CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour

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Crime spreads across the globe in this new collection of short CWA HB AW.inddstories from the Crime  Writer’s Association, as a conspiracy of prominent crime authors take you on a world mystery tour. Highlights of the trip include a treacherous cruise to French Polynesia, a horrifying trek in South Africa, a murderous train-ride across Ukraine and a vengeful killing in Mumbai. But back home in the UK, life isn’t so easy either. Dead bodies turn up on the backstreets of Glasgow, crime writers turn words into deeds at literary events, and Lady Luck seems to guide the fate of a Twickenham hood. Showcasing the range, breadth and vitality of the contemporary crime-fiction genre, these twenty-eight chilling and unputdownable stories will take you on a trip you’ll never forget.

Contributions from:
Ann Cleeves, C.L. Taylor, Susi Holliday, Martin Edwards, Anna Mazzola, Carol Anne Davis, Cath Staincliffe, Chris Simms, Christine Poulson, Ed James, Gordon Brown, J.M. Hewitt, Judith Cutler, Julia Crouch, Kate Ellis, Kate Rhodes, Martine Bailey, Michael Stanley, Maxim Jakubowski, Paul Charles, Paul Gitsham, Peter Lovesey, Ragnar Jónasson, Sarah Rayne, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Vaseem Khan, William Ryan and William Burton McCormick

The CWA Anthology of Short Stories is published on the 15th November 2017. Many thanks to Orenda Books for having me on the blog tour and providing me with my copy of the book for this review.

My Review

The CWA Short Story Anthology has changed publishers! Back with the freshest & most exciting names in crime fiction with travel theme!

Forty members of the Crime Writers’ Association (or the CWA) were invited to write stories with the focus on travel and intriguing destinations….and what fabulous destinations they chose!

The first CWA collection of stories first appeared in 1956 and have been published nearly every since however this is the first anthology I have read (hangs head in shame as crime is my go-to genre!). When I first picked up this book, I was most excited for the stories from Anna Mazzola after loving The Unseeing, Ragnar Jónasson as I am a massive fan of his Dark Iceland series, Michael Stanley after the fabulous Dying To Live and Susi Holliday as I adored the Banktoun series. That said, I was excited about all the sotries, to see how the idea of travel and crime had been personally used by each of the writers.

I started at the beginning and read each of the stories in turn – it is brilliant how diverse the stories are, how differently each of the writers have interpreted the scope; the locations and crime they have chosen. Each of the stories are about 10 pages long and it’s amazing how much tension and mystery each of the authors cram into those limited pages – I’m thinking that it is no easy feat to write a crime short story!

Whilst there were specific authors I was looking forward to reading as I am familiar with their work, I enjoyed being introduced to other authors that I have not yet read books from – suffice to say lots of new (to me) authors will be going on by TBR after my appetite has been whetted by this anthology.

I highly recommend this book and the fabulous thing about it is you can either binge read from start to finish, or pick it up and put it down when you have a free moment. A brilliant selection of stories!

About the Author

Twenty-eight of the finest international crime writers in an exciting new anthology edited by Martin Edwards, award-winning crime writer and critic, and author of the bestselling and multi-award-winning The Golden Age of Crime. He is also vice chair of The CWA.

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