Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
1. Star of David by Patricia Briggs. I read this story before. I liked it before but I'm a little upset ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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