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Mirror, Mirror

(In Death #37.5 - Taken in Death)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  3,164 ratings  ·  277 reviews
Five twists on fairy tale classics. Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and others exist in imaginary realms, where the familiar is transformed into the extraordinary and otherworldly.
Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published October 2013 by Jove (first published January 1st 2013)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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
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Elvan
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Caro
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-death
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
Smiley
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only read J D Robb’s novella, Taken in death.
Sillylittlefishey
I found this was an enjoyable anthology with five twists on fairy tales. It opened my eyes up to some authors that I've never read before and included a nice In Death Novella as well.

Taken in Death by J.D. Robb- 4 Stars
If Wishes Were Horses by Mary Blayney- 2 Stars
Beauty, Sleeping by Elaine Fox-4 Stars
The Christmas Comet by Mary Kay McComas- 3 Stars
Stroke of Midnight by R.C. Ryan- 4 stars
RaChelle Holmberg
yet again, a WONDERFUL find in this series, I started with book one, and now have almost finished the entire series - ..and now on to the next one! I was introduced to this series through a novella, much like this one, and there are several of them..... I truly enjoyed some of the entries, others not as much, but its a really good read.
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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
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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 tr
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Deirdre
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this set of stories based on fairy tales.

J D Robb takes on Hansel and Gretel in Taken in Death. Twins are stolen by a woman who looks like their mother and they try to leave some breadcrumbs for someone to find them.

If Wishes were horses tells the tale of a servant who finds true love when she embraces a chance she gets. Nice story by Mary Blayney, a little supernatural stuff and I'd like to see more of these characters.

Beauty, Sleeping by Elaine Fox is a story of Faerie and a man who di
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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'
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Anna
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
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shanghao
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fable, fun, shorts
The stories were arranged in order of merit and entertainment value I believe.

By the time I got to the last story I kinda get the feeling that it was written half-heartedly. I jest.

But, I did like the imagery in the first story and got to sketching. Update soon.

Omg, I actually did this almost a year ago. Found my doodling notebook. Maybe I should continue inking and sketching the rest of the stories.


Get colouring, kids.
Jonetta
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
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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
Dianna
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Robin Lynne Rogers
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Nancy
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This rating is only for J D Robb - the others are not more than 2 stars and a couple only 1 star.
Heather
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Susan
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed JD Robb’s version of Hansel and Gretel. I can’t say the same for the rest of the stories.
Katie
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-death
Taken in Death
Henry and Gala sure were brave from their cannibal Lector aunt from Hansel and Gretel.
Aurian Booklover
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

J.D. Robb – Taken in Death

Genre: futuristic romantic suspense.

An open and shut case, if you believe
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Julie
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered the Poppy's Coin series when I first picked up an anthology of short stories by several authors because I wanted to read the J.D. Robb story included. That story has me hooked and I put series on my reading list. years later, I started my binge reading of all these compilations. In each story of the series, a magical coin grants a wish. But the coin has its own way of granting the wish and not always in the way that one would expect. This installment is in the anthology "Mirror, Mir ...more
Julie
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robb, antholgies
This anthology contains several short stories that provide new twists on old folktales. - Hence the title of the book. Each book has a J.D Robb, "In Death " story and a Mary Blayney "Poppy's Coin" as well as a few more romantic fantasies. Where as some of these books have been uneven, I enjoyed all of the stories in this book. The J.D. Robb Eve Dallas stories are usually a mystery story with a dash of hot romance. But the stories in these antholgies also include a lot of fantasy. The rest of the ...more
Dekaydreader
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is only for J.D. Robb's contribution; the second story was just short of pap, and I did not continue past that one. Nice short story from Robb; as always, her characters and style take me away to the wondrous world that is reading.
Need I say that to me, the books worth reading are akin to a beautiful scenic ride: no matter the destination, the trip is amazing all by itself. My reviews will never be a travelogue of the trip, but five stars go to any story that carries me away from day
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Birgit
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, absolutely loved it. I buy these books mainly for the "..in Death" stories, but as this is the fourth or fifth, I've come to appreciate the other authors contributing to the stories in this book very much.
The extraordinary thing in this one was the fact that each novella is - loosely - based on a fairy tale. How the authors did that is - plain and simple - just absolutely brilliant. I am now almost looking forward to these shorter stories as much as as the next Eve Dallas novel!
Cybercrone
It's really hard to rate these anthologies, since my liking for the authors varies so much.

I go there for Robb and the Lt Dallas stories. I can live with magic coins, and even enjoy it a bit. I loathe Prince Charming/Evil Stepmother stories, stories of saintly, stupid women where things all work out well (another form of the Prince Charming genre) and doubly loathe "ghost porn".
Samantha
Jan 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Mostly just read this for J.D. Robb's piece since I read her In Death series books.
This book sucked. Really predictable. The tie with Hansel and Gretel was okay, but the kicker was how explicitly Robb tells you how her story relates. Readers aren't stupid. They can connect the obvious dots without spelling every little connection out.
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