The Best American Mystery Stories 2018

The Best American Mystery Stories 2018

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A collection of top-selected mystery writing from the past year is culled from a variety of respected sources and offers insight into evolving genre trends.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018
ISBN: 9780544949096
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bes
Description: xvii, 411 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Penny, Louise
Penzler, Otto


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Apr 08, 2019

Silly me. When I saw Louise Penny's name on this book, I made the erroneous assumption that something written by my favorite mystery writer would appear within its covers. That "something" turned out to be only the Introduction in which Penny explains how the short stories in the book were selected. Yes, the Best American Mystery Stories project is worthwhile--22 years of worthwhile as it turns out since the project began in 1997. And within that time, other writers of high merit--Robert Parker, Sue Grafton, and Scott Turrow to name a few--have lent their time and expertise to helping series editor Otto Penzler select the best short stories from among the 3000+ submitted each year. Whew! So are the stories any good? You bet. Do I prefer them over full-length mystery novels? No way. Give me the expanded intricacies of plot, the deeper development of characters, and the broader contexts of time and place any day of the week. Maybe that's why the popularity of short stories has been in a bit of a slump. Still, if you'd like to give these 20 a chance, be my guest. You could do a lot worse than picking from among the best.

Nov 12, 2018

Thanks God these stories are short. Not great.


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