Fiction, Mystery/Thriller


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thank you to #NetGalley for the advanced copy of this amazing anthology. Being mystery author myself, this was a must-read for me.


Under the auspices of New York City’s legendary mystery fiction specialty bookstore, The Mysterious Bookshop, and aided by Edgar Award-winning anthologist Otto Penzler, international best seller Lee Child has selected the 20 most suspenseful, most confounding, and most mysterious short stories from the past year, collected now in one entertaining volume.

Includes stories by: Alison Gaylin, David Morrell, James Lee Burke, Joyce Carol Oates, Martin Edwards, Sara Paretsky, Stephen King, Sue Grafton (with a new, posthumously published work), and many more!

My take:

I’ve always envied any writer’s ability to write a compelling short story–to craft together a full narrative within a few short pages. This collection is, in a word, immaculate.

The mysteries aren’t always difficult to predict, but the characters make the effort well worth it.

The narrator does a fantastic job of bringing each character to life, and I’m admittedly astounded by his talent.

I highly recommend this one to anyone who needs a good mystery fix but doesn’t have time for a full novel. My advice, give that James Lee Burke story the first read. You won’t regret it. It’s also a great audiobook for the commute. I highly recommend it.


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