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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 in
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Hardcover, 358 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Berkley Hardcover (first published January 1st 2010)
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Midu Hadi
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Julie
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
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Laurie
I really enjoyed reading these short stories. I can't wait to read books by some of the authors I discovered in the book!
Brianna
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,
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Janine
"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
"The
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Lis
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
Karl
For the most part this was a pretty good book, not to mention it being all different short stories. And on the other hand not a bad book to find at the Dollar Tree lol. I had bought the book though despite the price because I thought it was going to be a really great book. Have read other books before like it and enjoyed them well. With this book though and most of the writing was great, but most was a bore. It had a feel of most of them being outdated. Like one of the short stories that would b ...more
Library-KAT

Freaking spooky is what I'm gonna say right now, especially "Madeeda"! This ain't no lightweight "Sookie" novel!

Wow, very incredible! All have a touch or more of the paranormal. We meet: two vampires, Circe, a ghost keeper, magican, Hecate, a Banshee, a little girl who can make bad people disappear, a ghost, a seer of death, and more.

Each story is different:

Dahlia Underground, Vampires get revenge & save their rescuers from Vampire killers

Hixon, Circe lives

The Trespassers, Saving an old hau
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Frank Smith
Charlaine Harris writes books I normally like, apart from the Sookie Stackhouse books (which, surprisingly as these are what she's most well known for) I don't like, but I didn enjoy, this compilation of short stories she put together and edited.
I normally like long novels or series of books that I can get into, characters I can see develop, etc, but these stories managed to create a welcome, lighthearted distractions from the other books I was reading at the time.
Some of the short stories, de
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willaful
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.
Christine
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!
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
This anthology of short stories got 5 stars because every story in it was well done. Not a single disappointment.
Rebecca
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
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Rickey Russell
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
Deanna
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
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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
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Colleen
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.
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Elena
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
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Dharma Kurlind
Courtesy of Lost Art Audiobook Review, http://literaryurbanfantasyreview.blo...

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
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February Four
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
Dancing Queen
Bon après être parti me coucher avec un mal de tête digne d'un lendemain de cuite (suite à la lecture de quelques malheureux chapitres de ce bouquin) je suis pas sûre d'avoir envie de finir ledit ouvrage. Ok je concède que c'est bien écrit mais la majorité des histoires sont vraiment farfelus et les auteurs veulent tellement se la jouer mystérieux et laisser au lecteur le pouvoir de déduire cqu'il veut que finalement on pige quedal. Soit je suis trop conne (ce qui est fortement possible) soit il ...more
Emily
This was the best short story I've seen from Charlaine Harris, and the most interesting writing I've read of hers in a while. Although it dealt with a new character, it was tight, compelling, and she didn't rely on established characters to tell a story. Nicely done.

Out of the other stories, some were better than others. I didn't skip any completely, but did skim through a couple.

A quick note on the format I read this in--never again will I read a collection of short stories by various authors
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Maud Crystal
Des nouvelles dont une seule de Charlaine Harris, de très faible qualité. On est loin de la qualité de La Communauté du Sud. C'est en grande partie pour cette raison que je n'aime pas les nouvelles: les auteurs n'ont pas le temps d'installer un climat, des personnages, etc qu'il faut déjà en finir. C'est soit frustrant pour le lecteur soit totalement vain au niveau de l'écriture. Sans compter que ça donne une chance aux auteurs sans talent d'être publiés et dans ce cas là on s'en serait bien pas ...more
Carol
Another great anthology by Charlaine Harris.

I never used to read short stories, but once I read one of Charlaine Harris' anthologies, I was hooked. Death's Excellent Vacation; Many Bloody Returns; Wolfsbane and Mistletoe; Must Love Hellhounds; Strange Brew. I think the first for me was the hellhound one. I can't wait to read more!

I cannot remember all of the titles because I have returned the book to the library, but they all were good. I especially liked seeing favorite authors bring a little p
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Shannon
Overall I did not enjoy this book. I'm not a huge lover of short stories anyway, but I do tend to discover new authors whose full length books I'd like to read through these little anthologies. I should have known when charlaine Harris' story was completely boring and pointless that I was in for a long haul. The only author I would even remotely consider looking up is Toni kelper. I found her story to be entertaining. Which is probably why it was the last story in the book, to attempt to leave o ...more
Katie
Again, I only read the story that Harris contributed to this collection. I think Pam & Dahlia would have been great friends - surely they might know one another, since Thalia is a friend of Dahlia's? I have hopes that maybe they will cross paths in future short stories.

Dahlia is such a badass, though. Love her.
Joan Lloyd
A wonderful assortment of delicious, quirky, as the cover put it "Mysteries from the Dark Side." I've found a couple of new authors (hmmm - just what I need, more authors) I want to read more from.
Misty Battle
I really enjoyed these short, yet entertaining stories. They are stand alone stories, not leave you hanging on what the hell happened endings. I discovered a few writers I plan on following. All in all this book is what you want from a short story genre.
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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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