The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2023

The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2023

The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2023

The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2023


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Amor Towles selects the best mystery short stories of the year, including tales by Andrew Child, Jeffery Deaver, and T.C. Boyle.

In his introduction to this volume, guest editor Amor Towles pays tribute to the forgotten person of the mystery story—the cadaver. “Male or female, old or young, rich or poor,” he writes, “for over a hundred years the cadaver has been accommodating, gracious, and generally on time. There is no other figure in crime who has proven to be more reliable.”

Like the cadaver, this anthology series, now in its third year of publication, is also proving reliable, bringing to readers the finest mystery/crime/suspense stories of the year from a variety of sources including mystery and general interest magazines, anthologies, online publications, and literary periodicals.

Among the treasures collected herein are Jeffery Deaver’s “Dodge,” in which a chess match between a volatile woman and a U.S. marshal takes a surprise twist; “The Landscaper’s Wife,” a suspense-filled tale by Brendan DuBois that explodes all expectation; and Kerry Hammond’s “Strangers at a Table,” which offers a darkly witty homage to Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple.

The collection contains well-known authors such as T.C. Boyle and up-and-comers such as Jessi Lewis; it features tales with famous crime-fighters (Jack Reacher and Sherlock Holmes) and a bonus story from the annals of mystery history by Edith Wharton. In short, these pages promise something for every reader of crime fiction, no matter the particularities of his or her taste.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613164495
Publisher: Penzler Publishers
Publication date: 09/19/2023
Series: Best Mystery Stories
Pages: 500
Sales rank: 38,197
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Amor Towles is the author of New York Times bestsellers Rules of Civility, A Gentleman in Moscow, and The Lincoln Highway. The three novels have collectively sold more than six million copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Otto Penzler, the creator of American Mystery Classics, is also the founder of The Mysterious Press (1975); (2011), an electronic-book publishing company; and New York City’s Mysterious Bookshop (1979). He has won a Raven, the Ellery Queen Award, two Edgars (for the Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection, 1977, and The Lineup, 2010), and lifetime achievement awards from NoirCon and The Strand Magazine. He has edited more than 70 anthologies and written extensively about mystery fiction.

Table of Contents

Otto Penzler
Amor Towles

Doug Allyn, Blind Baseball
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May/June
Derrick Belanger, The Adventure of the Misquoted Macbeth
A Detective’s Life: Sherlock Holmes, ed. by Martin Rosenstock (Titan Books)
T. Coraghessan Boyle, Princess
The New Yorker, November 7
Joslyn Chase, Cold Hands, Warm Heart
Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem: Cold Cases (Knotted Road)
Andrew Child, New Kid in Town
Hotel California, ed. by Don Bruns (Blackstone)
Aaron Philip Clark, Death at the Sundial Motel
Witnesses for the Dead, ed. by Gary Phillips & Gar Anthony Haywood ((Soho Crime)
Jeffery Deaver, Dodge
The Broken Doll (Amazon)
Brendan DuBois, The Landscaper’s Wife
Mystery Tribune, August/September
Kerry Hammond, Strangers at a Table
Malice Domestic: Murder Most Diabolical (Wildside)
Victor Kreuiter, Miller and Bell
Mystery Magazine, August
David Krugler, Two Sharks Walk into a Bar
Mystery Magazine, September
Tom Larsen, Pobre Maria
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January/February
Avram Lavinsky, Playing God
Best New England Crime Stories: Deadly Nightshade, ed. by Susan Oleksiw, Christine Bagley, and Leslie Wheeler (Crime Spell Books)
Jesse Lewis, Ears
Alaska Quarterly Review, Spring/Summer
Ashley Lister, The Smoking Gunners
The Book of Extraordinary Femme Fatale Stories, ed. by Maxim Jakubowski (Mango)
Sean McCluskey, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday
Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir, Vol. 3, ed. by Michael Bracken (Down & Out Books)
Michael Mallory, What the Cat Dragged in
The Strand Magazine, Vol 68
Lou Manfredo, Sundown
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April
Annie Reed, The Promise
Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem: Cold Cases (Knotted Road)
Anna Round, Glass
The Briarcliff Review
Joseph S. Walker, Crime Scene
Malice in Dallas: Metroplex Mysteries, ed. by Barb Goffman
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