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The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 Paperback – October 4, 2011
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I had three overwhelming favorites in the anthology. First was "The Stars Are Falling," by Joe R. Lansdale, a stylish post-World War One historical with the feel of a ghost story, though there is no ghost, only ghostly memories and a story learned backwards. It's not so much about a mystery solved, but the narrator's gradual discovery that there is a mystery, and then putting together the pieces to discover what it is.
Charles McCarry's "The End of the String" is a spy story, reminiscent of le Carré, with a richly-evoked African setting.
S. J. Rozan's "Chin Yong-Yun Takes a Case" is by the author of the Lydia Chin and Bill Smith series of novels--but in this story, it's Lydia Chin's mother, bunions and all, who plays detective and solves a case.
Though I much prefer reading novels to short stories, I'm still glad I read the anthology, because they gave me a good sampling of the mystery genre as it is today. I was especially pleased to find stories set in countries other than the United States, and featuring more diverse characters. My only wish is that there had been more stories by women authors, especially if they were as much fun as Rozan's.
My choice top story is Eric Barnes' Something Pretty, Something Beautiful due to the way he painted the characters and the realism by which he did it. I know it was great writing when I felt myself connecting with the characters, even though I did not exactly go through the same experiences that they had. The writing has inspired me to pick up a pen and a pad, and to start writing again.
Other stand-outs include Last Cottage and Audacious. However, having said this, I did not dislike any of the stories. You will find this out as you read the anthology yourself. This is an excellent selection that introduces the reader to the writing styles of the various authors. This is my first "Best American" compilation purchase and chances are, it won't be my last. I have head good reviews about the "short story" selection as well.
Let me know your thoughts about the stories... it will be fun to exchange notes about them.
The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 has great variety and I was more than impressed with the overall quality. Of the twenty short stories there were only two I didn't much care for. For me the stand out's included Clean Slate by Lawrence Block is the story of a woman damaged by her childhood who has found a way to take revenge, Flying Solo by Ed Gorman involves two elderly men dying of cancer leaving a better world behind them and Chin Yong Yun Takes a Case by SJ Rozan is a case of amateur detection in Chinatown by a minor character in Rozan's Lydia Chin series.
Many of the stories are quite dark and violent as to be expected when the story centers around crime. Some mysteries are solved, others are open ended leaving you to wonder. In others just who is the victim isn't clear. My interest in several authors work was piqued by this collection, others I was already a fan of.
I really enjoyed reading the Contributors Notes where the author provides some background to the development of their story. It's an inside look into inspiration that is rarely seen.
The Best American Mystery Series 2011 is a terrific read and I hope to get my hands on a few of the previous years issues. If you are a crime/mystery fan then you will surely appreciate this outstanding anthology, it's a must read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This collection of short stories by some of the best but perhaps lesser known contemporary mystery writers is a gem. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Linda R
I didn't like the first 2 or 3 stories, so I put the book in a yard sale.Published 18 months ago by witness
Stories in book just didn't live up to being that interesting; however, to be fair, I stopped reading about a third of the way through the book because of of this lack of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by G. Davis
I had to finally give up on this one after reading 3-4 stories. Just didn't like the tone of the selections. Too depressing.Published 23 months ago by consumerinaz
I like getting an opportunity to read different authors of the genre without investing in individual books. Read morePublished on August 11, 2014 by Doug