Lieutenant Eve Dallas has her honeymoon cut short by a suspicious suicide on her new husband’s hotel in space. When she gets home, she starts working another suspicious suicide, then another – with a small burn inside the brains of the recently deceased mystifying everyone. This is a tight story of nature vs. nurture, pre-programming vs. self-made, the collision of music and emotion, and if mind control could ever become a good thing.
32. Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb, Ceremony In Death, 310 pages, Mystery, Paperback, 1997 (In Death, Book 5).
An internal investigation into a dead cop with illegals (drugs) in his system takes a strange turn into the dark and mystical when his granddaughter tells Lieutenant Eve Dallas about her recent past with a satanic cult and her current attempts to protect herself, both by aligning with Wicca and by informing her grandfather of what had been going on, and her belief this lead to his untimely death. I’m not fond of earth religions as a plot device since I don’t know enough to say where they are getting it wrong. But neither is our heroine (fond of religion of any sort, really), so after a while it became more an exploration of good, evil, family, vengeance, and the standard nature vs. nurture we’ve been doing since Eve started regaining her memories of her abused childhood. This is my least favorite of the series so far, but I’m very interested in reading more.