2017, Blog Tour, Books, Reviews

Mystery Tour Edited by Martin Edwards #CWAAnthology #BookReview #BlogTour

CWA HB AW.inddA fabulous collection of short stories from the biggest and most exciting names in crime fiction!

Publishers Description

Crime spreads across the globe in this new collection of short stories from the Crime Writer’s Association, as a conspiracy of prominent crime authors take you on a world mystery tour. Highlights of the trip include a treacherous cruise to French Polynesia, a horrifying trek in South Africa, a murderous train-ride across Ukraine and a vengeful killing in Mumbai. But back home in the UK, life isn’t so easy either. Dead bodies turn up on the backstreets of Glasgow, crime writers turn words into deeds at literary events, and Lady Luck seems to guide the fate of a Twickenham hood.

Showcasing the range, breadth and vitality of the contemporary crime-fiction genre, these twenty-eight chilling and unputdownable stories will take you on a trip you’ll never forget.

Contributions from:

Ann Cleeves ~ C.L. Taylor ~ Susi Holliday ~ Martin Edwards ~ Anna Mazzola ~ Carol Anne Davis ~ Cath Staincliffe ~ Chris Simms ~ Christine Poulson ~ Ed James ~ Gordon Brown ~ J.M. Hewitt ~ Judith Cutler ~ Julia Crouch ~ Kate Ellis ~ Kate Rhodes ~ Martine Bailey ~ Michael Stanley ~ Maxim Jakubowski ~ Paul Charles ~ Paul Gitsham ~ Peter Lovesey ~ Ragnar Jónasson ~ Sarah Rayne ~ Shawn Reilly Simmons ~ Vaseem Khan ~ William Ryan and William Burton McCormick


My Review

This unique anthology really grabbed my attention and was delighted to be asked to me a part of the blog tour.

I have a great love for short story anthologies. They make for quick reading as you inhale each of the stories, and you can read them in whatever order you want! This freedom makes them incredibly appealing to me. However, there was a few times that I was desperate for the story to continue.

Each author (some were incredibly well-known and others starting their career) was given the task of writing a short story that employed the theme of “Mystery Tour” or a more general “travel” theme. The different ideas, devices and stories that  eventually made it into the anthology were remarkable.

While I can honestly say that I enjoyed all of the stories in this anthology, there were of course, a few that really stood out to me.

“Return to the Lake” by Anna Mazzola – in this  story about a grown woman who goes back to the scene of a horrific family tragedy and finally discovers that things aren’t as she always thought they were. Hugely atmospheric and an honest insight into how people deal with trauma.

“Accounting for Murder” by Christine Poulson – as has been mentioned in other blog reviews, this story is so uniquely told! With receipts, invoices, emails and absolutely no narrative, you are lead through an intriguing tale of love, betrayal and murder.

Then finally,  “Three on a Trail” by Michael Stanley – I have only recently come across Michael Stanley and am a huge fan of his Detective Kubu series. This tale is of one of the darkest and f*cked up. Needless to say, loved it!

I have never read an Orenda book that I didn’t enjoy and this one didn’t disappoint! Would recommend to all crime fans.


About the Editor  

Martin EdwardsMartin Edwards was educated in Northwich and at Balliol College, Oxford University, taking a first class honours degree in law. He trained as a solicitor in Leeds and moved to Liverpool on qualifying in 1980. He published his first legal article at the age of 25 and become a partner in the firm of Mace and Jones in 1984.

He is married to Helena with two children (Jonathan and Catherine) and lives in Lymm. Martin is a member of the Murder Squad collective of crime writers, and is chairman of the nominations sub-committee for the CWA Diamond Dagger (crime writing’s most prestigious award). In 2007 he was appointed the Archivist of the Crime Writers Association.

Information above courtesy of GoodReads – more info here.

Massive thanks to Anne Cater – Blogger Extraordinaire (@annecater) and Orenda Books (@orendabooks) for an advance copy of this brilliant anthology!

You can purchase your own copy from amazon here.

Thanks for reading!

Lots of bookish love❣

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