Love Is Murder (Thriller Anthologies)

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Overview

Prepare for heart-racing suspense in this original collection by thirty of the hottest bestselling authors and new voices writing romance suspense today.

Go on vacation with Allison Brennan's Lucy Kincaid, where she saves a man from drowning, only to discover he is in far greater danger on land. Meet Roxanne St. Claire's "bullet catcher"-bodyguard Donovan Rush-who may have met his match in the sexually charged "Diamond Drop." Debut author William Simon shows us what happens when...

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Overview

Prepare for heart-racing suspense in this original collection by thirty of the hottest bestselling authors and new voices writing romance suspense today.

Go on vacation with Allison Brennan's Lucy Kincaid, where she saves a man from drowning, only to discover he is in far greater danger on land. Meet Roxanne St. Claire's "bullet catcher"-bodyguard Donovan Rush-who may have met his match in the sexually charged "Diamond Drop." Debut author William Simon shows us what happens when the granddaughter of the president of the United States is kidnapped. And Lee Child's pitch-perfect "I Heard a Romantic Story" puts a whole new spin on Love Is Murder.

Bodyguards, vigilantes, stalkers, serial killers, women (and men!) in jeopardy, cops, thieves, P.I.s, killers-these all-new stories will keep you thrilled and chilled late into the night.

Love Is Murder is the third Thriller anthology written exclusively by members of International Thriller Writers, Inc. Barely seven years old, ITW has a roster that reads like a who's who of thriller writing, with 1,635 members representing 28 countries worldwide and over three billion books in print. Headed by current copresidents Douglas Preston and Kathleen Antrim, its board of directors has included such notables as Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Steve Berry, James Rollins, M. J. Rose, Carla Neggers, Gayle Lynds, David Morrell and David Hewson. More information is available on the ITW website, www.thrillerwriters.org.

SANDRA BROWN

Sandra Brown is the author of sixty New York Times bestselling novels. Writing professionally since 1981, she has published more than seventy novels and has upward of eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide.

She holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Texas Christian University, and in 2008 she was named Thriller Master, the top award given by the International Thriller Writers Associa

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
If a person is known by the company she keeps, then the company of the 30 romance and suspense writers in this stellar all-original anthology speaks volumes about bestseller Brown. From Lori Armstrong’s sexy “Holding Mercy” to Vicki Hinze’s sweet “Wed to Death,” there’s romance aplenty. But there’s also loads of suspense, including Lee Child’s “I Heard a Romantic Story” and Cindy Gerard’s “Dying to Score.” Hankering for a flight of romantic fantasy? Take a trip to a bizarre Savannah neighborhood in Dianna Love’s “Deadly Fixation” or to the Chicago of Patricia Rosemoor’s “Hot Note.” The action spans the globe, imparting a real feel for locales as diverse as the Mexican jungle; Halifax, Nova Scotia; London, England; and south Texas. There are familiar characters such as Allison Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid (“Vacation Interrupted”) and new ones readers are sure to want to see more of, like William Simon’s Nicholas White (“Spider’s Tango”). Chockablock with nifty plot twists, these stories aren’t to be missed. (June)
Library Journal
The third International Thriller Writers anthology (after Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can't Put Down) offers 29 stories of romantic suspense by authors who range from veterans with many books in their arsenal (e.g., Lee Child, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Heather Graham) to those who have only recently made their debut. Though one or two pieces are forgettable, the collection as a whole is a cornucopia of delights. Readers will find sexy, edgy stories; spooky, supernatural, and paranormal suspense; heavy action; great twists (some of O'Henryesque brilliance), tales of black ops featuring female (and male) heroes, naked women, hard men, and husbands/wives/honeymooners/lovers in peril. Not to mention hostages, terrorists, traitors, kidnappers, murder victims (of course), sympathetic vigilantes, bad cops, prison gang enforcers, stalkers, cross-dressers, drug cartel hit men, bodyguards, and much more. As editor Brown notes in her foreword, romantic suspense is a potent mix of genres giving readers an emotional thrill that crackles with electricity. VERDICT Hang on, fans, you're in for a wild ride! In the end, love may be murder, but it also conquers all—or make that almost all. Highly recommended, with something for everyone. [The reviewer is a member of ITW but has never met or corresponded with the authors.—Ed.]—Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778313441
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including Mean Streak, Deadline, Low Pressure, and Smoke Screen. Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, most of which remain in print. Sandra and her husband, Michael Brown, live in Arlington, Texas.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Jordan, Rachel Ryan and Erin St. Claire
    2. Hometown:
      Arlington, TX
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 12, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waco, Texas
    1. Education:
      Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008
    2. Website:

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FOREWORD FOR

LOVE IS MURDER

Before I could read, my parents read to me, so I don't recall a time in my life when I wasn't losing myself in fictional worlds. On Mother's and Daddy's knees, I cultivated a passion for make-believe. I grew up with books as a staple and libraries as a second home. Reading was my favorite pastime as a child, and it became an addictive habit I never outgrew.

I can't remember the first romantic suspense novel I read. It might have been Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, or perhaps one of Mary Stewart's classic blends of mystery and romance, or Victoria Holt's sweeping, gothic tales. I read and reread them. They left me enthralled and wanting more…largely because so few authors were writing what we now call romantic suspense.

But those who did write in that vein, though few in number, wrote it well and had an enormous impact on my professional future. They entertained me, but I also learned from them and continue to try to live up to the standards they set. Helen MacInnes and Evelyn Anthony come to mind. Charlotte Bronë's Jane Eyre. One of the best cornerstone novels of the genre was Ken Follett's Eye of the Needle. On the surface one could say that neither these authors nor their books have anything in common. Not so. They contain terror tinged with romance. Or is it the other way around? That depends upon the writer, but both elements are in their work.

Romantic suspense is a combination of genres—and the mix is potent. Mysteries are puzzles that tease and test our minds. We experience an adrenaline rush from the high-stakes plots of thrillers. Romances remind us of the eternal power of love, honor and self-sacrifice. Stories of romantic suspense offer the best of all these. They give readers an exciting and emotional thrill ride that engages the mind, the heart and all the senses. Merging a rocky romance with a fast-paced thriller makes for a story that crackles with electricity.

The element of love ratchets up the stakes for the characters. It intensifies their motivations, increases the tension and heightens the suspense. When a person one cares about—lover, spouse, child—is in jeopardy, all else ceases to matter. Failure isn't an option. When what one stands to lose is the person most dear, terror is made manifold. But so are determination and courage.

This then is the essence of good storytelling—an individual overcoming incredible odds to save a loved one from peril. This is what makes romantic suspense satisfying on multiple levels.

And, lest I begin to sound too lofty, let's face it—danger can be a turn-on.

Love Is Murder is an anthology of short stories penned by some of our most popular romantic suspense authors. In addition, the anthology features stories by writers better known for their thrillers, but who often incorporate into their books the relationship layering that is the trademark of traditional romantic suspense.

Also included are three stories that were selected from more than sixty blind submissions—D. P. Lyle's vigilante story "Even Steven"; Jim Macomber's domestic abuse tale "Execution Dock"; and William Simon's riveting, high-stakes kidnapping "Spider's Tango." I'm overwhelmed by the quality of all twenty-nine stories and hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

Inspired by the above-mentioned writers and others, many talented authors today write in this expansive genre that has diversified to include historical settings, the forensic sciences, police procedurals, the military, the justice system, espionage, the supernatural and plots ripped from the headlines. The variety offered by romantic suspense is vast, and so is the array of storytelling talent contained within this anthology.

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I introduce these stories written in a genre which might not have a lengthy heritage, but certainly an impressive one. I'm proud to be included.

~ Sandra Brown

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Would not recommendo

    Did not realize it was not a sandra brown novel stories okay but nothing special

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Annoyed

    Number of reviews state they were disappointed it was not a Sandra Brown novel. Anthology in title and overview should of tipped them off! To give any book a poor rating because you didnt bother to look up a word you did not know its meaning of is spiteful. If you enjoy a good short story. If you are looking for some new writers to enjoy. You should buy the book. If you are looking for strictly Sandra Brown you should noy buy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    Highly recommend this book.

    I am a avid fan of Sandra Brown. I throughly enjoyed this book. Each of the story lines were great. Some of the authors I was familiar with the others will be added to my list of read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Disappointing

    Thought I was getting just a Sandra Brown book but I stead got a lot of short stories written by many authors whose books I've never read. Some were goodbur most were just Ok.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

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    I listened to the audio book while traveling, I usually buy anything Sandra Brown but this really let me down. I will be more careful next time SB does something like this again.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

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    "Love Is Murder" by all these wonderful authors: by S


    "Love Is Murder" by all these wonderful authors: by Sandra Brown (Goodreads Author) (Editor), Lee Child, Carla Neggers (Goodreads Author), Beverly Barton, Robert Gregory Browne (Goodreads Author), Pamela Callow (Goodreads Author), Jeff Ayers & Jon Land, William Bernhardt (Goodreads Author) , Bill Floyd, J.T. Ellison (Goodreads Author), and Vicki Hinze (Goodreads Author) was indeed some read that many of the 29 romantic suspense short stores were very enjoyable...some well....you will have to read this "Love Is Murder" to pick yours likes out. However, on a whole I did enjoy the long read. You will not get bored...so hang in there and let the reading begin. Many of the authors were new to me...which I did like having some new authors to add to my already long list. The short stores were full of action packed adventure with many twist and turns that will keep you reading to find out out how the story was going to turn out...some even left you hanging. Be ready for the characters to be...serial killers, private detectives, hostages, kidnapping, theft, murder, robbers, police officers, lawyers, vigilantes and I will stop here but there are even more! The locations for this short stories are all over the globe. Be prepared for a long read but it will be worth it.

    If you are into romance, suspense, mystery and even thrillers..."Love Is Murder" is for you. I feel you will not be disappointed and I would recommend this long read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    A few of the stories were very good. But did not care for the s

    A few of the stories were very good. But did not care for the sci-fi, zombie and vampire genre mixed in.
    Afraid the big names of Lee Child and Sandra Brown pulled me into purchasing this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    not your typical Sanvdra Brown book

    Although I knew this book was not a typical.Sandra Brown book I didn't expect the number of sci fi stories. I usually can not put her books down, this one was a struggle to finish....

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    only ok.

    Wasn't impressed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    False author

    I read all of her books, but this was not a book by her. Very disappointed, the stories were ok but if I knew they were short stories by others I would have saved my money to buy Low Pressure which was GREAT.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

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    Good Stories.

    Love is Murder is a collection of romantic suspense short stories. It contains a variety of authors including, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Heather Graham, Andrea Kane, Allison Brennan, and the list goes on and on. The stories in this book are all short, thrilling tales set in the suspenseful situations. They range from police investigations to stories with a paranormal twists. I like the variety that this book offers. Every story is different. I think any reader could find something that they'd like in this book. I also discovered some 'new to me' authors in this book as well. The only thing I don't like about short stories is they leave me wanting more. If you like romantic suspense then you'll love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    I thought this book would be another Sandra Brown great story. I

    I thought this book would be another Sandra Brown great story. I was surprised that it turned out to be many authors with short stories. The book was a waste of money and left me dissatisfied with my purchase.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    Great work! Quick entertaining reads.

    Great work! Quick entertaining reads.

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

    Another Great Compilation of Short Stories

    All of the authors in this book write fantastic short stories! Well worth the read!

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Great collection from some of the best writers of thrillers and suspense

    Great sellection of short stories by some of my favorite authors, plus a chance to try out new authors. Great way to "meet" new authors.

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