The Unquiet by J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Patricia Gaffney, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Mary Kay McComas
The UnquietJ. D. Robb; Jove Books 2011Dr. Chaos is a monster of a serial killer. He wears a cape, a hat, and has a twisted green face. Although this is the first time he has killed, he kills three people together. And he likes it. He dances away from the scene. The people who see him can’t believe what they are seeing.
Lt. Eve Dallas is called in to investigate. She doesn’t believe the witnesses, either, yet she does. No one could make up the same face a number of times. The investigation takes her and Peabody to a drug recovery facility. The doctor who runs the clinic has been experimenting to discover a substance that can help break the addiction cycle. How might the clinic be connected with Dr. Chaos? Check out J.D. Robb’s novella, Chaos in Death.
Mary Blayney has a story about a magic coin and its affect on a widow shopkeeper in the early 1800’s. She meets a man who insists on helping her even when the problem appears to be past. A hot line psychic features in Patricia Gaffney’s story. The psychic is a listener. The grandson of her elderly client is angry, but soon finds he’s attracted to the voice on the other end of the phone. Brianna Kerr moves to Scotland to rehab her dead husband’s castle home. Ruth Ryan Langan introduces Brianna to a centuries old family ghost who still needs to settle his spirit. Mary Kay McComas writes s short story about a children’s book author who takes a vacation on the rocky Pacific coast. She finds herself tied up in her sexy neighbor’s past – and a ghost is guiding her.
These five authors take the theme of unquietness to write paranormal mysteries and romances. Each story takes a different path. Some are light, others more intense. Robb’s novella is part of her In Death series so has romance tied into an interesting suspense. Blayney has a magic coin that reappears in her different stories through these books these authors have been writing together. Gaff ne y’s story is predictable and cute fun. I like Langan’s Scottish ghost – it’s surprising how real he can be. McComas reminds us that ghosts aren’t necessarily from the far past but can be recent.
The Unquiet is a pleasing book that gives an escape from real life. It has novellas and short stories, so the stories are enjoyable but not too deep – not enough time. Take a break and enjoy The Unquiet.
Notice: Non-graphic violence, Strong indecent language, Strong sexual content
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