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The warmth felt by the contributors toward the Minneapolis mystery bookstore that gives this all-original anthology its name is shown in the high quality of many of its 24 entries. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith who haven't encountered Michael Stanley yet will be grateful for the introduction after reading Stanley's whodunit set in contemporary Botswana, An Issue of Women and Money. Anne Fraiser's Santa's Little Helper is a bit of a misfire, a very short procedural about the gunning down of a man dressed as Kris Kringle whose shock ending might have been more effective if the story had more meat on its bones. Max Allan Collins and Barbara Collins offer a new wrinkle on the spoiled city woman stuck in the sticks in Flyover Country, with a foreseeable resolution that still packs a punch. Other contributors include C.J. Box, Ken Bruen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Sujata Massey and S.J. Rozan. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Gary Bush writes full time for both the children and adult markets. He is currently doing research for a young adult novel about Barbary Pirates. Bush is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, Once upon a Crime, stories from some of the world s top mystery authors. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife, Stacey, and their Kerry blue terrier, Homer.

Chris Everheart always dreamed of interesting places, fascinating people, and exciting adventures. He is still a dreamer. He enjoys writing thrilling stories about young heroes who live in a world that doesn t always understand them. Chris lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his family. He plans to travel to every continent on the globe, see interesting places, meet fascinating people, and have exciting adventures.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Nodin Press (August 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932472851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932472851
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,992,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By carl brookins VINE VOICE on July 10, 2014
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As with many collections of short stories by Crime authors, this one is a mixed bag, quality wise. It contains several really nice, taut, economic stories which are entertaining, surprising and a pleasure to read. There are others which don’t quite measure up, although all of them are readable. The anthology was conceived as a way to provide some financial support for the popular co-owner of one of the best mystery books stores in the nation. Once Upon A Crime, the store for which the anthology is named, has been voted by readers of CrimeSpree magazine, the best independent mystery bookstore in the entire country. It is also a recipient of the Raven Award.

I wish this anthology achieved that distinction. It comes close. The stories are widely varied by a motley collection of new and experienced crime writers. It is, as I have said, entertaining, but its greatest value may be in that it introduces readers to a range of writers and the quality of their work. Among the writers are several award winners of note, including William Kent Krueger, Reed Farrell Coleman, Max Allen Collins, Gary Phillips and David Housewright. It’s a good value.
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bought it for the C.J.Box; loved them all. This is a great way to preview new writers. I have so many new now I won't be able to read everything
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By srdowns on October 19, 2013
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This anthology is one of the top two or three available of its' kind. There is much to enjoy here.
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