My Sunday Book Review is for the Anthology – Death Among Us, where several authors have collaborated with contributing to a few short stories each, revolving around the subject of death.
Who knew death could be so eclectic?
Relish this mesmerizing murder mystery mash-up of short stories.
Murder and mystery have been the staple of literature and films for years. This anthology of short stories will thrill and entertain you. Some will also make you laugh out loud. Others will stop and make you think.
Think of this murder mystery short story anthology as a book version of appetisers or starters, hors d’oeuvre, meze, or antipasti. It can be read as fillers between books or, as is the case in some countries, as a bookish meze – in its own right.
There’s murder mystery styles and locations to suit all tastes: detective fiction, serial killers, scifi, histfic, England, Los Angeles, San Francisco, The Great Lakes, Las Vegas, the Nevada desert, Mexico and more in an exquisite exposition of the art of short story telling.
These stories come from an international cast of authors; some with bestselling books, others are emerging or new talents. Their roots, cultures, and life experiences are as diverse as their writing styles.
But one thing binds them together: they know how to tell a story.
The ten authors who have contributed to the anthology are:
L. Lee Kane
Posthumously by ‘G’
The stories include the 2019 SIA Award-Winning Murder Mystery Short Story ‘The Rose Slayer’ by Stephen Bentley.
Each author introduces his or her stories and the theme that lays behind them. By the time you finish the book, you will agree the result is a mesmerising murder mystery mash-up.
My 4 Star Review:
Ten authors with ten varying styles of writing have come together to compile this interesting book of murder mysteries. There was a lovely introduction to each author before their stories were shared, adding a bit about the stories, which added to the anticipation of reading them. I enjoyed many of these stories. An eclectic mix of thriller, sci-fi, Victorian era, and dark thrillers – something for everyone from both seasoned and new authors.
My absolute favorite stories came from Robbie Cheadle who is a wonderful multi-genre author who shared two chilling stories of fictionalized, yet based on true stories – making the stories all the more horrifying – The Chimney Sweep Boys and Justice is Never Served, gripping stories! I was also taken in with author Stephen Bentley’s – The Rose Slayer. As Bentley’s past of being a detective and trial attorney really shone through with the subject matter and the eerie ending. A few other stories which grabbed me, such as Justin Bauer’s – Cancelled, and Michael Spinelli’s Monitaur, which will never have you looking at baby monitors in the same way.
All in all a lovely collection of stories sure to keep many genre readers satisfied.