I picked up this book as I was looking for something I could ‘dip into’ for short stretches of reading. One of my favourite genres is crime, and a book of short crime stories seemed a perfect choice.
The short stories in this book are drawn from authors of many of the crime subgenres. Cosy mysteries, police procedurals, and private eyes, all mingle for an interesting reading experience. The order of the stories was well thought out and no story sat uncomfortably with its neighbours.
I have to admit that there were stories I struggled to finish, and even one that left me wondering what it had actually been about. But I also found some absolute gems, and at least one story that had such an impact that I’m sure I will never forget it. Unfortunately the stories I didn’t enjoy, and those I struggled with, well outnumbered those I did. I think it is hard for an anthology to please everyone, that not all the stories will interest all readers. On the whole, this book is well put together, but as it didn’t suit my personal taste as much as I had hoped, I’ve given it a lower star rating purely on this basis.
My rating: 2.5/5
I would recommend this book to fans of crime fiction who enjoy a wide range of the crime subgenres.
Original short stories by recognised masters of the genre, together with stories from the most promising of the new generation of crime writers, make No Alibi an irresistible celebration of the art of modern crime writing.
If you are new to the ingenious world of crime fiction, this is the book that will start you on the glorious path of crime and mystery devotion.
If you are already a sleuthing devotee, than you've no excuse but to sit back and enjoy the quality and breadth of the stories that make up this unique collection of the very best of crime writing today.
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