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J.D. Robb's "Midnight in Death" features Lieutenant Eve Dallas hunting for an escaped serial killer... Susan Plunkett's "Christmas Promises" brings two lovers back together as they search for a missing child... Dee Holmes's "The Unexpected Gift" is a tale of a woman and her son, who discover the spirit of the holidays after finding a "body" in their backyard... Claire Cross's "A Berry Merry Christmas" delivers a special message to a young orphan...

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J.D. Robb's "Midnight in Death" features Lieutenant Eve Dallas hunting for an escaped serial killer... Susan Plunkett's "Christmas Promises" brings two lovers back together as they search for a missing child... Dee Holmes's "The Unexpected Gift" is a tale of a woman and her son, who discover the spirit of the holidays after finding a "body" in their backyard... Claire Cross's "A Berry Merry Christmas" delivers a special message to a young orphan...

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Editorial Reviews

Jessi Rose Lucas
Christmas Crimes

'Tis the season to be suspenseful, with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure! In this holiday treasure, four romantic-suspense writers try their hands at stories of holiday-themed love and intrigue. The standout is from J. D. Robb (a pseudonym of the bestselling Nora Roberts), whose futuristic suspense story, "Midnight in Death," begins with the delicious line, "Murder respects no traditions."

From this opening, police detective Eve Dallas has walked into the scene of a particularly nasty crime -- a man has been hanged, but slowly and painfully, with a biblical phrase carved into his body: Judge not lest you be judged. The man is a judge, and with him Eve finds a list of others who the killer is after -- and her name is at the bottom of that list!

It has shades of "Seven," but this is not a sadistic horror story, for J. D. Robb always manages to present a compelling detective story without much in the way of gore. Dallas was prepared to celebrate a nice Christmas with her husband, Roarke, but now it looks as if a killer is on the loose -- and one she knows all too well. The serial killer in question is none other than David Palmer, a man Eve had arrested after Palmer left a trail of corpses behind him. Now he's escaped from an off-planet penal colony. The murder story takes over Eve's life, but her romance heats up with her hubby as she proves that some women can have it all. A taut story, with a good deal of Christmas, tension, and love in heavy doses along with a neat murder mystery.

The other stories also rise to the occasion. Dee Holmes's "The Unexpected Gift" is an ironic and beautifully told tale of a woman and her young son who are managing their first Christmas without Daddy after the divorce. Sabrina McKay's son, Josh, finds something shocking nearby -- a dead body. Their entire holiday is changed with this discovery. In Claire Cross's offering, "A Berry Merry Christmas," an unusual nanny has a message for an orphan named Natalie and her Uncle Drew. And in Susan Plunkett's "Christmas Promises," Marne York gets a Christmas surprise when her former boyfriend is sent to give her a ride. Jake is not the guy she's wanted back in her life, but soon she and Jake join forces to track down a missing child.

All in all, this is a wonderful holiday sampler from these writers, who have delivered a stocking stuffer of a book for fans of romance, suspense, and the season of joy. Highly recommended, particularly for the instant-classic J. D. Robb story.
— Jessi Rose Lucas,
— Jessi Rose Lucas's first romance novel, The Swan Prince, is forthcoming. She lives on the New England coast and is currently working on her second novel, The Tarnished Knight, a medieval romance about Lancelot and Guinevere.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515123852
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 182,611
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 0.95 (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.

Dee Holmes is a RITA award-winning author with more than one million copies of her books in print. She lives in Middletown, Rhode Island.
Claire Cross, the author of The Last Highlander, Once Upon a Kiss, The Moonstone,and Third Time Lucky makes her home in Toronto, Canada, with her husband, far too many books, and a variety of undisciplined houseplants. She is an avid needleworker and often sorts out plot tangles while knitting intarsia sweaters. Claire travels as much as possible, rides her bicycles everywhere, and cooks with enthusiasm—as long as someone else washes the dishes. Claire also writes bestselling medieval romances under the name Claire Delacroix.


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:
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Posted October 21, 2012

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    If you're looking for a great Christmas anthology, I'd keep looking...

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

    Silent Night is marketed as a Christmas anthology, boasting the highlight as J.D. Robb’s In Death novella, Midnight in Death. I’m not a big fan of short stories, but decided to go ahead and give it a read so that I could keep my In Death series going in order.

    I found it kind of annoying when I look at the cover and read the blurb on the back that each story is listed in the opposite order than it actually appears in the book. So I’ll break down each story…in the order it appears in the book.

    A Berry Merry Christmas
    By Claire Cross
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    This is a cute little story to get you in the mood for the holidays and in the Christmas spirit, if of course you were reading it around Christmas.

    Bachelor Drew Sinclair’s life completely changes one Christmas when his brother’s house catches on fire and burns to the ground. The only survivor of the fire is Drew’s niece, Natalie, and Drew takes over as her caretaker.

    Two years after the fire Drew and Natalie are still grieving and refuse to celebrate Christmas, although Natalie wants to. She writes Santa asking for a new mommy for Christmas.

    Holly Berry is one of Santa’s elves that can’t seem to do anything right. Santa decides to send her to Toronto to help prepare Drew to be able to accept a wife to make Natalie’s wish come true. Santa tells Holly that Katherine O’Neil wants to marry Drew and he is sending Holly to be Natalie’s new nanny and to pave the way for Katherine.

    Holly quickly takes to Drew and Natalie and them to her. She discovers that she doesn’t like Katherine (she has a Cruella DeVille quality to her) and either does Drew and Natalie, but Holly still tries to do what she must to get Katherine and Drew together. But Drew only has eyes for Holly and she feels the same, which leads her to ask for her own Christmas wish; to be mortal so she can stay with Natalie and Drew.

    Overall this story was cute and reminiscent of all the made for TV movies you see playing around Christmas. A family that had Christmas ruined for them for what they thought was forever and then out of nowhere a magical elf returns the spirit of the holidays to them.

    There were a few little things that drove me crazy in this one. The punctuation drove me nuts as I felt the author overused the exclamation point. And the names….when I read the elf’s name was Holly Berry, I actually rolled my eyes and groaned inwardly because it was so corny and then I started thinking about Halle Berry. My other name issue I had was that Santa’s first name was Noel. Where the heck did that come from? I’ve seen Nick for Old St. Nick, and I’ve seen Chris for Chris Kringle, but never Noel and I really didn’t like it…maybe they were going for Father Noel?? But these little quirks of mine were not enough to make me dislike the story as it probably was the best in the book.

    The Unexpected Gift
    By Dee Holmes
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    Recently divorced Sabrina is trying to make a special Christmas for her son, when he finds a man passed out in their yard. The man turns out to be one of Sabrina’s ex-boyfriends and she decides she wants to rekindle what they once had.

    Continued on openbooksociety dot com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Ok Read

    I bought this book because I am actively reading the JD Robb "In Death" series of books. The short story included in Silent Night helped answer some questions I had after reading Holiday In Death. I enjoyed it but it was a very short story and I have not read the others included in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2001

    A must in any library

    I just received this in the mail several days ago. I turned immediately to the Midnight in Death by JD Robb. Though it is too short, the characters come alive for me over and over. I have yet to read Holiday in Death and Vegeance in death so the new one was covering a fight that I do not know about. Roarke is still sweet and the changes that take place in Eve are astounding.

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