Ceremony in Death (In Death Series #5)

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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 warnning 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 ...

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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 warnning 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...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425157626
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: In Death Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 67,365
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    Awesome

    All of the In Death series is really awesome...If you are into stuff that is based in the future and is a mystery than these are the books for you.....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Ceremony of death

    LT. eve Dallas & Roake has done it agian in this fast pace an exciting look into witchcraft both the good (Wiccans) an dark (Satan worshipers) of theevil kind grifters, drugs& sex all mixed into a fast pace sci-fi JD Robbs out done herself again with this series I can't get enough an I'm not a Sci-Fi buff at all to say the least but this series has me hooked an it's addictive I can't wait to read the next I have most if the series the 1st 28 books but it's like 45 or more to the whole series I highly recommend you try it you won't be dissappointed promise.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Best of the first five

    I am trying to read the series in order of publication and found this book to be the best so far. The plot is more complex and there aere enoiugh "bad guys" to keep it interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    This seller was not willing to work with me...the box w/CDs arri

    This seller was not willing to work with me...the box w/CDs arrived crushed flat.  Hopefully the CDs will play correctly...otherwise this seller has $6 of my money on an item that he shipped inproperly & I can't use.. 

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    5th book in the series and I'm hooked. I know I know, many of &q

    5th book in the series and I'm hooked. I know I know, many of "Nora Roberts" books just suck you right in,
    but it's the same with "J.D. Robb". She just sucks you right into the murders that are taking place and
    the lives that Dallas has to take to find the murderers responsible for the mess they leave behind,
    it's just fantastic!

    This time it's Wiccans out for Blood time and Dallas must try to not get caught up in the wiccans
    ways of life while trying to hold her own at her household. Sex of course is great, but it's the feeling
    behind it that makes a difference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Bettter

    Still not hard to figure out the killer but must say this time was a little more mystery in figuring it all out. Really enjoyed the emotion in the story between Feeney and Eve. Wow, very touching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Great summer read!

    This book is super. I like how Nora uses witchcraft in her stories. This book was a super fast read. Just when I thought who did it, the story changed.

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

    On the story: When a retired cop dies unexpectedly and with a s


    On the story: When a retired cop dies unexpectedly and with a suspicious toxin screen, Eve is asked to put her job before her loyalties.  There are lots of smoke and mirrors but Eve must recognize what is real and what is fake before it is too late.
    My reaction:  This one tugged at my heart.  Some of the actions were so grotesque and vivid.  I just couldn't put this one down.  The mystery is this one is more intriguing because we know the bad guys early on but just don't know how they managed to do the deed.
    Roarke check-in:  I imagine that Roarke was Rhett Butler in an earlier life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Love it, love it!

    This series is the best. Looking so forward to getting to know rhoark better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    More insight into Eve

    We're learning more and more about Eve and Roarke, which is great. As more characters are introduced. Fantastic story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Awesome

    A friend of mine introduced me to this series and I just can't put this books down, that Eve has me on the tip of my nerves all the time, if you are into futuristic CSI stuff, then you won't regret buying her books. Love them all so far!

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    highly recommended

    Start with book one. The series is great fun. Murder and romance - what a great combination! I've grown to love the characters and I have never grown tired of the series. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • Posted October 8, 2012

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    Wasn't as exciting as some of the other books in the series..

    Review brought to you by OBS staff member Heidi

    Ceremony in Death is the fifth book in Nora Robert’s popular In Death series that’s written under her pseudo name, J.D. Robb. The series centers around police lieutenant Eve Dallas and all the people in her life, including her co-workers, best friend and rich husband.

    Death is always all around Dallas and this book is no different. Ceremony in Death starts out with Eve at a funeral for a fellow police officer, Frank, who appears to have died from natural causes. Everything seems fine—or at least as fine as they can be for a funeral—until Frank’s granddaughter, Alice, secretly passes Eve a note that asks her to meet her…oh yeah and that Eve’s life is in danger now.

    Eve does go to meet Alice at the specified place and time, where Alice confides in Eve that Frank was murdered. Alice tells her that she dabbled into Satanism in a local cult led by Selina Cross and decided to leave the cult after walking in on a ritual killing of a child. She lived in fear after that until she finally told her grandfather everything. He was checking into Selina when he mysteriously died.

    Later that night, Alice runs out in the middle of the road and is hit by a taxi that couldn’t swerve in time.

    Every time Eve thinks she has the answers in this case and the proof she needs to put Cross away, the person that has given the answers or is about to come forward with information dies brutally. The victims are being carved up with an athame (ceremonial knife) that is left at the scene. One of the deceased was even left right outside the wall of Eve’s home and even Roarke is on edge worrying for Eve’s safety.

    I thought this was a decent book, it wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t the worst either. It kept you interested even if you did feel you knew who the killer was. In fact, I thought it was strange that it was made so obvious. But even being a bit predictable, it was still good.

    And boy oh boy Roarke was a horny little guy in this installment!! It seemed like every scene with him in it he was trying and succeeding to initiate sex with Eve. Oh honey you look exhausted I think you need to have some sex to make you feel better. I normally don’t mind, it just didn’t feel that Roarke had much other purpose in this novel and I felt he could have brought so much more to the story then what he did.

    This book touches a lot on Wicca and Satanism and the differences between the two and the ceremonies that each has. I’m not sure how the descriptions and rituals in this book stack up to the occult in real life as I have no experience with them although I think every place I’ve read or watched on Wicca has had them saying “blessed be” a lot as they do in this book as well.

    This book was a bit different from the others and it wasn’t as exciting as some, but it was still a solid read and worth the time. And I’m sure the subsequent books will build off of things that have happened in this installment of the series.

    This review and more at openbooksociety dot com

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    I have been reading "adventures" of Eve and Dallas ov

    I have been reading "adventures" of Eve and Dallas over the past couple years. They were'nt coming fast enough. Now with my Nook and can catch up from the beginning and know what some of the references to are about. I really get into to them. Thanks fro the great reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Huge fan!

    I love in death series but I didn't care for this one much.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Highly Recommend - you must check it out!

    I recommend the whole series of the JD Robb "in Death" books. I bought a couple of paperbacks years ago but now that I have a Nook, I decided to start at the beginning and read all of them in order. The books can be read independently but they are tied together and I like to see the progression. I never tire of reading about Eve Dallas.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    I believe this may be one of my favorite In Death novels.

    Ceremony started out really slowly. As a matter of fact, I almost put it down several times. For me this is terribly odd. The writing style of this book was a bit different than others in the series and actually there were quite a lot more players than usual.
    The book begins with Eve at the funeral of another cop, Frank. Frank is a good cop and a very close friend of Feeney - and we know how much Eve love Feeney. At the funeral, Frank's granddaughter, Alice, slips a note into Eve's pocket asking for a meeting. Eve wonders about this but she begins to wonder even more the next day when Captain Whitney calls her into his office and orders her to perform an investigation of Frank - before Internal Affairs does. Eve doesn't like it but what can she do? Of course, she immediately requests the assistance of Feeney. Feeney is denied - she must also clear any potential involvement from him.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

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    Kept me up at night!

    I'm new to this series. I really enjoy it (I love Eve and Roarke) but this one gave me nightmares!!! I guess that says a lot about NR's talent as a writer. This series is a nice change from the romance. I'll keep reading (and possibly sleeping with the light on).

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Non-stop enjoyment

    As with all of this series plots, this book is non-stop action and fun.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

    Nora Roberts as JD Robb - Death Series is good reading.

    I am working my way through the Death series and Ceremony in Death was good, but not one of my favorites so far. I can't say why it didn't grip me like the others in the series..... It was not bad, it just wasn't as good as many of the others.

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