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Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box | [Brad Meltzer (editor)]

Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box

With this anthology, best-selling author Brad Meltzer introduces 21 original stories from today’s most prominent mystery writers. In Laura Lippman’s "Waco 1982", a young reporter stuck with a seemingly mundane assignment on lost-and-found boxes unwittingly discovers a dark crime. In Joseph Finder’s "Heirloom", a scheming neighbor frightens the new couple on the block with an unnerving tale of buried treasure. In R. L. Stine’s "High Stakes", a man on his honeymoon gets drawn into a bizarre bet involving a coffin, a bet he may pay for with his life.
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Publisher's Summary

There’s nothing more mysterious than a locked box. Whether it’s a literal strongbox, an empty coffin, the inner workings of a scientist’s mind, or an underground prison cell, there are those who will use any means necessary to unlock the secrets of The Mystery Box.

With this anthology, best-selling author Brad Meltzer introduces 21 original stories from today’s most prominent mystery writers. In Laura Lippman’s "Waco 1982", a young reporter stuck with a seemingly mundane assignment on lost-and-found boxes unwittingly discovers a dark crime. In Joseph Finder’s "Heirloom", a scheming neighbor frightens the new couple on the block with an unnerving tale of buried treasure. In R. L. Stine’s "High Stakes", a man on his honeymoon gets drawn into a bizarre bet involving a coffin, a bet he may pay for with his life.

From the foothills of Mount Fuji to Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp, from a physics laboratory in wartime Leipzig to an unusual fitness club in Boca Raton, these sometimes terrifying, sometimes funny, and always suspenseful tales will keep you riveted. (The complete list of narrators includes Joe Barrett and Donald Corren.)

©2013 Mystery Writers of America, Inc. (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The consistently high quality of the 22 selections will lead many to hope the MWA will sponsor more volumes in this vein." (Publishers Weekly, starred review of Mystery Writers of America Presents: The Prosecution Rests)

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    A. Llano 04-30-14
    A. Llano 04-30-14
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    "Worth every penny!"
    Would you listen to Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box again? Why?

    Yes, I definitely would listen to this title again. The collection of short storie was the best well rounded collection I have ever heard.


    Any additional comments?

    The short story “Remmy Rothstein Toes the Line (annotated)” by Karin Slaughter was by far the most interesting, funny, crazy, impossible to describe short story ever written in my opinion. Your missing out if you pass this one up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bernie Cullen Yardley, PA USA 04-29-14
    Bernie Cullen Yardley, PA USA 04-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful Collection"
    What made the experience of listening to Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box the most enjoyable?

    The stories are great. Not all of them are equal and some I liked less, but there are so many of them that are excellent and extremely enjoyable to listen to.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    A very well narrated group of stories. Performances were generally fun to hear.


    If you could rename Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box, what would you call it?

    Pandora's Gift


    Any additional comments?

    I still haven't finished all of these wonderful contributions, but most have been very enjoyable. I would encourage any mystery lover to acquire this wonderful collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 04-24-14
    Denise 04-24-14
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    "Missed the mark"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better choice of stories


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Didn't find a favorite. Honestly after the fourth story I gave up


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't pick a winner every time. Just not my cup of tea.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Shane Horton 04-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring, waste of time"
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time, not a single good story. Most of them seemed unfinished with no real ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "T-E-D-I-U-M"
    What would have made Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box better?

    Maybe try including more actual mysteries, like the title suggests. It sees like there were several titles that were suspenseful and engaging, bookending a bunch of what could only be described as filler.


    What could Brad Meltzer (editor) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    See previous answer.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Sure. The performances weren't terrible.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Several of the stories weren't bad.


    Any additional comments?

    Far and away the worst audio book I have ever heard. Avoid.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ME In Tx HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 04-07-14
    ME In Tx HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not the best"
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer (editor) and/or the narrators?

    Like Brad Meltzer but this compilation wasn't as good as most of the Mystery Writers selections. Disappointing.


    Would you recommend Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Just not that entertaining,


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    With this much variety, there were some really good and some not so much!


    Was Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box worth the listening time?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    The compilations I have read before have been great! This one was kind of blah.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Wilde Wall, TX, United States 03-08-15
    Johnny Wilde Wall, TX, United States 03-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not my kind of book at all"

    Not my kind of book at all. I did not like all the little short stories in to one book. Would definitely not recommend

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Ellsworth, ME, United States 04-22-14
    Matt Ellsworth, ME, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great potential that failed."
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer (editor) and/or the narrators?

    Some authors yes others no.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Some of the stories I couldn't even get through they were so boring and left me wondering what they had to do with a box or a mystery. I think he should have had the authors stick with an actual box as those stories provided real mystery.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Anything with Scott Brink I love.


    Do you think Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Only if they stick with an actual box in the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    I really expected so much more out of this. I don't think all of the authors took the time to write an actual mystery. The main author gave them way to much leeway and that in my opinion gave the authors a way out of writing as the title suggested Mystery Box.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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