"The Man Who Loved Noir" Copyright ©1991 by Loren D. Estleman; "A Wee Doch and Doris" Copyright ©1990 by Sharyn McCrumb; "Death of a Romance Writer" Copyright ©1988 by Joan Hess; "Skin Deep" Copyright ©1986 by Sara Paretsky; "The Runaway" Copyright ©1992 by Barbara Michaels; "Lazy Susan" by Nancy Pickard Copyright ©1992 by the Nancy Pickard Trust; "Appetites" by Barbara Paul Copyright ©1987 by Davis Publications, Inc.; "The Sanchez Sacraments" Copyright ©1985 by Marcia Muller; "A Killing in Xanadu" Copyright ©1980 by Bill Pronzini; "Nine Sons" Copyright ©1991 by Wendy Hornsby; Copyright (P)1993 by Dove Audio, Inc.
Some of the narrators are so flat that even in stories with only three characters, it was sometimes difficult to figure out which character was speaking. The stories themselves ranged from entertaining to predictable - but the narration was sometimes so irritating that it was difficult to notice the stories at all.
Like all the collections I've heard, the stories and narrators vary. In this one, they range from good to excellent. That's much better than most, so giving this one 5s.
For anyone interested in crime, these short stories provide a great introduction to audiobooks showing a range of authors and narrators and how their stories can be transformed through the magic of audible. The stories are great too.
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