Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Unusual Suspects: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy” as Want to Read:
Unusual Suspects: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Unusual Suspects: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy (Paranormal Scene Investigations #0.5)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  1,728 ratings  ·  100 reviews
From video game characters seeking civil rights and a cave dragon loan shark pondering an investment, to Santa Clause's Australian vacation and an enemy of Sam Spade's seeking revenge-plus visits to the Nightside and Sookie Stackhouse's hometown--Unusual Suspects invokes a dozen imaginative tales featuring otherworldly investigators trailing uncanny criminals across fantas ...more
Paperback, 307 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Ace (first published January 1st 2008)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Unusual Suspects, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Unusual Suspects

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Julie (jjmachshev)
How I love a good surprise. From running upon this gem unexpectedly in the bookstore, to the stories it contains, reading it gave me a lift all around. "Unusual Suspects" is an anthology of twelve stories that blend mystery and fantasy into a delicious confection. The stories range from historical to contemporary urban fantasy, from mages to witches, and from werewolves to vampires to humans. Authors include Charlaine Harris (a new Sookie story!), Carole Nelson Douglas, Simon R. Green (a new Nig ...more
Basic premise: mystery + magic = awesome short stories!!!

This was one of the best collections of short stories I've read in a long time. Nothing made my jaw completely drop (likewise no tears or laughing out loud), but all had quality writing, interesting plots, well-constructed characters, and in general worked well. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite from the book, it's hard for me to even give a few highlights, as the stories were all (I'm serious, here) very consistently solid. Howev
It wasn't a great anthology. The Sookie Stackhouse story by Charlaine Harris was fine, not thrilling, but I'd read it before. I really enjoyed the Deliah Street story by Carole Nelson Douglas, it was the highlight of the book. Her stories are alway charming and interesting. And Laura Anne Gilman's story was a real find, I didn't know she had a prequel to her PSI series with Bonnie investigating Zaki's murder. A couple of the other stories were cute but not thrilling. I liked John Straley's story ...more
This is a short story anthology containing the following stories:

"Lucky" by Charlaine Harris -- a Sookie Stackhouse short
"Bogieman" by Carole Nelson Douglas
"Looks are Deceiving" by Micheal A. Stackpole
"the House of Seven Spirits" by Sharon Shinn
"Glamour" by Mike Doogan
"Spellbound" by Donna Andrews
"the Duh Vice" by Michael Armstrong
"Weight of the World" by John Straley
"Illumination" by Laura Anne Gilman
"the House" by Laurie R. King
"Appetite for Murder" by Simon R. Green -- a Nightside short
"A Wom
harlequin {Stephanie}
Lucky by Charlaine Harris - 1 Stars
Bogieman by Carole Nelson Douglas - 4 Stars
Looks Are Deceiving by Michael A. Stackpole - 3 Stars
The House of Seven Spirits by Sharon Shinn - 5 Stars
Glamour by Mike Doogan - 3 Stars
Spellbound by Donna Andrews - 2 Stars
The Duh Vice by Michael Armstrong - 5 Stars
Weight of the World by John Straley - 2 Stars
Illumination by Laura Anne Gilman - 1 Stars
The House by Laurie R. King - 3 Stars
Appetite for Murder by Simon R. Green - 5 Stars
A Woman’s Work by Dana Stabenow -
Unusual Suspects is a collection of short stories edited by Dana Stabenow, “a dozen imaginative tales featuring otherworldly investigators trailing uncanny criminals across fantastical realms governed by the laws of magic”.

Stories read in random order, as part of the 2014 Deal Me In! Short Story Reading Challenge (

The House of the Seven Spirits - by Sharon Shinn
A delightful tale of a young woman who moves into a house offered at an affordable rent becaus
Another find from the discount bin. Dana Stabenow surprises me both as an editor and a writer with this collection. I was a little underwhelmed by the Kate Shugak Alaska mystery novel of her that I read. While the emphasis was essentially stated as being supernatural detective stories, the selection was wider than that. The Duh Vice really is science fiction, and well executed with a small political statement. There are touches of magic and science fiction is Carole Nelson Douglas' Bogieman set ...more
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
Review on a story by story basis. More at my blog: There's Nothing Wrong with Anything

Lucky- Charlaine Harris

It's a story set in the world of Sookie and it seems to take place right before the most recent book. Anyhoo, there is an absence of Eric which sort of made me go "aw man" but there is a Bill appearance. This is not a Sookie romance nor strictly a Sookie Vampire story, it explores Sookie's powers and it teams her up with Amelia.

It's a decent story, nothing amazing, nothing that pops up
I read anthologies to pass the time between books in series that I read & to find new authors in genres I like. I got this one specifically for the Sookie Stackhouse story. Overall, this anthology gets 3 stars. Below is a list of the stories within & what I thought of them specifically.

1. Lucky – Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse story – 28 pgs – 3 stars Fun & cute short story that even someone who hasn’t read the series can enjoy. For someone like myself who’s trying to pass the
I've never liked short stories, as a class. (This might be why I've never tried writing them.) There are certainly exceptions; several writers are always exceptions to the rule, and other stories have come out of the blue and surprised me. I found several authors through Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress series, for example. But on the whole short story collections are not my favorite creatures, usually picked up to fill in a gap or for something to read quickly. (Also, in this case, t ...more
Cynthia Armistead
Another uneven anthology. I still have it in my hands, so I'll try to hit each story briefly.

"Lucky" by Charlaine Harris - Sookie is much easier to take in short form. I can't help it, the woman grates on me (in the TV show even worse than in the books). The other characters keep me reading.

"Bogieman" by Carole Nelson Douglas - Delilah Street does more than grate on my nerves in long form. She's more palatable in short form, too, but there are reminders of why I don't intend to read more in that
I enjoyed this collection of short stories. Here are my notes on the stories included in the book:

Lucky-Charlaine Harris
Sookie and a girlfriend help a local realtor figure out who has been breaking into his office, and a whole lot more. Not my favorite Sookie story, but I’ll take what I can get!

Bogieman-Carole Nelson Douglas
Classic film characters brought to life in a strange world. I just couldn’t get into this one.

Looks Are Deceiving-Michael A. Stackpole
Sci-fi story I couldn’t get into because
Lucky by Charlaine Harris

Sookie & her friend help an insurance agent solve a mystery involving his witchy ways. Just a basic story without any twists or intrigue.

Bogieman by Carole Nelson Douglas

Intriguing concept of CinSims (actors in character from famous movie roles imposed on a 'human canvas') roaming certain Vegas venues, but the way it was written made it a bit confusing & the ending was mediocre.

Looks Are Deceiving by Michael A. Stackpole

Couldn't get past the first couple pages
Connie Easlick
I had a good time reading these. Here is a sentence or two about each story.

Sookie's story in this is "Lucky" and is about her insurance salesperson. It was kind of cool.
The Nightside story in this was kind of weird as usual and had a wow ending. It was called Appetite for Murder.
Woman's Work, by Dana Stabenow, was very nice indeed!!
I did not like Bogieman, but it was a good try and others may like it, so don't go by me for it.
Looks are Deceiving, by Michael Stackpole, was very cool! I think thi
This anthology includes twelve stories from well-known authors such as Charlaine Harris and Simon R. Green, two of my favorite authors. I have never read anything by the others - Carole Nelson Douglas, Laurie R. King, Michael A. Stackpole, Sharon Shinn, Mike Doogan, Donna Andrews, Michael Armstrong, John Straley, Anne Gilman, and lastly, Dana Stabenow. Charlaine's story, Lucky, features the heroine of her popular series, Sookie Stackhouse which coupled with her housemate do some detective work f ...more
(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
Original review at

Unusual Suspects is a 12 story anthology composed of some of today's best known authors. All of the stories deal with the same theme-solving a mystery based on a supernatural theme.

Lucky by Charlaine Harris gives us a glimpse into the life of Sookie Stackhouse and her witchy roommate Amelia Broadway. When Sookie's insurance agent Greg Aubert suspects someone is trying to ruin him, he wants Sookie to use her "gift" to find the culprit. An
Ade Couper
Well, yet another multi-author short story volume....and this one is something of a curate's egg.

Some of the stories are very good: "illumination" by Laura Anne Gilman, & "an appetite for murder" by Simon R Green, being the best two here, a couple really drag, while the rest are.....ok.

if you like fantasy short stories, particularly with a whodunnit flavour, you may enjoy this.
The House of Seven Spirits by Sharon Shinn

This was a fun short story. Erica has rented a haunted house for the summer while she goes through a nasty divorce, living with seven ghost’s sounds a lot more inviting then dealing with her soon-to-be ex. As she settles in she realizes that not everything is as it seems and soon discovers a mystery that needs to be solved in order to release the seven ghosts from their eternal prison. I really enjoyed this story, although it was mainly about murdered g
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
To be fair, I've only read the Charlaine Harris story, so the rating may change if I ever get around to finishing the book. After the incident with One Word Answer becoming integral to the plot of Definitely Dead I'm careful not to skip Sookie stories in anthologies. Let's put it this way, this story isn't integral or even that interesting, seeing as it centers on the peripheral character of Sookie's insurance agent. Sure it's mildly funny, but it doesn't really fill the void left waiting for De ...more
I picked this book of short mystery/fantasy stories up so I would have something to read on an airplane. It was the perfect book. I skipped only one of the stories, the rest were interesting reads.
I finished Unusual Suspects today. It's a compendium of short stories that is the karmic sequel to Powers of Detection (which I've also read). It was pretty good, though nothing it in caused me to say Oh Wow I have to find that author now! or any other declarations of lust. I enjoyed Sharon Shinn and Laura Anne Gilman.(I haven't bought anything of Shinn's, and I've only dabbled in Gilman.) Many of the stories were plainly predictable, which was a bit painful for me. I may need to focus on story ...more
There were some good stories in this one, some of my favorites...

Lucky by Charlaine Harris Sookie and a Amelia team up to solve a mystery.

The House of Seven Spirits by Sharon Shinn A really good story about a woman who moves into a house that is haunted by seven spirits and must solve the mystery as to why they are still around.

Spellbound by Donna Andrews A mystery set in a school of magic-good story.

The House by Laurie R. King A very interesting story about an abandoned house that has more th
I really enjoyed this collection. We encounter everything from werewolves, superheroes, and Santa Claus to traditional fantasy worlds. Some were very light and fun while others had a very dark tone. It was a well varied collection but at times seemed a little all over the map. Opening with Sookie Stackhouse and ending with Stabenow's complex fantasy story wasn't the easiest jump to make.

I think my favorites were The House of the Seven Spirits, Spellbound, Illumination, The House, and Appetite fo
This was a very intriguing collection of stories. I quite enjoyed the mixture of fantasy and good ole fashioned mystery (which I’ve come to expect in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series and Simon R. Green’s Nightside series but the rest were new to me). Best story, in my humble opinion, was definitely Sharon Shinn’s “The House of Seven Spirits.” I really loved her humanization of the ghosts and how they are trying to find out the truth in order to be free and pass over, but we are also lef ...more
A book full of supernatural mysteries, and some of them were even fun. A few I just skimmed, but overall they were enjoyable. I like reading this type of book because I find new authors to search out to read their full-length books--no great luck this time (the stories I really enjoyed were by authors I already read), but at least it didn't suck. The Sookie Stackhouse story is fun and I like that it's not necessary to read this story; it's enough of a side-plot to the main books that I wouldn't ...more
This is an excellent collection of supernatural crime stories. I got it mainly for the Laurie King story, though I really enjoy Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse stories and Simon Green's Nightside (also in here, though Green's doesn't feature John Taylor). The stories range from lighthearted mystery to outright ghost stories, which certainly scared me, but might not scare folks more used to them. I enjoyed almost all the stories in the collection, and found it worthwhile enough that I'm getti ...more
Like all collections, some stories in this were better than others. There were only a few I really enjoyed: "Lucky," "House of 7 Spirits," and "The House." The others were, well, just sort of ok. And then I got to the last one, "A Woman's Work," which just blew me away.

In most cases the paranormal predominated, and there often wasn't really much mystery, so I think the collection might have been misnamed. The opposite would've been my preference, but this book might appeal to people who enjoy l
First read: around 2008 (pre-goodreads)
Re-read: January 2015

Although this anthology includes the work of about twelve authors, I only bought it for two of those; Simon R Green and Charlaine Harris. I did mean to re-read all of the stories in the anthology the second time around but I ended up just skipping straight to the only two I read before. One day I will do a more thorough read of this anthology but as it stands this rating is only for:

Lucky by Charlaine Harris - 4/5

Appetite for Murder by
Harris, Charlaine - Sookie Stackhouse 07.1 Lucky ****
Nelson Douglas, Carole - Delilah Street 02.5 Bogieman ****
Stackpole, Michael - Looks are Deceiving *****
Shinn, Sharon - the House of Seven Spirits *****
Doogan, Mike - Glamour *****
Andrews, Donna - Spellbound *****
Armstrong, Michael - the Duh Vice ***
Straley, John - Weight of the World ****
Gilman, Laura Anne - Paranormal Scene Investigations 00.5 Illumination ****
King, Laurie R - the House ***
Green, Simon R - Nightside 0 Appetite for Murder ***
Bruce Snell
A book of fantasy oritented short stories edited by Dana Stabenow - 3.5 stars.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Crimes by Moonlight: Mysteries from the Dark Side
  • Between the Dark and the Daylight and 27 More of the Best Crime Mystery Stories of the Year
  • Night's Edge
  • Down These Strange Streets
  • Strange Brew
  • Murder by Magic: Twenty Tales of Crime and the Supernatural
  • Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives
  • Blood Lite (Hellchaser, #0.5)
  • Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy
  • Vampires: The Recent Undead
  • Bite (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #8.5)
  • Hotter Than Hell (The Hollows, #4.5)
  • Mean Streets (Remy Chandler, #1.5; Greywalker, #3.5; Nightside, #9.5; The Dresden Files, #10.5)
Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere.
More about Dana Stabenow...

Other Books in the Series

Paranormal Scene Investigations (4 books)
  • Hard Magic (Paranormal Scene Investigations #1)
  • Pack of Lies (Paranormal Scene Investigations #2)
  • Tricks of the Trade (Paranormal Scene Investigations, #3)
  • Dragon Justice (Paranormal Scene Investigations #4)
A Cold Day For Murder (Kate Shugak, #1) Dead In The Water (Kate Shugak, #3) Blood Will Tell (Kate Shugak, #6) A Fatal Thaw (Kate Shugak, #2) Breakup (Kate Shugak, #7)

Share This Book