||Mar 23, 2011
Come on in, the water’s fine. But be careful, or you might find yourself sleeping with the fishes!
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Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology, casts a wide net across the mystery genre, delivering thrills, chills, and gills. This water-themed collection features locked room puzzles, police procedurals, cozy characters and hardboiled detectives. With a pool of motivations ranging from greed and revenge to loyalty and justice, these stories will lure you in with killer hooks and fishy characters.
Fish Tales, The Guppy Anthology, casts a wide net across the mystery genre, delivering thrills, chills, and gills. This water-themed collection features locked room puzzles, police procedurals, cozy characters and hardboiled detectives. With a pool of motivations ranging from greed and revenge to loyalty and justice, these stories will lure you in with killer hooks and fishy characters. Come on in, the water’s fine. But be careful, or you might find yourself sleeping with the fishes. INTRODUCTION, by Chris Roerden THICKER THAN BLOOD, by Leslie Budewitz THE SECRET OF THE RED MULLET, by Nancy Adams ACCIDENTS HAPPEN, by James Montgomery Jackson IDENTITY CRISIS, by Diane Vallere SLEEPING WITH THE FISH, by KB Inglee FEEDING FRENZY, by Patricia Winton SASE, by Karen Pullen NEW AGE OLD STORY, by Sarah E. Glenn THE SHADOW OF THE RIVER, by Gigi Pandian THE TURKEY HILL AFFAIR, by Warren Bull SOMETHING FISHY, by Peggy Ehrhart THE TRUCK CONTEST, by Kaye George AMAZING GRACE, by Betsy Bitner A MURDER RUNS THROUGH IT, by Annette Dashofy DEAD-EYE GRAVY, by Krista Davis THE PROFESSOR’S BOOKS, by Gloria Alden KOI PALACE, by Heidi Saunders SOMETHING FISHY THIS WAY COMES, by Deborah J. Benoit PALACE ON THE LAKE, by Daryl Wood Gerber FATAL FISH FLOP, by Beth Groundwater THE FRAIN LEGACY, by Darlene Ryan THE CRITIQUE GROUP, by Patricia Gulley
Catch of the Day
There are enough fish tales here to make a good fish tail soup. Actually, it would be more of a catch-all soup, as there is a variety of styles, each adding a nuance of flavor to your experience. The stories range from the whimsical to the macabre, so there is something for every taste. Speaking of fish tales, don't let this be the one that got away.
A Winning Recipe
By Gwen Mayo
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The Sisters in Crime GUPPY Chapter has come up with a winning recipe for mystery and intrigue. The twenty-two stories that make up Fish Tales are a tasty blend of flavors and writing styles. The anthology is well-written and has enough variety to suit any mystery reader. I look forward to seeing more from these new voices in mystery fiction.
While the collection as a whole is very good, there are some stories that were so delightful or delightfully evil that they merit individual recognition. My personal favorite story was Betsy Bitner's Amazing Grace. Her murder method is ingenious and her writing style made the story a fun read. I haven't seen Betsy's work before, but will be looking for more. SASE by Karen Pullen was an excellent read. Her dark humor and tongue-in-cheek look at the publishing industry made the story stand out from the crowd. Sarah E. Glenn puts an interesting spin an old fashioned PI story in a new age setting in New Age Old Story. Her characters are well drawn and I would like to see her detective again in a longer work.
With twenty-two authors in the anthology, I don't have space to talk about every story I liked or to mention every author, so I will end with a shout-out to Nancy Adams for her historical mystery story, The Secret of the Red Mullet. Her young protagonist came alive on the page. Her bio states that she is working on novels with an older version of the girl, but she should consider doing some young adult stories with the character.
Now that I have given you a small sampling of what is in store for you in Fish Tales, I hope you'll consider diving into the book and sampling these stories for yourself.
Great short mysteries
By Norma Huss
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Prepare to be amused, scared, entertained, and above all, mystified. This is a collection of short stories, each from a different author with the main connection being water. I liked them all.
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