Haunted in Death by J.D. Robb has Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigating a death in a building rumored to be haunted. The current murder also brings to light another murder that took place in the same building 85 years earlier. Eve refuses to believe in ghosts, despite witnessing some rather strange events. She’s very shocked to realize Roarke might be inclined to believe in such things, which leads to a rather amusing argument. Though the story is very short, there is the perfect blend of murder mystery and personal relationships explored.
Poppy’s Coin by Mary Blayney tells the tale of a magic coin which will grant its owner a wish. The story starts in the present and then through a storyteller takes us back to 1817. David Lindsay finds himself guardian for two small children after their mother passes away. Until he can sell his commission in the army he won’t have much money to spare. After performing a kind deed for Lady Grace Anderson, she asks him to be her escort to the society functions, for which she will pay him. The coin grants David his wish, but not in the way he’d imagined. While the story was sweet, it was probably my least favorite in the book.
Ruth Ryan Langan’s The Passenger brings photojournalist Grace Marin to Spirit Lake. Her assignment is to photograph the mysterious woman whom some have reported seeing above the waters of the lake. When a plane crashes on the island, Grace rescues Josh Cramer from the wreckage. Josh is into extreme sports and his latest job had been to traverse the supposedly deserted island while being filmed. Grace and Josh have both suffered losses and together the two find a sense of peace they’d never before known.
Mellow Lemon Yellow by Mary Kay McComas has Charlotte’s childhood imaginary friend making a reappearance in her life as she deals with her father’s death. With his help and support she beings to make changes in her life and to discover who she really is. But she realizes she needs to move on with her life, and she’s not sure how an imaginary friend fits in. While starting out strange, this story is very sweet and has a very satisfactory ending.
While all four stories are definitely very different from each other, they all include a supernatural or paranormal type of event which ties them together. With so many different types of stories, Bump in the Night will appeal to many readers.