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A Best Book of 2020 from Suspense Magazine Deadly Anniversaries celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America with a collection of stories from some of the top names in crime fiction. An anniversary can honor many things: a birth, a wedding and sometimes even a death. In Deadly Anniversaries, editors Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini present new stories fr A Best Book of 2020 from Suspense Magazine Deadly Anniversaries celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America with a collection of stories from some of the top names in crime fiction. An anniversary can honor many things: a birth, a wedding and sometimes even a death. In Deadly Anniversaries, editors Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini present new stories from some of the best contemporary authors to honor the diamond jubilee of the Mystery Writers of America, an organization founded on the principle that "Crime Doesn't Pay--Enough." Each author puts their own unique spin on what it means to recognize a certain day or event each year. These nineteen stories travel across a wide range of historical and contemporary settings and remind readers of how broad the mystery writing tradition can be, encompassing detective tales, domestic intrigue, psychological suspense, black humor and thrilling action. By the time this group of bestsellers and award-winners is through, none of us will ever look at anniversaries the same way again. Deadly Anniversaries is sure to shock, scare and delight mystery and suspense fans of all kinds, featuring the following contributors: Sue Grafton Laurie R. King Lee Child Margaret Maron S.J. Rozan Max Allan Collins Wendy Hornsby Jeffery Deaver Bill Pronzini Carolyn Hart Peter Lovesey Meg Gardiner Marcia Muller Julie Smith William Kent Krueger Peter Robinson Naomi Hirahara Doug Allyn Alison Gaylin Laura Lippman


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A Best Book of 2020 from Suspense Magazine Deadly Anniversaries celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America with a collection of stories from some of the top names in crime fiction. An anniversary can honor many things: a birth, a wedding and sometimes even a death. In Deadly Anniversaries, editors Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini present new stories fr A Best Book of 2020 from Suspense Magazine Deadly Anniversaries celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America with a collection of stories from some of the top names in crime fiction. An anniversary can honor many things: a birth, a wedding and sometimes even a death. In Deadly Anniversaries, editors Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini present new stories from some of the best contemporary authors to honor the diamond jubilee of the Mystery Writers of America, an organization founded on the principle that "Crime Doesn't Pay--Enough." Each author puts their own unique spin on what it means to recognize a certain day or event each year. These nineteen stories travel across a wide range of historical and contemporary settings and remind readers of how broad the mystery writing tradition can be, encompassing detective tales, domestic intrigue, psychological suspense, black humor and thrilling action. By the time this group of bestsellers and award-winners is through, none of us will ever look at anniversaries the same way again. Deadly Anniversaries is sure to shock, scare and delight mystery and suspense fans of all kinds, featuring the following contributors: Sue Grafton Laurie R. King Lee Child Margaret Maron S.J. Rozan Max Allan Collins Wendy Hornsby Jeffery Deaver Bill Pronzini Carolyn Hart Peter Lovesey Meg Gardiner Marcia Muller Julie Smith William Kent Krueger Peter Robinson Naomi Hirahara Doug Allyn Alison Gaylin Laura Lippman

30 review for Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    I love anthologies. You can enjoy a fully formed story whenever you have a few spare minutes & It’s such a great way to find new-to-you authors. This volume is in honour of the MWA’s 75th anniversary so it’s only appropriate that all 19 entries have some kind of anniversary to be celebrated. Or not. Because these are crime & mystery writers so don’t go in expecting tales full of roses, cake & karaoke. The first thing you’ll notice is the stellar line-up of authors. It’s veritable who’s who of th I love anthologies. You can enjoy a fully formed story whenever you have a few spare minutes & It’s such a great way to find new-to-you authors. This volume is in honour of the MWA’s 75th anniversary so it’s only appropriate that all 19 entries have some kind of anniversary to be celebrated. Or not. Because these are crime & mystery writers so don’t go in expecting tales full of roses, cake & karaoke. The first thing you’ll notice is the stellar line-up of authors. It’s veritable who’s who of the genre including Lee Child, Sue Grafton, Jeffrey Deaver, Meg Gardiner, William Kent Krueger, Laura Lippman & S.J. Rozan to name a few. The wide range of style, location & time period guarantees something for everyone. As usual, readers will have different personal favourites & I’ll just mention the ones that stood out for me. If You Want Something Done Right - by the late, great Sue Grafton. ‘Nuff said. Ten Years On - a shortie by Laurie R. King featuring Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes. I’ve read & loved this series for years so it’s always a pleasure. Chin Yong-Yun Sets the Date - S.J. Rozan writes the popular Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series but every now & then pens a short story featuring Lydia’s mother, a woman I find frightening & hilarious. Ten Years, Two Days, Six Hours - the take away message for me was do NOT piss off a woman the day she buries her husband. I’m ashamed to say Wendy Hornsby is a new author for me, something I plan to rectify after reading this. 30 and Out - by Doug Allyn, another author I haven’t read (must crawl out of my cave more often…). A gritty procedural that delivers a gripping & complete story in few pages. And there’s a police dog! Those were my faves but there’s really not a dud in the bunch. Bring on the next one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    Deadly Anniversaries edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini is a collection of short stories written by award-winning members of the Mystery Writers of America. As per the title, each story is about some type of anniversary. There are historical stories and contemporary mysteries and detective procedurals and scary stories. There is something here for everyone and this may be an opportunity to read a story by an author you have been meaning to sample. The list of authors contains the followin Deadly Anniversaries edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini is a collection of short stories written by award-winning members of the Mystery Writers of America. As per the title, each story is about some type of anniversary. There are historical stories and contemporary mysteries and detective procedurals and scary stories. There is something here for everyone and this may be an opportunity to read a story by an author you have been meaning to sample. The list of authors contains the following: Sue Grafton, Laurie R. King, Lee Child, Margaret Maron, S.J. Rozan, Max Allan Collins, Wendy Hornsby, Jeffery Deaver, Bill Pronzini, Carolyn Hart, Peter Lovesey, Meg Gardiner, Marcia Muller, Julie Smith, William Kent Krueger, Peter Robinson, Naomi Hirahara, Doug Allyn, Alison Gaylin and Laura Lippman. This is a collection worth reading by mystery buffs. Highly recommended. Thank you to Hanover Square Press and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Opening up "Deadly Anniversaries" is like going to the All-Star Game. Every writer recruited for this anthology is well-known and well-respected in the mystery field. The result therefore is an unsurprising success. The topic here is anniversaries in celebration of the diamond jubilee of the Mystery Writers of America organization. As to be expected, we get many stories about marital bliss, or more to the point, marital unbliss. And the resolution is of course cold-blooded murder, often told wit Opening up "Deadly Anniversaries" is like going to the All-Star Game. Every writer recruited for this anthology is well-known and well-respected in the mystery field. The result therefore is an unsurprising success. The topic here is anniversaries in celebration of the diamond jubilee of the Mystery Writers of America organization. As to be expected, we get many stories about marital bliss, or more to the point, marital unbliss. And the resolution is of course cold-blooded murder, often told with more than a little touch of gallows humor or irony. Other writers seized on the theme and spun off in another direction, finding anniversaries that crooks and lowlifes and swindlers might hold dear. Some dates just stick in the memory, never to be forgotten. An excellent collection, hitting the mark far more than you would expect. Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Helen Power

    This is an entertaining collection of short stories, all following the theme of “anniversaries”. Some of the stories are engaging and have good twists, but I have to say that a lot of the stories were disappointing, especially considering the big name authors who’d written them. There are maybe 2-3 gems in total. Also, a few of the stories were barely about “anniversaries”, and one or two felt like the “anniversary” theme was crammed in during a final edit. Meh. That said, these snack-size myster This is an entertaining collection of short stories, all following the theme of “anniversaries”. Some of the stories are engaging and have good twists, but I have to say that a lot of the stories were disappointing, especially considering the big name authors who’d written them. There are maybe 2-3 gems in total. Also, a few of the stories were barely about “anniversaries”, and one or two felt like the “anniversary” theme was crammed in during a final edit. Meh. That said, these snack-size mysteries are perfect for someone who’s busy but still wants to fit a little reading into their day.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of Deadly Anniversaries. I was excited when my request was approved. I love mysteries and recognized nearly all of the authors in this collection. Still, I was a little apprehensive; a collection of stories is like a box of chocolates. I don't like caramel or coconut so I end up only enjoying a few pieces. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of stories here; most of them were good, some were just average, but overall, the stories were enjoyable, the wri Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of Deadly Anniversaries. I was excited when my request was approved. I love mysteries and recognized nearly all of the authors in this collection. Still, I was a little apprehensive; a collection of stories is like a box of chocolates. I don't like caramel or coconut so I end up only enjoying a few pieces. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of stories here; most of them were good, some were just average, but overall, the stories were enjoyable, the writing shines through, and all the authors are respected and well regarded authors in the mystery/thriller genre. I'm pleased to see there are about an equal number of stories by female and male authors, a fact seriously lacking in many story collections.

  6. 5 out of 5

    HollyLovesBooks

    This is a really good anthology of stories from a group of the well known and widely read mystery writers. It was well done and fun to read a story here and there. I enjoyed many of the stories but I think my personal favorites from this amazing line-up were by Sue Grafton, William Kent Krueger and Laura Lippman. I knew I enjoyed the latter two authors but I had never read anything by Grafton before and I really liked her story. So, if a collection of mystery short stories is for you, then this i This is a really good anthology of stories from a group of the well known and widely read mystery writers. It was well done and fun to read a story here and there. I enjoyed many of the stories but I think my personal favorites from this amazing line-up were by Sue Grafton, William Kent Krueger and Laura Lippman. I knew I enjoyed the latter two authors but I had never read anything by Grafton before and I really liked her story. So, if a collection of mystery short stories is for you, then this is a great choice. I recommend it. #DeadAnniversaries #Netgalley #HanoverSquarePress

  7. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Mystery Writers of America is proud to present Deadly Anniversaries, a collection of crime and Superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Mystery Writers of America is proud to present Deadly Anniversaries, a collection of crime and mystery stories from some of the best contemporary authors, all of whom have been invited to put their own unique spin on what it means to recognize a certain day or event every year. An anniversary can take many forms, and by the time this group of bestsellers and award winners is through, none of us will ever look at anniversaries the same way again. Edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini, this collection features original stories from twenty industry giants. Deadly Anniversaries is sure to shock, scare and delight mystery and suspense fans of all kinds. The list of writers includes: Doug Allyn Lee Child Max Allan Collins Jeffery Deaver Meg Gardiner Alison Gaylin Sue Grafton Carolyn Hart Naomi Hirahara Wendy Hornsby Laurie R. King William Kent Krueger Laura Lippman Peter Lovesey Margaret Maron Marcia Muller Bill Pronzini Peter Robinson S.J. Rozan Julie Smith What a delightful anthology of mystery stories - some were great, some were so-so but overall, they were all well-written and totally enjoyable. A great book to read in spurts as each story is not related to the one before it - all make me wonder what might happen on my anniversary - LOL As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "Social Influencer Millennials" on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 🔪🔪🔪🔪

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bridget Martin

    * authors I would like to check out * If you want something done right ... / Sue Grafton -- Ten years on / Laurie R. King -- Still not a fan of this Mary Sue protagonist. * Normal in every way / Lee Child -- The replacement / Margaret Maron -- Chin Yong-Yun sets the date / S.J. Rozan -- Amazing grace / Max Allan Collins -- Ten years, two days, six hours / Wendy Hornsby -- The anniversary gift / Jeffrey Deaver -- The last dive bar / Bill Pronzini -- Case open / Carolyn Hart -- The bitter truth / Peter Love * authors I would like to check out * If you want something done right ... / Sue Grafton -- Ten years on / Laurie R. King -- Still not a fan of this Mary Sue protagonist. * Normal in every way / Lee Child -- The replacement / Margaret Maron -- Chin Yong-Yun sets the date / S.J. Rozan -- Amazing grace / Max Allan Collins -- Ten years, two days, six hours / Wendy Hornsby -- The anniversary gift / Jeffrey Deaver -- The last dive bar / Bill Pronzini -- Case open / Carolyn Hart -- The bitter truth / Peter Lovesey -- * Unknown caller / Meg Gardiner -- April 13 / Marcia Muller -- Whodat heist / Julie Smith -- Blue moon / William Kent Krueger -- * Aqua vita / Peter Robinson -- * The last Hibakusha / Naomi Hirahara -- * 30 and out / Doug Allyn -- The fixer / Alison Gaylin and Laura Lippman. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Sue "A Mary Sue is a generic name for any fictional character who is so competent or perfect that this appears absurd, even in the context of the fictional setting. Mary Sues are often an author's self-insertion or wish fulfillment. They may excel at tasks that should not be possible for them, or they may upstage the protagonist of a fictional setting, such as by saving them. They may disregard previously established aspects of the fiction such as characterization and natural laws. Mary Sue is a type of stock character."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    Deadly Anniversaries is an anthology of mystery short stories. This was my first foray into mystery (in a long time, at least) and I have to say I really enjoyed the experience. There wasn't really a bad story in the bunch, and it's awe-inspiring how great authors like these can spin such sophisticated stories in relatively few words. They were all very solid and I definitely enjoyed the book as a whole. Worth a read and I certainly would like to re-read a few of these. ARC received through Good Deadly Anniversaries is an anthology of mystery short stories. This was my first foray into mystery (in a long time, at least) and I have to say I really enjoyed the experience. There wasn't really a bad story in the bunch, and it's awe-inspiring how great authors like these can spin such sophisticated stories in relatively few words. They were all very solid and I definitely enjoyed the book as a whole. Worth a read and I certainly would like to re-read a few of these. ARC received through Goodreads.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    What a great anthology! Well-respected & credentialed authors writing crime stories centered around some kind of anniversary! Thoroughly enjoyable, mysterious, fun!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shoshana

    This excellent anthology of mystery short stories celebrating 75 years of the Mystery Writers of America is edited by the married Grand Masters Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. They have rounded up a slew of some of the best names in the business and it shows; there is not a single dud amongst the stories, all of which revolve around some sort of anniversary. It was lots of fun reading this book. The writers are all professionals at the top of their game, and the varied approaches they took regar This excellent anthology of mystery short stories celebrating 75 years of the Mystery Writers of America is edited by the married Grand Masters Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. They have rounded up a slew of some of the best names in the business and it shows; there is not a single dud amongst the stories, all of which revolve around some sort of anniversary. It was lots of fun reading this book. The writers are all professionals at the top of their game, and the varied approaches they took regarding the theme were all enjoyable. That said, of course some stories will appeal more to each individual reader than others. I especially liked the stories by Lee Child (not Reacher, whom I adore), S J Rozan, Meg Gardiner, Doug Allyn, and Alison Gaylin and Laura Lippmann. I don’t expect anyone else’s list to be exactly like mine. If you like mysteries, or short stories, or both, this book will just hit the spot. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC, the opinions are my own

  12. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    A collection of 20 short stories, written by some of America's best mystery writers. It was a quick and easy read. Some of the stories were a little cheesy but most of them were fun, creepy reads. A collection of 20 short stories, written by some of America's best mystery writers. It was a quick and easy read. Some of the stories were a little cheesy but most of them were fun, creepy reads.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Each short story occurs on an event anniversary in this anthology compiled by the Mystery Writers of America and edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. Few mystery short stories work well for me because authors simply lack time to build an interesting plot. About three worked really well for me, and a couple of others seemed better than average. I tried one author's series in the past and found I hated her short story just as much as her series. One story alternated between the past and the Each short story occurs on an event anniversary in this anthology compiled by the Mystery Writers of America and edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. Few mystery short stories work well for me because authors simply lack time to build an interesting plot. About three worked really well for me, and a couple of others seemed better than average. I tried one author's series in the past and found I hated her short story just as much as her series. One story alternated between the past and the present--an over-used style I hate more and more each time I encounter it. Overall it is an average to slightly above average mystery short story collection.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Mallette

    See my full review here. This is a great collection of (mostly) murder mystery short stories, edited by the best of the best, Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini, honouring the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America. A terrific chance to discover highly acclaimed authors that are new to you, and enjoy some delicious deadly stories! I have read work by nearly all the 19 authors, and enjoyed some familiar characters and discovered some new ones, which is fun. Short stories aren't my favouri See my full review here. This is a great collection of (mostly) murder mystery short stories, edited by the best of the best, Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini, honouring the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America. A terrific chance to discover highly acclaimed authors that are new to you, and enjoy some delicious deadly stories! I have read work by nearly all the 19 authors, and enjoyed some familiar characters and discovered some new ones, which is fun. Short stories aren't my favourite form, but they are a good way to explore work by authors you don't know. My thanks to Hanover Square Press for the advance reading copy provided digitally through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    A nice collection of short stories with some very famous big mystery names and some authors who were new to me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    This is a collection of mysteries put together to honor the 75th year from the creation of Mystery Writers of America. All of the authors in this collection were Grand Masters, Edgar award winners or served as president of Mystery Writers of America. So you have a nice spread of writers all writing about some sort of anniversary. You have weddings, birthdays, murders, lovers' deaths, and most any other anniversary you can think of. As with any collection, there are certain stories that appeal t This is a collection of mysteries put together to honor the 75th year from the creation of Mystery Writers of America. All of the authors in this collection were Grand Masters, Edgar award winners or served as president of Mystery Writers of America. So you have a nice spread of writers all writing about some sort of anniversary. You have weddings, birthdays, murders, lovers' deaths, and most any other anniversary you can think of. As with any collection, there are certain stories that appeal t a reader more than others. For me, there is "Ten Years On" by Laurie R. King, "Normal in Every Way" by Lee Child, "Chin Yong-Yun Sets the Date" by S. J. Rozan, and "The Fixer" by Alison Gaylin and Laura Lipman. But every reader will find the tale(s) that resonate with them. That is the fun of collections!

  17. 4 out of 5

    joyce w. laudon

    This title is a book of short stories that were collected to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America.  Each author has written a tale that has to do with a special date.  The authors who contributed to this book are a "who's who" of excellent crafters of mysteries.  Some of the contributors are Petr Robinson, Marcia Muller, Margaret Maron, Peter Lovesey, Carolyn Hart, Sue Grafton and many more.  This is an outstanding collection and I recommend it highly.  Many thanks to This title is a book of short stories that were collected to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America.  Each author has written a tale that has to do with a special date.  The authors who contributed to this book are a "who's who" of excellent crafters of mysteries.  Some of the contributors are Petr Robinson, Marcia Muller, Margaret Maron, Peter Lovesey, Carolyn Hart, Sue Grafton and many more.  This is an outstanding collection and I recommend it highly.  Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This is a collection of nineteen stories all with an anniversary theme in honor of the Mystery Writers of America's 75th anniversary. The list of contributing authors reads like a "Who's Who" in mystery writing, including Lee Child, Laura Lippman, Jeffrey Deaver, and Margaret Maron. I was familiar, if not already a fan, of most of the authors. The stories cover a wide range of settings, eras, and types of anniversaries. Some authors like Marcia Muller feature the character for which they are bes This is a collection of nineteen stories all with an anniversary theme in honor of the Mystery Writers of America's 75th anniversary. The list of contributing authors reads like a "Who's Who" in mystery writing, including Lee Child, Laura Lippman, Jeffrey Deaver, and Margaret Maron. I was familiar, if not already a fan, of most of the authors. The stories cover a wide range of settings, eras, and types of anniversaries. Some authors like Marcia Muller feature the character for which they are best known in their stories and I enjoyed seeing PI Sharon McCone investigating a cold case. Others, like Peter Robinson, don't have the same characters as in their full-length novels. Although I knew most of the authors, I wasn't familiar with Alison Gaylin who co-wrote one of the stories with Laura Lippman, but I will be checking out Alison's other work after reading their contribution to the collection. Like any anthology, readers will have some stories they like more than others. I didn't dislike any of the stories, but of course have my favorites. The late Sue Grafton's story features a woman celebrating her 25th anniversary in an unusual way, and the story includes a very unique murder weapon. S.J. Rozan's contribution has PI Lydia Chin's mother solving a case on her own and then telling her late husband all about it at his gravesite on their wedding anniversary. I really enjoyed Meg Gardiner's story which turns the table on the well-known "grandson in trouble" scam and reminded me how much I liked her Evan Delaney series. I was also happy to read a story featuring Naomi Hirahara's retired gardener Mas Arai since I am a fan of her books. Overall, there is a wide variety of excellent, well-written stories in this collection and there will be something for every mystery fan to enjoy. Therefore, I didn't hesitate to give this book 5 stars. I received this book from NetGalley through the courtesy of Hanover Square Press. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mystic Miraflores

    As with most short story collections, some contributions are very good while some are just okay. I enjoyed most of the short stories. My favorites were: "If You Want Something Done Right"; "The Replacement"; "Chin Yong-Yun Sets the Date"; "The Anniversary Gift"; "The Bitter Truth"; "Unknown Caller"; "Blue Moon"; "Aqua Vita" and "30 and Out". As with most short story collections, some contributions are very good while some are just okay. I enjoyed most of the short stories. My favorites were: "If You Want Something Done Right"; "The Replacement"; "Chin Yong-Yun Sets the Date"; "The Anniversary Gift"; "The Bitter Truth"; "Unknown Caller"; "Blue Moon"; "Aqua Vita" and "30 and Out".

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors is an anthology of nineteen short stories collected and edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. This anthology celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America with a collection of stories from some of the top names in crime fiction. For the most part, I rather like most if not all of these contributions. Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors is an anthology Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors is an anthology of nineteen short stories collected and edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. This anthology celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America with a collection of stories from some of the top names in crime fiction. For the most part, I rather like most if not all of these contributions. Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors is an anthology that collected nineteen short stories about crime mystery of all facets from cross/double-cross, vengeance, justifiable homicide, the dangers of turning over rocks to see what’s underneath, the hazards of talking to strangers, and more. As this anthology is an anniversary volume – all the short stories had to do with anniversaries off all sorts both good and ill. Like most anthologies there are weaker contributions and Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors is no exception. Comparatively speaking, some stories are written better than others, or rather, a couple didn't connect to me as easily as the majority. However, these outliers are still written extremely well and didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the anthology. All in all, Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors is a wonderful and chilling collection of short stories of crime fiction that would entertain enthusiast anywhere.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    It’s the Mystery Writers of America’s seventy-fifth anniversary! To celebrate they are throwing a party and we’re all invited. Luckily, we readers get the present—an anthology of nineteen short stories by the best mystery writers around. All the stories have an anniversary theme. In fact, they are all Deadly Anniversaries. This book is like the best Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine ever. None of the stories are filler. My favorite part was seeing the different styles and approaches each author t It’s the Mystery Writers of America’s seventy-fifth anniversary! To celebrate they are throwing a party and we’re all invited. Luckily, we readers get the present—an anthology of nineteen short stories by the best mystery writers around. All the stories have an anniversary theme. In fact, they are all Deadly Anniversaries. This book is like the best Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine ever. None of the stories are filler. My favorite part was seeing the different styles and approaches each author took. The stories contain anniversaries of murders, mayhem, crime, and convictions. There is even one celebrating the survivors of Hiroshima. (Note that I have lived in LA my entire life and never heard of the Hiroshima Peace Flame—but it really exists in LA’s Little Tokyo District.) If you like mystery short stories, you can’t go wrong with this book. It would also be an excellent learning tool for aspiring mystery writers. 5 stars! Thanks to Hanover Square Press, Harlequin Books, and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Mystery abounds. These 19 stories hit the mark. They were all entertaining and well thought out and written. Many mysteries in one book and a good fix after my dry lack of James Patterson spell. One I will surely share with others.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melody Robinson

    Wonderful book full of short stories but will full impact of a 300 page book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beck

    This was a compilation of stories from some of the top names in crime fiction. The premise of this book was unique and compelling. Each author gave their own perspective on what it meant to recognize a specific day of the year. It could be for an anniversary or a birthday, but they each spun a tale of what it means to celebrate or just recognize a particular day. The twist:: these are dark stories. I thought this book was simply a treat, however, I enjoy my books with a side of darkness. So if y This was a compilation of stories from some of the top names in crime fiction. The premise of this book was unique and compelling. Each author gave their own perspective on what it meant to recognize a specific day of the year. It could be for an anniversary or a birthday, but they each spun a tale of what it means to celebrate or just recognize a particular day. The twist:: these are dark stories. I thought this book was simply a treat, however, I enjoy my books with a side of darkness. So if you do too.. than please pick this one up!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Thank you for this ARC as it turned out to be a perfect choice to read during this pandemic. 19 stories from many revered mystery writers, and I really liked reading stories from novelists I wasn't familiar with. Each story was fresh and unrelated to the others, except for the "anniversary" common denominator. Not usually a fan of anthologies, as I like consistency of characters, plots etc, but this was great, as I'm stuck at home, and could finish one story/do chores/read another/make calls, sn Thank you for this ARC as it turned out to be a perfect choice to read during this pandemic. 19 stories from many revered mystery writers, and I really liked reading stories from novelists I wasn't familiar with. Each story was fresh and unrelated to the others, except for the "anniversary" common denominator. Not usually a fan of anthologies, as I like consistency of characters, plots etc, but this was great, as I'm stuck at home, and could finish one story/do chores/read another/make calls, snack or walk the dog and come back for more.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Kennerley

    I loved it! This collection of short stories is written by some of the best mystery writers out there. Most are award winning authors. It's perfect to pick up and read a story or two then put down for later. Flipping the page after one story and seeing a recipe made me laugh so hard! I made a list of the authors I haven't read before so I can check out some of their full novels. Great compilation! ARC netgalley.com I loved it! This collection of short stories is written by some of the best mystery writers out there. Most are award winning authors. It's perfect to pick up and read a story or two then put down for later. Flipping the page after one story and seeing a recipe made me laugh so hard! I made a list of the authors I haven't read before so I can check out some of their full novels. Great compilation! ARC netgalley.com

  27. 4 out of 5

    Denice Langley

    I LOVE anthologies! They let me read unique stories by some of my favorite authors plus try stories from authors I may have not considered before. I keep an anthology with me all the time. They are perfect to read anywhere at anytime. These stories all center around a special date, celebrated in many, many different ways.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Lauren

    First class writers and a series of great short stories. You can pick up and put down and read a complete story. It is a wonderful read, with the different styles of each author. As murder mystery readers, we accept that all of these stories are based in some terrible loss. It's fun to read the different styles, some familiar and some not as much, This was a very enjoyable read- I recommend. First class writers and a series of great short stories. You can pick up and put down and read a complete story. It is a wonderful read, with the different styles of each author. As murder mystery readers, we accept that all of these stories are based in some terrible loss. It's fun to read the different styles, some familiar and some not as much, This was a very enjoyable read- I recommend.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    A nice diverse collection of stories with no real duds and some very good ones. It's tough to go wrong with such high caliber authors. Even though this is longer than the average anthology, it's a pretty fast read and none of the stories are boring. I really appreciate the ARC for review!! A nice diverse collection of stories with no real duds and some very good ones. It's tough to go wrong with such high caliber authors. Even though this is longer than the average anthology, it's a pretty fast read and none of the stories are boring. I really appreciate the ARC for review!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol Custer

    When I was a kid, my favorite thing each month was the new Alfred Hitchcock magazine (kind of weird for a kid, huh?) This anthology brought back memories of that excitement. This is a wonderful collection of short stories with delicious mysteries. What fun!!!

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