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Dead of Night

Hello, and welcome back! The wind is kicking up here today now that the rain is gone, and it's going to get chilly. The creamy potato soup recipe we love so much in our house is going to have to be dug out tomorrow for dinner on my day off. the flower beds still need their fall cleaning, but it's not going to happen this week. But I have been getting all sorts of reading done.

This time out, I have Dead of Night (Jove), the newest paranormal anthology with Nora Roberts, aka J. D. Robb, and friends Mary Blayney, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Mary Kay McComas. Nora's "Eternity in Death" leads things off with another interim chapter in Eve and Roarke's life. This time Eve is hunting someone who thinks he's a vampire. Or perhaps wants to be a vampire. Of course, this one isn't really a romance, but what Eve Dallas fan can resist anyway? And it was just enough to tide everyone over until the new "In Death" book arrives today. Blayney's next with "Amy and the Earl's Amazing Adventure". Amy Stevens has nearly reached the end of her trip to England, and she's reluctant to return home. A museum docent gives her a souvenir that brings her to the attention of Simon West, descendant of a man who had a coin exactly like her souvenir. Simon's been trying to figure out the mystery of the coin, and now he and Amy go back in time to do just that. Like her last anthology contribution, I didn't love this one. There seems to be little conflict here, no real reason for a reader to care. It's pleasant enough, but wouldn't be a keeper on its own. Langan's "Timeless" has Laurel Douglas visiting a Scottish castle and going back in time to the handsome laird who thinks she's his long lost wife. This one was great, with Laurel and Con pulling the reader right into their inevitable romance. And even when it appears they can't be together, you just know this one has to have a happy ending, and it won't disappoint. Then McComas's "On the Fringe" has Bonnie finding out what would have happened if her life took a different turn, and it doesn't just affect her, but her fabulous husband Joe. This one is different, with its "It's a Wonderful Life" kind of story, and enjoyable, though I found the ending a bit odd. Aside from Nora's, though, my favorite story here is the Langan. For those two stories, this one's earned four of Cupid's five arrows. I wish Ruth Ryan Langan would move her time travel tales into stand alone stories.

Until next time, happy reading!

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