This anthology of 16 mystery short stories is a masterful grouping of tales by authors and their "significant others." From "The Dying Time" by Marsha Muller and Bill Pronzini to "Irreconcilable Samenesses" by Jane Yolen and David W. Stemple, the stories of relationships sprinkled with various bouts of mayhem are a pleasure to hear. The tales may be tied together by the theme of relationships, but each is separate and complete on its own, and the use of various narrators helps underscore that atmosphere. Highly recommended.--Denise A. Garofalo, Mid-Hudson Lib. System, Poughkeepsie, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.