Saturday, 25 November 2017

#BlogTour: CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour @OrendaBooks @the_cwa

Published on 1st November 2017 by Orenda Books. My thanks the publisher for the review copy and Anne Cater for inviting me on to the blog tour.

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.

My Thoughts 

I was delighted to be asked to be a part of this blog tour for the CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour. Admittedly, I don't read that many short stories, often feeling that I like my characters to have time to develop and the plot to play out over a longer period of time. That being said I was completely entranced by this selection. I chose to read them in order. Although it is the kind of book that you could keep dipping into as time allows, I couldn't keep my hands off of it and kept going back for more. 

It is a bit tricky to review these stories individually, firstly I wouldn't want to give anything away and secondly I wouldn't want to single any particular one out as I found them all to be completely compulsive and brilliant. 

As the title suggests this is a mystery tour so locations are abundant here, each story offering something different, some shorter some longer. There are of course lots of murders, a disappearance, mystery and intrigue. Sometimes there is justice and sometimes there isn't. 

I am only full of admiration for the writers who have contributed. Each and every one packing such a punch into so few words. I didn't feel disappointed with any of them and in any way. I will be looking into each and every one of these talented writers and all of their back catalogues, particularly those I haven't encountered before.

This Anthology of Short Stories is an absolute must for all fans of Crime Fiction, it would be a perfect gift for the crime lover in your life. It is an absolute treasure chest and there is something for everyone.

I would like to thank the contributors for the trip although I am not convinced I would like to be on any of those journeys in real life!

About the Author:

Some of the finest international crime writers in an exciting new anthology edited by Martin Edwards, award-winning crime writer and critic, and author of the bestselling and multi-award-winning The Golden Age of Crime. He is also vice chair of The CWA.

Contributions from:
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

Please do have a look at some of the other stops on the blog tour:



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