Crime spreads across the globe in this new collection of short stories from the Crime Writer’s Association, as a conspiracy of prominent crime authors take you on a world mystery tour. Highlights of the trip include a treacherous cruise to French Polynesia, a horrifying trek in South Africa, a murderous train-ride across Ukraine and a vengeful killing in Mumbai. But back home in the UK, life isn’t so easy either. Dead bodies turn up on the backstreets of Glasgow, crime writers turn words into deeds at literary events, and Lady Luck seems to guide the fate of a Twickenham hood. Showcasing the range, breadth and vitality of the contemporary crime-fiction genre, these twenty-eight chilling and unputdownable stories will take you on a trip you’ll never forget.
Ann Cleeves, C.L. Taylor, Susi Holliday, Martin Edwards, Anna Mazzola, Carol Anne Davis, Cath Staincliffe, Chris Simms, Christine Poulson, Ed James, Gordon Brown, J.M. Hewitt, Judith Cutler, Julia Crouch, Kate Ellis, Kate Rhodes, Martine Bailey, Michael Stanley, Maxim Jakubowski, Paul Charles, Paul Gitsham, Peter Lovesey, Ragnar Jónasson, Sarah Rayne, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Vaseem Khan, William Ryan and William Burton McCormick
I dipped in and out of this book once the clocks went back and the chillier nights drew in. With a blanket over my legs and a steamy cup of hot chocolate, what better way is there to spend a few evenings reading such an entertaining little treasure of short stories from some of the best crime writers around today. Exquisite little snippets that left me wanting more each time I read one.
The writers were briefed that travel was to be the theme, so we’re taken right around the globe using various ways of getting to destination and including different locations.
I didn’t read all the stories in sequence but flitted about stopping to read whichever tale drew me in at the time. I did start reading the anthology however by reading the first story in the book written by one of my favourite authors Ann Cleeves.
My only complaint is that the book came to an end and I was back to reading whole books again. It’s been a while since I’ve read any collection of short stories and I enjoyed them so much that I was desperate for more of the same and ordered Susan Hill’s The Travelling Bag and other ghostly stories which has absolutely nothing to do with this collection or the price of fish but I’ll just mention it.
I’ve also made a note of the authors in the book that I haven’t read anything by before.