I have read everything Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb has written with the exception of her most recent hardcover issues as I wait for the paperbacks, and I have to say that this is just not up to her usual standards. Her portion of the book, Missing in Death,seemed superficial, never digging in to the meat of the story. I realize it was less than 100 pages, but I have read her short stories before and have never failed to get wrapped up in the storyline. Characters/plot lines would show up, and I'd wonder where I'd been that I didn't know where they had come from. Hard to forget the plot of the book you're reading when it's only 96 pages! Even Roarke failed to entertain in this story. Gaffney's Dog Days was a pretty wide stretch of the imagination, as was Lost in Paradise by Blayney. I won't elaborate so as not to give away the plots, but I was half way through Blayney's contribution when I did something I NEVER, EVER do. I put it down, read another book, and came back to this one! I never do this! I have a loyal streak a mile wide and, even if I don't like a book, I will slog though it and finish. And finish it, I did. In my opinion, they definately saved the best for last in this group of four short stories. Ruth Ryan Langan's Legacy was the best of the lot and the saving grace of the book with a delightful story. If you're a Robert/Robb fan like I am, by all means read this book. Just don't get your hopes up or set your expectations too high!
I gave this book only 2 stars because only one of the 4 stories is any good. JD Robb, as usuall writes a wonderful police mystery romance. But these other 3 author's stories are just throw aways. If you like JD Robb, then this is one book you should get from the library.
Very disappointed in this book. Robb was good, but not her usual caliber. The other stories were so boring!!!!!