Ceremony in Death #review

March 29, 2017 Reviews 4

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Ceremony in Death #reviewCeremony in Death by J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: In Death #5
Published by Brilliance Audio on May 20, 2008
Genres: Science Fiction, Mystery
Length: 10 hours 32 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Narrator Rating: B

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 sense of right and wrong - and brings her closer to a confrontation with humanity's most seductive form of evil.

What made Ceremony in Death great, like all the books in this series, was the relationships. I think that really came to the fore though, because Eve was really butting heads with those she loves. And the fact that she has so many people she loves to butt heads with is really awesome, because back at book 1 that was a much smaller number of maybe two, Mavis and Feeney.

The mystery was slightly disappointing, in that Eve was OBVIOUSLY off the mark on who did it. But I don’t feel like the murders and the mystery were really the point in Ceremony in Death, since I think the whodunnit was always fairly obvious. I really think it was all about how Eve handled the stress of a murder investigation that pushed her up against those she loves. And that was what made it really great.

I’m continuing to devour this series – I love everything about Eve and Rourke. They’re a great couple and I love listening to them interact. They have such NORMAL marital disputes and a really healthy relationship. I love seeing them grow more and more used to each other and their lives together. And I love seeing the other friendships in Eve’s life develop as well.

I’ve even gotten really used to the narration and, while I certainly wouldn’t recommend it as the best around, it’s facilitating my rapid read of the series, so I’m not going to complain 🙂 On to the next one ASAP!
Note: I read and wrote this review November 22, 2015!
4 stars Pretty Great

Despite not loving the mystery, Berls still loved Ceremony in Death! 4/5 stars! Click To Tweet Follow on Bloglovin


About J.D. Robb

Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A. She was the youngest of the five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her sophomore year in high school, she transferred to a local public school, where she met Ronald Aufdem-Brinke, her future first husband.

In August 17, 1968, as soon as she had graduated from High School, Eleanor married, against her parents’ wishes. The marriage settled in Keedysville, Maryland. After their sons, Dan and Jason, were born she stayed home. Calling this her “Earth Mother” years, she spent much of her time doing crafts, including ceramics and sewing her children’s clothes. The marriage ended separating, and they obtained the divorce in January 1985.

In February 1979, a blizzard in forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate. During the now famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981 as Nora Roberts, a shortened form of her birth name Eleanor Marie Robertson, because she assumed that all authors had pen names.

Eleanor wrote under the pseudonym Jill March a story for a magazine titled “Melodies of Love”.

Eleanor met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985.

In 1992, she decided adopted other pseudonym so to publish a futuristic-suspense novels, she first decided to use the pseudonym D.J. MacGregor, but she discovered that this pseudonym was used by another author. In 1995, her first “In Death” serial novel was published under the pseudonym J.D. Robb, the initials “J.D.” were taken from her sons, Jason and Dan, while “Robb” is a shortened form of Roberts.

Eleanor has also been known as Sara Hardesty, because when the “Born In” series was released in U.K. it carried that name instead of Nora Roberts. She has since changed publishers.

A founding member of the Romance Writers of America (R.W.A.), she was the first inductee in the organization’s Hall of Fame. She also is a member of several writers groups and has won countless award.


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4 Responses to “Ceremony in Death #review”

  1. Katherine

    I noticed this was #5 so it’s pretty early in the series. I’ve been wanting to start this series but heard you really need to start at the beginning but I don’t always love Nora’s earlier books. Did this feel dated at all? It sounds like you enjoyed this despite the few flaws so that makes me a little braver about trying these!
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