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Silent Night

by J.D. Robb (Contributor), Claire Cross (Contributor), Dee Holmes (Contributor), Susan Plunkett (Contributor)

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This book is a collection of four Christmas themed novellas/short stories. Published in 1998, it has 340 pages.
The first story written by Claire Cross- "A Berry Merry Christmas" was not the best story to lead off with. This story,in my opinion, was a rip off of the "Elf" movie. This one might appeal to an younger reader, but for me it was just too silly.
The second story was written by Dee Holmes- "The Unexpected Gift" was a quite a bit more mature, but still felt rushed and the story was weak.
The third story was written by Susan Plunkett- "Christmas Promises"
was a really good one, but for some it may have been a little too dark for a Christmas time book. But, I liked it.
The last story was a J.D. Robb installment of the Eve Dallas "In Death" series.
Of course this was the best story of the lot, but still not up to Robb's usual standards.
The four stories didn't compliment each other at all. They were just too diverse. The first two were lighter, the last two darker.
Overall a C. ( )
  gpangel | Nov 26, 2012 |
A quartet of Christmas-related stories. Three are forgettable, but the fourth is finds detective Eve Dallas on a holiday outing with a serial killer who fancies himself a scientific prodigy in the study of pain. Escaped from his maximum security cell, he's made a list of his own... and Eve's name is on it.

Not a necessary purchase unless you want the complete set, but an enjoyable read. ( )
  SunnySD | Jul 28, 2012 |
I got this book mainly for J D Robb and was surprised that it was a short story with three others. Quite an accomplished feat for such a mini read, as the detail in what the serial killer was torturing his victims had me shuddering at times. Good story, though
The other 3 stories were OK. The first one by Claire Cross wasn't really much but it did, unexpectedly, tug at the heartstrings a little, dammit! ( )
  gogglemiss | Mar 26, 2011 |
Midnight in Death:
It's the 8th in the In Death series, and Nora compensates for the shorter length by leaving out some of the secondary characters, and by having Eve know from the beginning whodunit.

The killer is a psychopath Eve helped put away some years ago, a spiritual heir of Mengele who tortures his victims to death to study their bodies' pain and fear responses. His mission since his escape from prison is both to further his "research" and to get revenge on those responsible for locking him up.

Despite its short length, Midnight in Death is a complete story, and we get some good character insights into the recurring characters. And the killer is a refreshing change from the serial killers who are killing their mothers over and over again. ( )
  Darla | Dec 2, 2008 |
The Eve Dallas story is good. I did not read the rest. ( )
  RV_Winnie | Aug 4, 2007 |
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Cross, ClaireContributormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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This anthology contains 4 stories:
"Midnight In Death" by J.D. Robb
"Christmas Promises" by Susan Plunkett
"The Unexpected Gift" by Dee Holmes
"A Berry Merry Christmas" by Claire Cross
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0515123854, Mass Market Paperback)

For those who like the Grinch more before his transformation by the Whos down in Whoville, and those who don't automatically think of George Bailey's encounter with the angel in It's a Wonderful Life every time they hear a bell ring during the Christmas season, New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb, has teamed with three other gifted writers of romantic suspense to produce four intriguing tales of holiday upheaval. Claire Cross's "A Berry Merry Christmas" sends Holly Berry, a technophobic elf, to spread a little Christmas cheer to orphaned Natalie Sinclair and her Uncle Drew. When Natalie requests a new mommy for Christmas, little does Holly suspect she's the ideal candidate to fill the role--and to become a loving wife to Drew, who finds himself believing once again in the magic of Christmas. Only Santa Claus--"Mr. C" to Holly--can make all their dreams come true.

In Dee Holmes's "The Unexpected Gift," Sabrina McKay is spending her first Christmas since her divorce alone in Pine Falls, Vermont, with her young son. She finds the best gift of all not under her Christmas tree but passed out cold in her front yard. Investigating her son's report that "there's a dead man in the yard," Sabrina discovers former bad boy--and her girlhood boyfriend--Zach Danforth. Together again, they realize the true meaning of Christmas and the rediscovery of a love never lost.

Jake Rimsa discovers that the packaging doesn't reveal the true value of the gift inside in Susan Plunkett's Christmas Promises. Roped into giving Marne York, his ex-fiancée, a ride home for Christmas, Jake finds little evidence of the polished, pampered, starry-eyed young woman he left behind when he joined the FBI. Instead Marne has become a fierce advocate on behalf of battered women and a woman who has learned, in the most horrifying way possible, to take care of herself. And Jake uncovers in Marne the long-buried passion she believed forever dead. Together they seek a foe determined to make Marne pay for her interference, and they find the greatest gift of all--love between equals.

In the final story, only Nora Roberts can combine Christmas and an escaped serial killer with a grudge and still make it sizzle! Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns in Midnight in Death. When her first Christmas with her new husband Roarke is interrupted by reports of the naked, mutilated body of the judge responsible for convicting serial killer David Palmer, Eve learns that her name appears on the list of others to be killed. Since she was responsible for arresting Palmer the first time, Eve is back on the case. But Roarke is on her case, exhorting Eve to join him under the mistletoe for a little Yuletide cheer and to let him bring his considerable connections to bear to locate the hiding place of the monster threatening their happiness. Together they capture the psychopath and the spirit of Christmas. What a way to start the new year! --Alison Trinkle

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Berry Merry Christmas. A mysterious nanny has a special message to deliver to a young orphan and her uncle who long to feel the joy of Christmas in their hearts once again. Unexpected Gift. Sabrina McKay and her five-year-old son are coping with the first Crhistmas since her divorce when her son finds a "body" in the yard--and unexpectedly they rediscover the true spirit of the holidays. Christmas Promises. Christmas promises brings a woman and her ex-fiance together after four long years as they search for a missing child--and make up for broken promises of Christmases past. Midnight in Death. Lieutenant Eve Dallas must postpone her first Christmas with her new husband, Roarke, to hunt for an excaped serial killer--but she and Roarke still manage to find ways to celebrate.… (more)

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