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The Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2021

By: Lee Child - editor and introduction,Otto Penzler - series editor
Narrated by: Matt Godfrey,Emily Sutton-Smith
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Publisher's summary

Lee Child selects the 20 best mystery short stories of the year, including tales by Stephen King, Sara Paretsky, and many more.

Under the auspices of New York City's legendary mystery fiction specialty bookstore, The Mysterious Bookshop, and aided by Edgar Award-winning anthologist Otto Penzler, international best seller Lee Child has selected the 20 most suspenseful, most confounding, and most mysterious short stories from the past year, collected now in one entertaining volume.

Includes stories by: Alison Gaylin, David Morrell, James Lee Burke, Joyce Carol Oates, Martin Edwards, Sara Paretsky, Stephen King, Sue Grafton (with a new, posthumously published work), and many more!

©2021 The Mysterious Press; Introduction copyright 2021 by Lee Child (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Very disappointing collection.

Expected the cream of the crop but this was a collection of mediocre stories that weren't even performed all that well. I need to stop falling for hype.

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Cannot get by the narrator.

With no disrespect to any of the authors, I started the series and just couldn’t get past the narrator’s voice. His tone and higher pitch were so distracting I could not continue. Just not for me.

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Mysteries across all peoples and places

When presenting the “best” of a year’s contribution to this genre, the deciders found something for everyone. So many desperate folks out there inspiring tales where little victories keep them living, somehow. Does Art imitate life. Within these audio pages, it evidently does. Dietre

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Nice Selection

Nice selection of well read mystery stories. Some are quite memorable. Lee Child has a good eye for what appeals

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Better than expected

I read more than a few anthologies. The reviews on this one range from bad to good but I’m gonna head. I found some of the stories excellent. As far as comments about stories being dark or violent, violence was not gratuitous. In fact, the ugliest turned out to be a take on a true story most of us are familiar with.
Give it a go, you won’t regret it.

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A Mystery Book for Dudes into the Military/the Mob

There are about 20 stories in this book and only 4 of them are by women. There are also a large number of stories that focus on the military or on the mob. Neither of these things are things that interest me.

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Just great writing

Unfortunately, other mystery anthologies have fallen into “wokeness” of late, not so here. Just good-old fashioned, suspenseful writing. All of these stories were a delight.

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Great Selections

Variety of authors, styles and stories based in different time periods. Kept my interest.

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WTF Bonus Story!

I enjoyed the variety of stories and the narrators were classic for hard boiled mystery or cozy murder mystery. Nothing innovative or unusual from the collection but I enjoyed it nonetheless. That is until the last bonus story which featured a setting called N word-head with a hard N and G. Couldn’t get through the story as each time the place was referenced threw me away from the story. What the hell?

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Unexpected

Some stories were very strange. And others most entertaining. Thank you mystery writers. and Thank you Audible.

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