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Murder Is My Racquet: Fourteen Original Tales of Love, Death, and Tennis by Today's Great Writers Paperback – June 2, 2005
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Penzler is a prolific editor, and has won two Edgar Awards, for Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection in 1977 and The Lineup in 2010. The Mystery Writers of America awarded him the prestigious Ellery Queen Award in 1994 and the Raven--the group's highest non-writing award--in 2003.
Top Customer Reviews
There's something for everyone in Penzler's anthology. From a tennis player with anger-management issues to Lisa Scottoline's "Love Match," to a baffling murder of a Sante Fe, New Mexico tennis pro.
Murder is My Racquet is a dark-suspense novel and an excitingly new way to read about the elite game of tennis. Murder and mayhem seeded deep within the world of aristocratic tennis. From eye-popping vile drop shots, to overhanging smashes, and butchering serves, this is certainly a side of tennis you've never encountered before.
Readers will get a first-hand glimpse and salty taste of ordinary human beings trampling over one another as they deal with the eminence of a high-strung race in becoming an international tennis star. No matter what your level of understanding is of the game, readers will learn of the many promotional opportunities these misfits may garner upon winning, the elimination of tournament competition, and the strategy of tennis in general.
Some of the genre's best are on display within the pages of Murder is my Racquet and just to name a few: Lawrence Block, James W. Hall, Stephen Hunter, Peter Lovesey and Judith Kelman. Tennis enthusiasts and mystery fans are sure to sink their teeth into this thematic compilation!
Reviewed by Betsie
"A Debt to the Devil" begins with a surprising death which becomes ruled as being a break in. An investigator finds out the amazing truth. "Stephen Longacre's Greatest Match" is about a spoiled rich kid who gets into trouble. Instead of punishment, he must play in a tennis tournament, only to upset the whole country club. In "No Strings," a college tennis squad appears to be under a spell. Anyone who is better than Roy Duchamps gets hurt, one way or another. "A Killer Overhead" tells about a father's concern that is taken care of differently than expected. Death happens on Court Eleven in the short story "Needle Match." In "The Rematch," we learn of an umpire who gets his revenge. A tennis coach is murdered holding his racquet using his beloved Continental Grip in a story of the same name. "Close Match" is a story about a superstar tennis player trying to forget about being blackmailed. While playing tennis, two cops find a dead body in the park in "Love Match." The last story, "A Peach of a Shot," is about two couples playing tennis.
A fast paced book, Murder Is My Racquet, is an enjoyable read.Read more ›
Ironically, I bought this book for a tennis fan. It didn't grab her! But I found the stories enjoyable and entertaining. What is it I don't know?