The Best American Mystery Stories 2010

The 1 best selling author of Nothing to Lose, Bad Luck and Trouble and The Hard Way edits a latest collection of the genre s finest stories, including contributions by top authors.
The Best American Mystery Stories The best selling author of Nothing to Lose Bad Luck and Trouble and The Hard Way edits a latest collection of the genre s finest stories including contributions by top authors

  • Title: The Best American Mystery Stories 2010
  • Author: Lee Child Otto Penzler
  • ISBN: 9780547237466
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Best American Mystery Stories 2010”

    1. I guess my idea of a mystery story is out-of-date and old fashioned. These stories are gritty, graphic, gory, and lack the intrigue of a carefully crafted whodunit. But, as the series editor noted in his foreword, the whodunit is rare in "mysteries" by today's authors. Why? What makes the art of a logical, rational approach to solving a crime antiquated? (Maybe I am bitter because I have the audacity to revere the likes of Christie and Sayers.) I also scorn the editor's pointed remark that these [...]

    2. With Lee Child as guest editor for The Best American Mystery Stories 2010 you won't find Miss Marple or the Fat Belgian in this collection. You might, however be forgiven for expecting a little more Mystery than this tome provides.I found the collection to be more crime fiction than mystery, with two notable exceptions - The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness, a well done Sherlock Holmes pastiche by Lindsay Faye and Early Christmas by Doug Allyn. When I think mystery writing, I am chiefly think [...]

    3. You win some and lose some. Which ones are winners and which ones are losers really depends on your personal definition of a mystery story. Do you need a whodunnit? Crime? Murder? No matter what your poison there is something for everyone in here. But there is not everything for everyone.I love short story collections because often I don't have time to read a lot at a time. Short stories give me my "reading fix" before bed. And I do have expectations for a mystery short story. I expect to be int [...]

    4. It's hard to give one straight review to a collection of so many varied stories. Really, it's between three and four stars. I enjoyed being able to sit down and finish a story in one sitting. And Mr. Child ensured that each story was strikingly different from the last so you never knew what to expect. A few were a bit too violent or creepy for my taste - many of the ones told from the point of view of the murderers. But nearly all are engaging and they do represent the full spectrum of "detectiv [...]

    5. This is a great collection of short stories that should entertain any mystery fan. Within the mystery genre, this book offers a little bit from every subgenre, including suspense, police procedurals, espionage, and private detective. Not every story was a 5 star for me but that likely spoke more of personal preference than writing talent. This collection is a great way to discover new authors, many of whom also write full-length novels. Overall, I found the stories highly entertaining.** I recei [...]

    6. They put Lee Child on the cover, because it sells books. They could have put Woody Allen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and William Shakespeare on the cover: they're not in it either.This is a rich, excellent collection of short stories. Several are fabulous, the rest are pretty good.But what is it about a short story? You can only go so deep. You can only build a little tension. There it is, and then it's done. Much less satisfying than a good novel.Still, a nice fill-in when yo [...]

    7. I rated this book four stars because I found it very entertaining. I took away one star because I feel that the book is falsely advertised. One would expect a book with "mystery stories" in the title to be comprised solely of mystery stories. In my estimation, more than half of the stories included were not mysteries but in fact setups for mysteries involving white trash committing crimes. Despite the misleading advertising, I mostly enjoyed the stories included in the book.

    8. While I prefer novels to short stories, this collection wowed me! A true gem for mystery and short story fans. There is something for everyone in this anthology. Whether you like your mysteries hard-boiled or light,you wont be disappointed!

    9. I think I consider these stories to be more psychological thrillers that mysteries but all of them were published in mystery magazines. Many of them are very good and I always like to read a variety of authors new to me.

    10. An excellent compilation of very well-written mysteries. I didn't love all of the stories, but I definitely appreciated all of the writing. There is much to be learned from each of the authors.

    11. WOW! Not a clunker in the bunch! A great collection of stories that kept me glued to every page. Designer was my absolute favorite! God I LOVE short stories!

    12. As Penzler mentions in his introduction, much has changed with regard to the mystery genre; the only thing I might add to his observation is that not all the changes are for the good.

    13. I liked most of these crime fiction short stories. I really loved "Killing Time" by Jon Land. Another standout was "Designer Justice" by Phyllis Cohen.

    14. I always enjoy this series. There were a couple of clunkers (Designer Justice and The Killing Time), but overall a pleasing anthology of crime.

    15. Some of the short stories are interesting but I much prefer longer stories and series where the author can develop personalities.

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