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5.0 out of 5 starsA great way to discover new favourite writers
Reviewed in Canada on January 28, 2021
This 325 page book contains short murder mysteries (20-40 pages long) by 12 authors, some well known and others less so. While i bought it because one of these authors is a favourite of mine, i discovered a number that i have not read before who may become new favourites. This is an excellent way to explore authors in this intriguing genre without going bankrupt...;) i highly recommend it. Faye
I have always found that you can discover the true mettle of an author by how well they can handle writing with strict parameters. Jeffrey Deaver tosses the challenge out to twelve other authors (as well as himself) to pen a short story apiece with a ‘late’ or ‘midnight’ theme. Each entry in this collection differs greatly from one another, with a stellar collection of published authors offering something for the reader to enjoy. A great collection of pieces that read with ease, perfect for those who are familiar with the authors or enjoy something a little shorter.
There is such a great cross-section of ideas in this collection that each reader will surely find something to their liking. Some will likely flock to Alan Jacobson’s piece about a death row inmate who may have some key information about a copycat. Others will enjoy Kevin O’Brien’s recounting of a man who hates technology, while still others may find the antics of Linwood Barclay’s piece about a graveyard shift at a newspaper something that tickles their fancy. Each piece is unique and entertaining in its own way and Deaver ensures there is no repetition at all. Quick reads on their own or a decent binge of shorter writing for those who wish to indulge. Whatever your fancy, watch out, as you’ll surely be sucked in, much like some of the characters in Deaver’s own entry in this collection.
The short story allows little time for character development, even if it is an offshoot of a series some will know well. Jeffrey Deaver does well at finding some wonderful contributors whose styles and abilities are surely second to none. Each story contains some strong characters, a few who are part of a larger series, others dreamt up for their debut in these pages. At approximately the same length, each story used plots and developments effectively, though uniquely, begging the reader to choose some of their favourites. With some strong writing overall, this is a collection not to be missed and I would love to see more of this in the future, as I know Jeffrey Deaver has created some wonderful and witty writing projects for many in the genre before.
Kudos, Mr. Deaver and your twelve other contributors, for a great collection of stories that really get to the heart of the midnight hour.
This is a collection of short stories. As such there are several authors which makes the review a little more challenging. I can only give this 3 stars as it’s based on my opinion. That being said I have determined that short stories are not for me. I like to develop a rapport with the characters and that development was missing. Some of the stories were very well done in such a short period of time and I wish those had been longer. A couple i really disliked and found lacking. If short stories are for you, or you like to read in small bits and blurbs you will probably really enjoy this book.
I am a fan of the short story and I am a fan of anthologies. Good ones, of both, capture your imagination quickly, tell a story in a compact way and leaves the reader both satisfied and longing for more.
This is a crackerjack compilation with some terrific stories from some excellent writers. Naturally, with all anthologies, there are stories that grab more than others but this has a good selection of genres with the common denominator being, as the title says, nothing good happens after midnight.
It is a clever premise well delivered. Five purrs and two paws up.
As the title suggests, this is a collection of 13 short stories by various authors, where the stories center around mysteries that happen after midnight. There are quite a lot of new-to-me authors in this anthology and I am so glad that I was able to discover their writing styles in this book.
To be honest, anthology or short stories are usually a hit or miss for me but this one was definitely a hit for me! Out of the 13 stories, I really enjoyed 9 stories while the rest were just ok. And this is a pretty good ratio!
I loved Cell Phone Intolerant by Kevin O'Brien that tells the story of an old man who created a device to punish rude & ignorant cellphone users.
I was surprised by the twisty and 'did-not-see-it-coming' endings in All Aboard by Hank Philippi Ryan and Night Shift by Linwood Barclay. After Midnight - Cinderella Then & Now by Rhys Bowen is an interesting retelling of Cinderella fairy tale: one with a different ending and the other was a darker version.
I was excited to read Tonic by D.P. Lyle. He has worked as consultant for many popular crime writers and popular TV shows such as Law & Order, Monk, Diagnosis Murder, etc. Last year I've read his book Forensics and Fiction: Clever, Intriguing, and Downright Odd Questions from Crime Writers and absolutely loved it! Tonic was an enjoyable story although it was a little too similar to the true case of Burke and Hare murders, in which the word 'burking' was derived from.
Jeffery Deaver who edited this anthology, also contributed a short story with the tile A Creative Defense. It was an interesting story about how a piece of music called "The Curse of the Midnight Sonatina" may be the reason behind the erratic behaviours of its listeners.
Although most of the stories are mysteries, I find that the final story by Jon Land called ATM is sort of a supernatural kind of story. It was intriguing for sure!
In a nutshell, this is one fantastic anthology and it is rare to read one which I really enjoy! I'd recommend this anthology to all crime/mysteries fans!
Entertaining anthology of suspense and mystery short stories from thriller-writing pros. All different settings, plots, and characters with one unifying theme...yep, nothing good happens after midnight. Enjoyable read.