Bump in The Night
by J. D. Robb
Review by Gayle Surrette
Jove Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0515141178
Date: 28 March, 2006 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
"Haunted in Death" by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas murder mystery. Radcliiff C. Hopkins has been shot with an actual gun. Guns are extremely rare in crimes in 2060, so everyone wants in on the case. But it's Eve and Peabody that are solving the murder at Number 12, a derelict nightclub Rad hoped to rehab and reopen. The building is a legend and said to be haunted. Then they discover the body of Bobbie Bray, who was reported missing decades ago by Rad's great-grandfather, bricked into a wall of the upstairs apartment. She was also shot and by the same gun. Two crimes separated by decades and Eve needs to solve them both. There's mystery, murder, and perhaps ghosts but Eve and Peabody deal with the here and now to stand for justice.
Mary Blayney's "Poppy's Coin" is a touching story of wishes. A young American woman in Great Britain loves the country and would like to stay. During a tour of a Victorian home, a docent tells her of a young soldier who honored a promise to take care of the children of a woman of low morals. He falls in love with a woman of his class but he has no money and must balance honor with his need to provide for his new family. The tales revolves around a coin that Poppy has made a wish on. It's a nice tale of sex role reversal and being true to yourself.
"The Passenger" by Ruth Ryan Langan introduces us to the slow train. The slow train is running a regular route between stations on the English countryside, however time spent on the train is slower than time spent in our time frame. So, a several hour train ride can equal several years our time. Our main character has some choices to make and while you may or may not agree with her choices the concepts in the story are worth thinking about.
In Mary Kay McComas' "Mellow Lemon Yellow" a young woman discovers the joys of an imaginary friend after the death of her father. Once she's opened to the wonders of everything around her she learns to live and to give. It's a sweet tale that can be a cautionary tale of the dangers of looking inside rather than out.
Four tales that each have a touch of the paranormal make for an escape from the normal world but bring you back when you close the covers with some new insights.