At the most solemn moment of a Catholic funeral Mass, the priest brings the chalice to his lips. Seconds later, he is dead on the altar.
For the mourners packed into the pews, Father Miguel Flores's sudden demise is an unimaginable shock. When Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine contained enough potassium cyanide to kill a rhino, she's prepared to plunge in and find out why, despite her discomfort with her surroundings. It's not the bodegas and pawnshops of East Harlem that bother her, though the neighborhood is a long way from the stone mansion she shares with her billionaire husband, Roarke. It's all that holiness flying around at St. Cristobal's that makes her uneasy.
A search of the victim's simple, sparsely furnished room reveals few personal touches, except for a carefully hidden religious medal with a mysterious inscription, and a couple of underlined Bible passages. The autopsy reveals much more: faint scars of knife wounds, a removed tattoo - and evidence of plastic surgery suggesting "Father Flores" may not have been the man his parishioners thought. Now, as Eve pieces together clues that suggest identity theft, gang connections, and a deeply personal act of revenge, she hopes to track down whoever committed this unholy act. Until a second murder - in front of an even larger crowd of worshippers - knocks the whole investigation sideways.
The way Eve sees it, vengeance may be the Lord's business, but if there's going to be any earthly justice in this case, it's up to her.
When a high-society party is crashed by a naked, knife-wielding, blood-covered man who "thinks" he might have killed someone, Eve Dallas must track down the crime, and the criminals. Everything points to Satanic ritual, but Eve doesn't believe in devil worship...
I really enjoyed both of these so much! Salvation, I kinda remembered, and Ritual, I hadn't read before, but yeah, they were both really great stories, and more time in the In Death world, which is never a bad thing!
So reading the book, I kinda remembered things. Like when she was talking to the other priest at the end. And that the other murder was a copy cat murder, someone using the publicity of the first one to kill someone that they wanted dead. I remembered that. But I kinda forgot who killed the first guy.
Until we got close to the end, and I figured it out, someone who kinda should've been suspected, but she was pretty quite, and she wasn't really connected all that much to the case. But she was, and she had a pretty personal reason to kill him-betrayal.
Ritual, I really enjoyed. And I can understand why Roarke wouldn't have the keys to a random room in his hotel, but some of his actions were a bit weird there! And catching the bad guys, it was a bit hard, but they managed it in the end, yeah!
Such great stories, really enjoyed reading them, can't wait for more!
Author: J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #27, 27.5
Read: May 5th, 10th, 2013
Reason Why: Love this series, and they're Sequel Challenge 2013 Books, and 2013 Dystopia Books!
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Published: November 4th 2008, November 23rd 2008
Salvation in Death:
Ritual in Death: