Classic fairy tales get a new twist in Jove's upcoming "Mirror, Mirror" anthology. J.D. Robb's contribution to this work, due out Sept. 24, 2013, is an updated version of "Hansel and Gretel." Entitled "Taken in Death" the story continues Robb's "In Death" series.
According to the Audible.com website, "Taken in Death" features two children, Henry and Gala MacDermit, who were kidnapped from their New York home after their nanny was murdered. The kidnapper, who is motivated by revenge, has a "sordid past" that includes "violent coercion, ritualistic killings, and chilling bloodlust."
Police lieutenant Eve Dallas is reminded of her own horrific childhood as she contemplates the terror the two children must be experiencing. However, she puts these thoughts aside lead her team in following "an electronic breadcrumb trail left by a boy desperate to escape the evil witch."
"Mirror, Mirror" also offers reinterpretations of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" from Mary Blayney, of "Sleeping Beauty" from Elaine Fox, of "The Little Match Girl" from Mary Kay McComas and of "Cinderella" from R.C. Ryan. Blayney's story is "If Wishes Were Horses;" Fox's, "Beauty, Sleeping;" McComas's, "The Christmas Comet;" and Ryan's, "Stroke of Midnight."
Publisher's Weekly gives "Mirror, Mirror" a positive review. "Though varying dramatically in approaches to the theme, each novella successfully captures the spirit of magic and happy endings," the journal states.