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Marsha P. (gturtle) reviewed Silent Night: A Berry Merry Christmas / The Unexpected Gift / Christmas Promises / Midnight in Death on
Helpful Score: 1
While I enjoyed this collection, the last story was not at all what I was expecting in a Christmas collection. The first story was whimsical, the second romantic, the third a little darker and the fourth very dark indeed.
These are mot equally enjoyable short stories. The last one, by J D Robb, is part of a series and the characters are well known to me. It is about a serial murderer who begins on Christmas Eve. The other three stories, about an elf, a wayward photojournalist, and a broken relationship, did not interest me. The first one was just too obvious without being engaging. The second, also obvious, didn't develop the characters enough for me to care about.
The third, while more involving, would have been better with more development. I am most curious why the first story, "A Berry Merry Christmas" was even included in this selection.
Got this book because of Eve Dallas story by JD Robb. Excellent as always even though it was a short story. Enjoyed Cross's story about the elf from the Santa's North Pole trying to help Santa grant a wish for a liitle girl whose parents had died two years earlier. All in all a very good omnibus of stories.
This book contains "MIDNIGHT IN DEATH" by J.D.Robb as well as three other good stories...
'Tis the season for passion and intrigue. This romantic anthology includes J.D. Robb's "Midnight in Death", in which Lt. Eve Dallas hunts 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; and, Claire Cross's "A Berry Merry Christmas" delivers a special message to a young orphan.
Rae H. reviewed Silent Night: A Berry Merry Christmas / The Unexpected Gift / Christmas Promises / Midnight in Death on + 13 more book reviews
From Library Journal
Warm, family-centered, and nostalgic, or hard-edged, realistic, and chilling, the four novellas in this unusual collection of mostly contemporary Christmas stories provide readers with a clear choice of styles, themes, and approaches to the holiday season. Readers with a traditional bent will be drawn to the children and the wounded heroes in both "A Berry Merry Christmas" by Claire Cross and "The Unexpected Gift" by Dee Holmes, while fans who want their Christmases laced with violence and suspense will appreciate the inner-city environment and abuse-centered plot of Susan Plunkett's "Christmas Promises" and the gruesome murders and fast-paced action of J.D. Robb's latest contribution to her futuristic police detective (Eve Dallas) series, "Midnight in Death." All of these stories may not appeal to the same readers; nevertheless, most fans will find something in this well-written collection to enjoy. An intriguing and rewarding group.
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