Bump in the Night

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Follow four of today’s most provocative authors to a place where love can transform reality—and anything can happen. Here they present stories of ethereal circumstances, magical romance, and otherworldly suspense. Beginning with an all-new tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts writing as J. D. Robb—and featuring lieutenant-of-the-future Eve Dallas—this collection will take you on a breathtaking journey through the passions of the heart and its power to ...

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Overview

Follow four of today’s most provocative authors to a place where love can transform reality—and anything can happen. Here they present stories of ethereal circumstances, magical romance, and otherworldly suspense. Beginning with an all-new tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts writing as J. D. Robb—and featuring lieutenant-of-the-future Eve Dallas—this collection will take you on a breathtaking journey through the passions of the heart and its power to transcend the everyday…

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A talky, tepid entry from Robb/Roberts sets the stage for a disjointed and mostly disappointing collection of paranormal romances. Only Robb's and Ryan's stories adhere to the volume's "bump in the night" theme, and they are the weakest by far. The former, which centers on a murder in a haunted house, substitutes tough cop talk between series detective Eve Dallas and her assistant for verve and suspense; the latter spins a by-the-numbers romance between two workaholics who find love and inner peace while relaxing near a haunted lake. The remaining stories feature a sunnier atmosphere and more well-developed protagonists. Blayney tells a sweet if conventional 19th-century romance in which a young girl's magic coin helps a widow and a down-on-his-luck officer find happiness. But it's the inventive contribution from relative unknown McComas, about a woman who changes her life for the better with the help of her handsome imaginary friend, that steals the show. McComas focuses on the most important relationship of all-the relationship one has with oneself-and spins an introspective and irresistible story that, for some readers, may make this collection worthwhile. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515141177
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 304,277
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for a number one New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including the futuristic suspense In Death series. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2006

    J.D. Robb is at it again!

    I have been hooked on the stories Nora Roberts writes as J.D. Robb since I read the first one. I have always loved anything Ms. Roberts writes, but especially her Eve Dallas stories. The only thing I had a problem with in Bump In The Night was that it was too short. The story was too hurried. I read to relax and enjoy myself. All of Nora Roberts books do this for me! I have every one of her Eve Dallas books and can't wait for the next one. I really wish the Eve Dallas series were made into a movie or a made for television movies and would star Ms. Roberts as Eve!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    This is a Good Book for an Escape from Reality

    I find this book fasinating so far as a police detective story can tell. It could be very interesting if the detective has to deal with supernatural or a ghost.The intervening murders between the two eras. It took me a while to get into the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2007

    A reviewer

    Well the first story was pretty good..the second however was kind of corny at the end..I think it could have ended better, or even that the writing of the whole story could have been better and more interesting...The third was better than the second, I liked it also(even if its kinda strange..)...The fourth, Mellow Lemon Yellow, was my favorite...Im glad the book ended on a good note...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2006

    Very bad, not worth your money

    At least, not worth mine. I bought it because I'm a fan of Robb, but even that was not enough for the money spent. The story was OK, but nothing to write home about, and it's true that it's a bit surprising to find Eve so easily persuaded to believe in gosts. The 2nd story barely passed the mark, with the corniest ending, the 3rd however was just plain STUPID !! and made me want to hurl the book at the other end of the room (and I love books...) Anyway, the 4th story saved the antology, nice story, a bit cloying, but hey, it's a romance book. Nothing bumps in the night, no chills, no thrills, buy something else....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Unfortunate disappointment

    I absolutely love the In Death series. Unfortunately, I couldn't get on board with this one. It was a short story and you can skip it and go to the next book in the series w/o skipping a beat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2006

    surprised!!!!!!!!

    I picked up this book for the J.D. Robb and she was as good as ever but the surprise of the book was Mary Kay McComas's story 'Mellow Lemon Yellow' It was fun it was thoughtful and best of all in the genre that boast about romance but doen't always deliver this short story was quite simply touching to the extreme. For a writer i hadn't yet discovered three cheers!!! And i will definately be looking for her past works! That is why i give this anthology 5 stars, really i am just giving them to McComas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2006

    Disappointing

    I am a huge JD Robb fan and that's the primary reason I buy these anthologies. I was eager to read the mini Eve Dallas story, having found the previous two in these collections, to be quite good but Haunted in Death came across as hurried and sloppy. Eve investigates the murder of a man, whose family background is linked with the decades old mysterious disappearance of a jazz singer, and in the process finds herself in 'Number 12' the supposedly haunted house at the centre of the jazz singer's vanishing act. The main problem I had with this story was not so much the supernatural themes, but the fact that Eve, so grounded in reality and facts, suddenly finds herself face to face with spirits and ghosts and suddenly the story is over and she's convinced. Why? An ending that was entirely too pat for my liking and not in character with Eve Dallas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    Vivid imagination and unique

    Another world that you'll look forward to escaping to. As original if not more so than 'Between Shadow & Light.'

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    four fine science fiction-fantasy tales

    ¿Haunted in Death¿ by JD Robb. In 2060 NYPD Police Detective Eve Dallas investigates two related homicides that happen to have occurred one hundred years apart with the prime suspect being a ghost even if the sleuth does not believe in apparitions. --- ¿Poppy's Coin¿ by Mary Blayney. In 1817 London, David is guardian to preadolescent Poppy and her infant brother Billy. He raises them as his own with love and tenderness. Poppy gives her ¿Papa¿ a gold coin that legend says makes wishes come true though not quite in the way that the beneficiary expected just ask Papa and Lady Grace. --- ¿The Passenger¿ by Ruth Ryan Langan. The plane crash near Spirit Lake brought their lives rushing past them as each of the pair reflects on the ghosts of their past and what could have been. As athletic adventurer ¿fearless¿ Josh and photojournalist Grace begin to emotionally heal from more than just the crash they find more than surviving in common as they become lovers as each now knows how fragile life is. --- ¿Mellow Lemon Yellow¿ by Mary Kay McComas. Mellow Lemon Yellow has not visited Charlotte since she began to grow up and no longer needed an imaginary friend. However, Mel is there for his Charlotte when her father dies except this time he is a real person either that or Charlotte has totally lost it. These are four fine science fiction-fantasy tales that fans will enjoy especially the whimsical poignant ¿Mellow Lemon Yellow¿. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2006

    3.5 stars

    *** Eve Dallas finds herself with two murders set a century apart to solve in Haunted in Death. Though Eve refuses to believe in ghosts, she may have to deal with one as she once more takes care of the dead. Whether as Nora Roberts or JD Robb, this is one author you can always trust to entertain you. In Poppy's Coin, Mary Blayney tells of a magical coin that makes wishes come true in unexpected ways. The story is sweet and old fashioned, with only a hint of paranormal activity, and what magic there is could be explained away if you simply want a historical story. The Passenger, by Ruth Ryan Langan, uses a plane crash to bring about spiritual healing for two unlikely lovers as they literally face the ghosts of their pasts. Though sweet, this is the weakest link of the book, with a rambling style that makes it hard to enjoy. Finally, the anthonlogy rounds out with a very pleasant surprise in Mellow Lemon Yellow by Mary Kay McComas. Charlotte's father's funeral brings an old friend back into her life a very handsome man named Mel (short for Mellow Lemon Yellow). No, his parents were not hippies, he's a living, breathing imaginary friend come to life, and someone Charlotte could love, but is he right for her, or is there a deeper purpose to Mel's visit. He's outrageous, funny, and loveable. Yet, for all the laughs, this is the most poigant tale in the book. Keep a hanky on hand when you read it. ***

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