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Powers Of Detection: Stories Of Mystery & Fantasy (Nightside)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  1,469 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
This one-of-a-kind collection features stories from some of the biggest names in mystery and fantasy-blending the genres into a unique hybrid where PIs may wear wizard's robes and criminals may really be monsters.

Sit in on a modern-day witch's trial, visit the halls of a magical boarding school with murder on the curriculum, spend some time with Sookie Stackhouse, visit Lo
Paperback, 229 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by Ace Trade (first published October 4th 2004)
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At first I felt like this collection was disappointing but okay; the stories were pretty fluffy, not really satisfying as mysteries and too often reliant on prior familiarity with the authors' work, but moderately entertaining and quick to read. However, as I went along the stories were increasingly dumb.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I found this one at the used bookstore and snapped it up. This collection is a good way to get introduced to the occult detective sub-genre of urban fantasy. It has a nice mix of stories, including a Simon R. Green Nightside story and a Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse story, which actually encouraged me to finally start reading this series. In fact, I like this short story better than the first book in the series Dead Until Dark. Probably because it had some faery elements lacking in the firs ...more
I have read this book countless time over the years since its release. It's one of my favorite anthologies: full of stories about murder in fantasy settings. :-)

I'll review each story individually. As of today, September 4, 2015, I've read four stories. My plan is to read the others sometime in the next few days/weeks. Maybe one per night will be workable? ;-)

Cold Spell by Donna Andrews
Read 09/02/2015; - outstanding/amazing :-)
I think this is my most favorite story in the book. I always end it
Aug 09, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology, hc-sc, 2006
Cold Spell by Donna Andrews 6/21/2006
The Nightside, needless to say" by Simon R. Green. Not John Turner, but Larry Oblivion. read 22/2006
Lovely by John Straley 6/25/2006
The Price by Anne Bishop was cool...
Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris is *why* I bought the book. Sookie Stackhouse! 6/28/2006
The Judgement - Anne Perry 6/29/2006
The Sorcerer's Assassin - Sharon Shinn 7/1/2006
The Boy Who Chased Seagulls - Michael Armstrong 7/3/2006
Palimpsest - Laura Anne Gilman 7/5/2006
The Death of Clickclickwhistle
Jun 28, 2015 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike some paranormal/urban fantasy where the alleged detective never detects, the lead characters in this short story collection actually do some detection. They might use a spell, or draw on ley lines or the like, but they do use their intelligence to find the evil doer.

The Simon Green Nihgtside short cotninues my trend of liking Green's short stories, but not overly enjoying his novels. With the Nightside tales I wonder if it is because John Taylor isn't much of a protagnosit, and the one o
Sep 05, 2008 shartyrant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of anthologies, mystery fantasy, fans of Sookie, anne bishop
Recommended to shartyrant by: anne bishop's website
A nice mix of urban fantasy, horror, fantasy and science fiction around a common theme. I can't say I liked EVERY story, but I liked the majority of them which means I am keeping this one!

I originally bought this for the short story, "The Price", by Anne Bishop that features one of my favorite characters from her Black Trilogy, Surreal. This short story is reprinted in the hardcover, THE TANGLED WEB so no need to get this book for the story now. It is one of my favorite stories by Ms. Bishop. A
Aug 11, 2016 Hobbes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to get a measure of a writer's potential from a themed collection of short stories, but for the most part I was not impressed with this collection. Scifi and fantasy based murder mysteries, too quick for a good mystery and more effort spent on rapid world-building than full plots. There were two exceptions though, and they are the reason I will be keeping this book; The Price by Anne Bishop and Lovely by John Straley. The Price has a witch gone murderer. proving that not all the evil ...more
Apr 18, 2009 Vanity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris
The Price by Anne Bishop
Mar 10, 2016 BeParticular rated it liked it
I read this initially for the Sookie Stackhouse story by Charlaine Harris and that turned out to be one of the weaker entries. None of the stories were bad, but very few were memorable. I thought that Lovely by John Straley and The Boy Who Chased Seagulls by Michael Armstrong were the most interesting--if you don't mind a sizable dose of "ick factor". The other stories are all fine, enjoyable reads but they don't offer much in the way of freshness or innovation. This would be good at the beach o ...more
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Collection of Mystery & Fantasy stories

- Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris - This story is okay. It's part of the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series. I'm not thrilled with this story overall. It's about a fairy triplet's death and solving her murder. Alot of what I don't like about it is that the triplets left, Claude and Claudine don't seem to act like themselves, or as they do in the regular novels.

- Justice is a two-edged sword by Dana Stabenow - I was surprised it was a fantasy sto
Nov 29, 2008 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most short story collections, there were stories that I really liked a lot and stories that I didn't like at all as well as many in between. As I had expected, my three favorite stories were the ones by Charlaine Harris (I thought I had missed something in Definitely Dead - I wondered who Claude was and now I know!), Anne Bishop (I love the world she has created and it was fun to get a Surreal story), and Sharon Shinn (although I figured out who did it before the main character, I still lik ...more
May 27, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It amazes me how much of an influence an editor has over my enjoyment of the stories in an anthology. I've learned that some editors have a tendency to rush from climax to conclusion, allowing as little as a paragraph for the fact that “it's over” to sink in. Other times, the editor allows the authors so much leeway that they don't even appear to bother with such elements as “structure”, “characters”, “setting” or “plot” - and would be tempted to do away with “verbs” if at all possible!

This is w
Apr 09, 2015 Shay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cold Spell, Donna Andrews: 3*
The Nightside, Needless to Say, Simon R. Green: 3*
Lovely, John Straley: 1*
The Price, Anne Bishop: 2*
Fairy Dust, Charlaine Harris: 2*
The Judgement, Anne Perry: 1*
The Sorcerer's Assassin, Sharon Shinn: 3*
The Boy Who Chased Seagulls, Michael Armstrong: 1*
Palimpsest, Laura Anne Gilman: 3*
The Death of Clickclickwhistle, Mike Doogan: 2*
Cairene Dawn, Jay Caselberg: 1*
Justice is a Two-edged Sword, Dana Stabenow: 3*
This anthology was one of the better ones I've read recently. Out of the twelve stories presented I enjoyed nine of them. My favorites included Cold Spell by Donna Andrews, The Nightside, Needless to Say by Simon R. Green, Palimpest by Laura Anne Gilman, and Justice Is A Two-Edged Sword by Dana Stabenow. The Price by Anne Bishop, Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris, The Sorcerer’s Assassin by Sharon Shinn, Cairene Dawn by Jay Caselberg and The Death of ClickClickWhistle by Mike Doogan were pretty goo ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Lilyleia78 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I am a huge fan of Sharon Shinn. I was delighted to discover that her story, while wonderful fun, was not even my favorite. The short stories have inspired me to check out other works by the contributors-mystery and fantasy. In fact, this is the book that introduced me to The Nightside. It's a great read for fans of mystery, fantasy or short stories in general.
Jan 26, 2016 Ladysatel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, fantasy
A good collection of mystery and fantasy short stories. This book was just the thing when I sat in Emergency with a family member for hours, then in their hospital room. Each story was short, but complete, just the thing when in an environment where one is constantly interrupted. I enjoyed each one.
May 29, 2012 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed most of the stories. I read the anthology of fantasy mysteries because of the short story by Sharon Shinn, which I liked, although it wasn't brilliant (I think Shinn is generally better when her stories are at least novella length). Some of the stories didn't seem to be mysteries, though, such as The Boy Who Chased Seagulls, which (view spoiler) ...more
I initally got this book because it had a short story written by Anne Bishop and since I loved her Blood series, decided I would check it out. I was pleased to discover a short story written by Charlaine Harris as well, and since I am currently reading the Sookie Stackhouse books it was perfect timing. This story happens after book 3 and introduces Claudine's brother Claude and explains how they became owners of the strip club Hooligans. The stories by my two favorite authors were great, but the ...more
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
This is another collection of short stories from a variety of authors. I only read the one by Sharon Shinn entitled "The Sorcerer's Assassin". This story takes place at the Norwitch Academy of Magic and Sorcery, where a recent murder of one of the senior wizards has just taken place and the headmistresses, Camalyn, must try and figure out which of her four remaining peers has committed the assassination. For only being sixteen pages it was still a fun read, although over a bit too quickly for my ...more
Sep 19, 2009 Tricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only read the Charlaine Harris story - this is another Sookie Stackhouse story that is not necessary to the story, but it involves Sookie, Claudine, and Claude and is an interesting addition. It is a little more background on those 2 characters and a little more explanation about some things with them that are otherwise just taken for granted in the regular series. The events of this story are mentioned to in the 8th or 9th book though, which will probably be confusing to the reader if they've n ...more
Marie Fisher
Short stories - read because it included Anne Perry, Anne Bishop, Charlaine Harris, which were ok. the other stories were kind of lame.
Jan 26, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing
This is a great collection of fantasy/mystery short stories. Normally, I am not a fantasy fan, but this story collection is great.

I love fantasy novels and I love mysteries. It probably comes as no surprise that I really enjoyed this book. This collection of short stories about magical murder mysteries is fun and an interesting look into our need for law, punishment and sometimes the motivations that drive us to kill, either in the pursuit of justice or in pursuit of darker purposes.

As always with anthologies you have some good stuff and some bad. This one has some great stuff, but it also has a few stinkers. Nothing to ru

harlequin {Stephanie}
Cold Spell - Donna Andrews - 3 Stars
The Nightside, Needless to Say- Simon R. Green - 5 Stars
Lovely - John Straley - 2.5 Stars
The Price - Anne Bishop - 5 Stars
Fairy Dust - Charlaine Harris - 3 Stars
The Judgement - Anne Perry - 2 Stars
The Sorcerer's Assassin - Sharon Shinn - 4 Stars
The Boy Who Chased Seagulls - Michael Armstrong - 4 Stars
Palimpsest - Laura Anne Gilman - 2 Stars
The Death of Clickclickwhistle - Mike DOogan - 1 Stars
Cairene Dawn - Jay Caselberg - 1 Stars
Justice is a Two-edged Sword -
Jul 30, 2009 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only read the Sookie story, so I can't speak to the rest of the book.

I read this becaues it was recommended to read in the Sookie timeline, but I'm not sure I needed to in order to keep going with the story.

It was interesting to learn more abou the fairy, Claudine. Otherwise, it was a pretty standard Sookie story - Sookie gets asked by supernatural creature to read some human minds that are suspected of doing something terrible -- Sookie reads minds and finds out the answer -- supernatureal
Oct 27, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is it. The book that started me reading paranormal and the Sookie Stackhouse SVM stories. I proceeded to read the rest of the books available at the time with the #9 coming out just about 6 weeks after I read this short story. I was hooked and it has totally changed my life.

I got this because I had an author alert at the library for Dana Stabenow for her mysteries. This is mostly paranormal / science fiction / fantasy which I used to read but kind of lost when I worked all the time. I foun
Feb 01, 2008 Nan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book in order to read the Sookie Stackhouse story by Charlaine Harris. It fills in a bit of backstory regarding Claudine and her brother Claude, but I'm not certain if it was really necessary.

I had the same response after reading Harris's short story "One Word Answer" in Bite. That one served as a necessary bridge before Definitely Dead, but it didn't read very well as a short story. It seemed more like a chapter of a book that was cut out.

I love Harris's novels, but I'm starting
Jul 03, 2016 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Price - Anne Bishop
Dark Jewels universe; short story in Powers of Detection; Fantasy/Mystery; 8/10
May 06, 2011 Teddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed most of this book, but it falls into the same trap many of these anthologies do, where the author decides to give us a chunk of their existing world. Which is great if you're familiar with the world, but I wasn't with a number of these (the Sookie Stackhouse novels are on my to-read pile, and I think I should have tackled those first.) OTOH when the author does a good job of setting up the world rather than assuming you're familiar, I want more (Sharon Shinn's story does this), so the ...more
Adam Duclos
Feb 12, 2016 Adam Duclos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
The Harris story wasn't bad.
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