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This one-of-a-kind collection features stories from some of the biggest names in mystery and fantasy-blending the genres into a unique hybrid where PIs may wear wizard's robes and criminals may really be monsters. Sit in on a modern-day witch's trial, visit the halls of a magical boarding school with murder on the curriculum, spend some time with Sookie Stackhouse, visit This one-of-a-kind collection features stories from some of the biggest names in mystery and fantasy-blending the genres into a unique hybrid where PIs may wear wizard's robes and criminals may really be monsters. Sit in on a modern-day witch's trial, visit the halls of a magical boarding school with murder on the curriculum, spend some time with Sookie Stackhouse, visit London's hidden world of the Nightside, and become spellbound with eight more tales of magical mystery. Introduction - Dana Stabenow Cold Spell - Donna Andrews The Nightside, Needless to Say- Simon R. Green Lovely - John Straley The Price - Anne Bishop Fairy Dust - Charlaine Harris The Judgement - Anne Perry The Sorcerer's Assassin - Sharon Shinn The Boy Who Chased Seagulls - Michael Armstrong Palimpsest - Laura Anne Gilman The Death of Clickclickwhistle - Mike DOogan Cairene Dawn - Jay Caselberg Justice is a Two-edged Sword - Dana Stabenow About the Authors


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This one-of-a-kind collection features stories from some of the biggest names in mystery and fantasy-blending the genres into a unique hybrid where PIs may wear wizard's robes and criminals may really be monsters. Sit in on a modern-day witch's trial, visit the halls of a magical boarding school with murder on the curriculum, spend some time with Sookie Stackhouse, visit This one-of-a-kind collection features stories from some of the biggest names in mystery and fantasy-blending the genres into a unique hybrid where PIs may wear wizard's robes and criminals may really be monsters. Sit in on a modern-day witch's trial, visit the halls of a magical boarding school with murder on the curriculum, spend some time with Sookie Stackhouse, visit London's hidden world of the Nightside, and become spellbound with eight more tales of magical mystery. Introduction - Dana Stabenow Cold Spell - Donna Andrews The Nightside, Needless to Say- Simon R. Green Lovely - John Straley The Price - Anne Bishop Fairy Dust - Charlaine Harris The Judgement - Anne Perry The Sorcerer's Assassin - Sharon Shinn The Boy Who Chased Seagulls - Michael Armstrong Palimpsest - Laura Anne Gilman The Death of Clickclickwhistle - Mike DOogan Cairene Dawn - Jay Caselberg Justice is a Two-edged Sword - Dana Stabenow About the Authors

30 review for Powers of Detection: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mir

    At first I felt like this collection was disappointing but okay; the stories were pretty fluffy, not really satisfying as mysteries and too often reliant on prior familiarity with the authors' work, but moderately entertaining and quick to read. However, as I went along the stories were increasingly dumb.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    I found this one at the used bookstore and snapped it up. This collection is a good way to get introduced to the occult detective sub-genre of urban fantasy. It has a nice mix of stories, including a Simon R. Green Nightside story and a Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse story, which actually encouraged me to finally start reading this series. In fact, I like this short story better than the first book in the series Dead Until Dark. Probably because it had some faery elements lacking in the I found this one at the used bookstore and snapped it up. This collection is a good way to get introduced to the occult detective sub-genre of urban fantasy. It has a nice mix of stories, including a Simon R. Green Nightside story and a Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse story, which actually encouraged me to finally start reading this series. In fact, I like this short story better than the first book in the series Dead Until Dark. Probably because it had some faery elements lacking in the first book. Additionally there is a tale from Anne Bishop's Black Jewels universe that intrigued me. Although the concepts of her world are very complicated, this short story was written in such a way that I could enjoy it without having read the Black Jewels trilogy. I made a note to pick this series up. Some of the stories weren't as fantastic as I wished, but had elements of fantasy and a strong mystery. I didn't dislike any story in this collection, but the Nightside story was clearly my favorite (no surprise there).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I bought this for the Sookie and Black Jewels story which was ok but some other the others were really weird. The Price by Anne Bishop This little story is in the Black Jewel world. Jaenelle and Daemon are on there honeymoon and Surreal is in the city enjoying her day when three Warlord Prince are killed without any reason. Prince Rainier comes to meet the three Warlords but finds Surreal in a room splattered with body parts and blood. In blood society murder isn’t punishable. Surreal and Rainier I bought this for the Sookie and Black Jewels story which was ok but some other the others were really weird. The Price by Anne Bishop This little story is in the Black Jewel world. Jaenelle and Daemon are on there honeymoon and Surreal is in the city enjoying her day when three Warlord Prince are killed without any reason. Prince Rainier comes to meet the three Warlords but finds Surreal in a room splattered with body parts and blood. In blood society murder isn’t punishable. Surreal and Rainier investigates the murders after a young yellow jewelled Warlord is almost attack. Love this short story about Surreal and Rainier. Wish Anne Bishop would do more short story with the other minor characters in the Black Jewels series Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris Sookie is asked by Claudine and Claude to read some people’s minds that they think killed there triplet Claudia. Nice little short story in the Sookie Stackhouse series

  4. 4 out of 5

    Olga Godim

    A rather weak anthology of short stories combining murder mystery and fantasy. The best story was the first one, Cold Spell by Donna Andrews. Andrews is a competent mystery writer, so the quality of her story came as no surprise. But the mediocrity of the other stories, despite some stellar authors’ names included in the collection, was disappointing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I have read this book countless time over the years since its release. It's one of my favorite anthologies: full of stories about murder in fantasy settings. :-) I'll review each story individually. As of today, September 4, 2015, I've read four stories. My plan is to read the others sometime in the next few days/weeks. Maybe one per night will be workable? ;-) Cold Spell by Donna Andrews Read 09/02/2015; - outstanding/amazing :-) I think this is my most favorite story in the book. I always end it I have read this book countless time over the years since its release. It's one of my favorite anthologies: full of stories about murder in fantasy settings. :-) I'll review each story individually. As of today, September 4, 2015, I've read four stories. My plan is to read the others sometime in the next few days/weeks. Maybe one per night will be workable? ;-) Cold Spell by Donna Andrews Read 09/02/2015; ★★★★★ - outstanding/amazing :-) I think this is my most favorite story in the book. I always end it chuckling. :-) In this story, Master Justinian, the Maestro at Westmarch College (a college for mages!), is called up to the local castle to solve a murder. Unfortunately, he has a cold. (view spoiler)[Every time he sneezes, his magic does something that his apprentice, young Gwynn, must then correct. One sneeze sets his teacup to floating, another turns the bats into unusual colors (some even striped!), and the final sneeze of the story, which sets me to chuckling, turns himself into a tiny blue goblin. :-) (hide spoiler)] I really love this story. Master Justinian is stumped by the murder, and while Gwynn was set to working on the castle warding spell, she ends up with the answer to both their problems. :-) I always enjoy reading this story: it's always fun and never gets old. :-) Lovely by John Straley Read 09/04/2015; ★★★ - above-average/liked it I like this story okay, but after reading it countless times I now find myself wondering why it is in this collection. Sure, it's told from the point of view of a raven, but is that enough of a fantasy element to put it in an anthology with mages and vampires and the like? The world Gunk lives in seems to be the world outside my windows: normal, everyday, real life. But still, it's a pretty good - and nicely gruesome - little story. ;-) Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris Read 08/31/2015; ★★★★ - very good/really liked This short story is set in the world of CH's Southern Vampire series. Sookie is the primary protagonist, and Claudine wants to hire her for a job. (view spoiler)[Claudine is a triplet. Her sister, Claudia, died and Claudine and their brother, Claude, want Soookie to help them figure out why and, if applicable, who did it. (hide spoiler)] I love that this is first-person narrated by Sookie, which lets us share in her internal thoughts. She has some fun thoughts that make me smile. :-) This is a really neat story that lets us see a little into the world of the fairies in Sookie's universe. I really like this glimpse into their lives. The Sorcerer's Assassin by Sharon Shinn Read 09/03/2015; ★★★★ - very good/really liked This short is the book's second set at a school for mages, the Norwitch Academy of Magic and Sorcery. The murder in this story was of (view spoiler)[one of the professors and the pool of suspects is quite small: only five mages have the power...and all five are professors at the Academy and none of them liked their murdered colleague. (hide spoiler)] None of the main characters in this story are particularly likable, so I find it curious that I really like the story. I think it must just be that Sharon Shinn is that good a writer. :-) And the killer is not who you might think it is. That makes this story fun, too. ;-)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Cold Spell by Donna Andrews 6/21/2006 The Nightside, needless to say" by Simon R. Green. Not John Turner, but Larry Oblivion. read 22/2006 Lovely by John Straley 6/25/2006 The Price by Anne Bishop was cool... Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris is *why* I bought the book. Sookie Stackhouse! 6/28/2006 The Judgement - Anne Perry 6/29/2006 The Sorcerer's Assassin - Sharon Shinn 7/1/2006 The Boy Who Chased Seagulls - Michael Armstrong 7/3/2006 Palimpsest - Laura Anne Gilman 7/5/2006 The Death of Clickclickwhistle Cold Spell by Donna Andrews 6/21/2006 The Nightside, needless to say" by Simon R. Green. Not John Turner, but Larry Oblivion. read 22/2006 Lovely by John Straley 6/25/2006 The Price by Anne Bishop was cool... Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris is *why* I bought the book. Sookie Stackhouse! 6/28/2006 The Judgement - Anne Perry 6/29/2006 The Sorcerer's Assassin - Sharon Shinn 7/1/2006 The Boy Who Chased Seagulls - Michael Armstrong 7/3/2006 Palimpsest - Laura Anne Gilman 7/5/2006 The Death of Clickclickwhistle - Mike Doogan 7/6/2006 Cairene Dawn - Jay Caselberg 7/8/2006 Justice is a Two-edged Sword - Dana Stabenow 7/9/2006

  7. 5 out of 5

    shartyrant

    A nice mix of urban fantasy, horror, fantasy and science fiction around a common theme. I can't say I liked EVERY story, but I liked the majority of them which means I am keeping this one! I originally bought this for the short story, "The Price", by Anne Bishop that features one of my favorite characters from her Black Trilogy, Surreal. This short story is reprinted in the hardcover, THE TANGLED WEB so no need to get this book for the story now. It is one of my favorite stories by Ms. Bishop. A A nice mix of urban fantasy, horror, fantasy and science fiction around a common theme. I can't say I liked EVERY story, but I liked the majority of them which means I am keeping this one! I originally bought this for the short story, "The Price", by Anne Bishop that features one of my favorite characters from her Black Trilogy, Surreal. This short story is reprinted in the hardcover, THE TANGLED WEB so no need to get this book for the story now. It is one of my favorite stories by Ms. Bishop. A lady who gets vengence with a twist. I also enjoyed Charlaine Harris's short story "Fairy Dust". I HIGHLY recommend reading it before reading DEFINITELY DEAD as it will shed some light on that story. It wasn't her best work as I think she does better with full novel length, but I enjoyed the twist with the siblings: Claudine and Claude. It worked for me as a short story. This book also marked my first exposure to Simon R. Green's Nightside work that everyone kept recommending to me. It was different. A little predictable on the mystery and a bit gross at the beginning. Got my interest up to give his other books in the series a try. Mike Doogan's "The Death of Clickclickwhistle" was okay and the only sci-fi mystery of the lot. Not hard science fiction, but fun in its own way. This also marked my first time reading a Sharon Shinn story "The Sorcerer's Assassin" . I liked it well enough to try her other stories though going by some reviews by her fans, it is very different from her normal fair. Laura Anne Gilman's "Palimpsest" was okay. As was the rest. Some made more of an impression than others. There was one I really didn't like. And there was one author,Michael Armstrong's "The Boy Who Chased Seagulls" which was a tad creepy at the end. A good moral lesson though not much of a mystery. I need to check out more of his work.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    Unlike some paranormal/urban fantasy where the alleged detective never detects, the lead characters in this short story collection actually do some detection. They might use a spell, or draw on ley lines or the like, but they do use their intelligence to find the evil doer. The Simon Green Nihgtside short cotninues my trend of liking Green's short stories, but not overly enjoying his novels. With the Nightside tales I wonder if it is because John Taylor isn't much of a protagnosit, and the one Unlike some paranormal/urban fantasy where the alleged detective never detects, the lead characters in this short story collection actually do some detection. They might use a spell, or draw on ley lines or the like, but they do use their intelligence to find the evil doer. The Simon Green Nihgtside short cotninues my trend of liking Green's short stories, but not overly enjoying his novels. With the Nightside tales I wonder if it is because John Taylor isn't much of a protagnosit, and the one off charaters in the shorts work better for me. Dana Stabenow is better known for her Kate Shugak Alaskan mysteries, but she does not a nice bit of world building and intriduces us to the well paired investigator duo of Crowfoot and Sharyn. This tale worked very well, even though some might consider the justice brutal, but I would argue necessary because of events that had taken place in that world. If you like Harry Potter Cold Spell and The Sorcerer's Assassin could be to your tatste as both take place at colleges for wizards. Cold Spell features one of the apprentices to a master mage, while Sharon Shinn's The Sorcerer's Assassin features a head mistress who well...think McGonagall but smarter and meaner. And, for Sookie stackhouse fans she has a short here also. Stanebow edited oth this collection and a second, Unusual Suspects (which I had read previously) That maintained the theme. I suggest seeking out both, and Suspects includes return appearance by Crowfoot and Sharryn, Gwyn from Cold Spell, and possibly my favorite Nightside story by Simon Green.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vanity

    Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris The Price by Anne Bishop

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    So I was very reluctant to read this. It is technically on the list of canon for The Black Jewels books. My choice was to either read the story alone (which really bothered my sense of completion) or read the whole thing. I was not impressed with the reviews, but it seemed so short, I thought I could get it over with quickly. And I did. But the reviews were right. Most of these stories were really boring. Green's story was the worst: a literal cliched trope. Caselberg's was a legit insult to what So I was very reluctant to read this. It is technically on the list of canon for The Black Jewels books. My choice was to either read the story alone (which really bothered my sense of completion) or read the whole thing. I was not impressed with the reviews, but it seemed so short, I thought I could get it over with quickly. And I did. But the reviews were right. Most of these stories were really boring. Green's story was the worst: a literal cliched trope. Caselberg's was a legit insult to what most people know about mythology. Stabenow's focused on aspects that seemed to ring to a larger story - and therefore, it became boring quickly since it was supposed to be a short story. I liked Bishop's story - a delicious step back into the world of the Black Jewels. But I think my favourite was Lovely. I loved the idea of a story from the crow's perspective. It was well done and deliciously creepy. Would love to read more like it. Overall, glad to be done with it. I'll forget most of them. But glad I finished, I guess?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This collection of fantasy stories related (some rather loosely) to crime has, like so many multi-author collections, some stories that are much better than others. Anne Perry's account of a witch on trial for murder is well written and memorable; Armstrong's story-within-a-story is engaging; Doogan's science fiction foray has some interest and a curiously retro 1950's feel to it. The rest of the collection were not especially engaging. I'm not a great fan of fantasy novels because the standard This collection of fantasy stories related (some rather loosely) to crime has, like so many multi-author collections, some stories that are much better than others. Anne Perry's account of a witch on trial for murder is well written and memorable; Armstrong's story-within-a-story is engaging; Doogan's science fiction foray has some interest and a curiously retro 1950's feel to it. The rest of the collection were not especially engaging. I'm not a great fan of fantasy novels because the standard of writing is often uninspiring - with some very notable exceptions, of course. I like the idea of a collection of stories involving murder and fantastical magic - hopefully there will be others in a similar vein.

  12. 5 out of 5

    TinaMarie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Surreal investigates murder with Prince Rainier and dispenses justice. Damien and Jaenelle drop in too! This little novella reminded me how much I enjoyed this series. I hope there are more to come, until then I plan to reread this series to get my fix.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    What a great anthologies. I do not usually like them. Too many not good to get to the good. But this, they were all great stories. Creative, clever, surprising, endearing. I wanted to read Anne bishop and Caroline Harris the most, but there was not one disappointment.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jayden

    Only Read: Fairy Dust - Charlaine Harris

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    read in A Touch of Dead

  16. 4 out of 5

    M.G. Lena

    Just a short story set in the world of Anne Bishop's The Black Jewels trilogy,and thought it gave me just a taste of what it might be, it made me really interested for the whole story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    glad i went back and read all the stories in this collection. they were very good!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mike Finn

    This collection was a mixed bag. I liked about half the stories in it well enough to go out and buy more by the same authors but the other half I could have done without. It's a nice idea, and a good sampler of fantasy writers, but not a great anthology. "Cold Spell" by Donna Andrews is a comic confection so light, I never really got my teeth into it. I suspect it would work better if I'd read some of the novels this twenty page story of mages and magic was set in. "The Nightside: Needless To Say" This collection was a mixed bag. I liked about half the stories in it well enough to go out and buy more by the same authors but the other half I could have done without. It's a nice idea, and a good sampler of fantasy writers, but not a great anthology. "Cold Spell" by Donna Andrews is a comic confection so light, I never really got my teeth into it. I suspect it would work better if I'd read some of the novels this twenty page story of mages and magic was set in. "The Nightside: Needless To Say" by Simon R Green. I've never taken to the whole Nightside idea: it's too self-consiously noir to be fun - a pastiche on Chandler with a dash the supernatural added to give it some spice. This tale was stylised and glib. The underlying idea was a good one but the storytelling was lazy and the characters were dull. Not for me. "Lovely" by John Straley was original, when did you last read a story from the point of view of a crow, and well written but more an amuse-bouche than a meal. It did give me the appetite to look him up on GoodReads and I think I'll give his Cecil Younger series a try: who could resist a mystery, set in Alaska, and called"The Woman Who Married A Bear"? "The Price" by Anne Bishop was fascinating: an intense and disturbing look into a nasty world. I'm a fan of Anne Bishop's "The Others" series. This is a LONG way from that. This is much more grown up than Meg Corbyn will ever be. It tells the story of a witch (with a rich and very dark background) hunting a killer who rips men apart, in a land where men are trained for only two things: to serve women and to fight enemies. It turns out that the main character was from Anne Bishop's "Black Jewels" series. I've just bought the first one, "Daughter of the Blood". "Fairy Dust" by Charlaine Harris is a neatly constructed but slightly light on content tale about Sooki using her ability to read minds to discover who killed a fairy. Fun but insubstantial. "The Judgement" by Anne Perry has the idea of witch trail as catharsis at its centre. It's cleverly conceived but I felt that there wasn't enough subtlety in how the tale was told. The authorial voice was too loud, with far more tell then show. Still, the novelty carried me to the end and the idea will stay with me. "The Sorcerer's Assassin" by Sharon Shin was about the murder of a magic professor in a school for magic. It didn't work for me. The plot was a little light, the characterisation more so and the whole thing felt too cosy to generate and sense of thrill or threat. "The Boy Who Chased Seagulls" is a classic fairytale, meant to warn as well as entertain. It was very nicely done, full of atmosphere and foreboding, but didn't really have anything to do with magical detective work that I could see. A nice read though. "Palimpsest" by Laura Anne Gliman gave me a glimpse into a well-developed magical world, where "Retrievers" use their Talents to find and retrieve objects. regardless of ownership. I was intrigued, so I bought the first book in the Retriever series, "Staying Dead". "The Death of Clickclickwhistle" by Mike Doogan lost me after a few pages. It's the kind of sci fi comedy that used to be common in the 1970s: stylised, self-consciously amusing, trying for zany and hitting embarrassing. It has its tongue pushed so hard into its cheek, I lost all interest in what it was trying to say. "Cairene Dawn" by Jay Caselberg is a Chanler meet Cairo with a whiff of ancient magic. Strong on atmosphere but the pace dragged and the noirish parts didn't quite get there. "Justice Is A Two Edged Sword" is wonderful. I'd read it before in Dana Stabenow's "The Collected Short Stories"but I read it all the way through again. This is a first rate sword and sorcery with a good mystery plot. I'm hoping that this will become a series of books one day.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    It amazes me how much of an influence an editor has over my enjoyment of the stories in an anthology. I've learned that some editors have a tendency to rush from climax to conclusion, allowing as little as a paragraph for the fact that “it's over” to sink in. Other times, the editor allows the authors so much leeway that they don't even appear to bother with such elements as “structure”, “characters”, “setting” or “plot” - and would be tempted to do away with “verbs” if at all possible! This is It amazes me how much of an influence an editor has over my enjoyment of the stories in an anthology. I've learned that some editors have a tendency to rush from climax to conclusion, allowing as little as a paragraph for the fact that “it's over” to sink in. Other times, the editor allows the authors so much leeway that they don't even appear to bother with such elements as “structure”, “characters”, “setting” or “plot” - and would be tempted to do away with “verbs” if at all possible! This is why I've learned to respect Dana Stabenow as an editor. For the most part, the short stories in her collections have an introduction, conflict leading to climax, and a true resolution. She allows her authors the short-cut of character exposition as the plot goes along – these are, after all, SHORT stories! However, by the time the story is over, I'm comfortable that I've followed the plot & learned something about the characters – and usually their locale, as well. This last aspect is VERY important in the collection “Powers of Detection: Stories of Mystery and Fantasy”. Most of the stories are good old-fashioned murder mysteries, except rather than set in the back-alleys of New York or Chicago or … they're either in some fantasy realm, or among some extraordinary denizens of our world. Therefore, the setting MUST be described in greater detail, and the physical rules of the world or dimension in which the story is set must also be explained … all while running towards the conclusion of a SHORT story. I would find it hard to pick out a favorite among the stories and authors. Charlaine Harris lends a tale featuring her Sookie Stackhouse (a character I've heard of, but not read before now). The editor contributes a tale where sword and sorcery also provide a more traditional sense of justice. Sharon Shinn, Anne Perry, Donna Andrews, Mike Doogan … a dozen stories, in all. While I'm not usually a fantasy reader, the prospect of setting a murder mystery in a fantasy setting was intriguing to me, and I'm glad I invested the time into reading this collection. So much so that I have already picked up the sequel: “Unusual Suspects”.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Like most short story collections, there were stories that I really liked a lot and stories that I didn't like at all as well as many in between. As I had expected, my three favorite stories were the ones by Charlaine Harris (I thought I had missed something in Definitely Dead - I wondered who Claude was and now I know!), Anne Bishop (I love the world she has created and it was fun to get a Surreal story), and Sharon Shinn (although I figured out who did it before the main character, I still Like most short story collections, there were stories that I really liked a lot and stories that I didn't like at all as well as many in between. As I had expected, my three favorite stories were the ones by Charlaine Harris (I thought I had missed something in Definitely Dead - I wondered who Claude was and now I know!), Anne Bishop (I love the world she has created and it was fun to get a Surreal story), and Sharon Shinn (although I figured out who did it before the main character, I still liked the story a lot and would love to read more about this world she created). Stories that I mostly liked were "Cold Spell" which I thought was clever, "The Nightside, Needless to Say" which was okay but I figured out who did it rather quickly, "The Boy Who Chased Seagulls" even though, again, I figured things out before the end, "Palimpsest" which is good that I liked it because I have the books set in the same world on my wishlist, and "Justice is a Two-Edged Sword" which was a decent sword and sorcery story. And then there were stories that I didn't like: "Lovely" was just kinda gross with the raven eating humans, "The Judgment" because I just didn't completely understand the end (I got it a little but I still felt as if some explanation was missing), "The Death of Clickclickwhistle" which I started but just couldn't get into so I skipped over it, and "Cairene Dawn" because it just wasn't believable to me that someone who spent so much time in Egypt wouldn't know the stories about Isis, Osirus, and Set.

  21. 4 out of 5

    TinaMarie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Creepy, one of those cautionary tales. Cairene Dawn by Jay Caselberg - Strange tale, Jacques is hired to find a woman's husband. It seems his brother killed him before and she thinks he's done it again. The Death of Clickclickwhistle by Mike Doogan - 3 Murder in space on a diplomatic ship. Didn't care for it, but it was well written. Palimpsest by Laura Anne Gilman - 4 Wren is hired to 'retrieve' an item from the museum, things don't go as planned. Wren is a Talent, she can use current. Engaging. I'm Creepy, one of those cautionary tales. Cairene Dawn by Jay Caselberg - Strange tale, Jacques is hired to find a woman's husband. It seems his brother killed him before and she thinks he's done it again. The Death of Clickclickwhistle by Mike Doogan - 3 Murder in space on a diplomatic ship. Didn't care for it, but it was well written. Palimpsest by Laura Anne Gilman - 4 Wren is hired to 'retrieve' an item from the museum, things don't go as planned. Wren is a Talent, she can use current. Engaging. I'm guessing this novella goes with this series but not sure where it falls in the reading order. The Nightside, Needless to Say by Simon Green - 4 Larry wakes up and finds out he's been murdered and he can't remember who killed him. Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris - 4 Sookie is sought out by faires to help determine who killed their triplet. Faires can be scary. Introduction of Claudine's brother Claude. The Judgement by Anne Perry - 4 A trial where a woman is accused of killing by witchcraft. Strange, didn't really get the ending. The Sorcerer's Assassin by Sharon Shinn - 4 Sorcerer's apprentice solves the murder her Master was sent to investigate. Ok short Lovely by John Siraley - 4 Gunk is a raven who likes dead meat and follows a man he hopes will make more dead meat. Strange little story of murder.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ

    Collection of Mystery & Fantasy stories - Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris - This story is okay. It's part of the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series. I'm not thrilled with this story overall. It's about a fairy triplet's death and solving her murder. Alot of what I don't like about it is that the triplets left, Claude and Claudine don't seem to act like themselves, or as they do in the regular novels. - Justice is a two-edged sword by Dana Stabenow - I was surprised it was a fantasy Collection of Mystery & Fantasy stories - Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris - This story is okay. It's part of the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series. I'm not thrilled with this story overall. It's about a fairy triplet's death and solving her murder. Alot of what I don't like about it is that the triplets left, Claude and Claudine don't seem to act like themselves, or as they do in the regular novels. - Justice is a two-edged sword by Dana Stabenow - I was surprised it was a fantasy story as it has magic in it. I think what threw me was that first page to page and a half don't make much sense. Alot of names of a new country Mnemosynea (which you can't pronounce) and the names of some of it's 9 providences, or the people from that province... it's just too confusing. By the time I finally got to the Swordswoman and Seer travelling and come into the story, it's good. Bit obvious to me who did it, as they start to solve a murder. However, the place names were so strange and truely odd, and the first page didn't make much sense that I nearly didn't continue reading the story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ginger Vampyre

    It is hard to get a measure of a writer's potential from a themed collection of short stories, but for the most part I was not impressed with this collection. Scifi and fantasy based murder mysteries, too quick for a good mystery and more effort spent on rapid world-building than full plots. There were two exceptions though, and they are the reason I will be keeping this book; The Price by Anne Bishop and Lovely by John Straley. The Price has a witch gone murderer. proving that not all the evil It is hard to get a measure of a writer's potential from a themed collection of short stories, but for the most part I was not impressed with this collection. Scifi and fantasy based murder mysteries, too quick for a good mystery and more effort spent on rapid world-building than full plots. There were two exceptions though, and they are the reason I will be keeping this book; The Price by Anne Bishop and Lovely by John Straley. The Price has a witch gone murderer. proving that not all the evil amongst the blood is due to the Taint. Not the most intricate of stories, but for a devout fan of the Blood, a bit of richness. Also the foundation of Surreal and Rainer's friendship. Lovely is the story of a murder as told from the view of a crow or a raven. Making it even more interesting is that it is told with the bias of the bird rather than with human concerns. I very much liked this style of uncommon storytelling.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I enjoyed most of the stories. I read the anthology of fantasy mysteries because of the short story by Sharon Shinn, which I liked, although it wasn't brilliant (I think Shinn is generally better when her stories are at least novella length). Some of the stories didn't seem to be mysteries, though, such as The Boy Who Chased Seagulls, which (view spoiler)[tells about a boy who chased seagulls and then must spend the rest of his life combing the beach for the body parts which they stole. I'm not I enjoyed most of the stories. I read the anthology of fantasy mysteries because of the short story by Sharon Shinn, which I liked, although it wasn't brilliant (I think Shinn is generally better when her stories are at least novella length). Some of the stories didn't seem to be mysteries, though, such as The Boy Who Chased Seagulls, which (view spoiler)[tells about a boy who chased seagulls and then must spend the rest of his life combing the beach for the body parts which they stole. I'm not sure how it is a mystery, or requires any "powers of detection". A few stories like that aside, it is a pretty decent, albeit predictable, set of short mysteries in mostly fantasy settings (there is one sci-fi story). I would recommend it if you already like one or more of the authors. (hide spoiler)]

  25. 5 out of 5

    CupcakeBlonde

    I initally got this book because it had a short story written by Anne Bishop and since I loved her Blood series, decided I would check it out. I was pleased to discover a short story written by Charlaine Harris as well, and since I am currently reading the Sookie Stackhouse books it was perfect timing. This story happens after book 3 and introduces Claudine's brother Claude and explains how they became owners of the strip club Hooligans. The stories by my two favorite authors were great, but the I initally got this book because it had a short story written by Anne Bishop and since I loved her Blood series, decided I would check it out. I was pleased to discover a short story written by Charlaine Harris as well, and since I am currently reading the Sookie Stackhouse books it was perfect timing. This story happens after book 3 and introduces Claudine's brother Claude and explains how they became owners of the strip club Hooligans. The stories by my two favorite authors were great, but the other stories were good as well and very entertaining. I believe anyone who knows nothing of any of these authors could read this book and enjoy it and perhaps even pick up some of their other works.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    I love fantasy novels and I love mysteries. It probably comes as no surprise that I really enjoyed this book. This collection of short stories about magical murder mysteries is fun and an interesting look into our need for law, punishment and sometimes the motivations that drive us to kill, either in the pursuit of justice or in pursuit of darker purposes. As always with anthologies you have some good stuff and some bad. This one has some great stuff, but it also has a few stinkers. Nothing to I love fantasy novels and I love mysteries. It probably comes as no surprise that I really enjoyed this book. This collection of short stories about magical murder mysteries is fun and an interesting look into our need for law, punishment and sometimes the motivations that drive us to kill, either in the pursuit of justice or in pursuit of darker purposes. As always with anthologies you have some good stuff and some bad. This one has some great stuff, but it also has a few stinkers. Nothing to ruin the overall experience of this collection, but enough so that I couldn't in all fairness give it a five-star rating.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    Only read the Charlaine Harris story - this is another Sookie Stackhouse story that is not necessary to the story, but it involves Sookie, Claudine, and Claude and is an interesting addition. It is a little more background on those 2 characters and a little more explanation about some things with them that are otherwise just taken for granted in the regular series. The events of this story are mentioned to in the 8th or 9th book though, which will probably be confusing to the reader if they've Only read the Charlaine Harris story - this is another Sookie Stackhouse story that is not necessary to the story, but it involves Sookie, Claudine, and Claude and is an interesting addition. It is a little more background on those 2 characters and a little more explanation about some things with them that are otherwise just taken for granted in the regular series. The events of this story are mentioned to in the 8th or 9th book though, which will probably be confusing to the reader if they've never read the story and they'll feel as though they've missed something. It is definitely a story that kept my attention, so I would recommend it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I only read the Sookie story, so I can't speak to the rest of the book. I read this becaues it was recommended to read in the Sookie timeline, but I'm not sure I needed to in order to keep going with the story. It was interesting to learn more abou the fairy, Claudine. Otherwise, it was a pretty standard Sookie story - Sookie gets asked by supernatural creature to read some human minds that are suspected of doing something terrible -- Sookie reads minds and finds out the answer -- supernatureal I only read the Sookie story, so I can't speak to the rest of the book. I read this becaues it was recommended to read in the Sookie timeline, but I'm not sure I needed to in order to keep going with the story. It was interesting to learn more abou the fairy, Claudine. Otherwise, it was a pretty standard Sookie story - Sookie gets asked by supernatural creature to read some human minds that are suspected of doing something terrible -- Sookie reads minds and finds out the answer -- supernatureal creatures promise to have a rather nasty form of revenge. Overall though, a good short story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    harlequin {Stephanie}

    Cold Spell - Donna Andrews - 3 Stars The Nightside, Needless to Say- Simon R. Green - 5 Stars Lovely - John Straley - 2.5 Stars The Price - Anne Bishop - 5 Stars Fairy Dust - Charlaine Harris - 3 Stars The Judgement - Anne Perry - 2 Stars The Sorcerer's Assassin - Sharon Shinn - 4 Stars The Boy Who Chased Seagulls - Michael Armstrong - 4 Stars Palimpsest - Laura Anne Gilman - 2 Stars The Death of Clickclickwhistle - Mike DOogan - 1 Stars Cairene Dawn - Jay Caselberg - 1 Stars Justice is a Two-edged Sword - Cold Spell - Donna Andrews - 3 Stars The Nightside, Needless to Say- Simon R. Green - 5 Stars Lovely - John Straley - 2.5 Stars The Price - Anne Bishop - 5 Stars Fairy Dust - Charlaine Harris - 3 Stars The Judgement - Anne Perry - 2 Stars The Sorcerer's Assassin - Sharon Shinn - 4 Stars The Boy Who Chased Seagulls - Michael Armstrong - 4 Stars Palimpsest - Laura Anne Gilman - 2 Stars The Death of Clickclickwhistle - Mike DOogan - 1 Stars Cairene Dawn - Jay Caselberg - 1 Stars Justice is a Two-edged Sword - Dana Stabenow - 4 Stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathy * Bookworm Nation

    This is another collection of short stories from a variety of authors. I only read the one by Sharon Shinn entitled "The Sorcerer's Assassin". This story takes place at the Norwitch Academy of Magic and Sorcery, where a recent murder of one of the senior wizards has just taken place and the headmistresses, Camalyn, must try and figure out which of her four remaining peers has committed the assassination. For only being sixteen pages it was still a fun read, although over a bit too quickly for my This is another collection of short stories from a variety of authors. I only read the one by Sharon Shinn entitled "The Sorcerer's Assassin". This story takes place at the Norwitch Academy of Magic and Sorcery, where a recent murder of one of the senior wizards has just taken place and the headmistresses, Camalyn, must try and figure out which of her four remaining peers has committed the assassination. For only being sixteen pages it was still a fun read, although over a bit too quickly for my liking. A lot is packed into this story in a short amount of time and I would probably enjoy a full novel about these different characters and the Norwitch Academy.

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