Murder in the Family

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A dozen of today's masters of mystery and suspense present an all-original anthology of compelling, provocative stories, revealing that the families that play together sometimes slay together.

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LAWRENCE BLOCK * MARY HIGGINS CLARK * STANLEY COHEN * DOROTHY SALISBURY DAVIS * MICKEY FRIEDMAN * JOYCE HARRINGTON * SUSAN ISAACS * JUDITH KELMAN * WARREN MURPHY ...

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Overview

A dozen of today's masters of mystery and suspense present an all-original anthology of compelling, provocative stories, revealing that the families that play together sometimes slay together.

Featuring stories by:
LAWRENCE BLOCK * MARY HIGGINS CLARK * STANLEY COHEN * DOROTHY SALISBURY DAVIS * MICKEY FRIEDMAN * JOYCE HARRINGTON * SUSAN ISAACS * JUDITH KELMAN * WARREN MURPHY * JUSTIN SCOTT * PETER STRAUB * WHITLEY STRIEBER

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Despite the presence of such well-known mystery and suspense names as Lawrence Block, Mary Higgins Clark and Susan Isaacs, this uneven anthology of a dozen stories gathered loosely under the rubric of "family" is largely disappointing. Block's "A Moment of Wrong Thinking" (seemingly a Matt Scudder tale though the character isn't named) lacks the bite of most of his short fiction. Clark's "The Funniest Thing Has Been Happening Lately" is nicely written but the plot borders on the obvious. Joyce Harrington's "In the Merry Month of Mayhem" rambles for much too long. Peter Straub's strange story, "Ronald, D---!," transmogrifies a familiar fictional family of cartoon ducks into humanoid counterparts, while Justin Scott's animal tale, "Cat in Love," features a feline fatale, a mink and a terrier among its murderous suspects. Among the more successful stories are Stanley Cohen's take on a Samaritan and a prostitute, "A Girl Named Charlie," and Susan Isaacs's amusing tangle of two families, one business and a murder, "My Cousin Rachel's Uncle Murray." Warren Murphy manages a clever twist on a frustrated son's care of his elderly mother in "Motherly Love." A stronger editorial hand-no editor is credited-might have helped, but fans whose expectations aren't too high should welcome favorite authors as well as the chance to sample new ones. (Aug. 6) FYI: This is the sixth volume of original short stories credited to the Adams Round Table, a group of mystery writers founded by Mary Higgins Clark and the late Thomas Chastain, which meets once a month at a midtown Manhattan restaurant. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425183359
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/6/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

The Adams Round Table is today's counterpart to the legendary Algonquin Round Table. Founded in 1982 by Mary Higgins Clark and Thomas Chastain, the members meet every month to discuss their craft, plot murders, find a motive, and create some of the best-loved mysteries of our time. Collectively they have produced more than one hundred novels, including bestsellers and Edgar Award winners.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A Moment of Wrong Thinking 1
The Funniest Thing Has Been Happening Lately 19
A Girl Named Charlie 42
The Letter 60
Tango Is My Life 89
In the Merry Month of Mayhem 110
My Cousin Rachel's Uncle Murray 171
The Grapes of Roth 215
Motherly Love 242
Cat in Love 264
Ronald, D - ! 286
Hole in the Head 316
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    well written, but lacks suspense

    This twelve-story anthology loosely focuses on the title, MURDER IN THE FAMILY. Though the tales are well written, they lack the suspense and cutting edge expected of this famous group of popular authors that contributed to the collection and that of previous short story books produced by the Adams Round Table. For most mystery readers, previous Adams Round Table editions are stronger (see MURDER AMONG FRIENDS, etc.). However, die hard fans of Lawrence Block, Mary Higgins Clark, Stanley Cohen, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Mickey Friedman, Joyce Harrington, Susan Isaacs, Judith Kelman, Warren Murphy, Justin Scott, Peter Straub, and Whitley Strieber will want to read the tales. Yet even the strongest of loyalists need to keep the expectations a bit lower than usual as the gaggle of writers fall short of what each one usually provides. <P>Harriet Klausner

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