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Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror

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by J. D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, Ruth Ryan Langan

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Five twists on classic fairy tales from five mesmerizing authors—including "Taken in Death," a Lieutenant Eve Dallas story from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb.
Once upon a time, in a world far removed from the days when fairy tales were new, five bestselling authors spin versions that take the classic stories into a


Five twists on classic fairy tales from five mesmerizing authors—including "Taken in Death," a Lieutenant Eve Dallas story from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb.
Once upon a time, in a world far removed from the days when fairy tales were new, five bestselling authors spin versions that take the classic stories into a new dimension. You’ll recognize Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and other enduring characters, but they’ll exist in realms beyond your imagination, where the familiar is transformed into the extraordinary and otherworldly. 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Returning novella contributors Robb, Blayney, McComas, and Ryan (The Unquiet) are joined by newcomer Fox in this interesting collection of fairy-tale–inspired stories of romance and intrigue. Robb’s Eve Dallas must track down a pair of missing twins in a Hansel and Gretel police procedural, “Taken in Death.” Blayney’s wish-granting coin entwines a pair of lonely adventure seekers in romance beyond their lives as a servant and a sergeant in her charming 1816 fantasy, “If Wishes Were Horses,” which gives a nod to Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Fox introduces a charming ghostly television reporter to the woman who buys his haunted house in “Beauty, Sleeping,” a clever, turned-on-its-head version of Sleeping Beauty. McComas’s phenomenal modern retelling of “The Little Match Girl” gives a too-generous activist and the cop who thinks he’s too old for her a chance at love in “The Christmas Comet.” In Ryan’s Cinderella tale, “Stroke of Midnight,” a teacher travels to her father’s hometown in Ireland, falls in love, and nearly lets her wicked stepmother ruin everything before an improbable conclusion. Though varying dramatically in approaches to the theme, each novella successfully captures the spirit of magic and happy endings. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
“Fairy tales are the inspiration for this year’s splendid edition of the annual anthology from this most talented quintet. Once again the tales range from historical to futuristic, with each delivering an engaging story brushed with a touch of magic or otherworldliness.”—RT Book Reviews

Praise for the In Death series

“Robb is a virtuoso.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“It’s Law & Order: SVU—in the future.”—Entertainment Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
Five new romantic takes on classic fairy-tale themes by five romance authors. A short Eve Dallas & Roarke romantic suspense fashioned with Hansel & Gretel elements but with typical Robb intensity leads off this quirky, fun collection of stories. In "Taken In Death," Eve Dallas must save two frightened but clever twins who use an electronic toy to help rescue them from a truly evil witch. In "If Wishes Were Horses," Blayney's inventive take on "Goldilocks," a series of misunderstandings nearly keeps two souls destined for each other apart, in spite of the best efforts of a magic wishing coin. In "Beauty, Sleeping," Fox spins the fairy tale on its head and updates it in a winning way with a modern-day prince bewitched into a ghostly existence by a scorned fairy and the woman who must bring him back to life to save him. McComas fetchingly combines elements from the tragic "Little Matchstick Girl" with a virtually unknown Brothers Grimm fable, "The Star Money," and updates them to a contemporary fairy tale that has readers simultaneously wanting to strangle and celebrate the heroine-with-a-heart of gold, Natalie, and feeling very grateful for her vigilant, love-struck guardian cop, Miles, in "The Christmas Comet." Finally, in "Stroke of Midnight," Ryan pens a modern-day Cinderella story that uses engaging facets of the traditional and Disney versions of the classic and turns them inside out for a completely novel take on the tale. The stories are smoothly written and refreshingly original, with likable characters and magical aspects that will keep the romance audience invested. Modern readers may perhaps be a little annoyed with Sydney, who seems to be too much under the thumb of a stepmother whom she should be well rid of yet is too easily swayed by, even though she herself knows the woman is wretched; and also with Natalie, who is generous to a major fault. Yet, the stories are enchanting, and since it all works out in the end, in sigh-worthy ways, readers will be quick to forgive flaws. Clever, winsome and fun fairy-tale fare.

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What People are Saying About This

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#1 New York Times Bestselling Author J. D. Robb
“A virtuoso.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Mary Blayney
“Simply superb.”—Booklist
Elaine Fox
“A vibrant new voice in romance.”—Patricia Gaffney
Mary Kay McComas
“Inventive.”—Publishers Weekly
R. C. Ryan
“Delivers it all—with page-turning romance.”—Nora Roberts

Meet the Author

J. D. Robb is the pseudonym for a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including the bestselling In Death series. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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Keedysville, Maryland
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Silver Spring, Maryland

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Mirror, Mirror 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
SJMusk More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed JD Robb’s version of Hansel and Gretel.  I can’t say the same for the rest of the stories. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like all of them but the second story. Great read.
sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
Twisted fairy tales make a fun read. The wonderful thing about short stories is the fact that the author can get right into the meat of the story. This anthology is not the exception. Congrads to J.D. Robb, she sure did again, it in spades. Mary Blaney’s story is special because who doesn’t love magic coins, a special gift and a really sweet love story. In this Elaine Fox story sleeping beauty is a guy. I started laughing from page one of the first chapter. A delightful story, so much fun. The story by Mary Kay McComas isn’t light and fun like the others. It’s about homeless people, a good woman, her special friend – and a Christmas miracle. Really, how can you go wrong with R.C. Ryan’s story that mostly takes place in that most magical of all places, Ireland. To complete it all, you have a wicked step-mother and a sweet love story.
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
Mirror, Mirror is a fun, fairy tale based anthology with a modern twist. Each of the authors have a unique writing style, and put together, these five tales will enchant you! Recommended for romance readers who like a little magic in their tales!! Taken in Death by J. D. Robb In Taken in Death by JD Robb, Henry and Gala are kipnapped but the evil witch...but Henry has a plan to have the good witch save them...if she can find them in time. The good witch is Eve, who will have to use all her resources as they race against time to find Henry and Gala before it's too late. I loved J.C. Robb's take on the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel! JD Robb mixes fairy tale with Eve and Roarke's modern life and really brings it alive. Taken in Death is a fast paced fairy tale novella that will draw you in, hoping Henry and Gala can be saved from the evil witch. As always I loved Eve, she is so strong and independent with that underlying sensitivity that she tries to hide even from herself. I felt like the length of the novella was perfect for this tale, Eve and Roarke were just as strong as ever. If Wishes Were Horses by Mary Blayney In If Wishes were Horses by Mary Blayney, Martha has golden locks, a magic coin, and is trying every bed in the castle...not looking for perfection, but for the one that's just right for her. She never expected to be caught or misunderstood, just as she never expected to fall for Jack. Will Martha keep her sense of adventure after all is done and ride off with Jack to lands unknown? Mary gives us a fun historical novella with tones of Goldilocks with If Wishes Were Horses, with the lesson to be careful what you wish for! Well written and easy to stay interested in, making for a fun fairy tale! Beauty, Sleeping by Elaine Fox Beauty, Sleeping by Elaine Fox give us an intriguing modern day take on Sleeping Beauty when Michael Prince is cursed at birth and later on by an evil 'fairie' who sends him to an in between world...not dead, not alive, and no body. When Cassandra buys his old house and moves in, he knows she is important to him. But how? And what will it take to let him live again? Elaine Fox give us quite a twist on the traditional Sleeping Beauty tale. A little confusing at times, I felt that this novella could be very well written and read as a longer novel...there was so much more that could have been done with the story line. But Elaine manages to keep you reading and wondering how or even if things will ever work out for Cassandra and Michael. The Christmas Comet by Mary Kay McComas Is a sweet story about Natalie, who gives so much to everyone else there's nothing left for herself. She just might need saving herself, and her 'friend' Officer Miles might just be the one to do it, if Natalie and Miles can be honest about the attraction simmering between them. With wishes, hope, belief, and love Natalie might just have her own magical Christmas. I'm not familiar with what fairy tale this is based on, but it's a fun, sweet modern day fairy tale with a selfless heroine. I loved the combination of magic and (sometimes harsh) reality Mary Kay gives us in The Christmas Comet. Stroke of Midnight by R. C. Ryan R.C. Ryan's modern day Cinderella tale was my favorite!! Sydney has been belittled and demoralized by her evil stepmother for years...since her father died. Even though Sidney is living the life that makes her happy, her stepmother still manages to get under her skin. When the opportunity, thanks to her late father, presents itself for Sidney to take the trip to her father's homeland of Ireland they were always gonig to take together, she jumps at the chance. From Cullen, who she meets on the plane and is headed to the same place she is, to the comforting town and visions of castles, to the unique glass slipper, there is lots of romance and fairy tale in Stroke of Midnight. I really love how RC Ryan pulled this fairy tale together, made it modern but kept it so enchanting! Beside the magic and the new found love, R.C. Ryan's descriptives of Ireland will take you there and you will see the castles in your head!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robb story good, the others boring.
milo115 More than 1 year ago
Loved the story line.
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Kujo222 More than 1 year ago
I give 5 stars for the J.D. Robb novella. In any of these anthologies with J.D. Robb stories I haven't ever read the other stories. I get it specifically for the "In Death" novella. Saying that, Taken in Death was a great little addition to the series. At the beginning a nanny was murdered, then the twins she was watching were abducted. The boy in the pair believed they were drugged by an evil witch. Dallas gets a freaky real version of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale. This was a quick 10 chapter story, so there was no extra personal story on the side, but due to the missing 7 yr old twins many of the characters made an appearance. Fun and definitely work getting this book for even if it was just to read he first 10 chapters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the jd robb book
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Enjoyed all the stories in this book.
KateAndMrT More than 1 year ago
You can never go wrong with a collection that includes these awesome authors!  It was fun to read the takes on the fairy tales - but there was on story that I couldn't figure out which fairy tale they were remaking! 
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chesser44 More than 1 year ago
All there stories in this book are very good.
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My favorite one is J. D. Robb's story.
GrrrGirl More than 1 year ago
I'll read anything by JD Robb but I also enjoyed all the other stories in this anthology.
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