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Suite 606 by J.D. Robb
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425224441
Date: 04 November 2008 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Suite 606 is an anthology of four original stories that all contain a Suite 606 somewhere in the story. The suite may be a key element in the plot as it was in "Ritual in Death" or simply a room number as in "Wayward Wizard" or a magical place that fulfills your dreams in "Love Endures"

In "Ritual in Death" by J.D. Robb, Eve Dallas finds herself in the right place to be on hand when a murder occurs. Fulfilling her function as Roarke's wife, they're attending a party in a fancy hotel hosted by an old friend of Roarke's when in walks a naked man, carrying a carving knife and covered in blood. Dallas swings into cop mode and takes over. This is a tightly plotted mystery with the usual cast of characters. The length is shorter so there's more emphasis on the murder and its solution and fewer romantic interludes but the by-play between Eve and Roarke is all you'd expect and desire.

Mary Blayney's "Love Endures" is the story of Summer Cassidy, who has learned that marriage can wear you down and erode your pride. But she endures for the sake of her child until the night Stephen Bradley bring her dying husband home. Her feeling for Stephen are mixed with hatred for what he's put her and her family through, but she still feels the attraction. What will she do? Who can she trust when her trust has always been abused? A touching story of lies, deceit, and love.

"Cold Case" by Ruth Ryan Langan is the story of police officer Sam Hunter. Sam's partner took a bullet meant for him and died. Questioning his life choices, Sam is ready to quit the force. He makes a reservation at a hotel in Vermont and arrives to find that the hotel is full, and they don't have a record of his reservation. Suffering an accident during a snow storm while searching for a remembered B&B that might have a room, Sam struggles to survive the cold. When he finds a farmhouse, his cop senses spring to life, but the only problem is how drawn he is to the oldest daughter. A bitter-sweet story of love and timing.

Last in this volume is "Wayward Wizard" by Mary Kay McComas. Marie is pulling her life back together after a long series of bad decisions and rehab. She's trying to repair the damaged relationship with her preteen son. Visitation is allowed but where, when, and how long, are strictly enforced. This time they're going to an exhibit of baseball memorabilia. Things are a bit tense between Hugh and his mother. When they decide to check out the Dead Sea exhibit, things take a strange turn. This one was the most tongue in cheek, while still being interesting and historically informative. There's even a wonderful bit of overlap with "Cold Case" as one scene from that story is repeated from a different angle in this one.

If you enjoy mystery with a bit of romance and whimsy, you'll love this collection. Solid story telling with interesting characters.

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