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Silent Night (In Death #7.5)

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Silent Night: Midnight in Death/Unexpected Gift/Christmas Promise/Berry Merry Christmas (Christmas Anthology)
Mass Market Paperback, 340 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Jove
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Jennifer
Dec 19, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Overall, I don't think the tone of the first two stories matched the tone of the final two. I also didn't care for the first two all that much, as they didn't really fit into what I thought I was getting (romantic suspense) when I began the book. Also, I totally only got this to read Midnight in Death. And this collection, in my opinion, is worth it for that one story.

Here's a few brief thoughts on the four stories:

Story: A Berry Merry Christmas

Author: Claire Cross

Rating:
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Silent Night is marketed as a Christmas anthology, boasting the highlight as J.D. Robb’s In Death novella, Midnight in Death. I’m not a big fan of short stories, but decided to go ahead and give it a read so that I could keep my In Death series going in order.

I found it kind of annoying when I look at the cover and read the blurb on the back that each story is listed in the opposite order than it actually appears in the book. So I’ll break down each story…in t
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Feb 26, 2014 Angie ~aka Reading Machine~ rated it really liked it
This holiday themed anthology is packed with good stories by new to me authors and fast growing favorite author. Here are my thoughts on each of the books:

A Berry Merry Christmas by Claire Cross
Drew Sinclair experiences tragedy losing his brother and sister in law to a house fire just prior to Christmas which leaves his niece Natalie an orphan. Two years have passed since that fateful time Drew is in need of new nanny but despairs to ever finding one especially this close to Christmas. Holly Ber
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Maura
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Katherine
Dec 26, 2015 Katherine rated it liked it
It is rather misleading to have Robb's name listed prominently on the cover and have the book listed with her as the author. This is a Christmas anthology of four short stories by four authors. Robb's story is the last of the four. It is an enjoyable book--the first story by Claire Cross something that could appear on Lifetime Channel involving a hapless Christmas elf who falls in love with a mortal. The second involves a divorced mother of a young boy, who in his wanderings discovers a drunken ...more
Arlene
Jun 25, 2012 Arlene rated it liked it
The book cover says "Tis the season for passion & intrigue- in four festive Christmas novellas by four outstanding authors." The first two stories were Christmasy. A Berry Merry Christmas by Claire Cross and The Unexpected Gift by Dee Holmes. I read those in a few hours! The Christmas Promises by Susan Plunkett was more of a story about a woman and her old flame hunting for a missing child of an abused mother. I didnt really care to read about abused women & missing children. After thing ...more
Shelley
Dec 10, 2010 Shelley rated it liked it
Read this book because Midnight in Death was part of the omnibus.

Storyline: Eve's name has a made a Christmas list, but it's not for being naughty or nice. It's for putting a serial killer behind bars. Now the escaped madman has her in his sights. With her husband Roarke at her side, Eve must stop the man from exacting his bloody vengeance-or die trying.

We begin with Eve Dallas being called to investigate a body in Times Square of a judge found very early Christmas morning. The body was dumped
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Julie
Nov 01, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
This book is a collection four short Christmas themed stories. Sometimes anthologies or omnibuses work well, especially holiday related novellas. But, sometimes the stories compiled just don't compliment each other well. That's the case with this book.
The first story was written by Claire Cross, aka Claire Delacroix. This one set a poor tone for the book and shouldn't have been the lead in. In my opinion, the story was a rip off of the movie "Elf ". Way to silly for my taste . I think it would
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Emily Moore
Jul 03, 2009 Emily Moore rated it really liked it
I was only going to read the J.D. Robb short and then I read a few pages of the Claire Cross story and then ended up reading the whole book. "Midnight in Death" is a nice little story going back to early days of Dallas and Roarke, though I think I like the full length novels better than these shorts. Claire Cross's story "A Berry merry Christmas" has a fantasy twist that's a bit corny but I found myself enjoying it and embracing the goofiness for a "feel good" happy story. I'm always a sucker fo ...more
Silver James
Jan 11, 2015 Silver James rated it really liked it
Silent Night (includes In Death, #7.5) by J.D. Robb I tend to only read the JD Robb entries in the anthologies including an In Death novella. Since we were just past the holidays, I quickly read the other stories because MIDNIGHT IN DEATH was the last in the book. The other stories were well-written and entertaining for the most part but it was MIDNIGHT that gets the five stars to bump up the rating. Eve barely has time to enjoy Christmas Eve when she's called out early on Christmas morning to the murder of a judge. A serial killer with a list ...more
Dana
Jan 14, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it
I read collections such as this one during times when I don't have enough time to devote to a whole book--you can read a novella, put it down and come back to it later. I do enjoy J. D. Robb books and Claire Cross novellas as a rule so this book seemed like a good option. I enjoyed the Claire Cross story a great deal. The characters were very likeable and pulled you right in. The two middle stories were well written and good stories but just didn't hit the same level of enjoyable as the first on ...more
Lee
Jan 29, 2016 Lee rated it it was ok
This book contains four novella written by four different authors. Those by Susan Plunkett, Dee Holmes and Claire Cross are light hearted stories with a Christmas theme. The fourth, a short story by J. D. Robb, is included because of a loose connection to the winter holidays, New Year's Eve. A escaped psychopathic murderer is after all those involved in his conviction in a previous murder case: the judge, prosecuting and defending attorneys, the psychiatrist who testified against him in that tri ...more
Iris Hehe
Mar 28, 2008 Iris Hehe rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone.
I just reread this book and the first three stories are all fun romantic Christmas stories which I enjoyed reading especiallly when I'm feeling down. The last one wouldn't really be called warm and cuddly. None of J. D. Robb stories can be called warm and cuddly. Althought they are very thought provoking and interesting. I really enjoy how Eve Dallas takes every death personally and has it become her honor to find the killer and bring them in. I can't believe how Ms. Robb thinks up all the horri ...more
Cherisse
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Maribeth
Feb 04, 2013 Maribeth rated it liked it
I recommend this anthology to fans of J.D. Robb's In Death series, the 'Midnight in Death' novelette was exciting and tight, well worth reading. The rest of the stories in this anthology are less brilliant:
I liked Susan Plunkett's : the whole battered women scenario is not a fav, but the story was good and very well told.
I was kind of indifferent to Dee Holmes: it started off well and then became weak and predictable.
I really didn't like Claire Cross' totally hackneyed story, it was really bad.
Guera
Jul 24, 2010 Guera rated it did not like it
I don't like these 4 author compilations of which J.D. Robb is one. The other 3 stories are not of the same caliber or genre so it somewhat spoils the read. You pick up a 300+ page book, absorb a 100 pages of it and flip through the rest. This was the second compilation I attempted.

Somewhat disappointed in J.D. Robb's performance here. The main character, Eve was having serious PMS. This is the most bitchy she has been in any of the novels. I wonder if she portraits Robb in any way? Fortunately
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Peggy Mauldin
Jan 19, 2013 Peggy Mauldin rated it really liked it
The end came a little too quickly but again this is a novella. The storyline and writing are where the reader expects. The relationships with Peabody and McNab are firming and the best of the series are in the later books. The last few pages aren't packed with the extreme action I've come to expect and have read in later books in this series. This is a better read than a few of the earlier books, numbers 3-5 were a little disappointing. The series from this point forward starts moving along at a ...more
JazzRizz
Mar 20, 2009 JazzRizz rated it liked it
Shelves: library, 2009
I read the 1st & last story in this anthology. Too many books came in from the library at one time.

Claire Cross's "A Berry Merry Christmas" - I actually really enjoyed this light-hearted story.

J.D. Robb's "Midnight in Death" - The reason I checked this book out in the first place. This was a great quick fix featuring Eve, Roarke, Peabody, Feeney & McNab. For a short story, this one was really good.
Wayland Smith
Jan 11, 2014 Wayland Smith rated it liked it
A decent collection of short (ish) stories with a Christmas theme. I admit I got it for the "In Death" story with JD Robb's Eve Dallas, but I enjoyed all of the stories.

It's a fun, light read with a holiday flair. I recommend it for anyone with a fondness for Lt. Dallas, Christmas stories, or just plain good, fun stories.
pianogal
Mar 20, 2012 pianogal rated it really liked it
The only one I read from here is the In Death story. It was really creepy and the bad guy was very bad, but the story was too short to really appreciate him. He's a bad guy Eve saw prior to meeting us and Roark. Good addition to the line, but it made me tired for Eve, coming right on top of her last case.
Jess
Feb 07, 2009 Jess rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthologies, 2009
the JD Robb story was awesome. It tied some loose ends together in the main story. In this one, Eve has to chase down a killer that she has already put in jail. He has a hit list and on it are herself and Doctor Mira.

This is during her and Roarke's first Christmas and New Years Eve together. Can she stop him before he harms one of her closest friends? Or will she be too late?
Gemma
Dec 13, 2012 Gemma rated it liked it
The only story I really enjoyed was Claire Cross' A BERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS, a story about an elf who is sent on a mission to help a family and ends up falling in love. It's been a re-read for me.

But I'm kind of confused as to why it's in this collection, since it's marketed as a romantic suspense anthology. It's a sweet Christmas story, with no suspense at all!

Reread December 2012.
Wieta
Dec 15, 2008 Wieta rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, romance
Just a short story of Eva Dallas accompanied with her multibillionaire husband, Roarke in their first Christmas day, ran after David Palmer, who excaped from prison, haunted and killed everyone related to his arrested. Eva was at the last list for his short murder target, just after Dr. Mira. This hunt just became a personal situation to both Eva and David.
Joanne
Sep 19, 2012 Joanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eve-dallas
J. D. Robb (a.k.a., Nora Roberts) write this FREAKIN' AWESOME (phrase borrowed from my 17-year-old granddaughter) series! There are OVER 30 BOOKS in the series including several short stories in anthologies. My local library owns most of them (more than 1/2 of which I donated so that others could enjoy this series). Looking for a summer challenge? Read this series. You won't regret it.
Meredith T
Dec 01, 2008 Meredith T rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
First story done and not to bad just rather predictable. Second story done - not to bad! Happiness around the holidays is always a good thing!

I don't know if this should really be counted as finished but I made it half way - the last two stories didn't interest me much and received two new books for Christmas and still have a huge amount sitting on my shelf to read!
Janet
Nov 19, 2012 Janet rated it liked it
The villain was too horrible (well, aren't they all but still), the plot/relationship didn't seem to advance. Felt like filler. It was ok but if, like me, you do giant re-reads of In Death, you could skip this.
Jenn
Oct 13, 2010 Jenn rated it really liked it
I enjoyed these stories! If that's surprise you can hear in that statement, you'd be correct. Not a fan of the short story, but these weren't bad. I liked the Claire Cross and the J. D. Robb the best, but the other two were good too
Sherri Hunter
Aug 18, 2009 Sherri Hunter rated it liked it
I really enjoyed MIDNIGHT IN DEATH and A BERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS. The other two I couldn't finish. Didn't grab my attention.

I do wish that MIDNIGHT IN DEATH were longer. I really enjoy this series.
Heather McLaughlin
Jan 30, 2016 Heather McLaughlin rated it liked it
Worth reading, but nothing exciting. I had already read the JD Robb, which was disappointing. And "A Berry Merry Christmas" was "Sound of Music" crossed with "Miracle on 34th Street." Bring insulin for that one.
Georgene
Jan 20, 2013 Georgene rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance
Four short stories by four authors, including J.D. Robb. All with Christmas themes mixed mostly with romance or "chic" lit. J.D. Robb's was Christmas and murder. Not a bad collection of stories. Nothing too sappy, all were pretty sexy. Can't complain about that.
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