Sometimes, the notes I take after reading a book are enough to further expand into some kind of review. Other times, I don’t take enough and/or wait too long to expand upon them. And then there are the times I don’t bother writing anything down immediately (thinking I might do so later), and end up having to spend time trying to remember what I liked/didn’t like. So, for those time when I fall too far behind or don’t have enough notes, I decided that I will just post what I have as “notes on” that particular book.
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Title: Ceremony in Death
Author: J. D. Robb
Copyright: 2010 (Berkley); 447 pgs.
Series: In Death #5
Genre: Futuristic Romance/Suspense
From Good Reads.com: 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.
Notes: The notes I have one aren’t very helpful. I actually had to go back to see what the case was about.
I do remember being very disappointed with Eve in this one. She’s investigating a fellow cop’s death and keeping that fact from her good friend Feeney — the deceased was a friend and mentor of Feeney’s, just as he is Eve’s. That puts a great deal more pressure on her than it ordinarily would. It makes her hurt and she’s angry.
Eve was too ready to believe that one of the suspects was guilty, despite what she says about wanting him to be innocent. Peabody’s instincts were more accurate regarding the suspect and Eve should have at least listened to what Peabody had to say. In another situation, Eve would have listened to her, given her regard for Peabody’s abilities. Had Eve listened, she would have come to the same conclusions Peabody had. Also clouding Eve’s judgement is her bias regarding witches. Witchcraft is bad in her book and she can’t seem to distinguish those who dabble in the occult and those who are Wiccan.
I ended up not enjoying this one as much as the others.
Start: 28 January 2011
Finished: 30 January 2011