Mystery Monday | Manhattan Mayhem: New Crime Stories from Mystery Writers of America

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Who is it by? Manhattan Mayhem: New Crime Stories is by various authours who are all members of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), an organization of mystery and crime writers based in NYC. Some of the more familiar names that can be found in this collection include Mary Higgins Clark who also serves as the editor of this collection as well as Ben H Winter (The Last Policeman trilogy), Lee Childs (the Jack Reacher series) and T. Jefferson Parker (Silent Joe, California Girl).

What is it about? Manhattan Mayhem is a collection of short mystery stories that were put together to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Mystery Writers of America. The collection is edited by well known mystery writer, Mary Higgins Clark and it contains new and original mysteries from eighteen different mystery writers. Together all eighteen stories take you on a tour of all the iconic neighbourhoods in Manhattan, New York.


Where does it take place? The stories take place all over New York, spanning across several neighbourhoods and even throughout different significant time periods.

Why did I like it? I’ve wrote before on this blog, that what I love the mainly about these short story collections is that I become exposed to the works of authours that are new to me. Also, with Manhattan Mayhem: New Crime Stories, it is evident that there was a enormous amount of time, effort and thought spent on the exterior and interior of the book as the production quality is quite high. Additionally within the book, I adored how each story has photos and a map of the neighbourhood its set in which actually helps set the mood for each of the eighteen stories.

And reminiscent of several other short story collections, there were various stories that were a hit with me, while others were a bit of a miss. Either way I loved how short the stories were as it made it effortless to pick up the book and put down and pick up again later, which is the ideal solution for those who love to read on their morning and/or afternoon commute. Of the eighteen stories, one of the stories that were Three Little Words by Nancy Pickard, which concerns a 26 year woman who is told she doesn’t have much time left and she decides the only thing she wishes to carry out before she dies is to tell truth. This simple decision turns out to have major ramifications for every person around her, including her doctor. I also thoroughly enjoyed Trapped by Ben H Winters, a play about a murder mystery which was my personal favourite for the reason that it has such a well thought out, splendid twist to it. Finally, I loved Chin Yong-Yun Makes a Shiddach, since I can definitely relate as I have relatives that resemble the mother in the story. This story piqued my curiosity enough that I would love to check out more books from S.J. Rozan where the daughter of the mother in this story is the protagonist.

When did it come out? June 2, 2015 from Quirk Books

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

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