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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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.
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Enjoyed all the stories in this collection except the last one. It was so predictable and over the top I knew what his last name would be long before the ending. Of course I only purchase these collections for the J.D. Robb stories. But usually find the others interesting.
This book was good, I enjoyed the plot and did find it suspenseful. But then I’ve always found the books by this author good. I like both Eve and her husband Roak. The other characters are familiar, at least those in the police department.
The only story worth reading is JD Robb's! And that's mostly because I've read her entire series, otherwise the story itself is nothing special. All the stories in this collection are so immature and unrealistic that it's not worth reading. I get they were attempting to utilize and modernize (?) fairy tales, but at the expense of real writing? There's no real plots, no character development, and the ending/resolution comes so quickly in all the stories (except Robb's) that they're unrealistic. Here's the thing, we all knew how the story would end because they're playing with fairy tales and writing in the romance genre, so the $7.99 should entitle the reader to a genuine story with interesting characters and events. Not the case here; the last story was particularly bad. It was like the authors had a contract and threw something together to make the page limit. I've literally read better modernized fairy tales from my junior high students.