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Crimes by Moonlight: Mysteries from the Dark Side (The Southern Vampire Mysteries (short stories and novellas) #11)

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An all-new mystery anthology edited and featuring a new story by #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

Nighttime is the perfect time for the perfect crime. #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris edits and contributes an all-new story-set in her Sookie Stackhouse universe-to this anthology from the Mystery Writers of America. Other authors i
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mar 01, 2015 Julie rated it it was ok
Crimes by Moonlight: Mysteries From the Darkside ( The Southern Vampire Mysteries) Short Stories and Novellas #11 is a 2010 Berkley publication.
My husband bought me this book several years back because he recognized Charlaine Harris' name and knew I enjoyed her Sookie Stackhouse series. However, once I took a closer look at the book I realized my sweetheart of a husband had been duped by unscrupulous marketing tactics. Charlaine Harris writes the forward and is the editor, but she only has one
Feb 22, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-books-read
I really enjoyed reading these short stories. I can't wait to read books by some of the authors I discovered in the book!
Aug 24, 2014 Rita rated it really liked it
An enjoyable collection of short stories by some of my favorite spooky mystery authors. Just enough to make me keep them on my "to be read' list.
Jan 06, 2013 Brianna rated it it was ok
Shelves: supernatural
Another anthology put together by Charlaine Harris... These stories weren't the worst supernatural novellas that I have read, but they didn't make me want to go out and find other things that these authors have written.

1. Dahlia Underground: After the incident in Rhodes during one of the Sookie Stackhouse books, a vampire named Dahlia works to keep human firefighters safe after the Fellowship of the Sun targets them for helping rescue vampires and vampire sympathizers from that incident (sorry,
Jun 16, 2016 Sidna rated it liked it
When I picked up this book, I somehow missed the "Mysteries from the Dark Side" subtitle. I saw it when I was working in the library used book store and thought it would be a fun read because I was going on a trip where I would be spending several nights alone in a hotel room. I used to subscribe to "Ellery Queen" and "Alfred Hitchcock" mystery magazines and thought this book would be a similar read. I was not familiar with most of the authors. If I had known that the supernatural was to be the ...more
Mar 28, 2011 Janine rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
"Dahlia Underground" - Charlaine Harris
"Hixton" - William Kent Krueger
"Small Change" - Margaret Maron
"The Trespassers" - Brendan DuBois
"Madeeda" - Harley Jane Kozak
"House of Horrors" - S. W. Hubbard
"Sift, Almost Invisible, Through" - Jeffrey Somers
"The Bedroom Door" - Elaine Viets
"The Conqueror Worm" - Barbara D'Amato
"In Memory of the Sibylline" - Lou Kemp
"The Bloodflower" - Martin Meyers
"The Awareness" - Terrie Farley Moran
"Tadesville" - Jack Frederickson
"Limbo" - Steve Brewer
Alisa Kester
Most of these stories were written by authors who don't write 'woo-woo' (their word for supernatural) and it does show rather badly in several of them. Since I am not a general mystery fan, and do not read these authors' non-woo-woo works, I found myself skipping about, starting and often not finishing stories. The story I picked the collection up for (Charlaine Harris) was excellent; I would rate it at least four stars. The rest are a mix of some quite good, others quite...boring. If you like m ...more
Sep 17, 2015 Pat rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most fun books I have read, ever! All the stories were great. Some were excellent. I savored this book in little bits, and treated myself to it occasionally. I really had a great time reading them all. I have a few favorites. I also suggest, you check out the Mystery Writers of America Cook Book. A great follow up to this great collection of stories! Thank you all!
Judith Giordan
Ne vous y laissez pas prendre ! Il n'y a qu'une toute petite nouvelle de Charlaine, les autres sont d'autres auteurs et vraiment sans interet... Décevant, tres decevant....
Diane Heath
Apr 28, 2014 Diane Heath rated it it was amazing
This anthology of short stories got 5 stars because every story in it was well done. Not a single disappointment.
Aug 02, 2011 Christine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
This is a collection of paranormal short stories. As with any collection some were good and some not so much. An okay read for fans of the genre or the specific authors. Can’t rave about it!
Paulette Noble
A great collection of mysteries that take a little detour through the dark side. Most authors in this collection I hadn't read before. I will be remedying that.
I used to be fond of the short-mystery-with-a-twist story; I don't know if I outgrew them or this collection just wasn't very good, but after the first four stories I felt no inclination to read on.
Dharma Kurlind
May 08, 2011 Dharma Kurlind rated it really liked it
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On Narration:
This short story compilation was narrated by Natalie Ross and Jeff Cummings. I expected that Natalie Ross and Jeff Cummings would duly read the stories and was a bit let down when that Natalie Ross and Jeff Cummings read without collaboration since I find men mimicking female voices a bit comical. I enjoyed most of Natalie Ross's readings in that her voice has a soft lilt that complemented some stories, l
This is my first attempt at reviewing an anthology and I'm going to experiment with tackling it one story at a time:

Dahlia Underground: A vampire tries to protect the firefighters who saved her life after her hotel was bombed, and to track down those responsible. An interesting little Sookie Stackhouse interlude. Focuses on one-off characters, but it's set in the True Blood books universe. I liked it better than a lot of Harris's work that I've read, but it's not one that stuck with me. (Other t
Feb 08, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
Of course some stories were better than others. Overall, spooky and a fun read.
Carolyn F.
Boy this book was so long! I kept wishing it would end so I could move on to another book. These long anthologies are not a good idea. I averaged my ratings and it came to 3.2 stars, which I'll call 3 stars for simplicity's sake. :) Overall the book was pretty good, some really great stories, some stinkers, a lot of middle of the road ones. I like to read everything about the Sookie universe by Charlaine Harris so if you're like me, you should at least read that story. Below I'll try (unsuccessf ...more
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
"Dahlia Underground" by Charlaine Harris was another delightful tale starring Rhodes resident vampire Dahlia Lynley Chivers who has appeared in a couple other anthologies in the past. This time she is trying to deal with an explosion at the hotel she was staying in, the Fellowship of the Sun, and something Dahlia hasn't had to contend with in ages even when her werewolf husband Todd was still alive: human emotions.

"Hixton" by William Kent Krueger was an interesting and entertaining tale about a
Jan 05, 2017 Judith rated it liked it
3 Stars = Liked It

As usual with short stories, I enjoyed some and not others. Was mostly a good read though.
Nov 06, 2016 Stephanie rated it liked it
Good fun read for Halloween.
Jun 01, 2012 Elena rated it did not like it
Shelves: boring
Mezzanotte di sangue è u'Antologia pubblicata dalla Newton Compton in cui sono raccolti racconti paranormal, fantasy, mistery e forse horror.

Essendo a corto di cash mi ero dovuta accontentare di un bottino di soli 2,90 euro. Diciamo che li ho spesi perché c'era il nome di Charlaine Harris in copertina, per quanto mi riguarda valgono tutti per lei e lei soltanto.

I racconti sono molti e tutti molto diversi, direi pure strambi.
Quest'Antologia comincia con un'introduzione della stessa Harris che spi
Aug 02, 2011 Deanna rated it liked it
Just so you know the only book I read out of this anthology was Swing Shift by Dana Cameron which is her second installment of the Fangborn short story Series she started in Wolfsbane & Mistletoe....well here's my review:

This was the second story of the Fangborn short story series that Dana Cameron has out. The first one was in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe the anthology I read for my Christmas in July. You may find the review HERE for The Night Things Changed. If any of you remember by awesome re
Riju Ganguly
Usually theme-based anthologies have at least one common feature: the theme. But the most surprising thing about this particular anthology was the absence of any such thread that might have connected the stories (almost equal number of duds and genuine pearls, I’m afraid). Even the witty ‘Introduction’ from Charlaine Harris failed to shine any light with respect to that area. Nevertheless, I had soldiered on, and now to the stories.
1. “Dahlia Underground” by Charlaine Harris: Teenagers have to s
Rickey Russell
May 15, 2013 Rickey Russell rated it liked it
Crimes By Moonlight is a collection of short stories from some of today’s most notable thriller writers. Most within this special collection hardly ever venture from the normal crime noir, or dramatic suspense storytelling to walk among the dark dusty path of the nightmare visionaries, and horror novelists. A few of the authors in this book live within the realm of chilling, supernatural domain. The biggest name that stands out within the list of stellar writers is Charlaine Harris-the creator o ...more
Jun 01, 2010 Colleen rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed with this anthology. I didn't like most of the stories presented, including Charlaine Harris' submission "Dahlia Underground," which is unusual (not that it's a bad story, I just didn't care for the characters).

I don't know if it was because the writers were so focused on the supernatural element -- which Harris stated was a new aspect for most of these MWA writers -- that their plots suffered, or that since I'm not a (non-urban fantasy) mystery fan, that it's just me.
Jun 12, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok
I was conned by GoodReads contributors into buying this book. Note the lack of joy in that statement. Y'all owe me 7cents each.

I'm a massive fan of horror, crime and thriller anthologies, so I was really excited to get my hot little hands on this book.

Pah-lease! There are two, maybe three stories that were good stand alone stories: 'Tadesville' and 'Sift, Almost Invisible, Through'. The others felt a bit like this...
Charlaine Harris: Hey! I'm editing an anthology of amazeballs, would you like to
February Four
Oct 05, 2010 February Four rated it it was ok
I'm afraid that after I struggled to get into Charlaine Harris's opening story in this book (in which she is the editor), I dropped it and moved on to the next story in line. I've always wondered whether or not writers should edit themselves, and after reading that story, I have my answer, and it is not affirmative. I like the Sookie Stackhouse novels, I enjoyed the Lily Bard novels, and I enjoy the worlds Ms Harris has built. I did not enjoy this particular story, and I respectfully suggest she ...more
Sep 10, 2016 Erika rated it it was ok
Shelves: shorts
I only read the story "Dahlia Underground" by Charlaine Harris. This story takes place in the Sookie Stackhouse universe. It wasn't my favorite Dahlia story but it was cute. Dahlia is rescued by firefighters and then has to rescue them as the Fellowship decides to go after the first responders.
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr
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The Southern Vampire Mysteries (short stories and novellas) (9 books)
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