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Moonlight & Misadventure: 20 Stories of Mystery & Suspense (A Superior Shores Anthology) Paperback – June 16, 2021
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"What a bunch of misadventures. These twenty authors have created stories where dialog snaps, characters carom, and plots surprise all under the ever-present moon." James Blakey, Derringer Award-Winning Author
"You cannot go wrong with this book. It is a collection to be read again and again. Savored. It is simply wonderful." Joan Leotta, author and story performer
"Judy Penz Sheluk's third short story collection in three consecutive years, serves up 20 tasty crime fiction bites in a variety of sub-genres--neo-noir, police procedural, mystery, caper and historical. Laced with moonlit suspense, twisty turns and dark humor, they will have readers checking the shadows for murderers and miscreants. Let's hope Sheluk's collections become annual crime fiction feasts."--Rosemary McCracken, Debut Dagger and Derringer Award finalist, and author of the Pat Tierney Mystery Series
"From the complicated and powerful opening tale to the twist ending in the last one, the twenty stories in Moonlight & Misadventure: 20 Stories of Mystery and Suspense are all good ones. Moonlight, misadventure, and in many cases a hint of madness, are all at work in this highly entertaining read. Every tale selected for this anthology is well worth your time." -- Kevin Tipple, Book Reviewer, Kevin's Corner
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- Publisher : Superior Shores Press (June 16, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 300 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1989495397
- ISBN-13 : 978-1989495391
- Item Weight : 14.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.68 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,692,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The stories all included snippets of different moon phases. Some were very suspenseful, some were ironically funny, (I have a very dark and distorted sense of humor) and some left me questioning what I just read! But all of them are worth the read! This is book 3 of the Superior Shores Anthology, and I will undoubtedly buy the other two to make my collection complete!
I received an ARC of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed and my comments are my honest opinion.
I thoroughly enjoyed my journey into the night with only the moon to attest to the moves, motives, and mystery where authors shared their different interpretations along with varied settings, styles, eras, viewpoints, and resulting emotions “...where one thing is assured: waxing, waning, gibbous, or full, the moon is always illuminating things better left in the dark.” Some stories are written using a first-person narrative, yet others third-person narratives, along with descriptive language and dialogue illustrating tone, emotions, and personalities. Many authors have my favorite character as a silent partner in the justice served...Karma! This often left me open mouthed, in awe, or exploding with a bit of a giggle. The eBook has links to each story in the Table of Contents for easy navigating, and in the introduction for each author, there are insights into their writing and links (also in The Lineup) to their websites, blogs, or author pages available. I highly recommend this new collection...compelling, thought-provoking, and downright fun!
Disclosure: I received an ARC from the editor/author. My review is voluntary with honest insights and comments.
Each of these stories passes by pretty quickly, but I like that each of the authors writes with true excellence. Each of the stories is well written and the stories are pretty engaging as well. There are some that you will snicker at, others that you will roll your eyes at the stupidity of the characters. Then there are some that will have you raising your eyebrows in surprise at how things play out. These stories really take you through the gambit and I like that.
Now, I didn't necessarily like all of the stories, but it's not because of the storyline itself...it's more of the characters. Maybe it's the twist (how things play out) that I'm not too keen on, but I felt that in two stories the characters are just a little too dumb for their own good. Bad comes out on top in one, and another two bickering mothers only come together because of a bout of stupidity all around. LOL!
I'm choosing to rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. The stories absolutely fit the "moonlight and misadventures" theme and I tip my hat to each of the authors for the fun stories. Each either has a play of moonlight or some misadventures that the characters find themselves in. Some overcome...while others do not, but it's a good book to check out.