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The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 by Harlan Coben
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Jun 07, 12

Read in June, 2012

There are some really great stories in here. Like it says in the introduction, these tend to be more about the characters than about actual mysteries, and that's just dandy with me.

Not all the stories were great, but I really enjoyed:

Audacious by Brock Adams: I thought I was going to dismiss it as an emotionally manipulative heartstrings-yanker, but this one had moments of real truth in the way the characters behaved, and that may be what I enjoy most in writing.

The Stars are Falling by Joe Lansdale: When a grizzled hillbilly gets back from the first world war and his wife thinks he was dead, you know you're in for a happy, tearful reunion, right? RIGHT?

Chin Yong Yun Takes a Case by SJ Rozan: While I knew exactly where this story was going from the beginning, I still thought it was delightful. I was never into Miss Marple, but this was an old lady detective story I loved.
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