In “Death by Dahlia,” number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris takes vampire Dahlia Lynley-Chivers to a lavish party that turns deadly. And with so many different creatures of the night in attendance, Dahlia will have a hard time identifying the most likely suspect. Number-one New York Times best-selling author Patricia Briggs thrills in “In Red, with Pearls,” as a werewolf P.I. races to crack a case involving zombies, witches, and the most horrifying creatures of them all: lawyers. In “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies”, New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon follows Lord John as he journeys to the beautiful but faintly sinister island paradise of Jamaica, where he’s soon investigating a mystery with no shortage of spiders, snakes, revolutionaries, and, of course, zombies. With these and 13 more original tales, Down These Strange Streets takes you to the cities where fantasy and mystery collide and where private eyes who have seen it all find something lurking that is stranger still.
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These anthologies can be a HUGE miss sometimes but I think I got a hit this time. This book has the usual hit urban fantasy writers such as Charlaine Harris, Carrie Vaughn and Patricia Briggs. But it also has Diana Gabaldon with a short Lord John Zombie story as well as gem of the story from Lisa Tuttle Set with a curious mystery of cursed goods set in 19th centery London. I have to say I loved to read about Warren from the Mercy Thompson story taking a spotlight in her short story!
Recommned it to anyone who likes a little unusual detective stories! and of course if you are a fan of those arthors and their world, you will definately have fun!
1. “Death by Dahlia” by Charlaine Harris (from Sookie's world) 2. “The Bleeding Shadow” by Joe R. Lansdale 3. “Hungry Heart” by Simon R. Green (Nightside story. Humorous) 4. “Styx and Stones” by Steven Saylor (this seems to be a part of a series) 5. “Pain and Suffering” by S. M. Stirling 6. “It’s Still the Same Old Story” by Carrie Vaughn (Kitty's world a Rick story!) 7. “The Lady is a Screamer” by Conn Iggulden 8. “Hellbender” by Laurie R. King (Really interesting premise! I wonder if there is more) 9. “Shadow Thieves” by Glen Cook ( a part of a series I think) 10. “No Mystery, No Miracle” by Melinda M. Snodgrass (Really interesting. I would love to read more about Cross and his work ) 11. “The Difference Between a Puzzle and a Mystery” by M. L. N. (This was a really clever story and I would love to disscuss it with someone) 12. “The Curious Affair of the Deodand” by Lisa Tuttle (I loved this short story. I would love to read more from this world) 13. “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies” by Diana Gabaldon (YES! another Lord John story!) 14. “Beware the Snake” by John Maddox Roberts (A part of a series I think) 15. “In Red, with Pearls” by Patricia Briggs (A part of Mercy's world and Warren is the main character! I loved it!) 16. “The Adakian Eagle” by Bradley Denton ( a lot going on with this story... I think I need to relisten to it)
This is a collection of urban fantasy/detective stories. This is one of the best anthologies I’ve read in recent years. Usually, I only like a few of the stories in an anthology, but in this large anthology there were only a few I didn’t like. There were several stories by authors I already know and like and there were several by authors that I am glad to have been introduced to. I’ve already downloaded one novel by one of the authors below and have put others into my wishlist. There was also a great deal of variety in this anthology. There were stories in many different and unusual places and times. There was also much variety in the form the fantasy took. In some stories we had your typical urban fantasy werewolves and vampires, but in others there were less typical types of supernatural events taking place, and in still others the supernatural was only in the minds of the characters. I recommend this book.
“Death by Dahlia” by Charlaine Harris A vampire named Dahlia is asked by the vampire sheriff to find out who committed a murder in the vampire nest. So-so. Not bad; not great. 3.5 stars
“The Bleeding Shadow” by Joe R. Lansdale Takes place in the 1950s near as I can tell. We have an unlicensed private detective asked to find the brother of his ex-girlfriend. This is a dark story but very gripping. 4 stars
“Hungry Heart” by Simon R. Greene I’ve tried one of Greene’s novels and two of his short stories. They are dark, cynical and tongue in cheek a la Terry Pratchett. I think he writes well, but his style is just not to my personal taste. Give it a try.
“Sticks and Stones by Stephen Saylor Stephen Saylor is the author of a popular series of historical novels set in ancient Rome. This story’s main character is a young Roman man who goes to the even more ancient city of Babylon as a tourist. Ghostly events follow. 4 stars
“Pain and Suffering” by S. M. Sterling Very well written. Narrator is good too. The story of a man who, after leaving the military, returns to New Mexico and becomes a cop. Only problem is, he keeps running into things that aren’t quite right. I’ll be trying this author again. 5 stars
“It’s Still the Same Old Story” by Carrie Vaughn I’ve read other things by Carrie Vaughn. They almost do it for me. This is framed as a murder mystery as most of the stories in this anthology are, but it is more of a bittersweet romance. If you are into romance, you may like it more than I did. 3 stars.
“The Lady is a Screamer” by Conn Iggulden I really liked this story. The main character has a lot of personality. I enjoyed his journey from fake psychic to... I haven’t read anything by Conn Iggulden before, but I plan to try him again soon. 5 stars
“Hellbender” by Laurie R. King Laurie R. King is one of my favorite writers. She has written a little science fiction, but she is best known for her crime novels. In this story she combines the two, and she does her usual excellent job. I don’t want to give away ANY of the details; better to let the story unfold itself as you read. All I will say is that I found the ending brutally satisfying. 5 stars
“Shadow Thieves” by Glen Cook
“No Mystery, No Miracle” by Melinda M. Snodgrass I enjoyed this one. We have a being from another universe, disguised as a human private detective, riding the rails during the Great Depression, disguised as a hobo... 4 stars
“The Difference Between a Puzzle and a Mystery” by M. L. N. Hanover A cop is working with an exorcist to solve a torture-murder of a young woman. I have to admit that I don’t quite understand this story. I liked elements of it. I’m left with questions. I guess that was the author’s intent. 3.8 stars?
The Curious Affair of the Deodand” by Lisa Tuttle This seemed as if it must be the beginning of a series. Though the names are different, we seem to have a young Sherlock Holmes and a female Watson. The language seemed very similar to that of Conan Doyle, but whereas Holmes consistently rejected belief in the supernatural, this story embraces it. I liked it. If it WERE part of a series, I would buy the next one. 4 stars
“Lord John and the Plague of Zombies” by Diana Gabaldon I was a big fan of Diana Gabaldon’s first book, but I liked each of its successors less. I’ve read one other Lord John story and it didn’t inspire me to search out the others. I didn’t dislike this one, but it dragged a bit for me. 3 stars
“Beware the Snake” by John Maddox Roberts This is another historical mystery with a Roman as the main character. In this case we have a Roman senator who has been commissioned by Caesar to solve a crime involving a stolen religious object. I liked this one. I plan to look into the author’s other books. 4 stars
“In Red, with Pearls” by Patricia Briggs This story is part of the Mercy Thompson series. However, the main character in this story is Warren. If you have read the Mercy books, you know that Warren is third in dominance in the local werewolf pack, and that his lover has helped him get a private detective’s license. This story doesn’t involve the pack. He is doing outside detective work. I don’t want to give away any plot details, so I’ll say nothing more than that it has a very fine ending. 5 stars
“The Adakian Eagle” by Bradley Denton This story is set on one of the Aleutian Islands during World War II. We have American troops stationed there to prevent the Japanese from invading, and we have a torture/murder which needs investigating. I liked this story. 4 stars