Two of the Deadliest: New Tales of Lust, Greed, and Murder from Outstanding Women of Mystery

Two of the Deadliest: New Tales of Lust, Greed, and Murder from Outstanding Women of Mystery

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“Wicked little stories from old hands and relative neophytes.”

Seattle Times

 

There are seven deadly sins, and in this superb anthology, edited by Elizabeth George, some of the most able and original purveyors of crime fiction explore Two of the Deadliest. These “New Tales of Lust, Greed, and Murder from

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“Wicked little stories from old hands and relative neophytes.”

Seattle Times

 

There are seven deadly sins, and in this superb anthology, edited by Elizabeth George, some of the most able and original purveyors of crime fiction explore Two of the Deadliest. These “New Tales of Lust, Greed, and Murder from Outstanding Women of Mystery” feature sterling stories from Laura Lippman, Susan Wiggs, Carolyn Hart, Nancy Pickard, and George herself, as well as from other masters and exciting, tremendously talented newcomers.

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Publishers Weekly

George's all-original anthology showcases 18 stories by established women mystery writers and five by relative unknowns. While not every entry is a winner, the wide variety of styles and settings will please most mystery fans. Especially strong are Linda Barnes's "Catch Your Death," a classic tale of love gone wrong told by an appealing narrator, and Stephanie Bond's satisfyingly twisty "Bump in the Night." In "Gold Fever," Dana Stabenow fits quick characterizations, an exotic locale (Alaska) and a tidy plot into a few pages. Marcia Talley's tightly written "Can You Hear Me Now" is modest in ambition-but who doesn't like to see a rude cellphone user get his comeuppance? Among the newcomers, Z. Kelley's "Anything Helps" is particularly notable for its charm. Other contributors include Carolyn Hart, Laura Lippman and S.J. Rozan. (Aug.)

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Library Journal

This is a sometimes uneven but ultimately worthwhile collection of short stories from female mystery writers. Each involves one or both of the two "deadly sins" of lust and greed. Standout stories include "Can You Hear Me Now?," Marcia Talley's revenge fantasy about obnoxious cell phone users; Linda Barnes's "Catch Your Death," notable mostly for clever Sherlock Holmes references; Gillian Linscott's "Enough to Stay the Winter," a gripping suspense tale set in the south of France in 1921; and newcomer Barbara Fryer's sexy, pulse-quickening "The Runaway Camel." Unfortunately, two of the weaker stories start off the book, so readers should feel free to skip around rather than read cover to cover. Surprisingly, editor George's own story falls apart in its conclusion, an unusual slip for one of modern mystery's best. Overall, this anthology is a great way for mystery lovers to enjoy less time-consuming works from favorite authors and discover new ones.
—Amy Watts

Kirkus Reviews
Greed and lust are the driving forces in 23 new stories by female authors. Among the best offerings from more practiced veterans are Nancy Pickard's paean to the comforts of cake ("Dark Chocolate"); Marcia Talley's eavesdropping on a cell-phone user ("Can You Hear Me Now?"); Wendy Hornsby's ricochet through Jack London's life ("The Violinist"); Laura Lippman's portrait of a middle-aged woman as crafty as she is invisible ("Cougar"); S.J. Rozan's soliloquy of a frame-up ("Cold, Hard Facts"); Linda Barnes's valentine to Sherlock Holmes lovers ("Catch Your Death"); and editor George's inheritance boomerang ("Lusting for Jenny, Inverted"). Less successful are outings by Carolyn Hart, Dana Stabenow, Marcia Muller and eight others. Newcomer Barbara Fryer tops the list of past and present students of George with "The Runaway Camel," an offbeat look at an obsessed fan who becomes the victim of an obsession herself. As you might expect, George, known for many virtues that don't include concision (Careless in Red, 2008, etc.), does let her contributors run on, but on the whole she pieces together a readable if not terribly innovative anthology.
Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“This brilliant anthology of short stories by some of the most outstanding women now writing mysteries and crime fiction...is a truly glorious collection”
Bellingham Herald (WA)
“Should satisfy every reader’s sleuth-tooth....A good way for fans of crime writing to discover new favorite authors.”
Seattle Times
“Wicked little stories from old hands and relative neophytes drawn from George’s writing classes. Don’t miss her own sly contribution.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Entertaining.”
Globe & Mail (Toronto)
"This brilliant anthology of short stories by some of the most outstanding women now writing mysteries and crime fiction...is a truly glorious collection"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061726590
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/21/2009
Edition description:
Abridged, 13 CDs/16 Hours
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels of psychological suspense, one book of nonfiction, and two short story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, and the MIMI, Germany's prestigious prize for suspense fiction. She lives in Washington State.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Seattle, Washington
Date of Birth:
February 26, 1949
Place of Birth:
Warren, Ohio
Education:
A.A. Foothill Community College, 1969; B.A. University of California, Riverside, 1970; M.S. California State University
Website:
http://www.elizabethgeorgeonline.com

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Two of the Deadliest 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
The amount of suspense that can be generated in just a few pages is amazing - that is if you have topnotch mystery writers. That is precisely what Elizabeth George offers in her collection of 23 never before published stories by outstanding women authors. Granted crime/mystery is a genre usually occupied by men, but read this and you may decide the female is the scariest of the species. The title is a reference to the Seven Deadly sins. For George's purposes here Two of the Deadliest are lust and greed. Each writer offers a different take on one of these topics, all are surprising spellbinders. Consider lust examined in "E-Male" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Gavin seems like an ordinary kind of guy who starts the day by padding barefoot to fix a mocha grande with sprinkles. He's lucky enough to work at home (a small rent-controlled apartment), and happy to live alone with his cat. There's very little Gavin doesn't know about a computer, which makes it perhaps time consuming for him but also easy to access the email accounts of Stella - "his almost-wife; his now-ex-girlfriend." They hate each other. A restraining order was issued when Stella told a judge, "Gavin seems to think he owns me. He watches me all the time. I'm afraid of him." Restraining order or no Gavin is still very much keeping his eye on her, reading the email she sends and the email she receives. He knows where she is, what she's thinking. But suddenly her email take on a new tone; she no longer chats with most of her men friends. In fact, she has stopped answering posts from her family, which is not like her at all. But, there is nothing Gavin can do because he cannot go near her. Greed is the focus in "The Offer" By Patricia Smiley. A marketing job at a drive-through pet-wash company might not seem like much but it's Mari Smith's last hope. She fell for a scam from a man claiming to be the Nigerian minister of education which wiped out her savings, and now has maxed out her Visa to fly to Los Angeles and apply for this job. In an odd turn of events when she heads for baggage claim in LA she sees a limo driver holding a partially obscured sign - all she could see was MARI SMI. Once the driver moves his hand she see that it reads Marion Smithson, but she has already approached him. He tells her he is there to drive her downtown to her hotel and the ride has been prepaid by the company. Perhaps too beaten down to think clearly (and it'll save paying a cab) she accepts the ride - a ride such as she's never experienced. The limo holds champagne in an ice bucket, and a welcome gift - a gold Cartier watch. Could a start-up pet servicing company possibly afford this? Read and discover how far Mari takes the charade and where it takes her. That's just a small sample of the intriguing stories in this unique collection, which also includes a new tale by editor George.. "Two of the Deadliest" is perfect for mystery lovers as you can dip into it whenever you wish to enjoy the work of your favorites or meet new writers. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke
harstan More than 1 year ago
The premise for this entertaining anthology is most crime focuses on two of the seven deadly sins: Lust and Greed with twenty-three contributions ranging the gamut of the crime caper environs. There are no clinkers, but some are super especially those that get to the point of lust and or greed right away while a few are only okay because they take too long to establish the premise or too short to explore the concept. Especially enjoyable is Marcia Talley's "Can You Hear Me Now", which will remind readers of a scene from Annie Hall with Marshal McLuhan, as an odious cell phone user who gets what he deserves. I am personally a sucker for stories containing late writers from long ago (though an overdone sub-genre) like Sherlock Holmes commentaries that enhance the strong entry by Linda Barnes as love hurts in "Catch Your Death" and Wendy Hornsby's "Violinist" virtuoso to Jack London. The best entry is "The Runaway Camel" by Barbara Fryer in which a lusting fan is stalked by a lusting fan. Also fascinating is Patricia Smiley's "The Offer" in which a woman from the Pacific Northwest comes to Los Angeles to compete for a job that seems perfect until she learns too late the real price of relocation. Overall this is a superb look at lust and greed as seen through the eyes of the Outstanding Women of Mystery. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This collection pleased me, and most collections of short stories do not please me. Also, I found some authors new to me in a favorite category: mystery and suspense. An added plus for me is that all the authors in this collection are women. (I do enjoy male authors too.)
babylahre More than 1 year ago
Very strange weird book but it was free so I tried it!
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