Murder by Magic: Twenty Tales of Crime and the Supernatural
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Murder by Magic: Twenty Tales of Crime and the Supernatural (Retrievers #3.5)

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This collection of phenomenal short stories concentrates on murders committed or solved by fantastical means. Editor Rosemary Edghill established the rules: There had to be a crime-preferably a murder—and magic and the supernatural had to be involved, either in the commission or in the solution. The responses came from some of the best voices in science fiction, mystery, f...more
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Oct 15, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of occult and paranormal mystery genres
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I really enjoyed this anthology, although it took me a while to read through. I can honestly say that every story was unique. There was a slight lean towards higher fantasy and/or historical fantasy that was interesting, as I was expecting a modern occult detective slant. But that is just my presupposition of this volume.

My favorite story in this collection, hands down, was 'Dopplegangsters' by Laura Resnick. I thought it was very clever. Made men aka mafiosos are being preyed upon by a superna...more
Very unique & enjoyable short stories, from paranormal to fantasy.

This is one anthology that's absolutely worth reading. I enjoyed every one of the 20 stories.
I'm not going to write an in-depth review, but here are the book highlights for me:

Doppelgangster by Laura Resnick - Except for the basic concept, this is unrelated to her Esther Diamond series. Very creative and clever, my third favorite of the book.

A Death in the Working by Debra Doyle - About one-third to half the story is footnotes. Intriguing world and premise but I would recommend either reading the story first, then the footnotes or the other way around. Otherwise the footnotes interfere...more
This is a really solid collection of short stories. The stories are a collection of modern urban fantasies, classic British country house mysteries, locked room mysteries, and fantasy settings. I enjoyed the mixture of types of stories and the way the various authors played with the two genres. Several of the stories were really exceptional.

One thing I did not like: I originally picked up the collection because I am a big Mercedes Lackey fan, and the book includes a short story by her. In fact,...more
For the most part these were very enjoyable stories, although a couple felt like they were trying to overjustify an event. My favorite was probably "Dopplegangers", but others were also well done.

A good read for lunch breaks or other times when you need a book you can put down.
I enjoyed this edited (Rosemary Edgehill) collection of short stories, divided into 5 sections: Murder Most Modern, Murder Unclassifiable, Murder Most Genteel, Murder Fantastical, and Murder Most Historical. Particular faves were Laura Resnik's hilarious Dopelgangster, first-timer Will Graham's Mixed Marriages Can Be Murder, Diane Duane's Cold Case, Laura Anne Gilman's Overrush, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's A Night at the Opera, James D. McDonald's A Tremble in the Air, Lawrence Watt-Evans' D...more
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Mostly fantasy combined with either cozy or amateur detective mystery, with a couple of grittier and sadder procedurals (which were naturally my favorites. Overall, a good read. The only real complaint I have is that the last story contained no murder. It wasn't really even a mystery. It was an enjoyable read, but I have no idea what it was doing in this particular anthology.
Short stories are often like a sample pack of tasty looking food. This book had a favorable good to not so good ratio. I particularly enjoyed "Murder Entailed" by Susan Krinard, "Getting the Chair" by Keith R.A. deCandidi, "Au Purr" by Esther Friesner, and "Grey Eminence" by Mercedes Lackey. I recommend this sample pack to anyone who likes Mystery and Fantasy.
some of my favorite authors contributed to this book, so i had to read it. i was def not disappointed! and now i have some new authors to look up and read... (:
finished. 1/31/12. my rating. 4. Roberta gellis, Sharon lee & Steve miller, Susan krinard, Mercedes lackey, Laura resnick
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Rosemary Edghill is a pen-name of Eluki Bes Shahar.

She was born long enough ago to have seen Classic Trek on its first outing and to remember that she once thought Spock Must Die! to be great literature. As she aged, she put aside her fond dreams of taking over for Batman when he retired, and returned to her first love, writing. Her first SF sale (as eluki bes shahar) was the Hellflower series, i...more
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