#BlogTour CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour @OrendaBooks

I am very pleased to have been included on the Blog Tour for the Crime Writer’s Association Anthology of Short Stories, published by Orenda Books.


Crime spreads across the globe in this new collection of short stories from the Crime Writer’s Association, as a conspiracy of prominent crime authors take you on a world mystery tour. Highlights of the trip include a treacherous cruise to French Polynesia, a horrifying trek in South Africa, a murderous train-ride across Ukraine and a vengeful killing in Mumbai. But back home in the UK, life isn’t so easy either. Dead bodies turn up on the backstreets of Glasgow, crime writers turn words into deeds at literary events, and Lady Luck seems to guide the fate of a Twickenham hood. Showcasing the range, breadth and vitality of the contemporary crime-fiction genre, these twenty-eight chilling and unputdownable stories will take you on a trip you’ll never forget.

Contributions from:
Ann Cleeves, C.L. Taylor, Susi Holliday, Martin Edwards, Anna Mazzola, Carol Anne Davis, Cath Staincliffe, Chris Simms, Christine Poulson, Ed James, Gordon Brown, J.M. Hewitt, Judith Cutler, Julia Crouch, Kate Ellis, Kate Rhodes, Martine Bailey, Michael Stanley, Maxim Jakubowski, Paul Charles, Paul Gitsham, Peter Lovesey, Ragnar Jónasson, Sarah Rayne.

My Review

I was really excited about reading this collection of short stories as I haven’t read many books by the authors so was looking to see what they were like before committing myself to expanding my ever growing TBR list.

I wasn’t sure the best way to go about reading it as there are so many different books and authors to choose from.  I decided to read the books by the authors I have read previously and then work my way through the new authors.

I decided to start with Ragnar Jonasson’s short story as I loved his Dark Iceland series.  His story, entitled A Postcard from Iceland, was very short but also a brilliant read dealing with isolation and things in the wilderness. For a short story it is very dark and leaves a lasting impression.

After reading Ragnar’s story I went to the table of contents and read the book from start to finish.

I can honestly say that there wasn’t a bad story in the book, even though some a longer than others. I did find a couple of stories a bit strange (see Accounting for Murder by Christine Poulson) and some of them took a bit of getting into, but I will definitely be looking into all of the author’s other books in the future.

The thing about this anthology is that you can pick and choose which stories you read and which order you read them.  It is also very easy to just pick it up and take 5 minutes out of your day to read a story and then come back later.

If you are interested in reading these brilliant stories then click here


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