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by Elizabeth George, editor

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Anthology

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Looking for a collection of short mysteries to tuck in your beach bag? Look no further! Bestseller George offers a range of tales from some of the top female authors in the genre. The writing styles, voices and settings are varied, from the intensity of S.J. Rozan and Allison Brennan to a disturbing, psychological portrayal by Nancy Pickard to the lighter puzzlers of Carolyn Hart and Stephanie Bond. Several new writers also deliver entertaining, well- written tales.

These 23 stories focus on two of the seven deadly sins -- lust and greed. Highlights include "Your Turn," by Hart, in which a woman murders her dying sugar-daddy husband before he can cut her out of his will for infidelity. The ensuing game of cat-and-mouse that he's set up from beyond the grave is chilling. In "Other People's Clothing," by Susan Wiggs, a poor dry cleaner's daughter helps herself to a formal gown and a forgotten invitation to a society gala. She ends up on the ride of her life. (HARPER, Aug., 480 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Roseann Marlett

Publisher: HARPER

Published: August 2009

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