Review: Suite 606 by J.D. Robb (and company)

Suite 606 Suite 606 by J.D. Robb

My review

rat­ing: 1 of 5 stars
I only read the sto­ry by J.D. Robb. I glanced at the oth­er three, but they’re pri­mar­i­ly romance sto­ries, which do NOT inter­est me.

The whole point of these lit­tle antholo­gies is to intro­duce read­ers who enjoy an estab­lished author’s work to oth­er, sim­i­lar authors, right? 

I know that J.D. Robb is a pen name for Nora Roberts. I know that the sto­ries she pub­lish­es as NR are romances. If I saw an anthol­o­gy anchored by an NR sto­ry, I’d expect it to be full of romances.

How­ev­er, I don’t read the NR stuff. I only read her JDR books, which have a lit­tle roman­tic spice about the main char­ac­ter, Eve Dal­las, and her hus­band Roarke, with occa­sion­al glimpses into Eve’s part­ner, Peabody’s, rela­tion­ship with her guy, McNab. That’s it, though. Nei­ther of those sets of rela­tion­ships are the focal point of the plots. The mystery/crime is the main thing, and while they’re set in the future with the advan­tages of tech­nol­o­gy we don’t yet have, they’re essen­tial­ly police pro­ce­du­rals. (I don’t con­sid­er them SF, quite, because all the tech seems to be extrap­o­lat­ed from what we have now, and quite plau­si­ble. And, of course, the tech isn’t the point of the sto­ries, either.)

So why not put sim­i­lar sto­ries in an anthol­o­gy anchored by a JDR sto­ry? Why why why? Mis­lead­ing and dis­ap­point­ing read­ers is NOT the way to gar­ner any pos­i­tive buzz for the less­er-known authors, and the back­lash can lead to less enthu­si­asm from estab­lished read­ers (like me) for the estab­lished author’s work.

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