Bill Crider mentioned this a week ago when it came up free for one day only. I missed out that day. It is free again today for one day only. I got mine. Hope you get your copy. By the way, in the post I linked to yesterday, Robert Lopresti mentioned one of the stories as his best read of the week. Amazon synopsis:
"It’s easy to find a book; it’s hard to find the book, that new author who sets your life on fire.
That’s why we put this collection together. This book gives you an
easy way to sample a group of eight up-and-coming mystery writers who
you may not have heard of, but who critics and award committees have
noticed. We’ve assembled eight very different styles to let you sample a
wide array of stories and find new voices you might have trouble
finding on your own.
We have hard-boiled detectives, and we have crime-solving animals.
We have deeply flawed characters, and we have cute youngsters. We have
damaged women, kick-ass women, noble women and mean women, sometimes in
the same character. We have tough guys in spades, and we have funny in
Each writer contributed a story, a sample chapter from a book, and
an interview. Because of our variety, there’s sure to be something here
you’ll love, and maybe love for life.
So come on in for a taste. Here’s our menu:
Lisa Alber – Mystery with a smattering of psychological suspense and
tons of atmosphere. Beautifully written, complex stories set in the
Irish countryside. Reminiscent of Erin Hart, Julia Spencer-Fleming, and
Susan Hill. Rosebud Award and Pushcart Prize Nominee.
Kathleen Cosgrove –Florida weird with a middle-aged woman returning home. Kick-ass funny.
Michael Guillebeau –Broken war hero has to navigate the oddballs and
save the girl to get back to the bar he’s been hiding in. Reminiscent
of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. Silver Falchion Finalist, and
Library Journal Mystery Debut of the Month.
Chris Knopf –Hardboiled in the Hamptons. Ex-boxer Sam Acquillo is a
noir descendent of Travis McGee and Spencer, and one of my favorite
characters. Nero award winner.
Jessie Bishop Powell— Cozy noir mysteries that embrace the genre’s
extremes. In The Marriage at the Rue Morgue, police suspect an orangutan
of murder. Primatologists Noel Rue and Lance Lakeland have to save the
ape and still find time to get married. Sounds light, but Powell’s stuff
is as intense as it is funny.
Larissa Reinhart—If you like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, you
need to read Reinhart’s Cherry Tucker. A damaged artist with twice the
depth, twice the funny of Plum and set in small-town Georgia. I dare you
to put this down. Daphne du Maurier Finalist
Jaden Terrell—Hardboiled PI with a Soft Heart. Nashville PI Jared
McKean has enough emotional issues to carry a book by himself, and then
Terrell throws him into big issues like human trafficking. Shamus Award
Lisa Wysocky—Multiple awards for Lisa’s books about a horse trainer
with a smart horse who helps her solve crimes. One of the most realistic
and loving use of animals in mystery. Winner of American Horse
Publication Awards, and the National Indie Excellence Awards.
We invite you to see what looks good, and take a bite for yourself.
If you find something you like, our chefs will be happy to give you a
And we all deliver."
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