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The Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2021

Written by: Lee Child - editor and introduction,Otto Penzler - series editor
Narrated by: Matt Godfrey,Emily Sutton-Smith
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Publisher's Summary

Lee Child selects the 20 best mystery short stories of the year, including tales by Stephen King, Sara Paretsky, and many more.

Under the auspices of New York City's legendary mystery fiction specialty bookstore, The Mysterious Bookshop, and aided by Edgar Award-winning anthologist Otto Penzler, international best seller Lee Child has selected the 20 most suspenseful, most confounding, and most mysterious short stories from the past year, collected now in one entertaining volume.

Includes stories by: Alison Gaylin, David Morrell, James Lee Burke, Joyce Carol Oates, Martin Edwards, Sara Paretsky, Stephen King, Sue Grafton (with a new, posthumously published work), and many more!

©2021 The Mysterious Press; Introduction copyright 2021 by Lee Child (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • STEFANY C.
  • 2021-11-27

Very disappointing collection.

Expected the cream of the crop but this was a collection of mediocre stories that weren't even performed all that well. I need to stop falling for hype.

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  • Amanda R. LaRosa
  • 2021-11-22

Cannot get by the narrator.

With no disrespect to any of the authors, I started the series and just couldn’t get past the narrator’s voice. His tone and higher pitch were so distracting I could not continue. Just not for me.

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  • McCormick
  • 2022-03-05

Mysteries across all peoples and places

When presenting the “best” of a year’s contribution to this genre, the deciders found something for everyone. So many desperate folks out there inspiring tales where little victories keep them living, somehow. Does Art imitate life. Within these audio pages, it evidently does. Dietre

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  • Kevin Curtis
  • 2022-09-13

Nice Selection

Nice selection of well read mystery stories. Some are quite memorable. Lee Child has a good eye for what appeals

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  • REDWRITER
  • 2022-08-07

Better than expected

I read more than a few anthologies. The reviews on this one range from bad to good but I’m gonna head. I found some of the stories excellent. As far as comments about stories being dark or violent, violence was not gratuitous. In fact, the ugliest turned out to be a take on a true story most of us are familiar with.
Give it a go, you won’t regret it.

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  • Stacy
  • 2022-06-25

Just great writing

Unfortunately, other mystery anthologies have fallen into “wokeness” of late, not so here. Just good-old fashioned, suspenseful writing. All of these stories were a delight.

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  • Gudrun
  • 2023-02-04

It was ok

Most of the stories were kind of underwhelming, but some of them I really enjoyed do over all it was worth the credit. There are a couple of authors that I am going to try out, because of this book.

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  • Juanita H.
  • 2023-01-24

Excellent Selections

I enjoyed all of the selections! Entertaining and keep me on the edge of my seat.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-07-11

A Mystery Book for Dudes into the Military/the Mob

There are about 20 stories in this book and only 4 of them are by women. There are also a large number of stories that focus on the military or on the mob. Neither of these things are things that interest me.

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  • nicole nowell-jones
  • 2022-05-29

Good stuff!

Loved it! Most appreciated the last story. Go goat! I do appreciate the chance to listen to listen to works by my favorite authors and sample those new to me.