Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box

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There's nothing more mysterious than a locked box. Whether it's a literal strongbox, an empty coffin, the inner workings of a scientist's mind, or an underground prison cell, there are those who will use any means necessary to unlock the secrets of...THE MYSTERY BOX.

With this anthology, bestselling author Brad Meltzer introduces twenty-one original stories from today's most prominent mystery writers. In Laura Lippman's "Waco 1982," a young reporter stuck with a seemingly ...

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Overview

There's nothing more mysterious than a locked box. Whether it's a literal strongbox, an empty coffin, the inner workings of a scientist's mind, or an underground prison cell, there are those who will use any means necessary to unlock the secrets of...THE MYSTERY BOX.

With this anthology, bestselling author Brad Meltzer introduces twenty-one original stories from today's most prominent mystery writers. In Laura Lippman's "Waco 1982," a young reporter stuck with a seemingly mundane assignment on lost-and-found boxes unwittingly discovers a dark crime. In Joseph Finder's "Heirloom," a scheming neighbor frightens the new couple on the block with an unnerving tale of buried treasure. In R.L. Stine's "High Stakes," a man on his honeymoon gets drawn into a bizarre bet involving a coffin—a bet he may pay for with his life.

From the foothills of Mount Fuji to Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp, from a physics laboratory in wartime Leipzig to an unusual fitness club in Boca Raton, these sometimes terrifying, sometimes funny, and always suspenseful tales will keep you riveted to the page.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This all-original MWA anthology includes a nice mix of big names and rising stars among its 21 offerings, all plotted in some manner around a box (literal or metaphorical) and its contents. Some writers not best known for humor tickle the funny bone, like Jan Burke in "The Amiable Miss Edith Montague," whose death reveals depths hidden in life. Karin Slaughter's "Remy Rothstein Toes the Line (annotated)" is an exceedingly offbeat and funny story about a tabloid reporter and swamp people. Mary Ann Kelly's "Angelina" delivers a neat twist in a story about young, noisy neighbors and an old woman who lives alone. Colette becomes a detective in Angela Gerst's "The Secret Life of Books," a natural for the observant and curious French writer. Charles Todd explores the theft and strange peregrinations of a box belonging to the Dundee Rifles in "The Honour of Dundee." Steve Berry, Laura Lippman, R.L. Stine, and Katherine Neville are among the others whose stories brighten this collection. (Apr.)
Library Journal
The latest entry in the MWA's thematic anthologies tackles the theme of the locked box. It includes 21 stories from ten authors handpicked by editor Meltzer (The Fifth Assassin) and 11 chosen from submissions. The result is an intriguing mix of historical, psychological, and humorous puzzles. The big name authors experiment with different settings and protagonists from their norm, but the newer names really shine here. Consider especially Stephen Ross's "The Birdhouse" for its World War II hospital setting. Or Catherine Mambretti's "The Very Private Detectress" for its Pinkerton case. Charles Todd's "The Honour of Dundee" does a particularly fine job with a box haunted by its historical significance. And Katherine Neville's "The Lunar Society" is as complex as her fans would expect. Opening with a quietly clever tale from Jan Burke ("The Amiable Miss Edith Montague") and closing with a very funny entry from Karin Slaughter ("Remmy Rothstein Toes the Line"), this is a solid collection. VERDICT Just right for commuters who want short bursts of reading, this title showcases new talent and lets loyal fans read their favorites as they experiment with different styles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455512355
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Pages: 373
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and seven other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for nonfiction (History Decoded), advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), children's books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even graphic books (Justice League of America). He is also the host of Brad Meltzer's Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer's Lost History on H2. He currently lives in Florida. You can find much more about him at BradMeltzer.com. You can also see what he's doing right now at Facebook.com/BradMeltzer and on Twitter @bradmeltzer.

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    1. Hometown:
      Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      1970
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Columbia University
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