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

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  251 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
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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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Oct 15, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 16, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
N.N. Light
Dec 20, 2014 N.N. Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Supernatural meets Agatha Christie in this cool anthology. I picked up this book at a bookstore a few years ago and I just started reading it this fall.

I loved most of the short stories in this anthology which is rare for me. Whenever I read anthologies, I usually only find a few short stories I enjoy, This one, however, I loved 80% of them.

The ones I didn't like were dealing with a subject I didn't enjoy. The writing and character development was still top notch. I just didn't connect with th
Mar 21, 2016 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder By Magic: Twenty Tales of Crime and the Supernatural
I bought this book because of the intriguing concept of marrying murder mysteries to the fantasy/occult genre. I liked the idea of the normal rules of murder and murder solving to be changed and augmented. After all, if you take away the underlying main plot development in the 4th Harry Potter book, what you have is a great murder mystery that takes place in the magical realm and that was what I was expecting from this book. The editor h
This had a nice wide range of stories, contemporary, historical, pseudohistorical, and pure fantasy. I skipped a couple stories but I read most of them and found some authors I want to read more of. There were also a few fave authors in the mix and I enjoyed reading their stories. A few stories were quite good, most were average, and none were awful. The majority of the mysteries kept me guessing. Overall, an enjoyable anthology.
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
Jul 09, 2010 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jun 08, 2014 Doris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Marcie Galick
Apr 09, 2016 Marcie Galick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like mysteries, fantasies, history, and the superrnatural, you'll enjoy these stories.
Ann Schwarz
Oct 10, 2014 Ann Schwarz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-books
Great anthology! The mysteries are all fresh takes on the genre and each involve magic. Loved it. Found a bunch of authors I haven't read before to add to my to-read list for the future. Fun, fun, fun.
Good stories. A pleasant diversion.
May 23, 2012 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebekah D.
Aug 05, 2012 Rebekah D. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
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.
Jan 30, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 21, 2015 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many good stories. So many good writers.
Murder and Magic what a good combo.

A few writers I know.
[Keith R.A. DiCandido, Laura Anne Gilman, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Josepha Sherman, Diane Duane, Debra Doyle and Sharon Lee & Steve Miller]

A few that are new for me.

This is good work and great fun.
I’ll have to read them all in their own books.
Feb 04, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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... (:
Jan 31, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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