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The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2021 Paperback – September 14, 2021
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― Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
"20 gems […] Child’s selections seem especially appropriate for 2021, a year that promises change on so many fronts."
― Kirkus STARRED REVIEW
"There is such a wide variety here, in terms of literary style and subject matter, that it’s hard to imagine a genre fan who would not find something to treasure. The book belongs on the shelf next to such essential anthologies as the Best American Mystery Stories series and Akashic Books’ voluminous Noir series."
"A delicious mix of style and subgenre―there isn’t a weak link in the bunch."
― Library Journal
About the Author
Otto Penzler, the creator of American Mystery Classics, is also the founder of the Mysterious Press (1975); Mysterious Press.com (2011), an electronic-book publishing company; and New York City’s Mysterious Bookshop (1979). He has won a Raven, the Ellery Queen Award, two Edgars (for the Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection, 1977, and The Lineup, 2010), and lifetime achievement awards from Noircon and The Strand Magazine. He has edited more than 70 anthologies and written extensively about mystery fiction.
- Publisher : Mysterious Press (September 14, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 451 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1613162383
- ISBN-13 : 978-1613162385
- Item Weight : 1.12 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This anthology is good, with at least two thirds of the stories real engaging, and a few at the very top.
I would think a mystery fan would not be disappointment in reading this gathering of short stories.
I chose to listen to this audiobook and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, NetGalley/HighBridge Audio!
The sign on the door read Sgt. Charles Marx, Major Crimes. I raised my fist to knock, then realised the guy at the desk wasn't just resting his eyes. He was totally out, slouched in his chair, his grubby Nikes up on his desk, baseball cap tipped down over his eyes, snoring softly. Looked like a Class C wrestling coach after a losing season. Edging in quietly, I eased down into the chair facing his desk. When I glanced up, his eyes were locked on mine like lasers.
'Can I help you?'
'I'm Jax LaDart, Sergeant Marx. Your FNG.'
He frowned at that, then nodded. 'The f*****g new guy,' he said, massaging his eyelids with his fingertips. 'Ah, right. You're the home boy the chief hired, straight out of the army. I was reading your record. It put me to sleep.' He spun the Dell laptop on his desk to show me the screen. 'According to the Military Police, you've closed a lot of felony cases overseas, but the details are mostly redacted, blacked out.'
'The army'd classify Three Blind Mice if they could. You don't remember me, do you?'
ABOUT 'THE MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP PRESENTS THE BEST MYSTERY STORIES OF THE YEAR: 2021: 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 bestseller Lee Child has selected the twenty most suspenseful, most confounding, and most mysterious short stories from the past year, collected now in one entertaining volume.
Includes stories by:
James Lee Burke
Joyce Carol Oates
Sue Grafton (with a new, posthumously-published work!)
And many more!
MY THOUGHTS: There are a couple of absolutely brilliant stories in here - Sue Grafton's 'If You Want Something Done Right . . .' and Stephen King's 'The Fifth Step' are the two that stood out for me. Others that I enjoyed were: 'The Locked Cabin' by Martin Edwards, Janice Law's 'The Client', and David Morrell's 'Requiem For A Homecoming.' There was one story I absolutely detested - Parole Hearing by Joyce Carol Oates, and I didn't much care for David Marcum's 'The Home Office Baby' either, or the first two stories which were 'tough guy' fiction and almost completely put me off reading any more of the collection. The rest fell somewhere in the middle and were mostly quite mediocre.
This is by no means anywhere near my favourite collection. Quite a few, I zoned out of as I was listening, and had to return to. They just didn't hold my interest; absolutely no reflection on the narrators who, on the whole did an excellent job.
I know 2020 was a difficult year for all, but I am sure that there were far better mystery stories out there that could have been included in this collection.
Edited by Lee Child and Otto Penzler
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Highbridge Audio via Netgalley for providing an audio ARC of The Best Mystery Stories of the Year:2021 edited by Lee Child and Otto Penzler for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.