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Mirror, Mirror (In Death #37.5)

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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 extr

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Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Jove
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

Happy Release Day! Be sure and grab your copy!

4.5 intriguing, lively, romantic, sinister, and enchanting stars!


This anthology offers something for everyone, and should not be missed! These stories work very well as stand alones.

#1 - Taken in Death by J.D. Robb - 5 stars -

For whatever reason, I haven't yet ventured into J.D. Robb's In Death series, even though my daughter is wild about these stories and owns every book. But I received the Mirror, Mirror anthology for review, so figured, why...more
Cris
As usual with an anthology, it's a mixed bag.

"Taken in Death" by J.D. Robb -- As usual I adored Robb's short story featuring Eve Dallas. I think Robb did a remarkable job of integrating the fairy-tale elements while still maintaining the usual 'feel' of Dallas' universe. I'd give this story 4 stars.

"If Wishes Were Horses" by Mary Blayney -- I found Martha rather inconsistent as a character. One moment she'd be acting in keeping with someone in service during that time period, and then she'd be...more
Jonetta
This is for Taken in Death only

I'm not a fan of the novellas in this series but this was a very nice surprise, one where the short format works.

It's a race against time to find Henry and Gala (our Hansel & Gretel), who've been kidnapped. The next 24 hours is a tense and exciting ride with Eve Dallas and her team as they work the case. Once you start this story you will not stop until the end in this classic In Death procedural and interesting take on a classic fairy tale. I now have a new f...more
Elvan
Yay! A novella I can read again. Decent police work, cute brave kids (I like the name Henry...even sounds brave) and cameos by almost everyone in the series. How Eve manages to fit in a nightmare and sex in the 3 hours of downtime she gets in the entire novel is....typical! :p
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)


MIRROR, MIRROR is an anthology comprised of five authors: J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas and R.C. Ryan. Of these five, I’ve only read Robb so I decided that it would be nice to explore the works of the others while still getting my Roarke fix!

What intrigued me about this anthology is that all the stories in this book are retellings or twists on well-known fairytales and we all know that I’m a sucker for those kind of things!

TAKEN IN DEATH by J.D. Robb – 4 stars

Robb’s stor...more
Kara Callahan
I was disappointed with this book. I thought it would be better than it was.

I would rate the first story "Taken in Death" as 2 stars. Lots of technical language and not much story. I could not get into this one and did not find it very interesting. This was supposed to be inspired by "Hansel & Gretel."

"If Wishes were Horses" centered around a magic gold coin and a man with healing ability. Better than the first story and a little bit entertaining but certainly not one of the best stories I'...more
Caro
This was a good anthology. I pretty much liked all the stories in this book. I was definitely grabbed by the throat with the first one (In Death novella) and the rest were intriguing and different. The last story definitely left me with smile on my face from the characters and the ironic name. ;) Took me a few seconds to get it. The 'coin' novella was good too. I had completely forgotten about that series and it reminded me of how good it is. This is something I most definitely wouldn't mind rea...more
 Anna Wicked Book Addict (Wicked Book Blog)
This time Eve and her team met face to face with a crazy twin sister in eerie circumstances. Fairy tales in real life? In 2060s? That's something new...
One thing is for sure, this series never gets boring. At least for me. It's give or take 40 books long series and every other book brings something new. This time you get a warning that every story has its own interpretation, to never confuse people's intentions, and more importantly there are wackos all around us and probably always will be. If...more
Megan Lavey-Heaton
After a few lackluster novella, this one was very powerful. Thankless in Death was a bit too disturbing for me, so it was really nice to see a more typical In Death story with Taken. I love how you see Eve's growth as a leader. Where she once fought against reaching out to certain organizations, to play politics, she doesn't hesitate this time. If anything, this book is a solid record of character growth for Eve, and I highly enjoyed it and appearances by most of the cast. This is a great novell...more
Doris
I really liked this book - for the most part anyhow. I am always amazed when I come across stories that are based on something else and then 're-engineered' to sound like something completely different.
The first three shorts by J D Robb, Mary Blayney and Elaine Fox had me eagerly reading the night away. JD's 'in death' series continues with a short based on Hansel and Gretel, with its usual bite and the reader's wondering about the outcome right to the last page. I have also come across Mary's m...more
Tsubame
No comentaré en inglés porque escribo fatal y con horrores gramaticales –peor que en castellano–.

La cosa era simple, yo quería leerlo. Dice “spin versions”, no necesitaba mas. Buscándolo no lo encontré pero estando en Italia, paseando por las librerías ¡ahí estaba!. –Lo cierto es que tampoco esta mal lo que encontré buscándolo–.
No soy muy de cosas románticas pero es que ¡son versiones de clásicos!

TAKEN IN DEATH por J. D. Robb.

En un futuro no muy lejano, secuestran a dos hermanos, una niña y un n...more
Dianna
Giving it a 4 star mostly because it starts with the novella "Taken in Death", which should get a 5 star of it's own. This book consists of 5 novellas that are a new twist on old fairy tales. "Taken in Death" is a great twist, the others are varying degrees of cheesy. Though I do like cheese, and although it may win the "Cheesiest of the All" award, I liked the final installment in the book, "Stroke of Midnight", mostly because it was based primarily in Ireland, where my soul is.
Ceelee Sunshine
Mirror Mirror is a collection of five short stories with the theme of magic and loosely based on a fairy tale. J D Robb is the most recognizable of the five authors included in the collection. Each story is approximately 80-90 pages long. J D Robb continues her "In Death" series with the story "Taken In Death". The fairy tale she chose is "Hansel and Gretel" which I found predictable but to her credit she stuck to the essence of the fairy tale better than the others. I liked how they found the k...more
Kathy Davie
Five short stories with a fairy tale at their core.

Series: "Taken in Death" (In Death, 37.5)
"If Wishes Were Horses" (Poppy's Coin, 6)

The Stories
J.D. Robb wrote "Taken in Death" and channels Hansel and Gretel while Eve is the good witch whom the children pray finds them. Great job on this one. Tension, drama, and great work from Eve, Roarke, Feeney and his eBoys, and Dr. Mira as well as the Feds!

Mary Blayney wrote "If Wishes Were Horses", which finds Martha Stepp in a Goldilocks of trouble...more
Robin Lynne Rogers
this book has 5 stories based on fairy tales with jd robb's being the best one. the other stores are worth reading once but frankly i'll probably never read them again. they were (although some had a unique take on their fairy tale) kind of predictable and a bit silly.
Lizzie Feliciano
I give 5 stars for the J.D. Robb novella. In any of these anthologies with J.D. Robb stories I haven't ever read the other stories. I get it specifically for the "In Death" novella.

Saying that, Taken in Death was a great little addition to the series. At the beginning a nanny was murdered, then the twins she was watching were abducted. The boy in the pair believed they were drugged by an evil witch. Dallas gets a freaky real version of the Hansel and Gretal fairy tale.

This was a quick 10 chapt...more
Heather
I only read the Robb story, Taken in Death which was very good. The whole book is a take on fairy tales and Robb's story is about Hansel and Gretel. Love Eve and Roarke.
En
Enjoyed the JD Robb portion of Mirror, Mirror. The rest of the authors, not so much. Good thing I only purchased the book to find out how Eve Dallas solved her latest crime.
Melissa Namba
Taken in Death-
I haven't read anything by JD Robb before (I consider him an airplane book writer) but this story was actually OK. It was fairly predictable and there wasn't a lot of suspense in it, but it still a nice quick read. So it seems that he IS an airplane book writer, but he a good one. I would have liked to have a lot more in terms of the psychology of the sister and more character development.
If Wishes Were Horses-
I haven't read anything by Mary Blaley but I assumed she was in the sa...more
Jenny
These anthologies coordinated by JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts) are typically the same: the JD Robb story is the standout. I think she's the best writer and the stories have the advantage of using already established characters so there's no need for big introductions, setting a stage, etc.

I like the fairytale-based concept. However, I think romance short stories tend to fail for me a bit bc it's so rushed. There's not enough time for me to really believe in the romance sprouting up, probably bc I d...more
Susan
I really enjoyed JD Robb’s version of Hansel and Gretel. I can’t say the same for the rest of the stories.
Fedora
Great collection of stories inspired by fairy tales.

J.D. Robb's is set in the Eve Dallas universe, and while I haven't read her In Death series, I was able to enjoy this story as a stand-alone.

I loved Ms. Blayney's story called If Wishes Were Horses. It's a charming historical with a bit of paranormal.

Ms. Fox's Beauty, Sleeping was also a pleasure to read--a great interpretation of the Sleeping Beauty story.

Ms. McComas's take on the matchstick girl was enjoyable, as was Ms. Ryan's spin on Cinder...more
Michelle Wardhaugh
For the most part these stories were good fun. Of course I liked the first by J. D. Robb, being a fan of that series already. It was an excellent modern take on Hansel and Gretel. The second wasn't really a fairy tale re-make, but it fit in with others by that author into a kind of series and was well enough. The third was odd and didn't seem aptly named. The beauty wasn't sleeping, though he was cursed by a Spindle. The shape of the tale was a bit more like Beauty and the Beast where the man wa...more
Kathy
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Lesli
Each story is probably a perfect distillation of each author. I love anthologies for the small bites from new authors.

Taken in Death - J.D. Robb
It's interesting that Robb has more kids in her In Death stories. The story is fast, tight, and hits the major players. It's just something to bridge the hardback books, it feels like.

If Wishes Were Horses by Mary Blayney
I spent most of the story wondering why in the world a 19th century housemaid would risk her placement trying out furniture and booze...more
Alexia561
Seems that I can't resist anything with J.D. Robb's name on it. And an anthology to boot? Sold! Doesn't hurt that this collection are inspired by classic fairy tales either, another favorite of mine.

The first story in this collection is Taken In Death by J.D. Robb, and features Dallas, one of my favorite characters! In this twist on Hansel and Gretel, Eve must solve the kidnapping of two young children before it's too late. A clever story that doesn't disappoint, it's my favorite of the four!

The...more
Lady Lioness
I got an ARC of this, but I saved it to read until after Thankless in Death came out. I didn't want to risk inadvertently spoiling myself.

"Taken in Death" by JD Robb: This is unbelievably creepy, largely due to the fact that the mystery involves young children. It's a take on Hansel and Gretel and if you don't pick up on that fact, Robb makes sure to tell you within the novella. There is mention of cannibalism, but nothing overtly happens and if violence against children is an issue for you, (v...more
Yui
JD Robb's Taken in death was a typical in death story. Never disappointing nd always worth reading though I've always liked her psychic stories less than the others for I take my in deaths books out whenever I grew weary of the paranormal.
The rest of the short stories I just read to pass time during train travels. I don't remember all titles, I didn't find them anyway remarkable other than the story about matches and comet only because I hated it most. The heroine is a TSTL. I didn't think the...more
Christine
Whenever a new “In Death” book is released can a short story compilation be very far behind? In this newest entry the various authors put their talents to the test reinventing fairy tales for a modern audience while maintaining their own writing genre. Eve Dallas and Rourke are on the trail of a “wicked witch” in a Hansel and Gretel like kidnapping case. (J.D. Robb) A servant girl with an unusual coin and a retired army sergeant with a few hidden talents of his own become unlikely lovers in a st...more
Adria (Romance Reviews)
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Originally posted on I Smell Sheep (guest reviewer)

I will never look at fairy tales the same again.

Mirror, Mirror features five very talented author's takes on the classic stories Hansel & Gretel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Little Match Girl.

With each author giving their dramatically unique spin on their chosen fairy tale Mirror, Mirror becomes more than your average anthology. It almost be...more
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A. She was the youngest of the five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline....more
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