This Mystery Writers of America collection of murderous tales provides a diverting addition to your summer reading list.

In "The Trouble With Harry," the most enjoyable in the collection, Stephanie Matteson comes up with an amusing solution to the problem of the lazy husband. Elaine Viets extracts a suitable revenge for the sedentary in "Red Meat," while Tom Savage's tale, "One of Us," gives the reader a too-close-for-comfort view of what happens when marital betrayal strikes close to home. The only off-notes occur in the first story and in the late Henry Slesar's "The Day of the 31st"; both are too formulaic.

All in all, BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS is an entertaining hodge-podge of homicide. (Jul., 352 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kim Colley