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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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    Sharon United States 05-10-13
    Sharon United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth the Credit"

    Some stories were surely better than others, but I still enjoyed the book. I especially liked Karen Slaughter, Joseph Finer, S. W. Hubbard and R.L. Stein. Glad I gave it a try!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 05-09-14
    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Not much of a mystery in these stories"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the mysteries had any mystery behind them. The stories were okay, but maybe the focus should have been on fewer but more robust stories.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Meltzer (editor) again?

    Not one of these collections.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    The narrators were okay, the stories just lacked teeth.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box?

    I would have cut the quantity of stories in half.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi POCATELLO, ID, United States 05-05-14
    Heidi POCATELLO, ID, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Mixed Box"
    Any additional comments?

    It's hard to rate a mixed bag of stories, since some of them will likely be more to one's liking than others. Such is the case with this book.

    Some of the stories are delightfully clever with happy, triumphant endings. Some of them are humorous, almost like long jokes with unexpected punchlines. Some of them are deeply haunting and socially insightful, and some of them stick with you because they are horrible and ugly, like skunk stink. You wish you could scrub them out of your brain, but you will never be able to. Alas, these are the risks we take when we read new authors.

    Overall, will you like this book? Parts of it. If you're a cozy mystery fan, this book is probably not for you. These mysteries are not cozy. If you're a noir-fan, you'll like this a bit more. If you're up for a fair bit of mind-twisting, then plunge right in.

    Content warning for those who care: Various stories in this book contain extreme profanity, adult content, and troubling themes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 04-24-14
    Denise 04-24-14 Member Since 2012
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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 1 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 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lonnie Ducote Palm Springs, Ca 07-02-14
    Lonnie Ducote Palm Springs, Ca 07-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Something for everyone"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael remillard anchorage, alaska United States 06-20-14
    michael remillard anchorage, alaska United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I just could not get into this"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Hamilton, ON, Canada 06-17-14
    Laura Hamilton, ON, Canada 06-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Would love to give 0 stars"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Llano 04-30-14
    A. Llano 04-30-14 Member Since 2014
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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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