POWERS OF DETECTION
Stabenow assembled a stellar group of writers from several genres for this unique anthology. The stories take place in settings as varied as a boarding school and a courtroom, drawing from ancient legends as well as modern, established characters.
Charlaine Harris contributes "Fairy Dust," a new Sookie Stackhouse story, to tide over fans who have already devoured her recent full-length release. With "The Sorcerer's Assassin," Sharon Shinn pens a clever murder mystery set at a school for magic. Mystery author Donna Andrews proves that her wit translates equally well to a fantasy world in "Cold Spell."
Anne Bishop returns to the dark world of her Black Jewels series in "The Price," and Laura Anne Gilman adds a little more background to her new urban fantasy series with the intriguing "Palimpset." And not the least of the bunch is Anne Perry's stellar "The Judgement," with its strange witchcraft trial. Even though writers were drawn from a variety of genres, this is that rare anthology in which every story is worthwhile. (Oct., 240 pp., $12.00)
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