Deadly Anniversaries
Deadly Anniversaries celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America with a collection of stories from some of the top names in crime fiction.An anniversary can honor many things: a birth, a wedding and sometimes even a death. In Deadly Anniversaries, editors Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini present new stories from some of the best contemporary authors to honor the diamond jubilee of the Mystery Writers of America, an organization founded on the principle that “Crime Doesn’t Pay—Enough.”Each author puts their own unique spin on what it means to recognize a certain day or event each year. These nineteen stories travel across a wide range of historical and contemporary settings and remind readers of how broad the mystery writing tradition can be, encompassing detective tales, domestic intrigue, psychological suspense, black humor and thrilling action.By the time this group of bestsellers and award-winners is through, none of us will ever look at anniversaries the same way again. Deadly Anniversaries is sure to shock, scare and delight mystery and suspense fans of all kinds.

Deadly Anniversaries Details

TitleDeadly Anniversaries
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 21st, 2020
PublisherHanover Square Press
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GenreMystery, Short Stories, Anthologies, Crime, Fiction

Deadly Anniversaries Review

  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    I love anthologies. You can enjoy a fully formed story whenever you have a few spare minutes & It’s such a great way to find new-to-you authors. This volume is in honour of the MWA’s 75th anniversary so it’s only appropriate that all 19 entries have some kind of anniversary to be celebrated. Or not. Because these are crime & mystery writers so don’t go in expecting tales full of roses, cake & karaoke. The first thing you’ll notice is the stellar line-up of authors. It’s veritable who’s who of th I love anthologies. You can enjoy a fully formed story whenever you have a few spare minutes & It’s such a great way to find new-to-you authors. This volume is in honour of the MWA’s 75th anniversary so it’s only appropriate that all 19 entries have some kind of anniversary to be celebrated. Or not. Because these are crime & mystery writers so don’t go in expecting tales full of roses, cake & karaoke. The first thing you’ll notice is the stellar line-up of authors. It’s veritable who’s who of the genre including Lee Child, Sue Grafton, Jeffrey Deaver, Meg Gardiner, William Kent Krueger, Laura Lippman & S.J. Rozan to name a few. The wide range of style, location & time period guarantees something for everyone. As usual, readers will have different personal favourites & I’ll just mention the ones that stood out for me.If You Want Something Done Right - by the late, great Sue Grafton. ‘Nuff said.Ten Years On - a shortie by Laurie R. King featuring Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes. I’ve read & loved this series for years so it’s always a pleasure.Chin Yong-Yun Sets the Date - S.J. Rozan writes the popular Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series but every now & then pens a short story featuring Lydia’s mother, a woman I find frightening & hilarious.Ten Years, Two Days, Six Hours - the take away message for me was do NOT piss off a woman the day she buries her husband. I’m ashamed to say Wendy Hornsby is a new author for me, something I plan to rectify after reading this. 30 and Out - by Doug Allyn, another author I haven’t read (must crawl out of my cave more often…). A gritty procedural that delivers a gripping & complete story in few pages. And there’s a police dog!Those were my faves but there’s really not a dud in the bunch. Bring on the next one.
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    Opening up "Deadly Anniversaries" is like going to the All-Star Game. Every writer recruited for this anthology is well-known and well-respected in the mystery field. The result therefore is an unsurprising success. The topic here is anniversaries in celebration of the diamond jubilee of the Mystery Writers of America organization. As to be expected, we get many stories about marital bliss, or more to the point, marital unbliss. And the resolution is of course cold-blooded murder, often told wit Opening up "Deadly Anniversaries" is like going to the All-Star Game. Every writer recruited for this anthology is well-known and well-respected in the mystery field. The result therefore is an unsurprising success. The topic here is anniversaries in celebration of the diamond jubilee of the Mystery Writers of America organization. As to be expected, we get many stories about marital bliss, or more to the point, marital unbliss. And the resolution is of course cold-blooded murder, often told with more than a little touch of gallows humor or irony. Other writers seized on the theme and spun off in another direction, finding anniversaries that crooks and lowlifes and swindlers might hold dear. Some dates just stick in the memory, never to be forgotten. An excellent collection, hitting the mark far more than you would expect. Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of Deadly Anniversaries. I was excited when my request was approved. I love mysteries and recognized nearly all of the authors in this collection.Still, I was a little apprehensive; a collection of stories is like a box of chocolates. I don't like caramel or coconut so I really end up only enjoying a few pieces.But, I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of stories here; most of them were good, some were just average, but overall, the stories were enjoyable, Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of Deadly Anniversaries. I was excited when my request was approved. I love mysteries and recognized nearly all of the authors in this collection.Still, I was a little apprehensive; a collection of stories is like a box of chocolates. I don't like caramel or coconut so I really end up only enjoying a few pieces.But, I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of stories here; most of them were good, some were just average, but overall, the stories were enjoyable, the writing shines through, and all the authors are respected and well regarded authors in the mystery/thriller genre.I'm pleased to see there are about an equal number of stories by female and male authors, a fact seriously lacking in many story collections.
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  • Bridget Martin
    January 1, 1970
    * authors I would like to check out* If you want something done right ... / Sue Grafton -- Ten years on / Laurie R. King -- Still not a fan of this Mary Sue protagonist.* Normal in every way / Lee Child --The replacement / Margaret Maron --Chin Yong-Yun sets the date / S.J. Rozan --Amazing grace / Max Allan Collins --Ten years, two days, six hours / Wendy Hornsby --The anniversary gift / Jeffrey Deaver --The last dive bar / Bill Pronzini --Case open / Carolyn Hart --The bitter truth / Peter Love * authors I would like to check out* If you want something done right ... / Sue Grafton -- Ten years on / Laurie R. King -- Still not a fan of this Mary Sue protagonist.* Normal in every way / Lee Child --The replacement / Margaret Maron --Chin Yong-Yun sets the date / S.J. Rozan --Amazing grace / Max Allan Collins --Ten years, two days, six hours / Wendy Hornsby --The anniversary gift / Jeffrey Deaver --The last dive bar / Bill Pronzini --Case open / Carolyn Hart --The bitter truth / Peter Lovesey --* Unknown caller / Meg Gardiner --April 13 / Marcia Muller --Whodat heist / Julie Smith --Blue moon / William Kent Krueger --* Aqua vita / Peter Robinson --* The last Hibakusha / Naomi Hirahara --* 30 and out / Doug Allyn --The fixer / Alison Gaylin and Laura Lippman. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Sue "A Mary Sue is a generic name for any fictional character who is so competent or perfect that this appears absurd, even in the context of the fictional setting. Mary Sues are often an author's self-insertion or wish fulfillment. They may excel at tasks that should not be possible for them, or they may upstage the protagonist of a fictional setting, such as by saving them. They may disregard previously established aspects of the fiction such as characterization and natural laws. Mary Sue is a type of stock character."
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Mystery Writers of America is proud to present Deadly Anniversaries, a collection of crime and Superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Mystery Writers of America is proud to present Deadly Anniversaries, a collection of crime and mystery stories from some of the best contemporary authors, all of whom have been invited to put their own unique spin on what it means to recognize a certain day or event every year. An anniversary can take many forms, and by the time this group of bestsellers and award winners is through, none of us will ever look at anniversaries the same way again.Edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini, this collection features original stories from twenty industry giants. Deadly Anniversaries is sure to shock, scare and delight mystery and suspense fans of all kinds. The list of writers includes:Doug AllynLee ChildMax Allan CollinsJeffery DeaverMeg GardinerAlison GaylinSue GraftonCarolyn HartNaomi HiraharaWendy HornsbyLaurie R. KingWilliam Kent KruegerLaura LippmanPeter LoveseyMargaret MaronMarcia MullerBill PronziniPeter RobinsonS.J. RozanJulie SmithWhat a delightful anthology of mystery stories - some were great, some were so-so but overall, they were all well-written and totally enjoyable. A great book to read in spurts as each story is not related to the one before it - all make me wonder what might happen on my anniversary - LOL As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "Social Influencer Millennials" on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 🔪🔪🔪🔪
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  • Shoshana
    January 1, 1970
    This excellent anthology of mystery short stories celebrating 75 years of the Mystery Writers of America is edited by the married Grand Masters Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. They have rounded up a slew of some of the best names in the business and it shows; there is not a single dud amongst the stories, all of which revolve around some sort of anniversary.It was lots of fun reading this book. The writers are all professionals at the top of their game, and the varied approaches they took regar This excellent anthology of mystery short stories celebrating 75 years of the Mystery Writers of America is edited by the married Grand Masters Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. They have rounded up a slew of some of the best names in the business and it shows; there is not a single dud amongst the stories, all of which revolve around some sort of anniversary.It was lots of fun reading this book. The writers are all professionals at the top of their game, and the varied approaches they took regarding the theme were all enjoyable. That said, of course some stories will appeal more to each individual reader than others. I especially liked the stories by Lee Child (not Reacher, whom I adore), S J Rozan, Meg Gardiner, Doug Allyn, and Alison Gaylin and Laura Lippmann. I don’t expect anyone else’s list to be exactly like mine.If you like mysteries, or short stories, or both, this book will just hit the spot. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC, the opinions are my own
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  • Melody Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful book full of short stories but will full impact of a 300 page book.
  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    This is a collection of nineteen stories all with an anniversary theme in honor of the Mystery Writers of America's 75th anniversary. The list of contributing authors reads like a "Who's Who" in mystery writing, including Lee Child, Laura Lippman, Jeffrey Deaver, and Margaret Maron. I was familiar, if not already a fan, of most of the authors. The stories cover a wide range of settings, eras, and types of anniversaries. Some authors like Marcia Muller feature the character for which they are bes This is a collection of nineteen stories all with an anniversary theme in honor of the Mystery Writers of America's 75th anniversary. The list of contributing authors reads like a "Who's Who" in mystery writing, including Lee Child, Laura Lippman, Jeffrey Deaver, and Margaret Maron. I was familiar, if not already a fan, of most of the authors. The stories cover a wide range of settings, eras, and types of anniversaries. Some authors like Marcia Muller feature the character for which they are best known in their stories and I enjoyed seeing PI Sharon McCone investigating a cold case. Others, like Peter Robinson, don't have the same characters as in their full-length novels. Although I knew most of the authors, I wasn't familiar with Alison Gaylin who co-wrote one of the stories with Laura Lippman, but I will be checking out Alison's other work after reading their contribution to the collection.Like any anthology, readers will have some stories they like more than others. I didn't dislike any of the stories, but of course have my favorites. The late Sue Grafton's story features a woman celebrating her 25th anniversary in an unusual way, and the story includes a very unique murder weapon. S.J. Rozan's contribution has PI Lydia Chin's mother solving a case on her own and then telling her late husband all about it at his gravesite on their wedding anniversary. I really enjoyed Meg Gardiner's story which turns the table on the well-known "grandson in trouble" scam and reminded me how much I liked her Evan Delaney series. I was also happy to read a story featuring Naomi Hirahara's retired gardener Mas Arai since I am a fan of her books. Overall, there is a wide variety of excellent, well-written stories in this collection and there will be something for every mystery fan to enjoy. Therefore, I didn't hesitate to give this book 5 stars.I received this book from NetGalley through the courtesy of Hanover Square Press. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ben Truong
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors is an anthology of nineteen short stories collected and edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. This anthology celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America with a collection of stories from some of the top names in crime fiction.For the most part, I rather like most if not all of these contributions. Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors is an anthology Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors is an anthology of nineteen short stories collected and edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. This anthology celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America with a collection of stories from some of the top names in crime fiction.For the most part, I rather like most if not all of these contributions. Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors is an anthology that collected nineteen short stories about crime mystery of all facets from cross/double-cross, vengeance, justifiable homicide, the dangers of turning over rocks to see what’s underneath, the hazards of talking to strangers, and more. As this anthology is an anniversary volume – all the short stories had to do with anniversaries off all sorts both good and ill.Like most anthologies there are weaker contributions and Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors is no exception. Comparatively speaking, some stories are written better than others, or rather, a couple didn't connect to me as easily as the majority. However, these outliers are still written extremely well and didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the anthology.All in all, Deadly Anniversaries: A Collection of Stories from Crime Fiction's Top Authors is a wonderful and chilling collection of short stories of crime fiction that would entertain enthusiast anywhere.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    It’s the Mystery Writers of America’s seventy-fifth anniversary! To celebrate they are throwing a party and we’re all invited. Luckily, we readers get the present—an anthology of nineteen short stories by the best mystery writers around. All the stories have an anniversary theme. In fact, they are all Deadly Anniversaries.This book is like the best Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine ever. None of the stories are filler. My favorite part was seeing the different styles and approaches each author t It’s the Mystery Writers of America’s seventy-fifth anniversary! To celebrate they are throwing a party and we’re all invited. Luckily, we readers get the present—an anthology of nineteen short stories by the best mystery writers around. All the stories have an anniversary theme. In fact, they are all Deadly Anniversaries.This book is like the best Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine ever. None of the stories are filler. My favorite part was seeing the different styles and approaches each author took. The stories contain anniversaries of murders, mayhem, crime, and convictions. There is even one celebrating the survivors of Hiroshima. (Note that I have lived in LA my entire life and never heard of the Hiroshima Peace Flame—but it really exists in LA’s Little Tokyo District.)If you like mystery short stories, you can’t go wrong with this book. It would also be an excellent learning tool for aspiring mystery writers. 5 stars!Thanks to Hanover Square Press, Harlequin Books, and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Ron
    January 1, 1970
    This is a collection of mysteries put together to honor the 75th year from the creation of Mystery Writers of America. All of the authors in this collection were Grand Masters, Edgar award winners or served as president of Mystery Writers of America. So you have a nice spread of writers all writing about some sort of anniversary. You have weddings, birthdays, murders, lovers' deaths, and most any other anniversary you can think of. As with any collection, there are certain stories that appeal t This is a collection of mysteries put together to honor the 75th year from the creation of Mystery Writers of America. All of the authors in this collection were Grand Masters, Edgar award winners or served as president of Mystery Writers of America. So you have a nice spread of writers all writing about some sort of anniversary. You have weddings, birthdays, murders, lovers' deaths, and most any other anniversary you can think of. As with any collection, there are certain stories that appeal t a reader more than others. For me, there is "Ten Years On" by Laurie R. King, "Normal in Every Way" by Lee Child, "Chin Yong-Yun Sets the Date" by S. J. Rozan, and "The Fixer" by Alison Gaylin and Laura Lipman. But every reader will find the tale(s) that resonate with them. That is the fun of collections!
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  • Beck
    January 1, 1970
    This was a compilation of stories from some of the top names in crime fiction. The premise of this book was unique and compelling. Each author gave their own perspective on what it meant to recognize a specific day of the year. It could be for an anniversary or a birthday, but they each spun a tale of what it means to celebrate or just recognize a particular day. The twist:: these are dark stories. I thought this book was simply a treat, however, I enjoy my books with a side of darkness. So if y This was a compilation of stories from some of the top names in crime fiction. The premise of this book was unique and compelling. Each author gave their own perspective on what it meant to recognize a specific day of the year. It could be for an anniversary or a birthday, but they each spun a tale of what it means to celebrate or just recognize a particular day. The twist:: these are dark stories. I thought this book was simply a treat, however, I enjoy my books with a side of darkness. So if you do too.. than please pick this one up!
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you for this ARC as it turned out to be a perfect choice to read during this pandemic. 19 stories from many revered mystery writers, and I really liked reading stories from novelists I wasn't familiar with. Each story was fresh and unrelated to the others, except for the "anniversary" common denominator. Not usually a fan of anthologies, as I like consistency of characters, plots etc, but this was great, as I'm stuck at home, and could finish one story/do chores/read another/make calls, sn Thank you for this ARC as it turned out to be a perfect choice to read during this pandemic. 19 stories from many revered mystery writers, and I really liked reading stories from novelists I wasn't familiar with. Each story was fresh and unrelated to the others, except for the "anniversary" common denominator. Not usually a fan of anthologies, as I like consistency of characters, plots etc, but this was great, as I'm stuck at home, and could finish one story/do chores/read another/make calls, snack or walk the dog and come back for more.
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  • Will
    January 1, 1970
    This collection of stories provides readers with the unique perspective on what an anniversary can mean. These writers provide their unique voices into each story, from the simple to the more complex and violent, with twists and turns thrown in. The Mystery Writers of America's collection of short stories provide readers with believable stories that captivate the reader into wanting more. While the stories vary in pacing, some slower than others, the overall effect is that each story shows that This collection of stories provides readers with the unique perspective on what an anniversary can mean. These writers provide their unique voices into each story, from the simple to the more complex and violent, with twists and turns thrown in. The Mystery Writers of America's collection of short stories provide readers with believable stories that captivate the reader into wanting more. While the stories vary in pacing, some slower than others, the overall effect is that each story shows that the meaning of an anniversary can change over time, with varied consequences. #goodreadsgiveaway
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  • joyce w. laudon
    January 1, 1970
    This title is a book of short stories that were collected to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America.  Each author has written a tale that has to do with a special date.  The authors who contributed to this book are a "who's who" of excellent crafters of mysteries.  Some of the contributors are Petr Robinson, Marcia Muller, Margaret Maron, Peter Lovesey, Carolyn Hart, Sue Grafton and many more. This is an outstanding collection and I recommend it highly.  Many thanks to This title is a book of short stories that were collected to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America.  Each author has written a tale that has to do with a special date.  The authors who contributed to this book are a "who's who" of excellent crafters of mysteries.  Some of the contributors are Petr Robinson, Marcia Muller, Margaret Maron, Peter Lovesey, Carolyn Hart, Sue Grafton and many more. This is an outstanding collection and I recommend it highly.  Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kathy Kennerley
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it! This collection of short stories is written by some of the best mystery writers out there. Most are award winning authors. It's perfect to pick up and read a story or two then put down for later. Flipping the page after one story and seeing a recipe made me laugh so hard! I made a list of the authors I haven't read before so I can check out some of their full novels. Great compilation! ARC netgalley.com
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  • Denice Langley
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE anthologies! They let me read unique stories by some of my favorite authors plus try stories from authors I may have not considered before. I keep an anthology with me all the time. They are perfect to read anywhere at anytime. These stories all center around a special date, celebrated in many, many different ways.
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  • Cindy Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    First class writers and a series of great short stories. You can pick up and put down and read a complete story. It is a wonderful read, with the different styles of each author. As murder mystery readers, we accept that all of these stories are based in some terrible loss. It's fun to read the different styles, some familiar and some not as much, This was a very enjoyable read- I recommend.
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  • Mystic Miraflores
    January 1, 1970
    As with most short story collections, some contributions are very good while some are just okay. I enjoyed most of the short stories. My favorites were: "If You Want Something Done Right"; "The Replacement"; "Chin Yong-Yun Sets the Date"; "The Anniversary Gift"; "The Bitter Truth"; "Unknown Caller"; "Blue Moon"; "Aqua Vita" and "30 and Out".
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    A nice diverse collection of stories with no real duds and some very good ones. It's tough to go wrong with such high caliber authors. Even though this is longer than the average anthology, it's a pretty fast read and none of the stories are boring.I really appreciate the ARC for review!!
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  • Carol Custer
    January 1, 1970
    When I was a kid, my favorite thing each month was the new Alfred Hitchcock magazine (kind of weird for a kid, huh?) This anthology brought back memories of that excitement. This is a wonderful collection of short stories with delicious mysteries. What fun!!!
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    This book was done by the Mystery Writers of America in honor of their 75 anniversary. There are 19 short stories from crime fiction's top authors. They all share the theme of an anniversary. It was fun finding it in each story. If you are a mystery lover this book is for you.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Mystery abounds. These 19 stories hit the mark. They were all entertaining and well thought out and written. Many mysteries in one book and a good fix after my dry lack of James Patterson spell. One I will surely share with others.
  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    A collection of 20 short stories, written by some of America's best mystery writers. It was a quick and easy read. Some of the stories were a little cheesy but most of them were fun, creepy reads.
  • Suzi
    January 1, 1970
    I think the selection this year is the best ever. Great short stories by fabled authors. Perfect for quarantine, when I'm ready for murder and mayhem.
  • Betsy
    January 1, 1970
    What a great anthology! Well-respected & credentialed authors writing crime stories centered around some kind of anniversary! Thoroughly enjoyable, mysterious, fun! What a great anthology! Well-respected & credentialed authors writing crime stories centered around some kind of anniversary! Thoroughly enjoyable, mysterious, fun!
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  • Aimee
    January 1, 1970
    One of the BEST multi-author anthologies I’ve read! Full of many stories that have to do with an anniversary of some kind.
  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    MWA annual collection of short stories never fails to disappoint! There is not a bad story in this collection.
  • Insanity47
    January 1, 1970
    Short stories good bookI like the stories and they were by alot of my favorite authors. Easy to read Definitely enjoying during quarantine.
  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    Short stories from my favorite writers and some new to me. All really well written and makes for a quick afternoon's read.
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