Unusual Suspects: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy

Unusual Suspects: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy

Dana Stabenow Charlaine Harris Carole Nelson Douglas Michael A. Stackpole Sharon Shinn Mike Doogan Donna Andrews Michael Armstrong / Jan 24, 2020

Unusual Suspects Stories of Mystery Fantasy All new from the top names in mystery and fantasy including a never beforepublished Sookie Stackhouse story from Charlaine Harris This follow up to Powers of Detection showcases bestselling and award

  • Title: Unusual Suspects: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy
  • Author: Dana Stabenow Charlaine Harris Carole Nelson Douglas Michael A. Stackpole Sharon Shinn Mike Doogan Donna Andrews Michael Armstrong
  • ISBN: 9780441016372
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
  • All new from the top names in mystery and fantasy, including a never beforepublished Sookie Stackhouse story from Charlaine Harris This follow up to Powers of Detection showcases bestselling and award winning names from Simon Green to Laurie King to Sharon Shinn, with original stories featuring otherworldly investigators trailing uncanny criminals across fantastical realmAll new from the top names in mystery and fantasy, including a never beforepublished Sookie Stackhouse story from Charlaine Harris This follow up to Powers of Detection showcases bestselling and award winning names from Simon Green to Laurie King to Sharon Shinn, with original stories featuring otherworldly investigators trailing uncanny criminals across fantastical realms From video game characters seeking civil rights and a cave dragon loan shark pondering an investment, to Santa Claus s Australian vacation and an enemy of Sam Spade s out for revenge, plus visits to the Nightside and Sookie Stackhouse s hometown, these stories will take readers around the world on a magical mystery tour 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 Woman s Work by Dana Stabenow

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      • Dana Stabenow Charlaine Harris Carole Nelson Douglas Michael A. Stackpole Sharon Shinn Mike Doogan Donna Andrews Michael Armstrong

        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.


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    1. 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 [...]


    2. 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 [...]


    3. Mixed bag of short stories with a supernatural/paranormal cast that are tasked with solving a mysteryIt took me a while to get through these as I picked up, read a bit, then stopped several times before completing the entire anthology. I really prefer longer stories - novella size is okay for a series that I'm familiar with, but I like longer novels so that i can get immersed in the world. Short stories just aren't as satisfying for me.That said, here are the stories and a few words about each:" [...]


    4. 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 [...]


    5. 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 [...]


    6. Lucky by Charlaine Harris - 1 StarsBogieman by Carole Nelson Douglas - 4 StarsLooks Are Deceiving by Michael A. Stackpole - 3 StarsThe House of Seven Spirits by Sharon Shinn - 5 StarsGlamour by Mike Doogan - 3 StarsSpellbound by Donna Andrews - 2 StarsThe Duh Vice by Michael Armstrong - 5 StarsWeight of the World by John Straley - 2 StarsIllumination by Laura Anne Gilman - 1 StarsThe House by Laurie R. King - 3 StarsAppetite for Murder by Simon R. Green - 5 StarsA Woman’s Work by Dana Stabenow [...]


    7. A 3.5 star read. Rounded down to 3 stars, because I didn't feel there were enough outstanding stories to take it up to 4.Best story was the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse one. A pleasant read to while away an evening or two.




    8. Overall an interesting read!The House of Seven Spirits was wonderful!The House was great and yet so sad in many ways.I really enjoyed the twist ending in Appetite for Murder.The ending for A Woman's Work was fantastic!



    9. Great selection of stories. I only DNFed one, which is pretty good for an anthology. Favorite story was Laurie R. King's "The House", of course!!!



    10. A solid anthology. None of the stories stood out as especially awesome, but they were all at least ok with a few good ones tossed in there.



    11. 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 [...]


    12. Review on a story by story basis. More at my blog: There's Nothing Wrong with AnythingLucky- 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 [...]


    13. Original review at smexybooks/2010/12/revUnusual 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 okay story, I cou [...]


    14. 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 [...]


    15. “Powers of Detection”, an anthology featuring stories of crimes committed in fantasy worlds and/or by the characters that inhabit such universes, proved to be so popular that editor Dana Stabenow undertook a sequel. “Unusual Suspects: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy” gathers 12 authors (including Ms. Stabenow) to tell tales of supernatural crimes. The cover proudly shouts about “A New Sookie Stackhouse Story” by Charlaine Harris. The tale, “Lucky”, leads off the anthology. The t [...]


    16. 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 (bibliophilica.wordpress/deal-me-i).The House of the Seven Spirits - by Sharon ShinnA delightful tale of a young woman who moves into a house offered at an affordable rent because i [...]


    17. 3.8 starsSookie Stackhouse 07.1 Lucky by Charlaine Harris ****Delilah Street 02.5 Bogieman by Carole Nelson Douglas ****Looks are Deceiving by Michael 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 ****Paranormal Scene Investigations 00 Illumination by Laura Anne Gilman ****the House by Laurie R King ***Nightside] Appetite for Murder by Simon R. Green [...]


    18. Some good and some bad. Not my favorite anthology but also not my least favorite.I had previously read Lucky by Charlaine Harris twice, out of A Touch of Dead. It may be one of my least favorite installments in the Sookieverse. It seems like a story created just to kill time. 2/5Bogieman by Carole Neilson Ellis struck me as boring. I put this book down for a few weeks because this story bored me so much and help no interesting elements for me. 1/5Looks Are Deceiving by Michael A. Stackpole held [...]


    19. Lucky by Charlaine HarrisSookie & 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 DouglasIntriguing 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. StackpoleCouldn't get past the first couple pages [...]


    20. 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 [...]


    21. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. Here are my notes on the stories included in the book:Lucky-Charlaine HarrisSookie 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 DouglasClassic film characters brought to life in a strange world. I just couldn’t get into this one.Looks Are Deceiving-Michael A. StackpoleSci-fi story I couldn’t get into b [...]


    22. 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 [...]


    23. 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 [...]


    24. 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 [...]


    25. 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 [...]


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