Omaha Picks: Mystery short stories
Annotation:Is it a gesture of good will or a sinister trap that lures Rupert St. Vincent and his family to magnificent estate? How desperate is Joyce Lambert, a destitute young widow whose only recourse is to marry a man she despises? What unexpected circumstance stirs old loyalties in Theodora Darrell, and unfaithful wife about to run away with her lover? In this collection of short stories, the answers are as unexpected as they are satisfying. The Queen of Crime takes bizarre romantic entanglements, supernatural visitations, and classic murder to inventive new heights. (OPL's Books In Print.)
Annotation:The Mystery Writers of America presents an all-original anthology sure to appeal to Twilight fans with an interest in crime. While vampires are well represented among the 20 selections, most notably Parnell Hall's darkly humorous “Death of a Vampire,” bestseller Harris ensures that werewolves, ghosts, and magicians also get their due. A phantom ship figures in Lou Kemp's “In Memory of the Sibylline ,” a highly effective horror story set in the 19th century. Even Mike Hammer gets into X-Files mode in Max Allan Collins's and Mickey Spillane's “Grave Matter,” which successfully introduces a supernatural element into the case of a series of mysterious deaths in the ironically named town of Hopeful, N.Y. Other contributors include William Kent Krueger, Margaret Maron, and Carolyn Hart. (OPL's Novelist.)
Annotation:Here, collected in one volume, are all four full-length novels and 56 short stories chronicling the colorful adventures of Sherlock Holmes--every word Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ever wrote about Baker Street's most famous resident. (OPL's Novelist.)
Annotation:Twenty stories, all from Mystery Writers of America members, illustrate the theme of connections between summertime heat and crime. And the heat applies also to tempers, passion, and violence. With authors ranging from Jeremiah Healy and Carolyn Wheat to Robert Lee Hall and Toni Kelner, this collection should have broad appeal. (OPL's Novelist.)
Annotation:Some of the rising stars in the crime, suspense, and mystery genres reveal their talents in an anthology of short stories, each of which is introduced by such mentors as Tess Gerritsen, Jeffery Deaver, and Lee Child. (OPL's Novelist.)
Annotation:Tales of danger, hardship, and adventure in the Old West. "The Gift of Cochise" opens the collection with a Hondo-like tale of a good man going to great lengths to protect the wife of a man he was forced to kill. A nameless drifter didn't have to confront the rustlers who threatened to take over his town, but after all, he was "Duffy's Man," and when you hired on, you did the tough work if you accepted the pay. L'Amour wrote about the big themes--love, courage, loyalty, honor--but he grounded them firmly in the context of daily struggles in an unforgiving land. A fine start to what will become an essential collection. (OPL's Novelist.)
Annotation:Eleven short suspenseful stories by Lawrence Block, Mary Higgins Clark, Justin Scott, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Mickey Friedman, Stanley Cohen, Susan Isaacs, Judith Kelman, Warren Murphy, Peter Straub, Justin Scott and Whitley Strieber.
Annotation:The Reverend Collins' visit / Anne Perry -- Widow's Peak / Rochelle Krich -- Speak no evil / Nancy Pickard -- Volo te habere-- / Margaret Frazer -- The labyrinthine way / Dianne Day -- The shaman's song / G. Miki Hayden -- The chairty of a saint / Tom Kreitzberg -- The seal of the confessional / Rhys Bowen -- Dilemma / John Lutz -- The chosen / Joyce Christmas -- Model town / George Chesbro -- Amish butter / Jacqueline Fiedler -- That old eternal triangle / Kate charles -- God's instrument / Terence Faherty -- Father Hugh and the kettle of St. Frideswide / Mary Monica Pulver -- The Dunne deal / Ralph McInerny -- Remembered Zion / Carolyn Wheat -- In a Jewish vein / Serita Stevens. .