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Silent Night

Silent Night

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

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'Tis the season for passion and intrigue in these four festive Christmas novellas by four outstanding authors—including a Lieutenant Eve Dallas story from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb.

In J. D. Robb's "Midnight in Death," Lieutenant Eve Dallas must postpone her first Christmas with her new husband, Roarke, to hunt for an


'Tis the season for passion and intrigue in these four festive Christmas novellas by four outstanding authors—including a Lieutenant Eve Dallas story from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb.

In J. D. Robb's "Midnight in Death," Lieutenant Eve Dallas must postpone her first Christmas with her new husband, Roarke, to hunt for an escaped serial killer—but she and Roarke still manage to find ways to celebrate.

Susan Plunkett's "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 the broken promises of Christmases past.

In Dee Holmes's "The Unexpected Gift," Sabrina McKay and her five-year-old son are coping with the first Christmas since her divorce when her son finds a "body" in the yard—and unexpectedly they rediscover the true spirit of the holidays.

In Claire Cross's "A 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.

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, barnesandnoble.com
— 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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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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Silent Night 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
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 Author’s Website: http://www.clairecross.com/ 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 Author’s Website: http://berkleyjoveauthors.com/author50 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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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.