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Ceremony in Death

In Death, Book 5
Written by: J. D. Robb
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
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#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...

©2006 J. D. Robb (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

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I'm addicted to this series!

The storyline, the reader and the expressions she does...it's a great series! Love it! #Audible1

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  • Amazon Customer
  • PANTEGO, NC, United States
  • 2013-09-21

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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  • Nancy J
  • Tornado Alley OK
  • 2013-06-29

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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  • Linda
  • 2008-06-25

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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  • megan
  • ANN ARBOR, MI, United States
  • 2013-03-22

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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  • Carol
  • Massachusetts
  • 2012-10-03

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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  • Heidi
  • CENTURION, South Africa
  • 2009-05-31

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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  • bebe
  • from SC
  • 2013-09-27

Good story

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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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  • serenity4u2
  • 2012-07-08

Excellent every time

What did you like best about this story?

I love the fact that this story includes all my favorite characters. It has Nadine; Feeney; Peabody; Mavis; Trena and of course Roarke and Eve. The story also introduces Jamie who is in several other books - and he's a kid with a great mind and an iron will.

This story shows Dallas in many aspects - the woman; the wife; the human; the friend - and of course - the cop. She's a simply fabulous character that I never tire of hearing!

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

Well always Eve... but she does a simply fabulous job at all the characters - I always get a big charge out of hearing her do the exchanges between Treena and Eve... always a winner!

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

My favorite moment in this one was the exchange between Feeney; Dallas - and later Roarke. Where Feeney is 'done with her' because she obeyed orders rather than coming to him as a friend. Then later when Roarke explained what Feeney really means to Dallas. That whole part is one of my absolute favorite in this book.

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  • Brenda
  • 2019-08-19

The In Death books are great

Love Eve and Roarke. Love how he helps Eve solve the murders. Can't wait to see what they do in the next one.

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  • PenneeB
  • 2019-07-20

This is a great seriea.

Read them all at least once , some 2 or 3 times. Trying out listening.