Tuesday 8 October 2019

Review: Ritual in Death - J.D. Robb

An exclusive J.D. Robb short story.

Dragged to a glamorous, high-society ball with billionaire husband Roarke, homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas is almost relieved when a naked, knife-wielding, blood-drenched man crashes in - a man who thinks he has killed someone.

Tracing bloody footprints, Eve finds a hotel room filled with signs of a ritual murder, but the man remembers nothing. Determined to help, Roarke consults an ex-lover who practices witchcraft. But Eve knows there is nothing supernatural about a deadly lust for power . . .

Set between Salvation in Death and Promises in Death.

In Death Series:
Naked in Death
Glory in Death
Immortal in Death
Rapture in Death
Ceremony in Death
Vengeance in Death
Holiday in Death
Midnight in Death (Novella)
Conspiracy in Death
Loyalty in Death
Witness in Death
Judgement in Death
Betrayal in Death
Interlude in Death (Novella)
Seduction in Death
Reunion in Death
Purity in Death
Portrait in Death
Imitation in Death
Big Jack (Available in the Remember When Anthology or separately)
Divided in Death
Visions in Death
Survivor in Death
Origin in Death
Memory in Death
Haunted in Death (Novella)
Born in Death
Innocent in Death
Creation in Death
Eternity in Death (Novella)
Strangers in Death
Salvation in Death
Ritual in Death (Novella)
Promises in Death
Kindred in Death
Missing in Death (Novella)
Fantasy in Death
Indulgence in Death
Possession in Death (Novella)
Treachery in Death
New York to Dallas
Chaos in Death (Novella)
Celebrity in Death
Delusion in Death
Calculated in Death
Thankless in Death
Taken in Death (Novella available in the Mirror, Mirror anthology or separately)
Concealed in Death
Festive in Death
Obsession in Death
Devoted in Death
Wonderment in Death (Novella)
Brotherhood in Death
Apprentice in Death
Echoes in Death
Secrets in Death
Dark in Death
Leverage in Death
Connections in Death
Vendetta in Death
Golden in Death

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Ritual In Death is a novella available either as an individual ebook, or, as a bind up in print or ebook, that also includes the novella Missing in Death. I read it as part of the bind up but I'm reviewing both stories separately as I'm reading the whole In Death series in order and read these stories weeks apart.

Eve never particularly enjoys the high-society parties she has to attend as Roarke's wife but this one gets much more interesting when a naked man bursts in, covered in blood and raving about a dead woman he might have killed. It isn't hard for Eve and Roarke to follow the bloody footprints back to Suite 606 where they discover a woman brutally murdered in what appears to have been a satanic ritual. It's obvious that there was more than one attacker but is the man from the party one of the killers or another innocent victim?

I think what I love most about the In Death novellas is that they always contain a hint of the supernatural, Eve is always totally out of her depth when we move beyond cold hard logic into slightly weird territories and it's always fun to see her slightly off balance. Roarke is much more willing to accept things he can't see and Peabody is definitely a believer. This particular crime was pretty horrific so I really enjoyed seeing Eve take down the people involved.

Source: Purchased

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