Crimes by Moonlight: Mysteries from the Dark Side

Crimes by Moonlight: Mysteries from the Dark Side

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by Charlaine Harris
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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
Publishers Weekly
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425235638
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse fantasy/mystery series; the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series; and the Midnight, Texas, series. She has lived in the South her entire life.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Southern Arkansas
Date of Birth:
November 25, 1951
Place of Birth:
Tunica, Mississippi
Education:
B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
Website:
http://www.charlaineharris.com

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Crimes by Moonlight 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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. Harriet Klausner
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