reading short stories – end of May

It’s HOT here! 90s again today, too early in the year for this.
I’ve continued to read short stories this last week, but only from this one of the three books I showed last time, and I finished it. The first group of stories is in last week’s post.

The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes edited by Mike Ashley, 2000 ebook. An asterisk marks those I especially liked.

October 2000 ebook

“No Way Out” by Michael Collins *
“Off the Face of the Earth” by Clayton Rawson *
“Murder Strips Off” by Amy Myers
“Out of His Head” by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
“The Doomdorf Mystery” by Melville Davisson Post
“The Adventure of the Jacobean House” by C.N. & A.M. Williamson *
“The Motor Boat” by Jacques Futrelle
“Murder In the Air” by Peter Tremayne
“The Pulp Connection” by Bill Pronzini *
“Stag Night” by Marilyn Todd
“Mr. Strang Accepts A Challenge” by William Brittain
“The Legs That Walked” by H.R.F. Keating
“The Next Big Thing” by Peter T. Garratt
“The Second Drug” by Richard A. Lupoff
“Ice Elation” by Susanna Gregory *
“The Mystery of the Taxi-Cab” by Howel Evans *
“Heartstopper” by Frank M. Robinson
“Blind Eye” by Edward Marston
“The Amorous Corpse” by Peter Lovesey
also, the afterword: Impossible Crimes by Mike Ashley

I thought this was a pretty strong collection, and handy in ebook format to dip into any time. Recommended.

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5 Responses to reading short stories – end of May

  1. tracybham says:

    Sounds good to me. A good mix of authors. I just bought the ebook on your recommendation. I can read short stories on the kindle much better than novels.

  2. We had some of that “too early in the year for this” weather a few weeks back in between seemingly endless days of rain here in the Kansas City area. It finally cooled down over the weekend and we are having a few days of mid-70s to low 80’s partly sunny days which are a great relief. I know Summer will be coming, but always hope for the heat and humidity to hold off as long as possible and to end as soon as possible.

  3. 1412064gk says:

    I enjoyed this anthology when I read it. Nice mix of stories and authors!

  4. Jeff Meyerson says:

    You’re right, it was a good collection and I enjoyed it a lot.

    I finished May with 70 stories read, the same as April. No month so far has had fewer stories read. At the end of May I am at over 400 stories read for the year and 24 collections finished. I have three books I am alternating (at least one story from each every day) and should be finished with all of them soon. They are the MWA Anthology WHEN A STRANGER COMES TO TOWN and collections by Jim Shepard and Antonya Nelson. Every time I look around I seem to discover a new author or a new collection by a writer I’ve read, so I will not be running out of material any time soon.

    • I often envy your ability to read so much, so fast. You’re certainly reading more than a story a day you once did. There is a second anthology he did with more of the same, which I also have in ebook but have not started.

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