Title: Down The Rabbit Hole
Author: J. D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, R. C. Ryan
Genre: Romantic Mystery & Thriller
Published: September 28, 2015
My Rating: 5 stars
Source: Owned, Kindle Edition
Some of your favorite New York Times bestselling authors present five all-new stories told through the looking glass—including a new Eve Dallas novella!
You’re late for a very important date…
Enter a wonderland of mesmerizing tales. It’s a place that’s neither here nor there, where things are never quite as they seem. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s whimsical masterpiece, ranging from the impossible to the mad to the curiouser, these stories will have you absolutely off your head.
Don’t be afraid to follow them…
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
Wonderment in Death by J. D. Robb
Alice and the Earl in Wonderland by Mary Blayney
iLove by Elaine Fox
A True Heart by Mary Kay McComas
Fallen by R. C. Ryan
Read on for my thoughts on Down The Rabbit Hole. No true spoilers, promise.
Wonderment In Death is a classic in Death short. The story is there, it’s entertaining and intense – in many ways a mere shortening of the full length in Death novels. Unfortunately for me – for me – the other stories in this anthology just didn’t do much for me in entertainment value or in the connection felt with the stories. I feel badly saying that because I’ve purchased these anthologies with these writers before and they’ve always been enjoyable and entertaining – this time, only the Wonderment in Death story made this one worthwhile for me. And in absolute truth I’ve always bought them solely for the J. D. Robb story, the others were bonus material for me but still enjoyable. It’s a reality that sometimes the stories just don’t click. I did give this a 5 star rating – based completely on Wonderment in Death.
If it wasn’t for the insistence of her friends Charles and Louise, Eve Dallas would have taken bet that this case was an open and shut murder/suicide of a brother and sister with family troubles. Or for that one little piece of busted up technology that made no sense for a woman bent on murder and then killing herself should have had on her person. Then there were the drugs in the woman’s body that made absolutely no sense for a woman that everyone who’d known her swore she never took anything stronger than a blocker. But no matter, Darlene and Marcus were hers now and she would find out what had happened to this brother and sister.
Almost all of the characters from the Eve and Roarke universe got some air time in this novella. And I love seeing them, even if only for a scene or line. The team quickly begins to follow what leads there are in this case that just gets weirder and curious-er as they delve further into this mystery. With a lot of Alice in Wonderland phrases and clues this one was indeed a trip down the rabbit hole and at the end was a very mad hatter.
If you are an Eve and Roarke fan you will find all the touches of their unique sense of humor, the obvious love between Eve and Roarke, the cuteness of Peabody as well as the obvious workings of a team that knows what the job is and they go out and get the bad guys. I enjoyed this one completely and I already know that it will be re-read, because it’s that perfect length for a taste of a world that I enjoy when I don’t have the time for a re-read of a ful length in Death novel.
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