07 June, 2015

Death sentences, edited by Otto Penzler


Death sentences - what a great title for a book of short stories that involve both crime and literature. In fact the complete title is Death sentences : stories of deathly books, murderous booksellers and lethal literature from the world's best crime writers, which sums it up very nicely.

Here we have 15 short stories from some well-known crime writers such as Jefferey Deaver, Anne Perry, Laura Lippman,  C. J.  Box and Nelson deMille, (rather enjoyed his one).This is a great way to read  and get a taste of some authors you haven't tried yet. Who knows, you might discover a new favourite.

The pace and style varies quite a lot,  but this is a good thing. Not all will hit the mark but I am sure you will enjoy a good portion of them. To quote Forrest Gump, it's like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get. And being short stories, there is less temptation to read far into the night, which is definitely a plus for a book addict like me.


A handsome-looking book, these stories were specially commissioned, and were edited by the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, Otto Penzler. So go on, order this book and get reading!

Title:  Death sentences : stories of deathly books, murderous booksellers and lethal literature from the world's best crime writers
Authors: various - introduction by Ian Rankin ; edited by Otto Penzler

Recommended by Anita S, Blockhouse Bay Library

Anita S reads widely and eclectically, but most often random non-fiction fact books, good general and teen fiction, (often dystopian future types), fantasy and sci-fi if they cover a new angle on something, kids books and ... actually she'll take a look at most stuff. Books are great! She also loves art and illustration.


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