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Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations

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Paranormal investigators. Occult detectives. Ghost hunters. Monster fighters. Humans who unravel uncanny crimes and solve psychic puzzles; sleuths with supernatural powers of their own who provide services far beyond those normal gumshoes, shamuses, and Sherlocks can. When vampires, werewolves, and things that go "bump" in the night are part of your world, criminals can be ...more
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Published April 3rd 2013 by Prime Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Willa
Feb 27, 2013 Willa rated it really liked it
"Weird Detectives" is an anthology of short paranormal mystery stories. As in most anthologies, some of the stories were great, while there were a few that I wasn't interested in. Also, many of the stories were reprints that have appeared in other anthologies, so if you're buying the book for a particular author's story, check and be sure you haven't already read it.

The standouts for me were:

The Key, by Ilsa J. Bick. A story about a detective trying to figure out who killed a little boy found b
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Anton Marks
Jun 16, 2013 Anton Marks rated it really liked it
My favorite short stories in Weird Detectives and my top 3.

The Key - Ilsa J Black

The Nightside,Needless To Say - Simon R Green

Love Hurts - Jim Butcher

Cryptic Coloration - Elizabeth Bear

The Case Of the Stalking Shadow - Joe R Lansdale

Hecates Golden Eye - P N Elrod

Defining Shadows - Carrie Vaughan

Star of David - Patricia Briggs - This was in my top three for best story in the book - The werewolf character of David Christianson really resonated with me.

Imposters - Sarah Monette

Deal Breaker - Justin
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David Caldwell
I am not reading the stories in any particular order.Just picking ones that I think I can read in the time I have, so I am just going to review the stories as I read them and then will give my overall review once I am finished.There are 23 stories in this collection.I do like the format of the stories.At the beginging of each story you are given a setup for the case and who the investigators are.At the end you get a brief author's note.I prefer the author note being attached to the story to the ...more
Riju Ganguly
Mar 29, 2014 Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing
Anthologies brought out by Prime Books have two features which place them rather firmly in the “love it or hate it” category. These features are: (a) None of the stories therein are new or fresh, and all had been published in other anthologies before being compiled into the particular collection in question, (b) Being selected from amongst already existing sections, the probability of finding a dud in the collection goes down considerably. The collection under review is a classic example. Apart ...more
David
The Key by Ilsa J. Blick - this didn't leave much of an impression

The Nightside, Needless to Say by Simon R. Green - I had already read this so I skipped it.

The Adakian Eagle by Bradley Denton - This story makes me want to learn more about Alaska during WWII.

Love Hurts by Jim Butcher - OK. I don't follow the Harry Dresden series.

The Case of Death and Honey by Neil Gaiman - this didn't leave much of an impression.

Cryptic Coloration by Elizabeth Bear - I give this extra points for the ending.

The N
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Jan Crow
Apr 14, 2013 Jan Crow rated it really liked it
I’ve always been a fan of anthologies. They’re like a buffet of stories; new tastes to tickle the reader’s pallet sending them back for platefuls of tales by new to them authors or steering them away after just a taste. Weird Detectives New Investigations was exactly that to me. The book opens with a story by Ilsa J. Bick, a new author that I’ve not read but will be seeking out. A tattoo is the key to a mystery that investigators must solve. A story by Joe Lansdale, a mystery writer with his sto ...more
Darcy
I was excited to read this one as it had a lot of stories by authors that I love. I thought it would give me a tidbit to tide me over until their new book comes out. Sadly as I started to read these I realized that I have read them before. So I went to the forward and sure enough, all of the stories have been published before. This is a collection of some of the best detective stories in UF in the 2000's. While I enjoyed these stories the first time around I feel like I got the shaft with this o ...more
Ron
This is a collection of previously published stories brought together as they all deal with detectives of one sort or another. I had read about half the tales before in one anthology or another, but I still enjoyed rereading them and reading the other tales for the first time. If you enjoy detective tales, read this anthology! You will likely find a tale or two that you will enjoy.

Read a NetGallery edition.
Brett
Apr 06, 2014 Brett rated it it was amazing
One of the best anthologies I have read this year. Most of my favorite authors and a couple new to me. I can't recommend this enough for anyone interested in just what 'Urban Fantasy' is and all of these authors are great. Most have ongoing series that are fantastic and 'must reads' in this genre.
Khristine Stain
Mar 23, 2013 Khristine Stain rated it liked it
Dont buy if you want to read anything new. Its the same old recycled old short stories from years past, organized into a new crime investigating anthology. So dissapointed. Just gave it three stars on the memory of reading these stories in other anthologies.
Carol
Dec 31, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it
Very good anthology. Thanks to another reviewer, David, here is a list of the stories. I'll just add my comments for later referral. Starred ones are my favorites.

Some people are bothered by the fact that these are reprinted from other anthologies. That doesn't bother me. I hadn't read most of them, and I wanted to reread some that I had.

The Key by Ilsa J. Blick - The Holocaust, reincarnation (author has written for Star Trek) It was interesting.

The Nightside, Needless to Say by Simon R. Green
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M
May 25, 2015 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the name implies, this is a collection of short stories that deal with detectives investigating the supernatural and just plain weird. Generally speaking, the detectives make use of rational methods, they just have more knowledge than normal people do. There were some pretty good stories here, with a fair number being parts of a series, which is nice, since it gives me more ideas for stuff in this genre to read. I definitely enjoyed The Key, which dealt with Jewish stories and legends. Love H ...more
Brigid Keely
I won this book as a Good Reads firstreads giveaway.

"Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations," edited by Paula Guran, is a collection of short stories with a mystery/noir and paranormal theme.

I wanted to like this anthology a lot, and for the most part I did. However, my enjoyment was really dragged down by two very negative stories. Patricia Briggs' "Star of David," with its weird authorial racism (LOL MAGICAL GYPSIES!!!! and super violent dark skinned Black men who are literally animals) and J
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Justme
Nov 07, 2013 Justme rated it really liked it
Mainly Historical Mysteries lite (or completely without) HEAs. Not my normal genre; surprised at how many were well done & engrossing, but I admit I still didn't enjoy them. Overall unpleasant & unsatisfying (not because of unhappy endings; 1st still haunts me), but because details were glossed over or missing entirely...what good is a mystery if you don't learn something? I'm not one of those people who likes to be left in the dark; finishing the story with less understanding than I beg ...more
Shalini Nemo
Aug 13, 2015 Shalini Nemo rated it really liked it
No such thing as a perfect anthology, but this is a pretty strong collection. I'd rate the good stories as slightly above average to very good. I was happy to see Jonathan Maberry here, and he doesn't disappoint. The first story by Ilsa J. Bick set the tone and made for a strong start.

The bad ones were just awful, and I couldn't read beyond a page or two. These stories had a very particular style to them which won't appeal to everyone. One had too much purple prose and was irritatingly descript
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Wayne McCoy
Apr 08, 2013 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it
'Weird Detectives' is an anthology of short mystery stories of a paranormal nature. Either the case is supernatural or one of the investigators is.

Quite a few of the stories are tied in to larger series, but these act as teasers or introductions into those worlds. A lot of the stories are set in urban environments, but the settings can be quite varied. My favorite story is probably Bradley Denton's 'The Adakian Eagle,' maybe because it was a bit different from the rest, and it features an intere
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Laura
Mar 25, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations ed. by Paula Guran is an anthology of short stories wherein strange things happen. Sometimes what's being investigated goes bump in the night; sometimes it's the investigator that is more on the weird side.

Most of the stories have been published elsewhere before this collection. The selection of writers is well and varied. Among them are Neil Gaiman, Caitlin Kiernan, Patricia Briggs, and Charlaine Harris. You've got everything from Sherlock Holmes to ghos
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Mike

I haven't made any secret about my love of anthologies. This one is full of gems. They are generally filled with the snark and wit of the modern-day urban fantasy, but there are some that are period stories set in bygone ages and are more characteristic of that age, though they are not without their own wit. One interesting story takes place in Heian Period of Japan.


There are various forms of detective fiction collected here. I generally make a distinction between detective fiction and hard-boil

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Carolyn F.
Anthology. My problem with this book is I kind of OD'd on another anthology so I didn't give this book much of a chance and it's due back at the library with a charge of $1.00 a day late fee that they start charging immediately. So skim it is. I picked authors that I've read before but then again I was disappointed because 2 of the stories I had read before. Ugh! 3.67 stars average. Here goes.

1. Star of David by Patricia Briggs. I read this story before. I liked it before but I'm a little upset
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Susan
Mar 31, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations is anthology of supernatural detective stories featuring some great investigators and some weird cases. This book contained stories of some of my favorite authors including Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, PN Elrod, Charlaine Harris, Tanya Huff, and Carrie Vaughn. It also includes a great Faith Hunter story that I had read in another anthology. All of these authors deliver engaging stories full of thrills and entertainment. I also found some new authors with ...more
Aries
Feb 23, 2015 Aries marked it as ebooks-queue
Paranormal investigators. Occult detectives. Ghost hunters. Monster fighters. Humans who unravel uncanny crimes and solve psychic puzzles. Sleuths with supernatural powers of their own who provide services far beyond those normal gumshoes, shamuses, and Sherlocks can. When vampires, werewolves, and things that go “bump” in the night are part of your world, criminals can be as inhuman as the crimes they commit, and magic can seep into the mundane. Those who solve the mysteries, bring justice, or ...more
Rizwan
The only reason I got this was to read Neil Gaiman's second take on a Sherlock Holmes story after the exceptional Study in Emerald (the Lovecraftian crossover).

Having read almost all of his published short stories I have to admit that this was most disappointing.

The story itself hardly qualifies as a mystery. The premise is not very interesting, we see Mycroft's death which seems to come earlier than canon, there is an attempt to base the story around Sherlock's interest in beekeeping and a cure
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Julie
Jun 18, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
This is a strange little mix of stories but an interesting one. There is a wide variety of genre's covered in this book. The stories aren't all about magic or ghosts.

I did find it a little slow going with some of the tales but others I just flew through, namely Jim Butcher and Charlaine Harris. In fact after reading this book, I now have a list of new authors whose books I need to check out.

If you're looking for something that can be read in short individual sittings then this is definitely one
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Donald Armfield
Paranormal Investigated shorts. With some well known authors and new.

Simon Green's Nightside, Needless to Say short from Nightshade series. "a little voodoo in your coffee, anyone?"

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files short with a vampire Trying to force love. can't wait to read The Dresden Files series.

Jonathan Maberry's Like Part of the Family. A hard boiled detective story with a spice of vampires and werewolves.

Other note worthy titles that I liked.

The Key by Lisa Black, Hecate's Golden Eye by P.N.
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Sierra Ferrante
Apr 08, 2013 Sierra Ferrante rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstread
This was a great collection of stories! For those who love mysteries and paranormal this set of authors and short stories is a must read. Full of puzzles that will keep you guessing, weird criminals, and magic, this is a great book to read through!

I enjoyed finding some new authors to read. Some of my favorites in this book include Ilsa J. Blick's "The Key", Bradley Denton's "The Adakian Eagle," Elizabeth Bear's "Cryptic Coloration", and Simon Clar's "Sherlock Holmes and the Divind Bell". There
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Nicole
Short stories seem to catch a lot of flack in the literary world, but they continue to be my favorite. Especially when you get several authors contributing. You get a little taste of several different writings styles all in one book.
Generally though, there are one or two stories that...meh. You could have done without. Not so in "Weird Detectives, Recent Investigations." Every last story did a great job at keeping you glued to the pages.
From werewolves, to wizards, to a shape changing Cheroke
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Creative Mind
Apr 15, 2013 Creative Mind rated it it was ok
One one hand, this book accomplishes the purpose of each anthology- by reading it I discovered some authors that I didn't know before or I hadn't read any work by them and I got a glimpse of their style and their writing.
On the other hand, there were several stories that I didn't like at all and thus I finished the book with great difficulty..And since I learned that the stories in this collection can be found in other collections too, I suggest you read this book only if you want to read specif
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Ade Couper
Oct 14, 2013 Ade Couper rated it really liked it
Another day, another multi-author short story compilation....

"Weird Detectives:Recent Investigations" pretty much does what it says on the tin:short stories featuring occult/paranormal/supernatural cases, & it does it very well. I'm not going to critique each individual story, but suffice it to say that, barring 1 or 2 tales I didn't really get (more down to me than any fault of the writing), this is a pretty good collection: if you like supernatural detective stories, & would like to kn
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Sarah Batchelder
I really enjoyed the stories I read. I encountered some new(to me) authors, as well as some old favorites. I would have liked to have spent more time with with this book, but it has holds on it... The stories I read are:
Love Hurts by Jim Butcher
The Case of Death and Honey by Neil Gaiman
Cryptic Coloration by Elizabeth Bear
Star of David by Patricia Briggs
Signatures of the Dead by Faith Hunter
Like Part of the Family by Jonathan Mayberry
Death by Dahlia by Charlaine Harris
Melissa Richardson
Anthology of some great and some not so great stories. Of course Jim Butcher's Love Hurts was a favorite of mine (I love The Dresden Files!!). Briggs has a great story, Star of David from the Mercy Thompson universe and Charlaine Harris did Death by Dahlia which wasn't bad. The Nightside, Needless to Say by Simon R. Green was good as well. Some I skipped over after a few pages but overall an ok read.
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Paula Guran is senior editor for Prime Books. She edited the Juno fantasy imprint from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Pocket Books. She is also senior editor of Prime's soon-to-launch digital imprint Masque Books. Guran edits the annual Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series as well as a growing number of other anthologies. In an earlier life she produced we ...more
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