From the Civil War-era south, to 1950's New York, to the present day's gritty cities and seemingly innocuous suburbs, the 18 stories in this anthology edited by the award-winning mystery writer Harlan Coben chart the complications - always surprising, sometimes deadly - that arise between lovers, dear friends, and even complete strangers coming together for a single, shocking encounter.
"Mystery Writers of America To Death us do part"
Imogenia unexpectedly finds herself in the Afterlife, having to navigate between Peace Paradise, the Unclaimed Baggage department, the Unfinished Business office, and other governmental agencies. Against a backdrop of soul music she encounters all manner of new experiences - from black, frothing, arsenic-spiced drinks to guest services personnel - and plays host to the king and queen when they join her.
"Spirits, Suspense, Heavens, Royalty"
Eleven-year-old Andy Smithson returns to Oomaldee to retrieve the second ingredient needed to break a 500-year-old curse. But Imogenia's spirit, bent on thwarting Andy to preserve the curse, is now in league with the evil, scheming Abbadon. Things go from bad to worse when a creature Abaddon conjures from the darkest magic steals the Stone of Athanasia, the source of Hercalon V's immortality, causing the king and his wizard, Mermin, to fall gravely ill. Andy must now not only locate the second ingredient, but also retrieve the stone.
God, what do you want me to do? The answer R. L. Lee received was not the one he wanted to hear, but he did as the Lord said; from that moment on, his life was changed. R.L. spent the first 50 years of his life running from God. Although he remembers many times he and his wife, Ann, received blessings that had to be from the Lord, it took a desperate situation for God to get his attention.
"No Matter how old you are"