Thursday, June 24, 2010

CRIMES BY MOONLIGHT edited by Charlene Harris

Publisher: Berkely
Date published: April 2010
ISBN: 978-0425235638
Paranormal, crime
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained via Publisher

Twenty authors have contributed to this highly entertaining book. According to Ms Harris’ introduction, some of these authors have never written a ‘woo-woo’ story. Woo-woo is, according to Ms Harris a highly technical industry word.

Some of the authors in this anthology are well-known, some not so, but each have contributed a well-crafted story and this makes this anthology a pleasure to read. Often, you get a couple of excellent stories, a few good ones and a number of so-so. But this anthology can boast of nothing but excellent stories.
Charlaine Harris starts off with Dahlia Underground. When Dahlia survives a bombing, she’s determined to show the anti-vampire terrorist group that they’ve messed with the wrong blood-sucker.

Carolyn Hart’s contribution Riding High tells about a ghost who is supposed to assist humans in trouble. Bailey Ruth Raeburn gets the unexpected when she is caught up in the middle of a marriage despute.

Elaine Viet charms her readers with The Bedroom Door. A grandmother has a special gift. She can see soon-to-be-dead people in her bedroom doorway. Some feel this would be a curse. She tells her granddaughter about her latest sighting, but she also warns of an impending crime.

So, there are three tidbits from the anthology. If I were to describe each story, it would take pages, so I hope I have whetted your appetite for more. I assure you, you will not be disappointed if you pick up this book but will be hard pressed to put it down. I found myself reading into the wee hours of the morning.

If you love your crime stories with a touch of the ‘other-world’, then this is the book for you. You may find some new authors to check up on, too.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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