This year’s offering by this highly talented quintet once again combines eerie tales that span centuries and test supernatural possibilities. Readers always know they are in for an exceptional time when these authors join forces.
First up is Robb’s “Chaos in Death,” which sets Lt. Eve Dallas on the trail of a killer who may be a literal Monster. Blayney’s offering is “Her Greatest Treasure,” which follows a magical coin on its journey to Birmingham, England and the unlikely connection it generates between a shopkeeper and an English lord. Gaffney’s story is “Dear One,” a humorous tale about a hotline psychic whose connection to a lonely old man leads to unexpected romance. “Unforgiven” is Langan’s tale featuring an angry Scottish ghost and a betrayed modern woman who find a passionate connection. Finally McComas delivers “His Brother’s Keeper,” in which a children’s book author thinks she is going nuts when she becomes the messenger for a ghost trying to contact his guilt- ridden brother. (JOVE, Oct., 416 pp., $7.99)
Jill M. Smith