Miscreants, Murderers, and Thieves: a collection of short stories about devious behavior Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : January 25, 2020
- File Size : 4984 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 267 pages
- Publisher : Reed Press (January 25, 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0846Y2J51
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,482 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When I read a collection of short stories like this, I always expect that a few will pop out as gems and a few will underwhelm. Not Miscreants. Each one keeps you on your feet until the last page. My favorites were Equity, Tada!, and Murder at the Magic Castle.
Miscreants, Murderers, & Thieves is a collection of stories that are each unique and a bit off the wall. I liked most of them, but my favorites were Beneath the Veils, Equity, and The Scoop.
I could tell these stories were written by different authors because the writing style was a little different each time. There was one story, The Win, that although I liked the story overall, it was not my favorite style of writing.
Many of the stories had some kind of twist at the end. Sky Riders ending was a big surprise. Equity made my skin crawl!
If you’d like a break from reading a full-length novel, this would be a good book to read.
As it states in the Foreward, “grab a spoon and dig in”; but best to bring a knife and fork, you won’t want to miss a morsel of this great read,
Top reviews from other countries
As with any collection of stories, you never know quite what you’re going to get. In this case, there are the inevitable few that stand out, such as ‘Equity’ by Don Bapst, the quirky dark mystery ‘Murder at the Magic Castle’ by Gabriel DiDomenico (my particular favourite) and ‘Last Night in Quartzsite’ by Casey Mensing, where a would-be Bonnie-and-Clyde set the scene for a story with a twist. Of the others, there were several I skimmed over, simply because nothing about the writing or the story grabbed my attention. ‘Mercy in the West’ by David Beeler is worth a mention, but even that went off the rails towards the end, which is a shame.
All in all, an interesting collection, with a few writers whose work I’ll be watching out for.
This is a book of 13 short stories all by different independent authors, including one written by Samuel W Reed, the editor who has put together this collection. The common theme linking all the stories is devious behaviour, although not necessarily criminal in all cases.
Biographies and links have been included for each author at the end of their story so that the reader can easily look up their other work if they so desire.
I have to say that not all of them were to my taste, but that can often be the case with an anthology. But there certainly should be plenty to suit most readers. Luckily the first story “The Temperature at which Love Freezes” hit the spot for me, so that got me hooked ready to read the rest. And even with those that I was not so keen on, as they were short, I did read them in their entirety.
An interesting collection of short stories. Also I understand that this is the first book in a longer series.