Lately, I seem to have been reading several anthologies...which makes it really difficult to keep track of storylines! Usually I try to read different genres so that I can keep the characters apart but there are so many great anthologies out lately that it's difficult to focus on just one. The Unquiet features five excellent authors who are able to pen stand-alone tales that still fit into their ongoing series. J.D. Robb has her inimitable police detective of the future, Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who is so intriguing because she has risen from the ashes of her horrible childhood and become a formidable investigator who is so very competent at investigating crimes yet endearingly baffled by social interactions. My favorite quote from the series is in this short story....(Eve) “What do you want?” (Nadine Furst) “A man of amazing sexual prowess, great sensitivity, stupendous abs, and the face of an angel. Toss in a wicked sense of humor and stupendous wealth, who adores the very ground I walk on. Oh wait, you already have him.” What a wonderful description of that hunk of manhood...Roarke!
All of the tales conjure up lovely tales that have that eerie elements yet still are richly romantic. It is difficult for authors to cram enough into a short story to make it interesting enough to tempt one to look for the series or other works by that person without being so confusing that the reader is overwhelmed by details. Each of these authors does a great job of continuing to write entertaining stories within the theme of this anthology series (which also includes The Other Side, The Lost, Suite 606, Dead of Night, Bump In the Night). I really enjoyed McComas' His Brother's Keeper as a frustrated ghost tries to get his message across and I was really entertained by the "psychic" in Gaffney's Dear One.
My NOR review: The Unquiet