkü spoilers ama bu kitap diğer dördüne oranla bir tık daha değişik olmuş bence. Benim daha çok hoşuma gitti. Şimdi geriye sadece bir bebek kaldı onu da heyecanla bekliyorum. Eğer polisiye ve aşk seviyorsanız bundan daha iyi bir seri bulamazsınız. Tabii 18'den büyükseniz çünkü içerisinde bolca cürretkar sahne var. Bence seriyi güzel yapan da onlar. Onlar olmasa sıradan bir polisiye olarak kalırdı. Sevgili @leydilerokuyor sayesinde ben de seriye geri dönmüş oldum. Onlar bu polisiye maratonunu yapmasa daha elim gitmezdi. 4'ü pek sevememiştim. Ama bu kitapla beraber geri dönüyorum! #leydilerpolisiyeokuyor

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-02-27 16:27

    http://underthecoversbookblog.blogspo...Robb can weave such great stories and CEREMONY IN DEATH is another great installment to this series. It seems that anything she writes is gold. What’s great about this series is that she is able to keep things fresh but still familiar.Lieutenant Dallas has a case involving the death of a fellow police officer. More and more clues point the finger at Selina Cross, a crazy Satanic worshiper who participates in dark rituals. While the whole Wicca and Satanic thing didn’t hold my attention as much as the previous books, it was still a solid read for me. I liked that Robb showcased Eve as a nonbeliever in the slight paranormal twist to this book. It is so Eve, who is based on fact and evidence. Then there’s Roarke who doesn’t hold the same opinions as Eve and is more open to the idea of magic. I loved the little detail of the Celtic protection writings engraved in Eve’s wedding ring. Of course Roarke would do that. He’d do anything for Eve.I really enjoyed Jamie who is Alice’s brother. I thought he was a great new character. He brought that spark of humor that Peabody usually brings. Peabody doesn’t have that usual sparkle of mischief in this one because she is down with a cold, but her presence is still enjoyable.And then there’s Roarke whom I fall in love with more and more. It seems that my list of favourite scenes with him grows with each passing book.I absolutely loved this scene: For once, he slept first. She lay in the dark, listening to him breathe, stealing a little of his warmth as her own body cooled. Since he was asleep, she stroked his hair. “I love you,” she murmured. “I love you so much, I’m stupid about it.” With a sigh, she settled down, closed her eyes, and willed her mind to empty. Beside her, Roarke smiled into the dark. He never slept first.

  • Giuls
    2019-03-13 11:28

    Questo è il quinto volume di una serie che ne comprende non so quanti, sicuramente troppi.Arrivata a cinque, comunque, ormai ho iniziato a farmi un’idea, per cui non posso che mettere in evidenza una cosa: la scrittrice usa una scaletta per la trama fissa. La storia, infatti, è sempre quella, in tutti i dettagli: il colpo di scena è sempre lo stesso, il “cattivo” lo si capisce sempre praticamente subito e sin da subito si capisce com’è collegato alle indagini, così come praticamente ogni volta che uno vede a che punto si è del libro sa più o meno quante pagine mancano al prossimo morto ammazzato dal serial killer di turno, perché è ormai ”tempo”. Senza contare che quando si arriva alla fine del romanzo sai già che il killer sta per essere catturato, ma che prima di farlo andrà ad imprigionare Eve ma tanto ecco Roarke che arriva a salvarla.Detto questo, il libro poi non è nemmeno così malaccio: cioè, se è la prima volta che hai a che fare con questa serie, probabilmente ti piacerà, ma se, come me, sai già che cosa aspettarti sin da subito allora risulterà alquanto noioso e banale.Ciò che continua a piacere è la storia d’amore che si è creata, e ormai consolidata, tra i due protagonisti, anche se spero che prima o poi riescano a fare un ulteriore passo in avanti.Per quel che riguarda i protagonisti, devo dire che Roarke continua a piacermi molto, mentre in questo volume Eve non l’ho apprezzata particolarmente: troppo dura con se stessa ma soprattutto con gli altri, troppo fredda, nonostante quello che ha passato negli ultimi mesi, ma soprattutto mi è sembrata stupida in moltissime scene e più di una volta mi sono chiesta come sia possibile che sia considerata una delle migliori detective.Mentre i primi 4 volumi li avevo letti in inglese, questo l’ho letto in italiano: devo dire che la traduzione, per quanto fatta bene, non mi ha entusiasmato e ho preferito la versione originale, per cui, dovessi continuare la serie (cosa che probabilmente farò per ancora almeno un paio di volumi, nella speranza che cambi qualcosa), lo farò nella lingua originale.

  • Kati
    2019-02-22 12:43

    I hated this book. Hated it! For several reasons. I hated Eve's disrespect, even open distaste towards the Wiccans and also towards the consensual BDSM practitioners at the club. I get that Eve is an atheist rape and abuse victim, but the amount of revulsion she showed to both groups simply turned me off. There's a big difference between "I don't get it but I respect your choices" and "I don't get it and therefor you're wrong!" And Eve's attitude was all about the latter. The way she sneered at Peabody and Mira who actually had experience with Wiccans and were much more open minded deserved a slap in the face.Another reason why I disliked this book was Roarke. He has always been an Alpha male, but the amount of dick waving he did in this book, the number of times he simply overruled Eve's decisions? Jesus!But the main reason why my dislike for this book turned into hatred was the way Eve handled Chas. She destroyed him, completely, she reduced him to a wreck who would've told her anything, confessed to anything she wanted - on the word of a murdering sociopath. She wanted Chas to be guilty, she decided that he was guilty - even though it didn't make a lick of sense, but he was a Wiccan and his father was a murderer and that was enough for her - and she destroyed his self-respect, his peace of mind, his sanity. And when Peabody told her that what she did was wrong, Eve yelled at her, too, and the accusations she threw in her face! And at the very end, Eve was more concerned with a frickin' tattoo on her ass than with apologizing to the man she falsely accused and completely mentally destroyed. What a BITCH! I've always disliked Eve - her being a rape victim does not give her a carte blanche to demean and disrespect others! - but this book topped it all. I'll have take an extended break from this series to cleanse my palate and get rid of the foul taste!

  • Tilly Slaton
    2019-03-05 16:45

    As much as I appreciate a good paranormal book, this book left me suffering.Surrounded by witches, good and evil, Eve betrays a dear friend and puts the job first.This book really hits home with Eve. A suspect is the son of a serious psycho serial killer and rapist who worshipped satan. The father raped and beat his own son. Blinded by her emotions, Eve wishes and hopes that the man is innocent, even if all of the evidence points his way.Ritual killings, orgies and the mysterious unknown witchcraft, Eve is the primary on this case and leads her aide and others with skeptical sarcasm.He watched her work before, studied and admired the efficient, concentrated field she created around the dead. Roarke wondered if she fully understood why she did it, or how she could, while examining a lifeless, violently dispatched body with such clear-cut objectivity, see through the pity that haunted her eyes.He’d never asked her. He doubted he ever would.I honestly did not care much for this book. It was a bit boring to me.I recommend this book to mature adults. Strong sexual content. Strong and intriguing violence. Sex and dismemberment. Although others may find this book extremely entertaining, I am recommending this book only to those who are reading the In Death series. I mean .. why bother?Line of the book:“…my narcissism is balanced by a generous heart.”~Happy reading!

  • Lisazj1
    2019-02-25 12:37

    4.5 stars, and I loved it! Can never get enough of Eve and Roarke, and all the rest as well! <3

  • Renégade ♥
    2019-02-23 11:29

    4 1/2 stars

  • Alex ♈
    2019-03-04 11:39

    Suspense 4.9 stars / Romance 4 starsVery interesting mystery and crime. But the ending was too abrupt and a bit anticlimactic.Romance was ok I guess. Still not a fan of Roarke. No ex of him was involved, but one very beautiful woman, he used to sleep with, was mentioned.Eve is the best! Love her!

  • rameau
    2019-03-20 13:45

    Earlier I remarked that in the previous book—Kuoleman hurmio or Rapture in Death—Doctor Mira seemed out of character. Well, in this one, it’s Eve Dallas herself that steps out of character. Or that’s how I felt. From the start of the In Death series Eve has always trusted her instincts and her dark, painful past has been a source of compassion that’s allowed her to do her job more effectively than others. Not here. Here, she utterly wrecks a suspect in the interrogation room and others compliment her for it. Sure, they note how hard she is—on the junior constable who originally tries to protest but ends up apologising. And Eve’s not even getting results; the suspect doesn’t confess. I didn’t buy Roberts’ reasoning for Eve’s behaviour and I thought it more likely she acted so abnormally for the exact opposite reasons: (view spoiler)[Eve might have hoped that Chas was innocent but that’s not why she tore into him. Eve believed and feared Chas was guilty because of their similar pasts that’d mean she had the same “demons” in her. Instead of finding her fears unfounded, her behaviour proved them valid (hide spoiler)]. It’d been more believable had Roberts claimed that a dark spell affected Eve’s psyche.Speaking of spells. I didn’t like how Wicca was portrayed here. Sure the book was written in the mid 90’s when I was a fan of Charmed but the times have changed. I’ve read enough to learn to despise how authors use this and other pagan religions for their plots. Even when they try to be fair and courteous they only end up using Wicca for its sensationalism rather than as an aspect of a character’s life that helps to explain who he or she is. Also, for as long-winded series as this, Roberts isn’t doing much with the long plot. She just keeps throwing Eve’s childhood abuse around and further trivialising it. I was hoping Roarke would continue to examine his own self-doubts after what happened in the previous book, but instead there’s more fade-to-black sex in this book than there’s been in all the other In Death books—so far—combined. Maybe I’m wrong and the issue is addressed later, but the way things are looking now, I’m pretty sure I’ll never find out. (view spoiler)[I’m actually hoping now that Roarke turns out to be a very adept psychopath serial killer slash mass-murderer who has made his life ambition to fuck up Dallas’ sanity. (hide spoiler)]There’s only one more translated book left, and right now, nothing is enticing me to switch to English to keep reading the series.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-11 16:42

    When I read the first In Death book, I was optimistic, and thought that Nora Roberts could potentially turn it into a pretty good series. After five books I realize that I was wrong. Eve Dallas, Roarke, Summerset, Mavis and literally every other character in this series is a straight up cliché, with Eve and Roarke's dark and tormented pasts being so overdone in fiction that it almost makes my teeth hurt. As do the numerous stereotypes pertaining to Roarke's Irish background. As somebody who was born and raised in Dublin, I find it incredibly grating. Nora Roberts must not visit Dublin often if she thinks the accent is melodious and beautiful. Besides which, she writes about Roarke as if she thinks growing up in inner city Dublin was some kind of cross between Oliver Twist and an eleventh century myth.Perhaps the books following Naked in Death may have been more fun to read if Roberts had dragged out their relationship a little longer, but by book five the two are married and repeating the same tired old sex scenes every handful of chapters, leaving no room for further development. This book in particular I found ridiculously dull, and packed full of stereotypes pertaining to Satanism in particular. It was difficult to get through simply because I could not become engaged. The dialogue is all very samey, as are the moments when somebody tries to one-up Eve and she promptly crushes them with some well placed words. It culminates, as always, with Eve's capture by the villains of the book, in which they tie her up and reveal their entire MO to her in the manner of a Batman villain from the sixties, before Roarke inevitably smashes in with the rage of a Celtic wolf and saves her. I'd be willing to bet a lot of money that many of the later In Death books end in the same way. I will not be reading another.

  • Susan (susayq ~)
    2019-03-05 10:37

    Hmmm. I'm just not sure what to say about this one. I was equal parts disturbed and delighted while reading this. There seemed to be whole lot of blood and gore in this. Of course it did involve Satanic rituals and murder. Eve disappointed me. Greatly. She knew who the murderer was, yet mid-investigation she changed focus and started hounding someone else. Her reasoning for believing he was capable was that his father was a killer. Really, Eve? Does that mean Eve is capable of what her father did? And the sad part is that Eve recognized their similar backgrounds. I'm not even going to get into Roarke in this. Yes, he was hot. And he was as horny as an 18 year old boy. Enough said ;) I will say that I love how protective he is of Eve :)