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Visions In Death by J.D. Robb – not the best

Visions In Death by J.D. Robb

 

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(2/5)

Pros: the series, in general, is pretty good

Cons: not much that’s new here

In general, I enjoy J.D. Robb’s In Death series.  But Visions In Death is not one of the better ones.

Like all of the books in the series, it’s the mid 2000’s and we follow NY Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas as she gets dragged into one case after another.  In this case, women are turning up dead, with their eyes removed.  The women all fall into a similar physical pattern, but are otherwise unrelated.  The killer is careful, never leaving a clue behind.

Eve and her partner Peabody do an admiral job trying to chase the bad guy down.  But they get help from an unlikely source – a seer.  A woman with a “gift” of visions.

Now I don’t want to get into a whole thing about whether people really have such power.  Perhaps they do.  I’m not here to argue.  But I don’t appreciate when detective novels rely on this type of assistance to solve their cases.  I prefer to watch the authorities use good old fashioned smarts and skills to solve the cases.

On top of everything else, we have a case of “been there, done that” with this book.  If you’ve read several others in the series you’ll recognize a lot of what happens in here.  Eve’s past causing her nightmares, Eve giving an exclusive interview to Nadine putting them in danger, someone close to Eve being attacked and Eve feeling responsible (even though she isn’t).  The list goes on and on.

It’s not all bad, though.  There is a nice twist at the end, something that is definitely “different” from the other books.  But it comes at lightning speed and is over in a blink.

Basically, the In Death series is terrific, but Visions In Death can be skipped.

Other books in the In Death series

Born In Death
Betrayal In Death
Celebrity In Death
Ceremony In Death
Concealed In Death
Devoted In Death
Divided In Death
Festive In Death
Glory In Death
Haunted In Death
Immortal In Death
Indulgence In Death
Innocent In Death
Interlude In Death
Judgment In Death
Midnight In Death
Missing In Death
Naked In Death
Obsession In Death
Origin In Death
Rapture In Death
Reunion In Death
Salvation In Death
Strangers In Death
Survivor In Death
Treachery In Death
Vengeance In Death

Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb – 3rd One’s Pretty Good

Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb

 

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(3.5/5)

Pros: nice background on Eve’s childhood, interesting investigation

Cons: other characters not too deep at this point in the series

Immortal In Death is the 3rd book in J.D. Robb’s In Death series. Like all of the books, it follows the life the Eve Dallas, in the Homicide division of the New York Police Department. Taking place in the mid-2000’s, the series brings a bit of a futuristic spin to homicide cases that Eve and her trusty coworkers fall into in each book.

In this case, the dead body belongs to a super model. Gorgeous, popular, she was seen fighting with another woman over a man. And that other woman just happens to be Eve’s bff Mavis. So when Pandora is found dead, naturally Mavis is the primary suspect. And as Eve follows the clues, more and more of which point in Mavis’s direction, Eve’s caught in a terrible position. Believing her friend to be innocent and proving it are two different things.

It’s only the third book in the series (of which there are currently close to 40) so it’s fair to say that there’s not the depth and breadth of the characters that appear in later novels. However, Roarke and Eve’s wedding takes place in this book, so it’s good to see how that all went, since Roarke and Eve are married throughout the rest of the books. Also, in this book, Eve first starts working with Peabody who ends up being her constant partner and companion. Mavis, Feeny, Dr. Mira and even Nadine appear. Although they are mere cutouts of characters compared to how well-defined they will end up being over the next 2 decades and 40 novels.

As far as the main murder investigation goes, this one is pretty interesting. It examines just how far a model will go in her quest for beauty and agelessness. In this case, Pandora went about as far as you can imagine it’s possible to go to secure her looks, her livelihood, and her vitality.

By the time all is said and done, there’s a pile of bodies and quite a complex story for Eve to work out, all while leading up to her and Roarke’s wedding.

And, Eve has started to remember her troubled childhood, a theme throughout the entire series.

Overall, Immortal In Death is an interesting addition to the series, although it’s not the strongest in the set. I’m reading the books in random order, but you should try to read them in order, if you can. While Robb does a good job of making them enjoyable in a stand-alone manner, of course, the arcs flow better in order.

Other books in the In Death series

Born In Death
Betrayal In Death
Celebrity In Death
Ceremony In Death
Concealed In Death
Devoted In Death
Divided In Death
Festive In Death
Glory In Death
Haunted In Death
Indulgence In Death
Innocent In Death
Interlude In Death
Judgment In Death
Midnight In Death
Missing In Death
Naked In Death
Obsession In Death
Origin In Death
Rapture In Death
Reunion In Death
Salvation In Death
Strangers In Death
Survivor In Death
Treachery In Death
Vengeance In Death
Visions In Death

Devoted In Death by J.D. Robb – good old-fashioned investigation

Devoted In Death by J.D. Robb

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(4.5/5)

Pros: solved with good old-fashioned investigative work

Cons: Eve is a bit annoying

Devoted In Death is a 2015 addition to J.D. Robb’s In Death series. Like all books in the series, we’re in the future (mid-2000’s) and watching N.Y. Homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas as she works with her team to solve murders.

In this book, we meet a couple of killers. Unlike most books in the series, we know exactly who the perps are, we’re introduced to them from the get-to. We know exactly what drove them to the path they’re on, what they’re doing and where they’re doing it. No mystery for us to solve – we just get to watch Eve follow the clues to catch up to us.

Letting us in on the mystery from the very beginning is a different technique. I would say that it worked, it was a refreshing change of pace. However, it comes with one drawback. We are completely privy to the thoughts and actions of the killers. And, in this case, their thoughts and actions are extremely evil. We’re talking a level of violence and depravity and disregard for human life that goes beyond the pale. It takes a lot, sometimes, to read of evil to this degree, and some readers will be put off, for sure.

That aside, if you can stand the violence, Devoted In Death is a very good book. We get very good investigative work. It was refreshing that Eve is helped by a small-town sheriff. And that the sheriff is not a caricature of “small-town folk” but an intelligent man whose help on the case proves invaluable.

I also liked that “the team” solved this difficult case using old-fashioned common sense, logic, and pavement-pounding. Despite the fact that it’s 2061, and there are new-fangled devices, nothing “magic” was used to solve this case. Eve worked it the same as she would in today’s world.

My only complaint is a minor one. Robb likes to infuse Eve with several flaws, and she plays them for comedic relief. In this book, Eve is constantly getting tripped up by time zones, and trying to figure out what time it is in another location, and getting upset when the answers aren’t “logical” to her way of thinking. Things like this are cute, but not when they’re overused. Sadly, by the fourth or fifth time, it was just tiresome. Still, this is a minor complaint.

In general, I enjoy the In Death series, and Devoted In Death is one of the better ones.

Other books in the In Death series

Betrayal In Death
Celebrity In Death
Ceremony In Death
Concealed In Death
Divided In Death
Festive In Death
Glory In Death
Haunted In Death
Immortal In Death
Indulgence In Death
Innocent In Death
Interlude In Death
Judgment In Death
Midnight In Death
Missing In Death
Naked In Death
Obsession In Death
Origin In Death
Rapture In Death
Reunion In Death
Salvation In Death
Strangers In Death
Survivor In Death
Treachery In Death
Vengeance In Death
Visions In Death

Obsession In Death – J.D. Robb – not the best

Obsession In Death – J.D. Robb

 

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(2.5/5)

Pros: character development

Cons: mystery a bit lame

Obsession in Death is the 40th book of the In Death series by J.D. Robb.  Like all of the books, we follow Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NY Police force as she catches one case after another. 

By this point, it’s the early 2060’s, and Eve is looking forward to a little vacation.  Until a couple homicides occur with a very personal connection to Eve.  The killer has left Eve a note.  These kills are a favor to Eve – their purpose: to take out someone who has betrayed Eve (in the killer’s mind).  Yes, the killer considers it their mission to take out Eve’s enemies and to prove their undying love/respect/admiration for Eve.

In general, I enjoy the In Death series.  Normally the mysteries are pretty intriguing, and the futuristic setting allows us to read about some fun technology advances.  Further, the series includes a host of characters who have truly grown on me – and have grown, themselves, throughout the series.  Overall, the series is a real pleasure to read.

That said, Obsession in Death is not the best of the bunch.

Frankly, I was bored.  The mystery is a bit weak.  Even the “big reveal” at the end was more of a whimper than a bang.  And worst of all, it’s solved more through a giant coincidence than any real detecting.  Sure, the team does what it can to try to figure out “who done it” but it’s a chance encounter on a street that really turns the case.  I find this lazy and just dull.

There is one good part of the story, though.  At one point, it seems likely that the killer might turn her rage to one of Eve’s loved ones in order to garner more attention.  As Eve starts naming who might be endanger she is amazed at the sheer size of the list.  The Eve from 30 books ago would have had a much shorter list of those to whom she feels close.  But this Eve has quite a few people she genuinely cares about.  Even naming several people who only appeared in one previous book.  It was nice to have this “walk down memory lane” of Eve’s past cases, and to have Eve recognize just how many lives she’s touched in a positive way.

So, good job, on the character-development.  But the overall story was still a bit lame.  I don’t think anything will get me to abandon the series, but Obsession was just not the best.

 

Other books in the In Death series

Born In Death
Celebrity In Death
Ceremony In Death
Concealed In Death
Devoted In Death
Divided In Death
Festive In Death
Glory In Death
Haunted In Death
Immortal In Death
Indulgence In Death
Innocent In Death
Interlude In Death
Judgment In Death
Midnight In Death
Missing In Death
Naked In Death
Origin In Death
Rapture In Death
Reunion In Death
Salvation In Death
Strangers In Death
Survivor In Death
Treachery In Death
Vengeance In Death
Visions In Death

Festive In Death – J.D. Robb – holiday cheer, but lame investigation

Festive In Death – J.D. Robb

 

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(2/5)

Pros: some fun holiday-themed stuff

Cons: lame investigation

Festive In Death is the 39th book in J.D. Robb’s In Death series. Like the rest of the series, it takes place in the year 2060, and features New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas as she solves homicides.

In this case, it’s a few days before Christmas and much of the world is already in its festive, holiday mindset. But not Eve. Because a man has been killed and it’s her job to figure out who did it. Even though the man was a very bad man. Even though there are many who are pretty happy that he’s dead. Eve still has a job to do. This means pounding the pavement with some good old fashioned detective work, despite the calendar creeping ever closer to the holidays.

This series is endearing. Not always because of the investigations. Some of them are good, some are dull. But we always have fun with Eve and her crew of friends and co-workers. In this case, the upcoming holidays have everyone in a tizzy. Well, everyone except Eve, of course. If you’re at all familiar with the series, you know that Eve doesn’t do “tizzy”. She’s above the frenetic holiday traditions. As far as she’s concerned, the entire month of December could be wiped out and she’d be just fine. Shopping for presents? Dressing up for holiday parties? Worse, agreeing to actually host the party at her house? All of these things fall under the category of “silly nonsense” as far as Eve is concerned. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t eventually do them. With her usual grumpy attitude. And, in this case, with a lot of humor and charm for the readers who revel in her discomfort.

So, when it comes to all the “other stuff” that this series is known for, Festive has it, in spades.

But when it comes to the actual homicide investigation, this one was as lame as they come. A zillion suspects and yet I could barely dredge up an ounce of concern. I simply didn’t care. Frankly, I’d like to shake the hand of the person responsible, given the victim’s disgusting behavior.

Worse, there wasn’t anything clever about the eventual solve. Mostly a bunch of people sat around saying “maybe it was this person”, “maybe it was that person”. But nobody really devised a way to figure out exactly who did it. Not until someone eventually mentions a detail that wasn’t mentioned before. Then, like magic, it all falls into place. So the case was basically solved by someone outside of law enforcement mentioning an important detail.

Like I said, the investigation was lame. Yes, the Christmas-related stuff was fun, but I hope the next book in the series gives us a better case to solve.

Other books in the In Death series

Betrayal In Death
Born In Death
Born In Death
Ceremony In Death
Concealed In Death
Devoted In Death
Divided In Death
Glory In Death
Haunted In Death
Immortal In Death
Indulgence In Death
Innocent In Death
Interlude In Death
Judgment In Death
Midnight In Death
Missing In Death
Naked In Death
Naked In Death
Obsession In Death
Origin In Death
Rapture In Death
Reunion In Death
Salvation In Death
Strangers In Death
Survivor In Death
Treachery In Death
Vengeance In Death
Visions In Death

Survivor in Death by J. D. Robb – decent addition to the series

Survivor in Death by J. D. Robb

 

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(3.5/5)

Pros: Decent character development

Cons: Not the strongest mystery in the world

Survivor In Death is the 20th book in J.D. Robb’s In Death series.  Set in the 2050’s, this series follows Lieutenant Eve Dallas in the NY Police Department.  In each book, she’s dragged into a case – usually a homicide or two – and with the help of her co-workers, friends, and ever-present husband Roarke, solves the cases, and saves the day.

In this case, she has a horrible crime scene in front of her. Nearly an entire family wiped out in a terrible streak of violence. The only survivor – the young daughter on whom good luck just happened to shine at the right moment.

Now Eve takes temporary charge of this young girl. For not only is she a survivor – she’s the only witness, and thus a clear threat to the perps. For all of these reasons, Eve will do whatever it takes to keep her safe, and to find those responsible for the murders.

Along the way, more bodies will pile up and a convoluted story of revenge takes shape. And all the while, Eve develops a bond with this young girl as Eve’s own terrible childhood memories are called to the surface.

Survivor In Death was enjoyable in terms of the character’s growth and development even if it wasn’t the strongest mystery in the world. In fact, the mystery as to “whodunit” was pretty lame. I barely followed the convoluted logic involved in the motives given. And a whole lot of things made little sense, in terms of the chances the bad guys take, in order to meet their goals.

But Survivor gives us a whole lot of character growth, and in a series of books that currently stretches over 40 volumes, these characters need to grow and change, or the whole thing gets tiresome. Having Eve and her husband Roarke be around a kid was just the thing they needed. Truly. After all, a big part of their personalities comes from something they have in common – horrid, tragic childhoods. Getting to spend time with a kid who has been through the ringer helps Eve and Roarke put their own pasts just a little further behind them.

I also really enjoyed the banter between Eve and her co-workers. Typically these books have a bit of humor in them, but this one was exceptional in that regard. And best of all, Roarke wasn’t overly annoying in this book, as he sometimes is.

So, all in all, Survivor In Death worked, for me. Not the best mystery, but a decent addition to the In Death series.

Other books in the In Death series

Born In Death
Celebrity In Death
Ceremony In Death
Concealed In Death
Devoted In Death
Divided In Death
Festive In Death
Glory In Death
Haunted In Death
Immortal In Death
Indulgence In Death
Innocent In Death
Interlude In Death
Judgment In Death
Midnight In Death
Missing In Death
Naked In Death
Obsession In Death
Origin In Death
Rapture In Death
Reunion In Death
Salvation In Death
Strangers In Death
Treachery In Death
Vengeance In Death
Visions In Death

Betrayal In Death by J.D. Robb – starts out slow but steps it up

Betrayal In Death by J.D. Robb

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(4/5)

Pros: ended up being an exciting story

Cons: a bit slow to get started

Betrayal In Death is the 12th book in J.D. Robb’s In Death series.  Set in the 2050’s, this series follows Lieutenant Eve Dallas in the NY Police Department.  In each book, she’s dragged into a case – usually a homicide or two – and with the help of her co-workers, friends, and ever-present husband Roarke, solves the cases, and saves the day.

In this case, the first victim is a chambermaid in a swanky hotel.  It’s weird – who would possibly want to hurt a young lady who doesn’t seem to have any backstory that would attract a killer.  As for the hotel where she works… Who’s the owner?  Roarke, of course.  After all, he’s a gazillionaire who owns half the real estate in the world, it seems.

Victim number two is another employee of Roarke’s.  Ah, a connection, at last.  Still, why would someone be targeting Roarke’s employees?  Worse, could he be the actual target?

Eve has her hands full, solving the cases, trying to keep Roarke safe, and getting in the middle of a squabble or two amongst her co-workers.

I enjoy this series, for the most part.  Eve is fascinating character.  Smart, amazing at her job, and funny (in her own cranky way).  The cast of surrounding characters rounds out the balance of humor and compassion.  I enjoy keeping up with their shenanigans, as their stories unfold.  In this book, for instance, we get a bit of an update on Trina, a woman who figures prominently in some of the other books.

As for the various cases, some are certainly better than others.  I admit that the case in this book started out a bit slow.  It seemed to take forever to figure out the connection among the victims in order to get a clue about who the bad guy is, and how to capture him.

But once it got going… I’d say the final third of the book… things really kicked up a notch.  Suddenly the story got exciting, and I even enjoyed a twist or two (and trust me, I’m not easy to surprise!)

I also love the way the Robb makes sure that the titles of the books are not wasted.  I.e., in this case, “Betrayal”.  Betrayal is a theme that runs rampant throughout the story.  In more ways than one, and in a way that isn’t directly black or white, but leaves a trail of grays for readers to consider.

Overall, a terrific book in the In Death series.  Give Betrayal In Death a read.

 

Other books in the In Death series

Born In Death
Celebrity In Death
Ceremony In Death
Concealed In Death
Devoted In Death
Divided In Death
Festive In Death
Glory In Death
Haunted In Death
Immortal In Death
Indulgence In Death
Innocent In Death
Interlude In Death
Judgment In Death
Midnight In Death
Missing In Death
Naked In Death
Obsession In Death
Origin In Death
Rapture In Death
Reunion In Death
Salvation In Death
Strangers In Death
Survivor In Death
Treachery In Death
Vengeance In Death
Visions In Death

Naked in Death – J.D. Robb is off to a great start!

Naked In Death by J.D. Robb

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(4/5)

Pros: Great start to a great series

Cons: The Roarke character just isn’t my favorite

After reading 20+ books in the In Death series, I finally did it… I finally read book 1!  Yes, I know that seems odd, but I’ve been reading this series in random order for years now.  It’s really never been a problem, as J.D. Robb takes care to always make things clear to readers who might not have read previous books.  Still, it was neat to finally see how it all started!

For those unfamiliar, the In Death series follows Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the New York police department.  The series starts out in the late 2050’s.  Life in NY isn’t terribly different than it is today, although, of course, there are some new technologies that make life a bit more interesting.  And there are some off-planet colonies that add some extra fun to the stories.

In each book, Eve finds herself embroiled in some case or other, usually multiple homicides.  With the help of her husband, her co-workers, and a group of friends, the cases get solved.

Except in this book – Naked In Death – there’s no husband, few co-workers, and even fewer friends.  Even is really on her own as the book begins.

The case involves some dead hookers.  Except in the future, the legalization of prostitution means that they’re not called hookers anymore.  They’re “licensed companions” and the government controls the system.  In any case, some of them are turning up dead, and Eve has her hands full trying to figure out the who/how/why of it.

Along the way, she meets Roarke.  A suspect.  I won’t tell you if he’s the bad guy or not, because I wouldn’t want to spoil the book for you.  But if you’ve read any other books in the series or any of my reviews of books in the series, you’ll note that Roarke appears in all of them, and has a huge part in Eve’s life.  So it was nice for me to finally see how they met.

On the other hand, he tends to be a bit too overbearing (this is a theme with him in many of the books) and in this first book, it’s just too much, too soon.  He just met Eve, he should have taken it slower.

We also find out how Eve meets Gallahad (her cat) and why her relationship with Summerset is always so contentious.  Further, we learn the origins of “the button”, an item that is mentioned throughout the series.

As for the case, itself, it was pretty interesting.  A few twists along the way, and a decent outcome.  One thing that irked me was a mistake Eve made.  In future books, she’s pretty much infallible. She just doesn’t make mistakes such as the one she made in this book.  Perhaps this is done on purpose.  Maybe Eve simply has to grow and perfect her record along the way.

Still, in the end, this is a decent book, and a decent start to what will become a huge series for Robb.

 

 

Other books in the In Death series

Born In Death
Celebrity In Death
Ceremony In Death
Concealed In Death
Devoted In Death
Divided In Death
Festive In Death
Glory In Death
Haunted In Death
Immortal In Death
Indulgence In Death
Innocent In Death
Interlude In Death
Judgment In Death
Midnight In Death
Missing In Death
Naked In Death
Obsession In Death
Origin In Death
Rapture In Death
Reunion In Death
Salvation In Death
Strangers In Death
Survivor In Death
Treachery In Death
Vengeance In Death
Visions In Death

Concealed In Death by J.D. Robb – not the best, not the worst

Concealed In Death by J.D. Robb

 

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(3/5)

Pros: the series continues to intrigue

Cons: but this was not my favorite

Wow – the 38th book in the series!   Concealed In Death is a middle-of-the road book in what is typically a very intriguing series.  Granted, I’m reading them all out of order, so I may not get the typical reader experience.  Still, for the most part, I enjoy J.D. Robb’s In Death series.  But Concealed  is not my favorite.

The series revolves around Lieutenant Eve Dallas, head of the homicide division of the New York Police Department.  The books take place in the future – in the late 2050’s, early 2060’s.  Life is similar to what we know today, except there are some cool techno gadgets to which I really look forward.  And the language has evolved a bit – but you quickly get used to the changes and, frankly, forget the timeline.

In all cases, Eve stumbles into some homicide or other.  In this case, a total of 12 bodies are found, concealed in a condemned building’s walls.  Missing for 15 years, these girls fell off the radar.  Now it’s up to Eve to seek their justice.

It’s nice to read a series where the characters develop and grow.  But it’s not so nice when the characters seem just a bit “off”.  When they just behave in ways that don’t ring true for who you know them to be.  And that’s what happens here.  Eve isn’t nearly as snarky as she’s “supposed” to be.  And her partner, Peabody, doesn’t bring the humor, like she normally does. Even husband Roarke isn’t his usual self in this book.  Although, frankly, that’s not a terrible thing, given that I sometimes can’t stand him.

All of the characters come off as a little flat, a little dull, in this book.  Let’s just say, it’s a good thing, that this is approximately the 20th book I’ve read in the series, not the first.  Because if it were the first, I might not be so quick to pick up another.

As far as the actual story goes, it was pretty good. I definitely felt invested, and wanted to know what really happened to those girls 15 years ago.  And even though the middle of the book was a bit dull, I have to say that Robb really brought it, when it came to wrapping it up.  I found the story, in the end, to be quite a bit more interesting and engaging than I was expecting.

On the other hand, Eve figured out the commonalities among these 12 girls in about three seconds.  And she had her prime suspects lined up in about three minutes.  In other words, how can it be that the authorities didn’t also put together the obvious, when the girls were reported missing all those years ago.  Despite the effort made to show us why these girls slipped through the cracks, I just didn’t buy it.  The obvious connections should have been obvious when they were first missing, not just now, 15 years later.

But of course, then there wouldn’t have been a story.

So, all in all, Concealed In Death is an “ok” story.  Not the best of the series, not the worst.  Read it, but don’t start the series with it.

Other books in the In Death series

Betrayal In Death
Born In Death
Celebrity In Death
Ceremony In Death
Devoted In Death
Divided In Death
Festive In Death
Glory In Death
Haunted In Death
Immortal In Death
Indulgence In Death
Innocent In Death
Interlude In Death
Judgment In Death
Midnight In Death
Missing In Death
Naked In Death
Obsession In Death
Origin In Death
Rapture In Death
Reunion In Death >
Salvation In Death
Strangers In Death
Survivor In Death
Treachery In Death
Vengeance In Death
Visions In Death

Ceremony In Death by J.D. Robb – very skippable

Ceremony In Death by J.D. Robb

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(1/5)

Pros: I liked Jamie, not that he sticks around

Cons: Uninteresting characters and story

In general, I enjoy J. D. Robb’s In Death series.  Set in the 2050’s, the series follows New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas.  There’s usually a homicide – or several – that Eve gets to investigate along with her partner and various co-workers, as well as her husband.  Along the way, there’s frequently some decent humor, a glimpse into some cool futuristic technology, and, of course, an interesting case to solve.

Ceremony In Death is the fifth book in the series.  And let me tell you, it is definitely not the best.  In fact, it’s one of the worst ones I’ve read.

The homicides, in this book, revolve around witches.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Good witches who practice “white magic” – mixing their herbs, reading crystals, and trying to do their brand of good in the world.  And then there are the bad witches – the ones who have taken the movement too far – practicing a much darker religion that involves sacrifices, illicit drugs, and sex that definitely crosses a line.

It’s into this world that Eve is thrust, trying to figure out who killed an ex-cop and his granddaughter.  And why.

Eve is as level-headed as they come, and doesn’t believe any of this “nonsense”.  As a result, I believe her judgment is colored and it shows in her investigation.  In fact, Eve’s aide, Peabody, has a much better handle on things than Eve does, simply because Peabody has broader horizons, and can keep more of an open mind than Eve can.  The resultant arguments between the two were uncomfortable for me to read.  Put bluntly, Eve was a real witch-with-a-B to Peabody.

Another uncomfortable scene involved an argument with Feeny, Eve’s long-time friend and colleague.  Having been placed, sometimes, in exactly Eve’s shoes, I know that Eve did what she had to do.  Worse, Feeny would have known it, too, if he’d just taken a few minutes to think about it instead of spouting off.

A complaint that I have with many of the books in this series is the amount of sex, and the level of detail given.  I’m happy for Eve and Roark that they’re married and in love.  But I don’t care to read about their bedroom romps – especially as they seem to occur every 5 minutes in this book.  And I feel Roarke is just a bit heavy-handed with Eve, when it comes to sex.  He needs a cold shower occasionally.  Luckily, I’ve read enough books in the series to know that he does “calm down” a bit going forward.  But in these early books, I have to wonder, sometimes, if Roarke doesn’t cross a line or two himself when it comes to sex.

One good thing about this book is the introduction of Jamie.  He’s a young kid, smart as a whip, with some remarkable skills.  I would have liked for him to show up in other books, but as far as I know he’s a one-time character.

Overall, Ceremony In Death is not a good book, and does not do a good job representing the series.  Definitely do not start with this one, if you’re first getting into the series.  And, frankly, even if you’ve decided to read the whole thing, you might consider skipping this one.

Other books in the In Death series

Betrayal In Death
Born In Death
Celebrity In Death
Concealed In Death
Devoted In Death
Divided In Death  
Festive In Death
Glory In Death
Haunted In Death
Immortal In Death
Indulgence In Death
Innocent In Death
Interlude In Death
Judgment In Death
Midnight In Death
Missing In Death
Naked In Death
Obsession In Death
Origin In Death
Rapture In Death
Reunion In Death
Salvation In Death
Strangers In Death
Survivor In Death
Treachery In Death
Vengeance In Death
Visions In Death