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Ceremony in Death

(In Death #5)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  38,284 ratings  ·  1,360 reviews
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, watc
Paperback, 327 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Piatkus Books (first published May 1997)
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3.5 Stars

This 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 st
Hulya Kara Yuksel
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
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.


(okay, if my husband sees this, I am denying everything. I will say I wrote
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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 so
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gripping as always, this instalment brought something new and exciting to the series. Is there or isn't there a place for a little supernatural in a world dominated by technology? My answer is a cautious "yes" but you may disagree and that's ok too. So far J.D. Robb did alright by me and as long as that continues In Death will have a place on my shelf. It doesn't hurt that I'm hopelessly in love with Roarke either ;)

Over and out
Duchess Nicole
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 someth
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. Di ...more
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
I completly agree with My friend Jilly's review

I'll just add that here the villain was really sick!
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 them

I 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.

Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: J.D. Robb Fans
5 Dipping Into Occult Stars
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This took me on a ride which had me thinking about more than the story. Robb has this way of weaving a tale and you think you know where it is going, then throws another path for you to pounder, causing delight in wanting to know the real end result.

She also continues to add true meaningful depth to the relationships of these people Eve and Roarke. I have this affection for them both and want them to always find their way back to each and sound.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this 5th book in J.D. Robb's "In Death" series!
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
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 believ ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it

Didn’t like this one

There was a lot going on in this book that turned me off

I will only mention one...I was on the verge of HATING Eve Dallas. The things she said and did to some of the people were just wrong. When it turned out that her assumption was off base, she didn’t even apologize.

It may take a moment for me to pick up another In Death novel.
Lisa Kay
★★★★★ 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.
3.75 stars

First, I would like to clear something that I think has been treated too harshly by many people, but it's my opinion and in the end, you hold your own. I'm not asking anyone to accept it, I'm just stating my opinion in my review.

Okay, really- this wasn't as bad as I expected based on the reviews. I mean everyone was like she was a Bitch Cop in the end and shouldn't have done what she did, but I don't think she had a choice. It's my opinion, not everyone agrees with it, and they don't h
Apr 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: in-czech, mystery, 2015, sci-fi
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Ceremony in Death
4 Stars

Homicide 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 dichot
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery

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 granddaug
Irene Sim
Another great installment in the series. I can't get enough of it!
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
In a bit of a departure for the series so far, Eve Dallas finds herself dealing with the occult this time around - things definitely heated up in this installment. There's the odd "nineties moment" which I write off for the most part, but this book was overall another good entry in a classic series. I definitely ended the book with more of a sense of this future world.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Not sure how many times I've read this book, but I still love it! Since this time around I'm concentrating on more parts of my dream home, I have to point out the home gym. I guess if you have a big gym you have to work out in a big way, like Eve does. I'm using that because my home gym is smaller, so my workout is smaller. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. See, I don't have a big, bulky droid to punch around, just a punching bag. Gotta take it easy on the poor thing. My treadmill doesn't ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
The books in this serie keeps getting better and better.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“I am a high priestess of the dark lord. Our numbers are legion, and I have powers that would make you weep.”

Eve Dallas faces off with a Satanic cult and ridiculous as it sounds it’s one of her toughest cases.

Serious people don’t take magic, or Satanists, seriously... which works in their favor when they’re murderers.
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 ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
1st read:
December 2012
One of the creepiest from the series...
Roarek is still the best :D Halloween :> Imagine what JD Robb can do with that...

2nd read: September 2014

3rd read: 27 September - 15 October 2020
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
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
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This 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 invo
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 complimen
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J.D. Robb is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series and the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. The futuristic suspense series stars Eve Dallas, a New York City police lieutenant with a dark past. Initially conceived as a trilogy, readers clamored for more of Eve and the mysterious Roarke. Shadows in Death(St. Martin's Press, September 2020) is ...more

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In Death (1 - 10 of 52 books)
  • Naked in Death (In Death #1)
  • Glory in Death (In Death, #2)
  • Immortal in Death (In Death, #3)
  • Rapture in Death (In Death, #4)
  • Vengeance in Death (In Death, #6)
  • Holiday in Death (In Death, #7)
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  • Loyalty in Death (In Death, #9)
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“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.”
“Eve: "Was that like a cookie?"

Roarke: "Hmmm?"

Eve: "You know, have a cookie. You'll feel better. Were you making me feel better?"

Roarke: "I certainly hope so, it worked for me. I wanted you. I always do."

Eve: "It's funny how men can wake up with their brains in their cocks."

Roarke: "It makes us what we are. Let's take a shower. I'll give you another cookie.”
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