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.
"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)
With a huge number of short mysteries there is bound to be something in here for everyone. I admit some of them were a miss for me, but many of them were really great and took the idea and ran with it.
I enjoy a good mystery story but for some reason I did not care for these stories just not my taste for mystery I guess.
I couldn't get through the book. I found one story bearable but really disliked the book as a whole. Not worth the price of purchase. Stories were vastly different and the one characteristic that was supposed to follow through all the stories was not really there.
Better choice of stories
Didn't find a favorite. Honestly after the fourth story I gave up
I liked the narrator.
I can't pick a winner every time. Just not my cup of tea.
Don't waste your time, not a single good story. Most of them seemed unfinished with no real ending.
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.
See previous answer.
Sure. The performances weren't terrible.
Several of the stories weren't bad.
Far and away the worst audio book I have ever heard. Avoid.
Like Brad Meltzer but this compilation wasn't as good as most of the Mystery Writers selections. Disappointing.
Probably not. Just not that entertaining,
With this much variety, there were some really good and some not so much!
The compilations I have read before have been great! This one was kind of blah.
Not my kind of book at all. I did not like all the little short stories in to one book. Would definitely not recommend
Some authors yes others no.
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.
Anything with Scott Brink I love.
Only if they stick with an actual box in the story line.
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.
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