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The #1 best-selling author of Nothing to Lose, Bad Luck and Trouble and The Hard Way edits a latest collection of the genre's finest stories, including contributions by top authors....

Title : The Best American Mystery Stories 2010
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ISBN : 9780547237466
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 402 Pages
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The Best American Mystery Stories 2010 Reviews

  • Christina
    2019-03-07 06:31

    I guess my idea of a mystery story is out-of-date and old fashioned. These stories are gritty, graphic, gory, and lack the intrigue of a carefully crafted whodunit. But, as the series editor noted in his foreword, the whodunit is rare in "mysteries" by today's authors. Why? What makes the art of a logical, rational approach to solving a crime antiquated? (Maybe I am bitter because I have the audacity to revere the likes of Christie and Sayers.) I also scorn the editor's pointed remark that these stories focus on the whydunit; if I were interested in pop psychology, I would watch Dr. Phil. How many times do we blame the parents? Buck up and take responsibility for yourself!Beware of the last story; it left my stomach churning to the point of nearly needing to visit the ladies' room and worship at the throne of the porcelain gods.

  • S.B. Wright
    2019-03-01 01:26

    With Lee Child as guest editor for The Best American Mystery Stories 2010 you won't find Miss Marple or the Fat Belgian in this collection. You might, however be forgiven for expecting a little more Mystery than this tome provides.I found the collection to be more crime fiction than mystery, with two notable exceptions - The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness, a well done Sherlock Holmes pastiche by Lindsay Faye and Early Christmas by Doug Allyn. When I think mystery writing, I am chiefly thinking whodunits rather why or how. The series editor, Otto Penzler, dispels this misconception of mine in his foreword. Mystery writing is a broad umbrella and all the stories in the collection fall beneath it-apparenty.So now that I am clear what Mystery writing entails, what of the collection? Was I blown away? Well, not initially. This collection did grow on me though. I found it to be a balanced collection, a good cross section of the genre. There's thriller action in Killing Time by John Land, a interesting story of a skilled assassin hiding out as a secondary school English teacher. Then there's the ever so slightly off putting Dredge by Matt Bell, where our protagonist stores the body of a dead teenager he's found in his freezer.If I were to select three standouts they would be:The Shipbreaker by Mike Wiecek - an interesting piece set in the Ship breaking region of Bangladesh. This was a wonderfully evocative bit a writing for me. Wiecek captured the atmosphere perfectly.Animal Rescue by Dennis Lehane - a story about a local tough guy who saves an abandoned puppy that brings with it a set of human problems that the protagonist seems perfectly suited to solving. In the end though, the reader is left pondering who is being rescued.Early Christmas by Doug Allyn - this one really did keep me reading. A traditional whodunit where you are attempting to think ahead of the writing to figure out the culprit. A story involving a philandering real estate lawyer, a girl dying of cancer and a hit man in hiding.I'd recommend the book to fans of crime and thriller fiction. If you are strictly old fashioned in your Mystery reading tastes, then you might not find the hit you are looking for. That being said, if you just enjoy reading good fiction, it's here in abundance.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-10 04:33

    Mr. Child and I, we do not agree on what makes a good mystery story. Ah, well.

  • Natalie
    2019-03-08 00:40

    You win some and lose some. Which ones are winners and which ones are losers really depends on your personal definition of a mystery story. Do you need a whodunnit? Crime? Murder? No matter what your poison there is something for everyone in here. But there is not everything for everyone.I love short story collections because often I don't have time to read a lot at a time. Short stories give me my "reading fix" before bed. And I do have expectations for a mystery short story. I expect to be interested from the first line or two. I expect to have a reaction - whether it be a little shocked or a little appalled doesn't matter. I do not have expectations like being connected to the characters in a such a short time. I'm having a fling, not a relationship. This collection gave me a good chunk of 4-star flings. Unfortunately, I got a handful of forgettable drunken one-night stands, too. A 3-Star compromise.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-08 23:28

    It's hard to give one straight review to a collection of so many varied stories. Really, it's between three and four stars. I enjoyed being able to sit down and finish a story in one sitting. And Mr. Child ensured that each story was strikingly different from the last so you never knew what to expect. A few were a bit too violent or creepy for my taste - many of the ones told from the point of view of the murderers. But nearly all are engaging and they do represent the full spectrum of "detective fiction" from Sherlock Holmes to courtroom dramas, to detective stories, to murderers narratives. I recommend, but with the caveat that many of the stories do deal with very dark topics.

  • Darcia Helle
    2019-03-22 23:26

    This is a great collection of short stories that should entertain any mystery fan. Within the mystery genre, this book offers a little bit from every subgenre, including suspense, police procedurals, espionage, and private detective. Not every story was a 5 star for me but that likely spoke more of personal preference than writing talent. This collection is a great way to discover new authors, many of whom also write full-length novels. Overall, I found the stories highly entertaining.** I received this book as an early review copy from the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, through **

  • Karl Jorgenson
    2019-03-23 07:30

    They put Lee Child on the cover, because it sells books. They could have put Woody Allen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and William Shakespeare on the cover: they're not in it either.This is a rich, excellent collection of short stories. Several are fabulous, the rest are pretty good.But what is it about a short story? You can only go so deep. You can only build a little tension. There it is, and then it's done. Much less satisfying than a good novel.Still, a nice fill-in when you have twenty minutes to kill.

  • Gordon Kirby
    2019-03-25 02:43

    I rated this book four stars because I found it very entertaining. I took away one star because I feel that the book is falsely advertised. One would expect a book with "mystery stories" in the title to be comprised solely of mystery stories. In my estimation, more than half of the stories included were not mysteries but in fact setups for mysteries involving white trash committing crimes. Despite the misleading advertising, I mostly enjoyed the stories included in the book.

  • Grace
    2019-03-15 00:32

    While I prefer novels to short stories, this collection wowed me! A true gem for mystery and short story fans. There is something for everyone in this anthology. Whether you like your mysteries hard-boiled or light,you wont be disappointed!

  • Sara
    2019-02-23 05:38

    I think I consider these stories to be more psychological thrillers that mysteries but all of them were published in mystery magazines. Many of them are very good and I always like to read a variety of authors new to me.

  • Carla
    2019-03-19 04:38

    This was a strong collection, interesting and varied stories... thoroughly enjoyed most of them.

  • James Curtin
    2019-03-02 04:47

    read at keenan house. the story 'designer justice' had a wonderful ending.

  • Jenifer Ruff
    2019-03-09 00:54

    An excellent compilation of very well-written mysteries. I didn't love all of the stories, but I definitely appreciated all of the writing. There is much to be learned from each of the authors.

  • Mike
    2019-03-22 07:35

    Jon Land's story was my favorite.

  • Patrick
    2019-03-21 07:39

    Some interesting reads in here, with a wide range of authors and intensities.

  • Jason
    2019-03-24 03:34

    WOW! Not a clunker in the bunch! A great collection of stories that kept me glued to every page. Designer was my absolute favorite! God I LOVE short stories!

  • Ralph
    2019-03-06 04:52

    As Penzler mentions in his introduction, much has changed with regard to the mystery genre; the only thing I might add to his observation is that not all the changes are for the good.

  • Jess
    2019-02-21 23:42

    As so, so very many characters in these stories would say, I'm glad this book is finito.

  • John Bohnert
    2019-03-05 03:47

    I liked most of these crime fiction short stories. I really loved "Killing Time" by Jon Land. Another standout was "Designer Justice" by Phyllis Cohen.

  •  PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
    2019-03-09 02:25

    blah, couldn't get into this whatsoever

  • Wendopolis
    2019-02-27 00:33

    Good stories. Only skipped one.

  • Trish
    2019-03-16 07:45

    I always enjoy this series. There were a couple of clunkers (Designer Justice and The Killing Time), but overall a pleasing anthology of crime.

  • Harvey Miller
    2019-03-24 06:42

    Some of the short stories are interesting but I much prefer longer stories and series where the author can develop personalities.