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A winning mystery collection edited by and featuring an original story by #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris.

Nighttime is the perfect time for the perfect crime-especially in the realm of the paranormal. #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris edits and contributes an original story-set in her Sookie Stackhouse universe-to this anthology of mysteries from the dark side. Other featured Mystery Writers of America include Carolyn Hart, Barbara ...

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A winning mystery collection edited by and featuring an original story by #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris.

Nighttime is the perfect time for the perfect crime-especially in the realm of the paranormal. #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris edits and contributes an original story-set in her Sookie Stackhouse universe-to this anthology of mysteries from the dark side. Other featured Mystery Writers of America include Carolyn Hart, Barbara D'Amato, Margart Maron, Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane, and Elaine Viets.

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VOYA - Catherine Gilmore-Clough
Mystery Writers of America made a great choice for their newest supernatural-themed short story collection by asking Charlaine Harris to edit the volume. Harris is perhaps best known for her Sookie Stackhouse books, which are the inspiration for the HBO series True Blood, but she was a successful traditional mystery author long before the current explosion of supernatural mysteries. Harris gathers together a diverse selection of twenty stories, funny and creepy by turns, some by writers making their initial forays into this particular sub-genre. While Harris may be a familiar name to teens who have graduated to adult fiction from the Twilight and Blue Bloods series, the bulk of the authors in this collection will be unfamiliar to all but the most hardcore mystery fanatics. There is something for almost everyone in this volume—from the downright creepy "The Conqueror Worm" by Barbara D'Amato, where computers are the medium for the restless dead to contact the living, to a caper in which a teenage girl hones some unique abilities in order to save her family business. Ghosts, vampires and werewolves likewise make appearances in various stories, but typically in more unusual ways or settings than in typical teen supernatural fiction. Readers who haven't yet exhausted the bigger names in supernatural suspense or mystery may pick and choose from this volume, but those with a yen for the uncanny or looking to broaden their horizons are bound to discover some favorite new authors. Reviewer: Catherine Gilmore-Clough
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The Mystery Writers of America presents an all-original anthology sure to appeal to Twilight fans with an interest in crime. While vampires are well represented among the 20 selections, most notably Parnell Hall's darkly humorous “Death of a Vampire,” bestseller Harris ensures that werewolves, ghosts, and magicians also get their due. Harley Jane Kozak does a superb job of integrating a ghost into a contemporary setting in “Madeeda,” in which an expectant mother is concerned over her two-year-old twins' visions of a “bad witch.” A phantom ship figures in Lou Kemp's “In Memory of the Sibylline,” a highly effective horror story set in the 19th century. Even Mike Hammer gets into X-Files mode in Max Allan Collins's and Mickey Spillane's “Grave Matter,” which successfully introduces a supernatural element into the case of a series of mysterious deaths in the ironically named town of Hopeful, N.Y. Other contributors include William Kent Krueger, Margaret Maron, and Carolyn Hart. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425235638
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris writes both fantasies and mysteries. She lives in southern Arkansas with her family.

Biography

A native of the Mississippi Delta, Charlaine Harris grew up in a family of avid readers (her father was a teacher; her mother a librarian). She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, graduating in 1973 with a degree in English and Communication Arts. Although she penned poetry and plays in school, her first serious foray into fiction was with two standalone novels, Sweet and Deadly and A Secret Rage, published (effortlessly!) in the early 1980s.

After her early success, Harris released the first installment in a series of lighthearted mysteries starring spunky, small-town Georgia librarian, true crime enthusiast, and amateur sleuth Aurora Teagarden. When Aurora debuted in Real Murders (1990), Publishers Weekly welcomed "a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P. D. James's Cordelia Gray." The book went on to receive an Agatha Award nomination.

Anxious for another challenge, Harris began a second series in 1996. Darker and edgier than the Teagarden novels, these mysteries featured taciturn, 30-something housecleaner Lily Bard, a woman with a complicated past who has moved to the small town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, to find peace and solitude. The first novel, Shakespeare's Landlord, was well-received. BookList raved: "Harris has created an intriguing new character in this solidly plotted story." [Much to the disappointment of her fans, Harris concluded the Lilly Bard sequence in 2001 with Shakespeare's Counselor.]

Although Harris achieved moderate success with these two series (which she laughingly describes as "cozies with teeth"), she would hit the jackpot in 2001 with Dead Until Dark, a sly, spoofy paranormal mystery starring a telepathic Louisiana cocktail waitress named Sookie Stackhouse, who falls in love with a vampire named Bill. The novel, a delightful hybrid of mystery, science fiction, and romance, was an instant hit with critics. ("Harris' Sookie has the potential to attract more readers than Hamilton's Anita Blake," raved the dark fantasy magazine Cemetery Dance.) Readers, too, adored the Southern Vampire Series and have rewarded the author with bestseller after bestseller. (In 2008, the Sookie saga came to HBO in a top-rated television adaptation, True Blood, starring Anna Paquin.)

With 2006's Grave Sight, Harris added yet another fascinating character to her stable -- a young woman named Harper Connelly whose youthful encounter with a lightning bolt has left her with the ability to find corpses and determine how they died. In addition to juggling characters and plots for her popular series, Harris has also contributed short stories and novellas to several anthologies of paranormal fantasy fiction.

Good To Know

In our interview, Harris confesses:

"I'm really a boring person. My family (my husband and three children) is the most important thing in my life. I go to bed early, I get up early. I love to go to the movies with my husband. My favorite things about finally making some money as a writer are (a) I can buy as many books as I want, and (b) I can hire a maid. The first job I had was working in an offset darkroom at a very small newspaper. I stood on a concrete floor all day and made minimum wage -- which then was $1.60 an hour. I hated it, and I learned a lot, though not necessarily about working in a darkroom. So being a writer is much better."

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    1. Hometown:
      Southern Arkansas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 25, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tunica, Mississippi
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
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Table of Contents

Introduction Charlaine Harris ix

Dahlia Underground Charlaine Harris 1

Hixton William Kent Krueger 27

Small Change Margaret Maron 39

The Trespassers Brendan Dubois 60

Madeeda Harley Jane Kozak 81

House of Horrors S. W. Hubbard 106

Sift, Almost Invisible, Through Jeffrey Somers 125

The Bedroom Door Elaine Viets 144

The Conqueror Worm Barbara D'amato 162

In Memory of the Sibylline Lou Kemp 174

The Bloodflower Martin Meyers 202

The Awareness Terrie Farley Moran 225

Tadesville Jack Fredrickson 246

Limbo Steve Brewer 269

The Insider Mike Wiecek 282

Swing Shift Dana Cameron 299

Riding High Carolyn Hart 323

Grave Matter Max Allan Collins Mickey Spillane 341

Death of a Vampire Parnell Hall 362

Taking the Long View Toni L. P. Kelner 387

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    Excellent anthology

    These twenty short stories focus on paranormal mysteries that run the urban fantasy gamut with vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, seers, mages and Mike Hammer making featured appearances. All of the contributions by The Mystery Writers of America authors are enjoyable tales that sub-genre fans will want to read as the diversity of the supernatural adds to the overall fun. Vampires are right at home in Parnell Hall's amusing "Death of a Vampire" and Charlaine Harris's "Dahlia Underground". Ghosts star in Harley Jane Kozak's "Madeeda", Carolyn Hart's "Riding High" as a marriage counselor and even as a phantom ship in Lou Kemp's "In Memory of the Sibylline". Finally Hammer has a "Grave Matter" (by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane) case with a supernatural taint. This is a strong anthology as everyone contributing showed up in top form providing enjoyable Crimes by Moonlight: Mysteries from the Dark Side collection.

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